When Back Or Neck Surgery Doesn’t Work

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didyouknow?Dr. Praveen Kadimcherla with Atlantic Spine Center explains ‘failed spine surgery syndrome’ and offers tips and hope to patients.

Most of the time spine surgery achieves its goal, with pain relief being among the top benefits for beleaguered back or neck pain sufferers. But occasionally, a patient’s pain and other symptoms return – a situation known as failed back surgery syndrome – which isn’t necessarily as doom-and-gloom as it sounds, according to Praveen Kadimcherla, MD, an orthopedic spine surgeon at Atlantic Spine Center.

The vast majority of the 600,000 spine surgeries that take place in the United States each year are highly successful, decompressing nerve roots that are pinched or stabilizing painful spinal joints that have led to chronic pain, numbness or loss of function. But when back or neck surgery goes wrong, it can be devastating to both patient and surgeon, even if it’s statistically impossible for all surgeries to be effective.

“The amount of trauma, scarring, and hardware such as bone grafts and screws that are used in spinal surgery all factor into the chances someone may develop this condition,” explains Dr. Kadimcherla, who is fellowship-trained in orthopedic and spine neurosurgery. “Joints at the surgical site can also become inflamed, and scar tissue might form where a section of bone has been removed from the spine. In short, there are many reasons back or neck surgery can go wrong, so failed spine surgery syndrome is very difficult to totally prevent.”

Why might spine surgeries fail?
As a rule, spine surgeries are performed as a last resort when neck or lower back pain cannot be relieved by more conservative measures, such as medications or physical therapy. But at least 5% are left with lingering pain after an operation, Dr. Kadimcherla says. Symptoms may include back, leg or arm pain that is dull and aching; sharp, stabbing pain; and tingling, numbness or muscle weakness.

But why might spine surgeries fail? Dr. Kadimcherla offers these possible reasons:

* Residual disc herniation

* Recovery has created undue stress on another weakened portion of the spine

* Improper fusion after spinal fusion

* Misaligned spine hardware

* Incomplete bone removal

* Infection in a disc space

* Nerve damage

* Improper diagnosis of original problem

humanbody“Undergoing back surgery is rarely a decision patients take lightly or rush into, so when pain persists afterward it can be very distressing,” he says. “Yet, there are many viable options for improvement in these patients going forward. All is not lost if their back or neck surgery has been deemed a failure.”

Tips and hope for failed spine surgery patients
The first step toward relieving back or neck pain after a failed surgery is making sure a patient has the correct diagnosis, Dr. Kadimcherla says. This is done by using imaging tests such as X-rays, MRI or CT scans, and certain diagnoses can be confirmed with the help of procedures such as nerve blocks or other injections.

Once the reason for ongoing pain has been established, a multi-pronged approach for pain relief usually works best, Dr. Kadimcherla explains. Treatments can include:

* Physical therapy or exercise

* Psychological counseling

* Medication

* Procedures such as epidural steroid injections or nerve blocks

* Spinal cord stimulation, a device emitting electrical pulses into the spinal region

Tellingly, however, one of the best options for treating failed back surgery is undergoing another surgery, but not an “open” procedure involving a long incision and recovery. Dr. Kadimcherla often recommends endoscopic spine surgery – a minimally invasive approach with boasting a rapid recovery – to those experiencing lingering problems after an initial procedure.

“Endoscopic spine surgery can represent a safer, less risky and less complicated solution,” he says. “I’ve treated many patients after spine surgery with residual symptoms with endoscopic nerve decompression, and I strongly feel a patient with failed back surgery syndrome can benefit from consulting with a doctor who’s an experienced endoscopic surgeon.”

“Obviously, someone who’s experienced failed spine surgery already has dealt with a less-than-optimal scenario,” Dr. Kadimcherla adds. “But with a correct diagnosis and proper treatment, pain can often be eliminated or very well managed. “When all else fails, make sure you don’t let a failed spine surgery have the last word.”

Atlantic Spine Center is a nationally recognized leader for endoscopic spine surgery with several locations in NJ and NYC. http://www.atlanticspinecenter.com, http://www.atlanticspinecenter.nyc

– Praveen Kadimcherla, MD, is a board-certified orthopedic spine surgeon at Atlantic Spine Center.

Weight Loss Surgery / Diabetes

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This article is courtesy of PRWeb. An interesting article, what are your thoughts on this topic??

scaleCommenting on the recent article, the Los Angeles bariatric surgeon notes that this evidence is just the latest clinical data that proves just how effective weight loss surgery can be in the fight against diabetes.

According to a study published August 25th in the Journal of the American Medical Association, individuals with type 2 diabetes that participated in a three year study about weight loss and diabetes were far more likely to see remission of diabetes three years down the line if they elected weight loss surgery at the onset of the trial. In fact, the participants in the trial that were selected not for bariatric surgery but instead for a three year lifestyle modification plan, did not experience any statistically significant diabetes reduction as a group. On the other hand, anywhere from 29 to 40 percent of all patients who had weight loss surgery (depending on the specific procedure) experienced a complete or partial remission of type 2 diabetes at the three year mark after their surgery. According to Los Angeles bariatric surgeon Michael Feiz, M.D., F.A.C.S. of Dr. Feiz and Associates, there have been numerous studies over the years with similar findings about the relationship between diabetes and weight loss surgery.

* According to a long term study highlighted by WebMD, 62 percent of former diabetic patients had no signs of diabetes when surveyed six years after their weight loss surgery. Dr. Feiz notes that, because bariatric patients typically experience a leveling off of their weight loss at around the two year mark after surgery, most of the studies that deal with diabetes remission must be conducted at least three years after the surgery is performed in order to produce accurate results.

* Additionally, Dr. Feiz points out that those that do not have diabetes, but have been determined by their doctors to be at risk for developing the disease due to their weight, are less likely to develop diabetes after having weight loss surgery. One study, published in The Lancet Diabetes & Endocrinology Journal, showed that these patients were 80 percent less likely to develop diabetes compared to the control group who did not have surgery to address their obesity.

Dr. Feiz explains that the reason weight loss surgery is so effective in reducing the prevalence of type 2 diabetes is because it is the best, scientifically proven method to help obese patients lose weight. Obesity is tied heavily to diabetes, heart disease, and a number of other dangerous conditions, so losing excess weight typically has huge benefits for a patient’s overall health. Any patients interested in learning more about weight loss surgery can call Dr. Feiz and Associates at 310-855-8058 or visit the medical office online at http://www.DrFeiz.com.

Benefits of Bariatric Surgery For Liver Health

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newspaperAn article published July 27 on Medical Xpress detailed two separate studies that pointed to how weight loss had tremendous benefits for the health of a patient’s liver. The article focused on the study and prevalence of “nonalcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH), a disease characterized by fat in the liver,” and how weight loss affected the remission of this disease. In the study that focused on weight loss surgery, it was shown that 85 percent of patients with NASH – which is also often referred to as non-alcoholic fatty liver disease – were no longer suffering from the condition when examined one year after their weight loss surgery. According to bariatric surgeon Michael Feiz, M.D., F.A.C.S, while very few similar studies have been done tying liver health directly to weight loss surgery, others, including one mentioned by the article, do examine liver health in terms of weight loss in general. Therefore, what this study (and many others pertaining to weight loss surgery’s benefit with a variety of other health conditions) really shows is that weight loss surgery is a tremendous tool to help patients lose weight. According to Dr. Feiz, there are two distinct ways that a weight loss surgery helps a patient lose the weight and keep it off:

1. “It Limits Capacity” – What all bariatric procedures have in common, notes Dr. Feiz, is that they are designed to make people feel full with less food at each meal. The gastric band technique does this by slowing the intake of food via a band placed around the entrance to the stomach, while the gastric sleeve works by actually removing a large portion of the stomach to create a smaller stomach. Dr. Feiz notes that he prefers these newer methods over the gastric bypass procedure because they do not alter the path of digestion, and generally offer a lower rate of complications.

2. “It Limits Cravings” – Dr. Feiz always reminds his patients that one of the biggest differences between the Lap Band and the gastric sleeve procedure is that the gastric sleeve provides the patient with added hormonal benefits. He explains that, when roughly 80 percent of the stomach is removed with the sleeve gastrectomy, the part of the stomach largely responsible for emitting much of the hunger hormone, known as ghrelin, is also removed. This means that, after the surgery, far less of this hormone reaches the brain every time the stomach is empty, significantly reducing cravings.

Dr. Feiz & Associates have helped countless patients send a variety of serious medical conditions into remission by losing weight with weight loss surgery. Any obese patients curious about weight loss surgery can call Dr. Feiz & Associates today at 310-855-8058 or visit the medical office online at http://www.DrFeiz.com today.

Having Plastic Surgery Done? Tips To Keep In Mind Before And After The Procedure

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By Dr. Michael J. Brown, MD

didyouknow?Getting a plastic surgery procedure done is an exciting, yet nerve-wracking time. You are excited for the changes about to take place, but may be nervous about the surgery. However, it is important that you take the time to keep some tips in mind. These tips will help the procedure and recovery go more smoothly. Here are some tips to keep in mind when you are having plastic surgery.

Follow All Pre-Op and Post-Op Instructions From Your Plastic Surgeon

When you are preparing for, or have just undergone a plastic surgery procedure, the most important tip to keep in mind is to follow all instructions from the doctor who is or has performed your surgery. You will be given a pre-op and post-op instruction sheet. These sheets will tell you what you should and should not do following the surgery. The pre-op sheet may advise you to stop eating or drinking at a certain time prior to your operation and ask you to remove all jewelry prior to surgery. The post-op instructions may explain what medications to take, what foods to eat, and how to care for any wounds after the surgery. Failing to follow these instructions can jeopardize your heath both during and after the procedure.

Get Your Affairs in Order

After undergoing a surgical procedure, you are going to want time to rest and recover. You are not going to want to have to run around and pay bills or go grocery shopping. As such, you should get all of your affairs in order prior to the surgical procedure. If possible, pay all your bills early so you don’t have to worry about them immediately following the surgery. Take the time to stock your pantry with non-perishable food, so you will have plenty to eat. Or arrange for a grocery service to deliver groceries to your home. And since you may feel like lying around for a few days, pick up a book, magazines or movies so you have something to do without becoming bored. This will help you get the rest you need without feeling like you have other things that need to be done.

Stay Hydrated Following Your Surgery

waterbottleAnother important tip to keep in mind as you recover from plastic surgery is to stay hydrated. After surgery, you may not feel like eating or drinking much, but once you get the all clear to consume liquids, you should. Make sure you drink plenty of water. This helps blood flow through your body and assists in the recovery process. It also keeps you from becoming dehydrated, which can lead to headaches and nausea.

Massage Your Scars

When the dressing and bandages come off of your body, you may want to begin to rub vitamin E oil or other scar reducing products, into your surgical scar. Massage helps to increase the flow of blood to this area of the body, while vitamin E, or similar products, help to moisturize the skin. Both of these items together can minimize the darkened color of the scar and it’s length. No one wants an obvious scar in the area they had plastic surgery, so doing this can help decrease your chances of having an unsightly scar.

Undergoing plastic surgery can be a life-changing decision. You get to improve something about your appearance that you dislike and instead, get something you have always dreamed about. This may be larger breasts, a smaller nose, or a curvier figure. However, plastic surgery can take a toll on your body. Luckily, there are certain things you can do before and after surgery to make things easier on yourself. Following these tips will help make the procedure go more smoothly and assist in your recovery.

Author: Dr. Michael J. Brown, MD, Founder and Medical Director of the Loudoun Center for Plastic Surgery and Dermatology, Dr. Brown has paid particular attention to all facets for safety and personal experience.

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20 Percent Of Women Will Require Surgery For Stress Urinary Incontinence, Pelvic Organ Prolapse

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womanarmupDr. Catrina Crisp, urogynecologist at Cincinnati Urogynecology Associates, a TriHealth partner, says women need to educate themselves about their pelvic health and seek treatment for stress urinary incontinence (SUI) and pelvic organ prolapse (POP). Crisp discusses possible reasons why women wait for seven years on average to get treated for health issues that restrict a woman’s physical activity and social life.

A Cincinnati urogynecologist urges women to educate themselves about their pelvic health and seek treatment for conditions that their grandmothers had to endure.

Catrina C. Crisp, MD, MSc, surgeon a[Cincinnati Urogynecology Associates, a TriHealth partner, said a new, definitive study on women’s pelvic health finds that 20 percent of women nationwide have a lifetime risk of requiring surgery for stress urinary incontinence (SUI) or pelvic organ prolapse (POP).

This new figure is double the 11 percent figure from two previous studies.

Stress urinary incontinence is urinary leakage associated with coughing, sneezing and physical activity. Pelvic organ prolapse is a loss of supportive structures leading to bulging or pressure.

Crisp said the new figure is not surprising and illustrates how common SUI and POP are in women. For example, the 20 percent figure is much higher than a woman’s risk for breast cancer (14.8 percent) or lung cancer (6.3 percent).

“Previous studies were smaller in size and limited geographically to women living in the Northwest area of the United States,” said Crisp. “The new Wu study polled a large population of women across the country. Women are beginning to become more aware of their body systems and understand that they don’t have to endure conditions their mothers and grandmothers lived with. Women should now be empowered to stand up and say, ‘yes, I have this problem’ and get treatment.”

Women suffer from a peak of pelvic floor symptoms at the age of 46, then again at age 70, said the study. Crisp said reasons are that at age 46, women are in a transition between childbearing and menopause. At 70 years old, women are post-menopausal.

“We know that certain women are not overly symptomatic,” said Crisp. “But once they go through menopause, they start to develop more symptoms. Estrogen affects collagen, which affects muscle strength and overall support, and the amount of muscle you have atrophies with age. Because of all these things, women develop a weaker pelvic floor.”

Despite how common pelvic floor disorders are, the average American woman waits seven years before she seeks medical treatment for a pelvic health problem. Crisp said she thinks many women are embarrassed to talk openly about pelvic floor issues until they discuss the subject with friends or family and realize other women are going through it, too.

“Women are very strong and tend to take care of everyone else in their families first,” said Crisp. “They keep on going until they are fed up with their symptoms—then seek care. Then they realize what a huge difference proper treatment makes for them.”

Another reason women may delay treatment could be that SUI and POP are not considered life-threatening illnesses, admitted Crisp. “These are not normally issues that may end your life prematurely,” she said, “But they are health issues that can lead to larger issues. And usually insurance covers the majority of costs associated with medical evaluation and office procedures.”

Up to 65 percent of women nationally suffer from some form of incontinence, overactive bladder, or pelvic organ prolapse, with problems increasing after giving birth multiple times or because of the aging process.Cincinnati Urogynecology Associates is trying to improve those statistics through research and education.

Crisp gives lectures on women’s pelvic health to women’s groups and at TriHealth Fitness Pavilion in Blue Ash. She sits on the advisory board for the TriHealth Hatton Institute for Research and Education and was a finalist for Cincinnati’s Forty Under 40 leaders and innovators.

She and partners Rachel N. Pauls, MD, and Steven D. Kleeman, MD, engage in medical research and provide patient evaluation, physical therapy and traditional and non-invasive robotic surgery for patients with pelvic prolapse and incontinence.

Cincinnati Urogynecology Associate has offices in West Chester; Clifton at Good Samaritan Hospital; TriHealth Fitness and Pavilion in Blue Ash; and Lebanon at Arrow Springs- Bethesda. The physician group specializes in women’s pelvic floor disorders.
For more information about Cincinnati Urogynecology Associates, call (513) 463-4300 or visit http://www.CincinnatiUrogynecology.com.

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Bariatric Surgery As An Ideal Approach To Lose Weight

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By Francis Gropose

weightlossballtextBariatric surgery is a weight loss surgery that has been popular throughout the years. It works by changing the anatomy if the digestive system to decrease the amount of food that you can consume. Bariatric surgery has different kinds. These may include adjustable gastric banding, gastric bypass, vertical sleeve gastrectomy and duodenal switch. It is very important that you are emotionally, mentally and physically ready for the procedure. Social workers are doing counseling to people that wants to undergo the procedure. This will prepare the patient on the changes that he will have to face after the procedure.

The Initial Diet

For the first few weeks following the surgery, all-liquid diet is recommended. The stomach becomes really sensitive so it must not suffer excess pressure. But you have to know the difference between sipping and gulping. You have to sip the liquid and not gulp them. Your body needs the right amount of calorie which makes nutritional shakes perfect. You have to make sure that your body is getting the vitamins, proteins and minerals that it needs. This may require taking multivitamins. You have to take in a lot of protein so your body shall use it as a building block for cell repair.

Important Reminders

You may speak to your nutritionist before you decide on a particular bariatric surgery weight-loss product. There are important factors that will determine the kind of diet that you have to have. These may have something to do with your health, metabolism, appetite and the kind of bariatric surgery that you had. Dosages and the regularity of use can differ among diverse products and bariatric patients so it is advisable that you use them under medical supervision only. This will avoid any complication on your part.

Possible Risks and Complications

Bariatric surgery may result to risks and complications like bleeding, leaks and infection. You may also develop blood clots that can travel to the heart or lungs.

Bariatric surgery may result to risks and complications like bleeding, leaks and infection. You may also develop blood clots that can travel to the heart or lungs. Hernias are another difficulty that can occur at the location where the incision or scar is located in the intestine. The hernia may result to a bulge that can block the digestive tract. These are serious risks but with the right team that should perform the surgery for you, there is nothing that you shall worry about. You have to locate the best hospital for weight loss surgery to make sure that you are getting professional assistance. And also, you have to follow your diet well. Malnutrition may occur if you do not take the prescribed vitamins and supplements.

– Francis Gropose has been a dedicated writer for two years. His goal is to educate people about the different ways to lose weight without being confined with the traditional approaches like balanced diet and regular exercise. Francis has created two blogs that discuss problems on weight loss; the factors that contribute to obesity; weight loss treatments like bariatric surgery and other related topics. For the past two years, he wrote various articles and posted other contents over the web hoping that it will change one’s life in the aspect of health. Francis may sound so simple with his endeavors yet he finds happiness in continuing his commitment of promoting good health through blogging.

Risks Of Bariatric Surgery

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By Mike Chapman

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scaleWeight-loss or bariatric surgery is considered to be an effective way to reduce appetite in obese patients by interrupting the digestive process. Although, the surgery may reduce your cravings for food, the results come at sizable amount of risks. To know about the risks involved with bariatric surgery, read further.

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The process of bariatric surgery works by restricting the amount of food an obese person can eat by interrupting the digestive area. Unlike popular misconception, the surgery by no way results in removal of excessive fats in the body.

Risks Associated With Bariatric Surgery

For the reason bariatric surgery involves surgical removal and stapling of substantial portion of your stomach, it may carry certain amount of risks and complications with it.

As per a number of journals published on the topic of risks of bariatric surgery across the world, the surgery surely carries good amount of mortality risk.

A scorings system recently developed by a Duke University bariatric surgeon accurately predicts that patients suffering from some of the conditions are more likely to die during the surgical procedure in comparison to others.

• Body Mass Index (BMI) of 50 or more.
• Old age patients
• Hypertension
• Pulmonary Embolus Risk or people with blood clot in lungs

Men are more susceptible to health complications post-surgery in comparison to women.

mirrorLately, a safer alternative has emerged which is preferred by obese patients across the world. Bystrictin is a sugar-laden tasty shake that works on a unique Gastric Fill Technology (GFT). It is considered to be very effective non-surgical method of weight reduction. It uses a scientific method of stretching upper portion of stomach in order to trigger a signal to brain that stomach is full. Bystrictin helps you feel full is through a protein inhibitor that triggers the release of CCK that is a fullness hormone.

The Other Complications in the Surgery

• Urinary tract infection, nausea and abdominal spasms
• Excessive bleeding (in some cases)
• Wound infection and stomach/intestinal blockage
• Heart attack and stroke
• Blood clots
• Leakage from suture line
• Displacement of the port that is sued to adjust the band

There are some cases reported where pouch opened up with time due to regular excessive eating.

If you think you don’t really need to go for this surgery, consider trying other ways. Bystrictin, for example, is a clinically proven supplement that nearly provides the same results. In other words, you can avoid the surgery and still manage to control the amount of food you consume on a daily basis.

The problem of obesity has taken the whole of the world by storm in the last decade or such. As per recent reports from various health agencies the world over the situation is only going to get worse with time. It’s important that you take preventive measures and stop believing in marketing fads. Eat right, exercise regularly and start taking a good supplement. Surgery is and should always be the last resort regardless of how old you are at the moment.

With bariatric surgery appearing to be not only expensive to an average patient but also risky, health experts are advising to take up to it only when all other weight reducing methods fail to help.

There is no need to get under a knife when you can easily avail similar benefits from Bystrictin. Not only you will get better results with the alternative but won’t also have to encounter long lasting side-effects with its use as with the surgery.

Mike Chapman is Health and fitness Consultant associated with Leading Healthcare Organization and providing professional advice to seekers He is also passionate about writing on Health, Fitness, Relationship, Natural remedies and weight loss issues. He shares his experience in his words with online followers, visitors and friends.

Dr. Kevin Sadati Can Now Help Sleep Apnea Patients With The Septoplasty Turbinate Reduction Surgery

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snoringSleep apnea patients suffer from a variety of different symptoms, including difficulty breathing and trouble sleeping through the night. Dr. Kevin Sadati now offers the septoplasty turbinate reduction surgery as a solution to his patients who suffer from this disorder.

Many people associate sleep apnea with loud snoring, but the fact of the matter is Orange County patients with sleep apnea actually stop breathing when they enter deep sleep. This causes many different issues for the person who suffers from this disorder, including disrupted sleep and difficulty getting the fulfilling rest that they need. While the Continuous Positive Airway Pressure therapy, or CPAP, has commonly been used to treat sleep apnea, ENT surgeon Dr. Kevin Sadati has found that the septoplasty procedure can be an even better solution.

The septoplasty surgery is actually designed to correct a deviated septum in the nose. However, this same surgery also reduces the size of the nasal turbinate. Turbinate surgery can actually improve the symptoms associated with sleep apnea and may eliminate the need for CPAP therapy all together.

“Many patients in my Newport Beach practice have benefited from this unique procedure. Obstructive Sleep Apnea is a difficult disorder to live with every day, so I am always pleased to find a solution that allows patients to live a happy life filled with long, restful nights of sleep,” explained Dr. Kevin Sadati.

An enlarged nasal turbinate can often contribute to Obstructive Sleep Apnea, and in addition, a deviated septum can make the situation worse for the patient. The septoplasty surgery will reduce the size of the enlarged nasal turbinate, which allows for improved air flow through the nasal structure. Ultimately, the patient will be able to breathe better throughout the night and can enter deep sleep after the procedure is complete.

Some patients may find that they still require the use of a breathing machine after the surgery, but it’s important to realize that a traditional CPAP machine cannot be used immediately following the operation. The traditional CPAP will put too much pressure on the sensitive nasal structure, which needs to be allowed time to heal. Full face masks or oral breathing machines can be used as a supplement. It should be noted, however, that some patients do not need to use a breathing machine after this operation is complete because the work done during the surgery corrects the issue.

“Ultimately, most patients find that the septoplasty combined with turbinate surgery will allow them to breathe better and sleep longer through the night. I love when my patients come back to me, finally feeling rested after years of long, sleepless nights,” exclaimed Dr. Kevin Sadati.

Dr. Kevin Sadati is not only an ENT surgeon, but also a facial plastic surgeon who specializes in the rhinoplasty procedure. Patients who are interested in their cosmetic improvement options can discuss the possibility of having a septorhinoplasty procedure performed at their consultation appointment.

Dr. Kevin Sadati has been practicing in Newport Beach for the last 10 years and has performed thousands of surgical procedures on patients. He is well-known for his natural-looking cosmetic surgery results, and his breakthrough medical research. For more information on the septoplasty turbinate reduction surgery, contact his office today.

– Courtesy of PRWeb

How To Find Discounts For Aesthetic Plastic Surgery

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By Enrica Clavito

womanarmupPeople often would like to find services for aesthetic plastic surgery but may be put off by the price. Some procedures are out of reach for many people and these are ones that are not covered by most people’s medical insurance from work.

Different kinds of procedures

These elective procedures have the potential to made huge changes in a person’s look but also to their self-esteem. Some of these are very complex ones while others are fairly simple. Most of these are not extensive surgeries like old style facelifts or even rhinoplasty, which changes the look of a person’s nose. The majority of these procedures are ones that can be performed in a doctor’s office with local anesthesia. Some of these will be permanent while others may be procedures that need to be repeated every few months or years.

What to look for

There are some offices for plastic surgeons, as well as dermatologists that have specials each month or fairly often. Some will discount a specific procedure while others may bundle services for better pricing. People will usually find these offers in larger metropolitan areas where competition for clients can be more intense. Those living in smaller cities or rural areas may not have as much access to these kinds of services unless they watch the big city papers or TV commercials.

Anyone that is considering this kind of treatment may also want to look on the net for centralized service providers. There are some sites that have arrangements with physicians to help connect them with patients. One of the reasons that people may find better pricing here is that doctors may have short term notice for cancellations that they would like to fill. There are also times when there are gaps in the appointment calendar and filling them, even at a discount, will mean better business operations for the physician.

Those considering using these kinds of services may want to look for providers that state that they are board certified. This means that the provider not only has the basic training to provide services but also has gone above and beyond to obtain additional training and certification.

Skin care services

Most of these services will be skin care-related. There are often services for line fillers for facial wrinkles and creases but also laser hair removal services. Some of the most popular ones are laser tattoo removal and acne scar removal.

– By guest author, Enrica Clavito…..Visit Zendy Beauty for more information.

Why You Should Avoid Excess Sugar After Gastric Bypass Surgery

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Dr. Jeremy Korman

bellyAs we are well aware, obesity is a national epidemic. Even the U.S. government recognizes it as a disease. However, despite out awareness and the ample supply of “diet” foods on the market, the number of Americans who are overweight or obese is continuing to rise. Until recently, it was believed the consumption of high amounts of fat was the main factor responsible for the problem. Recent studies, however, show that sugar can be just as dangerous. The FDA considers pure sugar to be a safe food at the recommended level of consumption. The problem is that Americans are consuming two to three times the recommended amount and in various forms, such as high-fructose corn syrup. For example, about half of the population consumes sugary beverages on daily bases.

Nutrition scientist require the FDA to limit the amount of sugar is soft drinks

Soda manufacturers have taken steps to limit the amount of added sugar in their beverages. As a result about 45 percent of all non-alcoholic beverages purchased today have zero calories. Still, despite the industries self-regulation, in February 2013 the Center for Science in the Public Interest filed a petition with the FDA to regulate the amount of sugar allowed in soft drinks.

The petition is supported by 41 nutrition scientists who have shown that sugary beverages account for half the sugar we consume. High levels of fructose, corn syrup, sucrose and other added sugars can contribute to:

• type 2 diabetes
• hypertension
• heart disease
• gout
• sleep apnea
• variety of cancers

sodabottleOn the other hand soft drink producers argue that reducing the amount of sugar in their products is not going to solve America’s obesity problem. The measure would be truly effective if sugar restrictions would be applied also for cereals, baked goods, or other processed foods.

Sugar consumption after gastric bypass surgery

For morbidly obese individuals gastric bypass surgery is often their last resort after years of diet and exercise programs have failed. The surgical procedure is recommended only for individuals with a body mass index of 40 or greater. The procedure works by reducing the volume of the stomach and bypassing most of the stomach and the small intestines. The procedure is meant to help morbidly obese individuals to reduce their weight by eating less and absorbing fewer calories. Most patients, who follow their doctors’ advice, will lose 60 to 70 percent of their excess weight in one year following surgery. Although gastric bypass surgery has a high success rate, in order for the individual to lose weight and avoid gaining it back, adopting a new diet and making lifestyle changes is required.

Patients should consume nutritious foods in small amounts, and, of course, avoid consuming large amounts of sugar in any form. Aside from the health problems associated with excess sugar, gastric bypass patients have another concern. With bypass patients, sugary foods pass rapidly into the intestine resulting in a very unpleasant condition called the “dumping syndrome”. In its attempt to dilute the sugars the body will flood the intestines. The affected individual will experience symptoms similar to those of hypoglycemic reaction, including:

• increased heart rate
• cold sweat
• a feeling of butterflies in the stomach
• anxiety
• diarrhea

Dietary tips for gastric bypass patients

doctorEven before a gastric bypass surgery is performed, patients should discuss their new diet with their surgeon or nutritionist. The diet prescribed for each patient can be slightly different and it should be respected as prescribed. However some general advice applies to all patients:

• eat several small meals every day to avoid poor nutrition and inadequate calorie intake

• take small bites and eat slowly to avoid vomiting

• avoid drinking liquids for at least 30 minutes after every meal

• make sure to drink plenty of sugar free beverages, especially water

• make sure to consume fruits, vegetables every day

• make sure to have an adequate protein intake especially in the first months after surgery to allow proper healing

• avoid sweets, especially sweetened beverages, juice drinks, milkshakes, and ice cream

• take vitamin and mineral supplements to avoid deficiencies caused by mal absorption

Besides respecting these dietary tips performing regular physical exercise is also recommended as it is efficient not just for losing weight but also for increasing muscle tone and firmness.

Dr. Jeremy Korman – medical director and chief surgeon at L.A. Bariatrics, a bariatric program and surgery center of excellence within Marina Del Rey Hospital. Together with his team Dr. Korman helps patients overcome the obesity and other heal problems related to it by offering a wide range of bariatric surgery options including: gastric sleeve, gastric bypass, lap-band and gastric plication.