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5 Alternatives to Hysterectomy

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A hysterectomy is one of the most commonly performed surgeries in America. The problem is, research shows us that many of those surgeries are unnecessary. Find out 5 alternatives you can consider before you say yes to surgery.

Surgery Spotlight10

US Centers For Disease Control Warn About Cheap Dominican Surgery

Monday March 31, 2014

If you are looking for cheap plastic surgery, think twice before traveling to the Dominican Republic (or anywhere for that matter) to get your inexpensive lift or tuck.

19 women from 5 states have developed serious mycobacterial infections in the last year after having surgery in the Dominican Republic. Mycobacterium is a very serious infection for surgical patients and can lead to repeated procedures to drain fluid and pus from surgical sites if antibiotics alone are not effective.

Stories of Dominican Republic Surgeries--and Death

There is a reason plastic surgery is expensive, you are paying for the expertise not only of the surgeon, but of the anesthesia provider, the recovery nurses and anyone else who may participate in your care.  If you want the absolute best care, there is a corresponding fee, but it may be well worth the money. There will always be risks associated with plastic surgery, but staying in the United States may significantly decrease your chances of having severe complications.

Plastic Surgeries Increasing, Breast Implants Are Favorite

Monday March 31, 2014

Plastic surgery continues to grow in popularity in the United States with a record 13.4 million surgeries performed in 2013.

Among the most common plastic surgeries were breast augmentation, rhinoplasty (nose job), blepharoplasty (eyelids), liposuction and face lifts.   Reconstructive procedures, such as a breast augmentation after mastectomy, also increased in 2013.

Plastic surgeries tend to decline when the economy is poor or when Americans have low confidence in the economy, as the vast majority of plastic surgeries are paid for out of pocket.

TAVR Offers New Hope to Aortic Stenosis Patients

Monday March 31, 2014

For patients too sick for open heart surgery but desperately in need of an aortic valve repair, the TAVR procedure may be the answer.

Many patients with aortic stenosis are deemed to sick to have open heart surgery, but they are deathly ill because they need open heart surgery.  It is a vicious catch 22 without a clear answer until now, with the TAVR procedure offering an alternative to open heart surgery.

With the TAVR, aortic valve repair is possible without open heart surgery, which makes it possible for some high risk candidates to have the procedure they desperately need.


Blood Clots After Surgery--What's the Big Deal?

Monday March 31, 2014

If you have recently had surgery, it may seem like the hospital staff is obsessed with blood clots.  They give you medicine, they make you walk, they make you drink, all for a condition you don't even have.  What's with the whole blood clot obsession, you ask?

Simple... blood clots are easily prevented in most patients.  Small blood clots can become seriously huge problems, huge as in changing your ability to take care of yourself, or even survive.  Find out more about why clots can be so serious and the common conditions that you have heard of that are caused by blood clots.

Blood Clots and Surgery

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