Surgery & Procedures
What Is a Medical “Never Event”?
Also called “sentinel” events, a never event is described as any occurrence “in a healthcare setting resulting in death or serious physical or psychological injury to a patient or patients, not related to the natural course of the patient’s illness.”
Tissue Test: Biopsy Fundamentals and How to Prepare for One
A biopsy is also known as a human tissue test. Simply put, a sample of your body’s tissue will be taken for tests and close examination. Just the sound of that can be a bit alarming. Your doctor is going to remove living tissues from your body after all and that sounds like something really serious.
Malignant Hyperthermia: A Danger of General Anesthesia
Malignant hyperthermia is an uncommon skeletal muscle disorder affecting people undergoing general anesthesia during surgeries. This article covers its diagnosis, pathophysiology, and management.
Frequently Asked Questions About Cataract Surgery (My Experience)
I just had cataract surgery, I asked my doctor, “What is the most frequently asked question about cataract surgery?” He said, “Will I go blind”? Cataract surgery is commonly done to remove cataracts.
Diet After Gallbladder Removal Surgery
Are you wondering if you can eat a normal diet after gallbladder removal surgery? When can you start introducing normal foods? Dietary complications may vary from one person to the next, but there are foods that can help in the healing process.
What to Expect on the Day of Arthroscopic Shoulder Surgery and Recovery
Surgical repair of your shoulder, including your rotator cuff, labrum, bicep, and tendon, can be a scary proposition. Learn what to expect on the day of surgery and throughout your immediate recovery.
Supraglottoplasty Surgery for Laryngomalacia: What To Expect
Surgery is typically performed for severe laryngomalacia when sleep apnea or growth failure is present. What to expect when your child has a supraglottoplasty or epiglottopexy.
Various Activities to Alleviate Boredom After an Injury, Illness, or Surgery
To experience boredom while recovering after a surgery or illness is very common and can even cause some people to feel depressed. These boredom-busting activities should help you keep your spirits up while making your recovery easier.
How to Bring up Your Numbers for a Plasma Donation
Want to donate plasma? In order to donate plasma, your hematocrit (Ht or HCT) or protein levels, needs to be at a certain minimum level. Here are some helpful hints that I’ve learned during my 5 years as a plasma donor.
Microdiscectomy: Spine Surgery for a Herniated Disc
My son suffered a herniated disc, which led to a microdiscectomy procedure. This is the story of his experience, including the recovery phase.
Stitches or Sutures: Wound Closure Today and in History
Stitches or sutures have been used to close wounds for thousands of years. Staples, tape, and adhesive are also used. Laser welding of wounds may be common one day.
Claustrophobia and the MRI Machine: 7 Coping Strategies
The MRI procedure might be scary and upsetting for an anxious or claustrophobic person. This article offers information and coping methods for patients. It also provides helpful resource information.
88 Questions and Answers About Life After Lap Band Surgery
These questions and answers about the lap band will be helpful for those wanting to have weight loss surgery. My experience was ultimately successful, but the struggles have been great.
Fecal Transplant Facts, Potential Benefits, and Concerns
Doctors may use a fecal transplant to add good bacteria to the large intestine. When performed safely, fecal transplantation may help specific intestinal problems.
Hip Replacement Recovery: What to Expect, Timelines, and Outcomes
Hip replacement is a routine surgery, and the techniques are well tested. But what should you expect after this routine surgery? Recovery can be very speedy, although there are a number of factors that will impact specific outcomes.