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Hernia repair: key things you need to know before going into surgery
Hernias are characterized by a section of an organ or fat that protrudes out through a region of muscle that has a weakness or opening in the surrounding tissue wall. While this injury is most commonly found in the abdomen, they can happen in the groin and upper thigh as well. While the condition is not life threatening or an emergency, they will not spontaneously heal and usually surgery is the o ...more
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Bone marrow transplants and what to consider
Bone marrow transplant (BMT) is done to replace destroyed or damaged bone marrow, which can stop functioning due to diseases like sickle cell or aplastic anaemia. It can also be destroyed by radiation therapy or chemotherapy, which is used in treating diseases like cancer. Bone marrow is the spongy tissue found on the inside of our bones. This tissue comprises of stem cells that produce both red ...more
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4 most common treatments for heart disease
From infections to high blood pressure and coronary heart disease, the heart can be affected by a wide range of conditions. Nonetheless, there are several different options to both treat and prevent heart disease. These include both surgical and non-surgical preventative means, which are all aimed at lowering the risk of heart disease and to prevent any further complications with the heart and blo ...more
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Is acupuncture for weight loss effective?
The ancient Chinese tradition of acupuncture has worked its way into modern healthcare culture and is regularly used in many applications. Certain points throughout the body are stimulated through the application of very fine needles. These strategic points, along specific channels or meridians, balance the body’s energy. This balancing promotes certain health benefits including pain relief, inc ...more
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Is acupuncture for fertility really going to help me have a child?
Couples experiencing fertility issues are always on the hunt for better remedies and options that can help them successfully conceive a child and start a family. Many women are choosing to start families later in life, and this often requires medical intervention because natural chances to conceive declines rapidly as the age of the mother increases. By the time a woman is fourty, she is less than ...more
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Rhinoplasty before and after: what can I expect?
First impressions are a critical part of social engagements, workplace networking, and romantic relationship building. A person’s nose serves as a critical facial focal point, and these first impressions are permanently engraved in people’s memory. Many people are born with asymmetrical, dysmorphic or a disproportionate nose that does not accentuate the rest of their facial features or it may ...more
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Colonoscopy Preparation Guide
A colonoscopy is a medical investigation in which a doctor, specifically a gastroenterologist, examines the inner lining of your colon. He will use an instrument known as the colonoscope to ensure that your intestinal tissue is healthy, and they look for polyps or tumors that may be cancerous. The procedure is recommended for all individuals who are 50 years old. For people with a family history o ...more
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The things to know before getting an upper GI endoscopy
An esophagogastroduodenoscopy (EGD), or better known as upper GI endoscopy, involves the insertion of an endoscope into a person's body through the mouth. An endoscope is a thin flexible tube with a light and camera at its end. During the investigation, the endoscope records and gives doctors information about the tissues in the mouth down to the esophagus, stomach, and duodenum. The gastroenterol ...more
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Everything you need to know about spirometry
There are two main classes of diagnostic investigations that are used in regards to the pulmonary system to diagnose and manage disease processes; they are classified as Pulmonary Function Tests, and one of the subcategories is spirometry. Over the last decade or so, there have been advances that have increased the value of this particular lung function investigation. Spirometry is used as part of ...more
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What are my options with hemorrhoid removal?
Hemorrhoids are swollen veins found in the lower rectum or anus. Approximately half of the population will start to experience this painful issue around the age of 50. Some common causes of include pregnancy, obesity, constipation, childbirth, diarrhea, heavy lifting, and sitting still for an extended period of time.There are two types of hemorrhoids, classified depending on their location:Interna ...more
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