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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.

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Alexis Shapiro, 12 Year Old Weight Loss Surgery Patient, Improving

Wednesday April 16, 2014

Alexis Shapiro had brain surgery to treat a serious condition a few years ago, but the side effect was that she felt unending hunger despite packing on as much weight as two pounds a week.

The kindness of strangers led to a fundraising effort that produced $85,000 for the weight loss surgery she desperately needed but insurance refused to pay for.

4'7" Shapiro is showing signs of feeling full according to her surgical team, and may lose as much as 40 pounds in the next few months.  Combined with continuing to grow, Alexis may be able to reach a normal weight during adolescence, if her current condition is any indication of what is to come.

Defunct 800-Get-Thin Sues Insurance Company

Wednesday April 16, 2014

Billboards with 800-Get-Thin on them were all over California until the Food and Drug Administration said they failed to disclose the risks of weight loss surgery.

Then came state and federal lawsuits alleging that the 800-Get-Thin centers were defrauding insurers. Now, 800-Get-Thin surgery centers are suing the UnitedHealth Group to get the $100 million they claim they are owed.

The moral of the story? Who knows who is right and who is wrong, but the lawyers are going to make a bundle on this case. Patients suffered and patients died, but money seems to be the primary focus of everyone involved.

If you are considering weight loss surgery, make sure you choose your surgeon very carefully.


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.

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