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 something really serious.
A Review of Bariatric Surgery Procedures to Induce Weight Loss
Bariatric surgery is an effective method to lose weight and reduce comorbidities. Gastric bypass, gastric banding, sleeve gastrectomy, and biliopancreatic duodenal switch are the common types.
My Roller Coaster Ride Through Weight Loss Surgery
After years of dieting and yo-yo weight loss, I decided that surgery was the way to go. Being a nurse, I researched to find the procedure with the fewest side effects. I've had four surgeries since 2011.
Blood Oxygenation in Newborns: More Complicated Than You Think
A look at the problems with collecting accurate pulse oximetry readings in newborns. This is for nurses or anyone else interested in the technical aspects of infant care.
Spinal Headache After a Spinal Tap – Watch Out for These Symptoms
Spinal taps can make diagnoses that save lives, but they can have painful side effects. Watch out for these signs that you might be suffering from a post-dural headache.
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.
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, as well as the immediate recovery.
Supraglottoplasty Surgery for Laryngomalacia: What to Expect
Surgery is typically performed for severe laryngomalacia when sleep apnea or growth failure are 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
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 have been used to close wounds for thousands of years. Staples, tape, and adhesive are also used today. Laser welding of wounds may one day be common.
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 Transplants for Intestinal Problems: Benefits and Concerns
Doctors may perform a fecal transplant to add good bacteria to a sick person's large intestine. When performed safely, the process can help certain intestinal problems.
7 Reasons Why You May Need to Have Colostomy Surgery
There are a number of reasons why you may need to have colostomy surgery, but here, you’ll find some of the top reasons why.
Hip Replacement Recovery: What to Expect, Timelines, Outcomes
Hip replacement is a routine surgery, and the techniques are well tested. Recovery can be very speedy indeed, although there are a number of factors that will impact the specific outcome.