Nearly 1.5 million people in the United States are estimated to be living with aortic stenosis, a narrowing of the main heart valve that impedes blood flow from the heart. For years, open heart surgery was the best option to remedy this condition in patients, but continued research in the field has led to transcatheter … Continue reading TAVR clinical research ushering in new era of non-invasive heart care
Opioids can be useful immediately after surgery for postoperative pain control, but there is a tendency to overprescribe. A recent study found that 6 percent of patients continued to use the drugs for at least three months after surgery. “Traditionally, doctors would prescribe (opioids) until the patient phone calls stopped,” said Walter Peters, MD, chief … Continue reading Reducing the risk of opioid abuse after surgery
This is one of six articles in the Business of Health Care series. When it comes to technology that makes our lives better — from computers to cell phones — the trend has been smaller, faster, better. When it comes to next generation medical procedures being rolled out nationwide, that trend has largely been mirrored. Procedures … Continue reading Business of Health Care: Next generation procedures
The innovations around sinus surgery have garnered much attention recently. But what’s been lost is the information regarding care taken after the surgeries. Without proper care following a sinus surgery, the risk of scar formation and recurrent diseases increases. NASAL IRRIGATION Perhaps, first and foremost, the importance of nasal saline irrigation following surgery cannot be … Continue reading How to Care for Your Sinuses Post Surgery
As the population is aging, more orthopedic doctors are beginning to see more patients who need hip surgery to replace arthritic hip joints. The newest method to replace a hip, which some orthopedic surgeons have adapted, is called anterior hip replacement. Anterior hip replacement is a procedure in which a surgeon removes the arthritic hip by … Continue reading Anterior Hip Replacement: A New Route for a New Hip
Minimally invasive surgery isn’t only used to treat gynecologic cancers. It also can be used for urinary incontinence, uterine fibroids and endometriosis. Here, we explore what minimally invasive surgery is and some potential benefits. WHAT IS IT? Minimally invasive surgery is a downsized version of traditional surgery. Through small incisions, surgeons use tiny telescopes and … Continue reading Smaller is Better: Minimally Invasive Surgery
Chronic pain sufferers, take heart. Advances in pain management may offer the breakthrough you’ve been waiting for. “Chronic pain,” which is a pain that lasts more than six months, not only affects everyday living but also everything from mood to relationships to job performance and affects an estimated 116 million Americans every day. “Chronic pain can … Continue reading What a Relief! Chronic Pain Sufferers, Take Heart.
Joint replacement surgery is life-changing. Would you know if you needed it? At first, retirement couldn’t slow Bueal “Bill” George down. He and his wife, Phyllis, were as busy as ever between traveling overseas, spending time with their 14 grandkids and overseeing numerous rental properties. But then, the pain started. “It got to where it hurt … Continue reading Is it time for joint replacement surgery?
Day Surgery is surgery that doesn’t require staying in the hospital overnight. “With day surgery, it’s been determined that for the particular kind of surgery the patient is having, it’s safe for the patient to go home the same day: there are minimal incisions, less blood loss, no expected complications, and the intensity of the … Continue reading Prepping for day surgery: What you need to know before you go