Medical roadmap systems and C-arms enable diagnosis and treatment through X-ray images. Coupled with a roadmap, a C-arm allows medical professionals to see live images of internal body systems or objects. These images allow medical staff to monitor the inside of the body during surgical procedures, and check for damage or disease of the arteries or other body parts.
The Xomed Straight Shot is a line of handpieces for use with the XPS Micro System and other medical devices produced by Medtronic Xomed. The XPS Micro System is a surgical device for use by otorhinolaryngologists to perform a variety of surgeries, including functional endoscopic sinus surgery, adenoidectomy, rhinoplasty and dermabrasion. A surgical blade or bur is attached to a Xomed Straight Shot handpiece, which is then used in surgery with the XPS Micro or other surgical device. These surgical devices enable surgeons to use micro-blades to perform delicate surgeries with additional functions like irrigation or suction.
There are many different kinds of surgeons, each trained to specialize in the surgical treatment of a specific area of the human body. Many surgeons choose to focus on a specialty within their discipline, such as a neo-natal obstetrician who works with premature or one- to two-month old babies.
Cerebral perfusion pressure, or CPP, is a key metric used by health-care providers to determine the pressure of blood flowing to the brain. For adults, CPP normally ranges from 70mmHg to 90mmHg. Deviations outside this range can cause brain damage; the calculation of CPP is therefore integral to monitoring the impact of medical procedures and traumatic events on a patient's brain.
A tongue ring is a piece of jewelry that is pierced through the tongue, and must be worn there constantly. Because it is a hard piece of jewelry that is kept in the mouth, there are some health risks, including damage to teeth, that can develop from a tongue ring.
If you have ever watched a medical TV show, such as House or ER, there is a good probability that you have seen a Babcock clamp in action. A Babcock Clamp is a curved clamp without teeth. It is used for grasping soft tissue, lymph nodes, fallopian tubes and other bodily structures. While surgical procedures should be left for medical professionals, Babcock clamps can be used for other reasons.
A karyotype is the number of chromosomes that appear when a person's DNA sample is under a microscope or a Karyogram G-banding is a technique used to assess certain genes on the chromosomes present in a karyotype. Humans have 23 pairs of chromosomes. Researchers use G-banding to assess the normal males karyotype and note any abnormalities within his genetic makeup.
Canes are often used by the elderly to support body weight and make independent life possible. The extra support of a cane is also helpful for individuals with slight weakness in a leg, balance issues, mild injury or chronic pain. However helpful it may be, using a cane in your everyday life can be difficult to get used to. One of the first steps in adjusting to life with a cane, even if your situation is only temporary, is to understand the proper use of the device.
The multileaf collimator (MLC) was first used in alloy block field shaping. However, it has since been widely applied to important clinical functions such as the dose delivery of radiation therapy for cancer patients. The average MLC contains between 40 and 120 leaves that block radiation beams from reaching healthy tissue. Produced by several manufacturers, the MLC consists of three configuration types: upper jaw replacement, lower jaw replacement, and tertiary level. Each has its own benefits and drawbacks.
"Bristojet" is a medical term used to describe prefilled containers of various fluids used during medical treatments or surgeries. A bristojet is most commonly used with cardiac patients and diabetes patients. With a bristojet, medication is administered via a syringe with a needle attached. Due to the fact that they allow fluids to be provided to a patient without the need for an intravenous bag or drip chamber, bristojets are carried by field doctors in the army and paramedics.
Surgical instruments have made great advancements. To see some of the early instruments you would think you were looking at carpentry tools. Some with strange names, others with strange shapes. This is not true with needle holders. Built on the basic principal as the hemostat -- the needle holder has one function -- to hold a needle; a very specialized needle.
A doctor uses forceps and hemostats to grasp and hold tissue and foreign objects such as splinters or embedded parasites; these instruments give doctors control over a distance. Mosquito forceps get their name from their small size and tiny point. The nose of the forceps is tiny and the entire tool widens to accommodate the finger holes. The shape of the entire tool is reminiscent of the thin proboscis of the mosquito and the insect's wings.
Your nose may not be the most beautiful feature on your face, but it's one of the most sensitive. Without your nose, your lungs might fill up with debris; the shock of cold, dry air might affect your breathing; and the continuous loss of moisture during expiration might deplete your bodily-fluid levels.
Ileus is the medical condition which occurs when the bowels go into a period of dormancy and do not function properly. This can occur for various reasons, but commonly is a result of surgery. As the body awakens and start to move again after being sedated for surgery, the potential for post-operative ileus is present, Using simple measures to help get the body back to fully functional can help keep ileus at bay.
According to the National Kidney Foundation, 26 million adults suffer from chronic kidney disease and are at risk for kidney failure. The organization also notes that more than 4,000 kidney failure patients died in 2008 because of a lack of available donors. Sometimes that hard-to-come-by gift of life can be delivered by a family member. It is common for a patient's brother or sister to go through the process of being a living donor.
Lumbar pain, or lower back pain, is a common cause of chronic pain among adults in the United States. Artificial disc replacement and spinal fusion are surgical treatment options for people whose back pain is the result of disabling conditions that include advanced disc disease, disc herniation and other degenerative spinal conditions. Recovery times vary depending upon the procedure used.
Ridding the body of titanium ions is a matter demanding consultation with doctors. Titanium ions largely affect the body due to titanium-based implants. Titanium is a preferred substance for implants due to its traditional capability to withstand chemicals in the human body. While titanium can assist the human body with its natural flow of electricity, ions are often generated due to implant defects resulting in bio-decay.
Conjoined twins form when a woman's egg begins to split to create twins and the process does not complete. All conjoined twins are two separate babies that are fused together and may share a variety of organs and body parts. Ischiopagus tripus twins are one sub-type of conjoined twins.
Surgeons are required to dictate or write an operative report for each surgery they perform. Most of the time, medical transcriptionists, who have special training in the language of medicine, transcribe these reports. Operative reports document the reasons for the surgery and the surgical procedure. They act as a witness or protection for the surgeon, if the patient were to have problems after surgery or if he sued the doctor. This is one of the main reasons it is a good idea to be as specific as possible when you write an operative report.
A tubal ligation is commonly referred to as having one's tubes tied. It is typically done as a method of birth control after a woman has the last of her children. At present, a tubal ligation can be reversed but reversal is not always 100 percent successful. The tubal ligation involves tying the woman's fallopian tubes. In similar procedures, the tubes are cut for a more permanent method of birth control.
Technological advances in surgical procedures have encouraged the development of medical miniaturization tools. These tools are minimally invasive, lower in cost, more reliable, are higher in strength and performance, and fit into smaller spaces than traditional tools. Miniaturization tools allow doctors to work inside the body by going through small incisions or orifices thereby reducing infections and recovery time. Some of the most common miniaturization tools are used for abdominal surgeries and include such things as laparoscopes, graspers, trocars, needle holder and robotics.
Getting a nose job is a surgical procedure known as rhinoplasty. If you have chosen to proceed with this operation, you might be wondering about ways to disguise the nose job after you've had the procedure done. One of the things to consider about a nose job is that your plastic surgeon will have to cover up your nose in a plaster cast for at least one week after the rhinoplasty to make sure that it heals properly.
Physicians and surgeons in the Middle Ages had very limited medical knowledge, and what they did know was based on ancient Greek medical texts written by Hippocrates and Galen. Physicians used very few tools, but surgeons, who were considered inferior to doctors, used more equipment, including arrow pullers, anesthetics and a wounded man chart.
Stomata (the plural of "stoma") are permanent holes in the body a surgeon creates for a biological function. They are also known as ostomies, and surgeons can make them in many parts of the body. As the stomata are open to the environment, a patient may choose to shield the opening for health reasons or to minimize the cosmetic appearance of the hole. A stoma shield consists of a piece of cloth made from layers of breathable material, which cover the opening.
Maintaining an ideal body weight is important, especially for amputees. Excess weight increases your risk of developing health problems. According to a July 2001 study published in the "Journal of Rehabilitation Research and Development," weight gain may reduce the functionality of and place excess strain on lower-limb prosthetics. Estimating your ideal body weight requires taking into account the likely weight of the amputated limb.
Surgical scalpels consist of two pieces: a blade and a handle. Blades come in various shapes and sizes; each blade fits only one type of handle. The most basic type of handle measures four inches long and is usually made of stainless steel, which holds up well to cleaning solutions and sterilization. The blade most often used in surgery is the no. 10, which has a single curved edge. Blades are disposable and packaged individually in a sterile foil wrapper. Other types of handles are used for hobbies. They're usually rounded, with a slot on the tip for the blade.
Prosthetic limbs have made it possible for amputees to walk, run and grasp objects. They improve life by allowing you to regain the freedom of mobility without the use of a wheelchair and allow you to perform daily tasks on your own. Today, prosthetic limbs are so advanced that they look real, and this factor alone can boost your confidence and the image you have of yourself.
A sty is a painful, red bump which can be found at the base of an eyelash, under or inside the eyelid. The condition is caused by an infection of the lubricating glands, which develops from bacteria that is trapped in the gland. Bacteria is usually flushed out by natural eye lubrication; But the process can be interrupted, when the gland becomes blocked. A sty can usually be resolved with repeated application of warm compresses. In special cases, resolution will require antibiotic eye drops or a special surgical procedure called lancing. Instructions for lancing a sty are included in the…
Laying in bed watching movies all day might seem like your idea of paradise, but you will find that it quickly becomes dull when you're forced to rest after a medical procedure. Whether you recently had a baby or underwent an invasive procedure, it's important to take care of yourself while your body recovers. Fortunately, there are steps you can take to speed your recovery and get back on your feet faster.
Hypothermia, or dropping body temperature, is common in infants in hospitals. Anesthesia, frigid operating rooms and the administration of cold intravenous fluids all contribute to a lower body temperature. Aside from making patients uncomfortable, hypothermia is dangerous if left untreated and can cause cardiac dysfunction, blood-clotting trouble and a suppressed immune system. If a newborn's temperature falls below normal, the Bair Hugger forced-heat blanket system can bring a baby's temperature back to a safer level.
The final portion of your digestive tract is known as your colon (large intestine). This smoothly lined tube is the portion of the bowel which absorbs water and stores food waste. When a problem such as a tumor arises in the rectum or colon, it may become necessary to remove it. This can involve the tumor, as well as a portion of the rectum or colon located near the tumor. This procedure is known as a resection and several types are commonly performed.
A cystocele occurs when the connective tissue between a woman's pelvic organs becomes weakened, allowing the bladder to push through into the vaginal wall. Cystoceles are categorized into grades according to severity. Grade 1 is the least serious, with the bladder protruding only partially into the vagina. In grade 2, the bladder protrudes to the opening of the vagina. A grade 3 cystocele is one in which the bladder sags past the vaginal opening; this is the grade that most often requires surgery. Cystoceles occur for a variety of reasons, including chronic constipation, strain from heavy lifting and childbirth issues…
A body piercing studio without all the right instruments is as incomplete and unprepared as a doctor's office without medical equipment or an army with few armaments. Each body piercing instrument has been designed to perform a specific task, and without an adequate selection of equipment you risk being unable to pierce your clients in a comfortable and professional way.
Steri-strips are slim pieces of hypoallergenic, adhesive tape that are used to hold surgical incisions or deep lacerations together. They can be used alone or in combination with staples or stitches. Steri-strips are usually applied to the affected area following a surgery or medical procedure by a physician or a member of the physician's staff. Your doctor may provide you with extra steri-strips in order to change and care for your incision or laceration at home.
Postoperative reports provide a step-by-step account of exactly what occurred during a surgical procedure. The report includes every detail from the reason for the procedure to how well the patient handled the procedure. Patients have the right to obtain a copy of the report. The reports are used for insurance reasons, hospital records and personal reasons. A surgeon present during the operation must dictate the report and send it off to be transcribed.
Fascia is a connective tissue layer that supports and surrounds organs in the body; it is considered a constituent part of the anatomical category called tissues. For example, muscle is a constituent tissue, while fascia is only a constituent part of the muscle tissue. There are three subdivisions of fascia found in the human body: superficial, deep and subserous fascia.
An anterior discectomy is performed through the front of the throat to the cervical area of the spine. During surgery, the neck is slightly tilted back to push the vertebrae forward. A small incision is made, and the spongy material called the disc located between two vertebrae is removed. Often, a bone graft is placed between two vertebrae to promote a fusion of the bones. Patients requiring surgery have not found relief in other methods of treatment such as exercise and medication to relieve pain or prevent a loss of nerve function.
An ingrown toenail is a curved piece of nail that digs into the your skin. This creates pain, swelling, redness and can lead to infection. Drainage and a foul odor are indicators of infection. Many try to treat an ingrown toenail at home. This can be done by soaking your foot in water and massaging the side of your nail. When conservative treatment fails, it may be time to seek the aid of a physician. A physician will first numb your toe prior to removing the affected nail. Numbing a toe should be done by a professional. Never attempt to…
Orthopedic surgeons focus on surgeries to help correct problems with bones throughout the body, such as the hands, shoulders, knees and ankles, as well as the spine. Orthopedic surgeons use orthopedic pins during surgery to repair injuries, such as fractures and deformities. The type of pin used during orthopedic surgery depends on the location in the body where the surgery takes place and the type of surgery being performed.
A stoma is a surgery-created opening to the body. It is most often used after laryngectomies and gastrointestinal surgeries where something needs to come in or out of the body regularly (like air or feces). Many patients have a great anxiety about having a stoma because they can become infected. Their appearance can also cause great self-consciousness. In reality, stomas are a routine part of medicine and are quite manageable.
Transurethral resection of the prostate or TURP is a surgical procedure for the treatment of benign prostatic hyperplasia or BPH. BPH occurs when an overgrowth of non-cancerous cells develop in the prostate and obstruct the urethra. BPH symptoms are not life threatening but can rob the patient of quality of life. Men diagnosed with BPH voluntarily elect to have TURP surgery to counteract the inability to urinate, blood loss through urine, possible kidney damage and stones in the bladder. Complications of TURP are acceptable alternatives to BPH symptoms.
Every day in America, 18 people die waiting for an organ transplant, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. There are nearly 3,000 people in Michigan on the waiting list for an organ, according to the Michigan Department of State. You can register as an organ donor in Michigan for free and potentially save the life of someone's friend, family member or neighbor.
A herniated or otherwise damaged disc in your spine places pressure on surrounding nerves, leading to such symptoms as pain, as well as difficulty walking and/or standing. A discectomy -- also known as a diskectomy -- is a special surgery during which a surgeon removes the part of the disc causing your symptoms. If your doctor believes that you may benefit from a discectomy, he will tell you what to expect during the procedure. However, taking care of yourself after the surgery and recovering are just as important.
If your doctor needs to evaluate how your well your heart performs, he may recommend that you undergo a cardiac catheterization. During this procedure, your doctor makes a small incision in one of the arteries of either your leg or arm and advances a thin tube from this site into your heart to collect data about any problems that might exist. After this procedure, it is important that you follow your doctor's discharge instructions.
Doctors need many tools to perform their jobs, and this is especially true for surgeons. To completes a surgery, a physician needs many other instruments, usually more than one. Two important tools are forceps and hemostats. Without them, many surgical procedures could not take place.
If you tear the tendon that connects your biceps muscle to your shoulder joint, you will need surgery to reattach the tendon. Biceps tenodesis is the procedure by which your orthopedic surgeon resecures the torn tendon to a bone just outside your shoulder. To ensure a good surgical outcome, it is important to follow your surgeon's directions for postoperative care.
Having a surgical procedure is a life-changing experience so you should feel completely confident with your choice of surgeon. Some surgeons claim to be fully qualified, legitimate, certified and run a good practice. This may be the case, but there are certain signs to look out for when deciding which one is the best for you and whether they are in fact telling the full truth.
Bionic body parts originate from the development by scientists of artificial, electronically operated mechanical systems that can augment or replace living limbs or physical functions. The popular television show of the 1970's "The Six Million Dollar Man" concerned a man whose damaged body was rebuilt with bionic arms, legs and a bionic eye. Bionic technology has enabled the development of prosthetic arms, legs, hands and feet, as well as bionically enhanced hearing, sight and even heartbeat regulation.
Medtronic is a multinational lifescience company that develops technologies for the treatment of chronic diseases. Surgical technologies are Medtronic's sixth largest line of business. Working with surgeons and nurses in the field, the company designs and manufactures products, many minimally invasive, to diagnose and treat ear, nose and throat (ENT) diseases, and cranial, spinal and neurologic conditions.
Glass eyes are precision-cast, artificial eyes, designed for insertion into an empty eye socket, after an injured eye is removed surgically. After losing an eye, a new patient often becomes depressed and self-conscious. By keeping your glass eye clean and in good repair, while learning to focus on your personal assets, the reward is years of trouble-free use and confidence.
Deciding whether to donate your body to science, donate organs to people who need them or not to do anything can be tough. Choosing organ donation makes it possible for someone on a waiting list will receive a body part they need. Choosing body donation makes it possible for students to practice working on a dead body before working on a living, breathing person. There are lots of things to consider as part of this decision.
Kleppinger forceps are commonly used in laparoscopic surgeries to reduce burns and complete coagulation of blood vessels and arteries. The Kleppinger forceps has two flat prongs that clasp a blood vessel or tissue; electricity is then applied, which coagulates the blood to the area. One common problem with Kleppinger forceps is that tissue will tend to stick to the forceps. This problem causes additional tissue damage and bleeding. Avoiding this problem requires using the forceps properly.
Irrigating bipolar forceps use electricity via an electrosurgical generator unit to cauterize tissue during surgical procedures. The irrigation commonly uses a saline solution discharged through one of the forceps prongs to help to reduce tissue charring. According to research conducted by Shekhar Sharma and colleagues in the "Indian Journal of Plastic Surgery" in 2008, using an irrigated system in electrosurgery reduces tissue contamination on the forceps tips and decreases associated tissue injury from stickiness. However, gross tissue contamination still occurs that can clog the opening on an irrigating bipolar forceps. The method of cleaning the electrosurgical instrument differs from a…
A truncated cone is a three-dimensional shape. The truncation gives the cone a shape similar to a lampshade in appearance; a cone shape without the point at the end. Truncated cones may be used in conjunction with black light.
There are millions of men, women and children suffering debilitating disease that will eventually take their lives if not corrected. Organ and tissue transplant recipients see an increase in the quality of life and no longer have to live with constant stress, worry and medical procedures. Anyone is eligible to donate organs or tissue, provided they are not suffering any disease or experience physical damage too extensive for donation, but there are difference between the two donations.
Static electricity occurs when electrons transfer from an object, such as a cloth, to another, such as your body. The charge accumulates until released. Metal medical instruments are such items, and can easily accumulate a static charge.
Surgery is often times a necessity, but that doesn't change the fact that all surgery carries risks. A 2007 study conducted by St. Vincent's Hospital in Melbourne, Australia, found that risk of serious complications are increased in obese people and include deep vein thrombosis, pulmonary embolism, infection and kidney failure. However, according to a 2007 study published in "Archives of Surgery," obese patients who lose between 5 percent and 10 percent of their body weight before surgery reduce their risk to that of a person with a healthy body weight.
Surgical staples are constructed from plastic or stainless steel, and are used to close wounds after injury or surgery. The staples are generally removed 10 days to two weeks after they are put in place, and must be removed by a professional. Many patients that have surgical staples complain of itching, which is completely normal. It is possible to gently stop the itching associated with surgical staples, in order to provide the patient some much needed relief.
Surgery of any kind is very serious. It is important to take good care of your body and follow all instructions from your doctor in order to have a surgery that is safe and where risks are minimized. The key component in your diet is protein. Protein promotes healing and is the building block for strength and endurance. It is just as important to avoid foods that are high in fat, sugar, starch and carbohydrates such as dairy, candy, pasta and chips. These foods do not break down well in the body, contributing to increased secretions and increased risks. For…
If you want to prepare for a child who will return home after a tonsillectomy, you should create a home environment that will allow her to recover in quiet and comfort. Pediatricians sometimes suggest a tonsillectomy for a child who has frequent ear or throat infections or has trouble breathing. If your child has undergone a tonsillectomy you can help her recovery easier by arranging your home to accommodate her needs.
TURP is an acronym for transurethral resection of the prostate. Transurethral means passing through the urethra. The term primarily represents the surgical procedure used to treat the enlarging of the prostate gland in men, also known as benign prostatic hyperplasia or BPH. The procedure is less invasive than an open prostatectomy (surgery that removes the entire prostate through an incision), though an open prostatectomy is still the procedure used if the prostate is excessively large.
Before the 19th century, 25 percent of all pregnant women died after childbirth from a disease commonly called "child-bed fever." Now identified as a strep infection, the disease was spread from woman to woman because, at the time, doctors didn't wash their hands between patients. Today it's hard to imagine any doctor not scrubbing before attending a patient.
Mohs Micrographic Surgery is a specialized surgery commonly used to remove skin cancer, such as basal cell carcinoma and Squamous cell carcinoma, on the face, head and neck. After a surgeon removes all traces of the skin cancer the skin is sutured back together or the wound repaired with a skin graft or skin flap. Because most patients return home right after the Mohs surgery is complete, it's up to the individual patient to treat swelling and bruising at home.
Your tonsils are lumps of lymphoid tissue that are found on the sides of the mouth roof toward the back of the tongue. Tonsils can get too large or become infected; this causes breathing problems and sore throats, which often requires their surgical removal. Many patients have this done as children, when tonsil infections are common. Although the surgery is minor, you need to be careful what you eat until your throat heals.
Angioplasty is a type of surgery performed to open narrowed or blocked arteries in the heart. During angioplasty a surgical device called a stent may be used to reinforce coronary arteries and increase blood flow from the heart. Stents may be plain or drug-coated and are left in place after angioplasty.
Millions of Americans do not have health insurance in 2011. The staggering numbers are due to the state of the economy as well as the dismal job market. People are forced to obtain jobs that do not offer health-care benefits. Purchasing an individual health-care plan can force you to pay high monthly changes and deal with high deductibles. Although some individuals avoid needing medical care, it is possible for you to need surgery while you're uninsured. There are multiple options available in this type of situation.
Sofamor Danek, a division of Medtronic, manufactures an array of surgical instruments and implants, in addition to providing education and training to surgeons and their support staffs. Medtronic sells and rents surgical instruments to licensed medical professionals or establishments. Before reusing or returning the surgical instruments, they must be properly cleaned and sterilized. Many of these instruments are manufactured from resin-bonded composites, so it is important not to use cleaners that contain certain chemicals. The cleaning solution should be approved for surgical use, and be neither acidic nor basic; the ph should be seven (neutral).
Eakin Cohesive Seals (ECS) are adhesive skin barriers that protect the epidermis surrounding a surgical stoma. The seal provides a layer between the effluent pouch and the skin for ileostomy, colostomy and urostomy conditions. ECS help to prevent pouch leakages by creating a waterproof barrier around the stoma site. Dermatological problems associated with stomas causes irritation and ulcers that Eakin seals alleviate by stopping acidic body fluids from contacting the skin and allowing the skin to heal. Fitting an Eakin Cohesive Seal effectively is straightforward with practice by following the correct procedure.
Replacing the lens of the eye is a medical procedure that is usually completed as an out-patient surgery in a hospital or surgical center. Replacing the lens is the most effective treatment for cataracts, a filmy coating of the lens. In some cases, a lens can be inserted that not only replaces the filmy lens, but also corrects near or far-sightedness. This procedure is called Refractive Lens Exchange,or RLE. Your surgeon can help you decide what options are best for you.
Enhanced Recovery Protocol, or ERP, is an approach to post-operative care of patients that was developed in Denmark. Such techniques have been applied to patients undergoing procedures such as a radical cystectomy. ERP shows promise in these applications.
Deciding to get weight loss surgery is complicated, considering the risks and possible side effects. As with any surgery, there is a chance life threatening issues will occur, so choosing a weight loss surgeon with knowledge and experience is very important. Though there may be several weight loss surgeons in your area, traveling short or long distances may be required to get the best physician.
Surgeries, whether elective or medically necessary, can be very pricey, in most cases costing thousands of dollars. Many of the uninsured opt out of having surgeries because they don't have the money to pay for them. Fortunately, there are many different ways of raising funds. It's a noteworthy cause to which a broad spectrum of people will gladly make contributions. Being innovative and determined is key to raising funds for this type of cause.
Scrubbing properly for a surgical procedure is of paramount importance. It helps prevent contamination of the surgical site with bacteria, viruses and other microorganisms. In addition to the standard scrubbing routine, each medical facility may have specific protocol in place. Check with your facility's administration and adapt your scrubbing procedure if necessary. After scrubbing, you will wear your sterile gloves and gown. Follow your facility's protocol for putting these items on so that you do not re-contaminate yourself.
Information on malpractice or botched medical care can be uncovered about a physician or surgeon by visiting the online Doctor Information site of the Federation of State Medical Boards. Don't rely on a physician's curriculum vitae, press release, or marketing material to tell the whole story; research the information and become a well-informed consumer.
Arch bars can be used by a dentist or surgeon to manage a fracture (break) in the mandible (jaw). These appliances are cast into rigid metal strips to immobilize the patient's ability to chew or open his mouth. A set of arch bars can be splints, bars or wires that will easily conform to the natural arch of the teeth. The arch bars are ideal to maintain a patient's natural bite in a stationary position until the patient's bone heals. A surgeon or dentist will place the arch bars while the patient is under general or local anesthesia.
When you are faced with surgery, you often look to your primary care physician to make a referral. Your search for the right surgeon does not have to stop there, however. If time allows, do some investigating on your own to ensure that you have the best surgeon available to conduct your surgery. Taking the decision into your own hands will help you to feel confident that you have made the best possible choice for your particular needs.
Operating rooms (OR) have a yearly profit and loss (P&L) guideline that they must follow to stay within the hospital's overall budget. A nurse manager is responsible for reducing nonoperative time (NOT) and room turnover time (TOT), which is counted against the budget. Unfortunately, a significant amount of time is spent on patients besides an anesthesia induction and the surgical procedure. Changes in staffing and technology may result in higher efficiency ratings and less NOT.
There are a variety of surgical treatments used to repair the basal joint of the thumb, also known as the carpo-metacarpal joint (CMC). The choice of treatment depends upon the degree of arthritis and the desired levels of activity, mobility and strength. The surgical treatments used for basal joint repair are loosely divided into those implemented in the early stages of arthritis and those demanded by the damage present in late-stage arthritis.
Surgical masks are worn by surgeons and other hospital staff to prevent against the spread of pathogens. According to the Infection Control Today website, the wearing of masks, gloves and gowns in operating rooms dates back to the 1860s. These disposable masks are strapped behind the head and loosely cover the mouth and nose. While they do not protect against fine particles in the air, surgical masks are designed to block large droplets, splashes or sprays from entering the wearer's mouth and nose.
Thousands of interconnected blood vessels run through the human body. Some parts of the body, including the liver and stomach, have more than one blood supply, and thus more than one blood vessel leading to and away from them. An organ supplied by multiple vessels has an advantage because if one vessel blocked, blood is shunted to another vessel. This can spare the organ from cell death. Another type of shunting occurs when veins and arteries join together without intervening capillaries. This is problematic because it is a very unstable formation and can cause uncontrollable, life-threatening bleeding. This type of…
Adenoidectomy and bilateral myringotomy tympanostomy (BMT) tubes consists of a surgical procedure to remove the adenoids and place tubes into the eardrum. Although most commonly performed in toddlers, adults may also have this procedure.
Cells are the smallest units of life. The human body has between 50 and 75 trillion cells, some of which are more essential than others. Cell transplants involve a donor providing some of his healthy cells to replace essential damaged cells in a recipient. For the transplant to succeed a variety of drugs may be used, some of which can have serious side effects. Cell transplants are generally only carried out when the patient is suffering from a life-threatening illness.
The ilium makes up a large portion of your pelvis. When you place your fingers on your hips and press down, the bone that you feel is your ilium. Certain ailments or physical damage to the pelvis can cause an infection in the ilium.
Com Surrogate Errors is a common problem with Windows Vista operating system, which is caused by a video codec that is not necessarily compatible with Windows Vista. The message shows up when Vista tries to bring up the first frame, and it causes the Com Surrogate extension to close down. The codec is a program with the ability to encode and decode digital date streams. Problems with Com Surrogate Errors occur less in the Windows XP operating system but can still occur.
Coronary sinus catheterizing is a procedure that is performed by specialized cardiac technicians, nurses and physicians. The procedure involves inserting a catheter through the femoral or radial artery in order to reach the heart. The procedure allows physicians to confirm any defects in circulation with the heart.
A variety of medical conditions from post-surgery recuperation to broken limbs require the use of a cane. The four legged "quad cane" has become one of the most popular types, preferred for its versatility and stable distribution of weight among its four legs. However, a quad cane is not always the right type of cane for every purpose. Sometimes a single-legged cane is needed. With the right equipment and technique, you can convert a quad cane into a single-legged cane.
A curette is a surgical tool for cleaning or scraping debris. It is a small instrument with a handle at one end. The other end is a metal prong ending in a hook, scoop or gouge. Curettes are used in many surgical procedures, including gynecology and the treatment of adenoids, as well as for biopsies. They also are used in dentistry to scrape tartar from the teeth. At home, curettes are used for removing ear wax.
An abdominal binder is a large piece of stretchy material similar to a bandage. It is worn around the abdomen after surgery. They are typically used after a Caesarean section, liposuction and after any surgery that involves an opening of the stomach.
Having surgery can be one of the scariest events you will ever have to go through. One way to help ease your mind about the surgery is to find a qualified surgeon who is experienced in the procedure you are having done. Every surgical procedure has its own risks and complications. Knowing how to find an experienced surgeon in a certain field will ensure that the surgery will be performed free of complications.
A Cardiac Defibrillator maintains a steady heart beat in patients with severe cardiac arrhythmias. Defibrillator leads are thin wires designed to navigate through veins until they reach heart muscle. These wires deliver pulses of energy to your heart, stimulating a constant, coordinated heartbeat. Some situations call for removing or replacing these leads. Only a well-trained and experienced surgeon should perform this maneuver.
Surgical packs include wrapped collections of sterile drapes, gauze sponges, instruments and other materials often laid out on fenestrated pans. Technicians prepare and sterilize packs for surgery, then store them until needed. Sterilization occurs through application of pressurized steam in an autoclave, or if low-temperature sterilization is needed, through gas or plasma sterilization. Surgeon's preferences dictate specific packing procedures, however, basic principles apply to all cases. Proper pack preparation is critical to safe and efficient surgery. Pack contents should be clean, organized and easy to unpack.
Organ donations creates life from death. Every day families save the lives of many others through donated organs from their loved one who just passed. However, many people have misconceptions about what happens with organ donation. These fears and concerns keep many from signing up to be organ donors. Clearing up these misconceptions can help save countless other lives in the future.
Post-anesthesia nurses care for patients in the post-anesthesia care unit (PACU). PACU patients have just come out of surgery. Post-anesthesia nurses provide care and keep post-surgery patients as comfortable as possible while monitoring their initial recovery.
Using crutches after an accident or surgery can be challenging, particularly if you're already struggling with a heavy cast or have never used crutches before. However, with a little hard work and practice, you will be getting around just fine with your crutches. Just remember to make sure you have crutches that are appropriate for your size and to take it slow when working toward regaining your mobility.
Whether she is recovering from a major surgery or the birth of a child, when your mother is in the hospital there are some items that are likely to bring her the most comfort possible. Just the joy of having her child's company is sure to make your mother feel better, but there are some things you can bring to help when you can't be there with her as well.
Preoperative teaching is the physical and psychological preparation of a patient prior to surgery. It includes instruction about the preoperative period, the surgery itself and postoperative care.
Laryngoscope blades are used during laryngoscopy medical surgeries and procedures. These blades are used for facilitating tracheal intubation and for procedures on the larynx and other upper tracheobronchial tree parts. Subtle differences exist between the different types of laryngoscope blades, with each of them differing slightly as far as their shapes and usage is concerned.
Ankle fusion surgery is performed when the ankle joint has deteriorated significantly. It is considered a last resort procedure. The purpose of the procedure is to alleviate joint pain by stopping the ankle joint from moving.
Using plates, pins, nails and screws to fix broken bones in the arm, as well as in other parts of the body, is referred to as bone fracture repair. The arm has three bones. The long bone in the upper arm is the humerus and the two bones in the forearm are the radius and ulna. Repairing these bones often involves the installation of plates, screws and pins.
Caldwell-Luc procedures have been in practice for over 80 years, reports Dr. Steven Schaefer of The New York Eye and Ear Infirmary. The development of minimally invasive endoscopic surgical equipment has reduced recovery time. You'll need to see your doctor for follow-up visits during the six weeks following surgery and then every three months for the first year following your surgery. The care you take during your recovery can hasten your healing from this nasal surgery.