Barium enema. Not words that most patients want to hear. In fact, most patients don't want to hear about enemas at all, let alone enemas with barium, and especially not enemas that take place with an audience.
While no one will put the barium enema on their top ten list of favorite fun things to do for an afternoon, the barium enema isn't usually painful, and they are typically done and over with rather quickly. In the grand scheme of things, the barium enema is probably at least 40% less awful than a colonoscopy, but that is really just a guess. Your mileage may vary--you may prefer the colonoscopy because you get medication that makes you not care and sometimes even forget the procedure.
Find out more about Barium Enemas.
Have you been told you have a fistula? If so, you may be confused about what exactly a fistula is and how they are treated.
First, it is important to understand that there are many types of fistulas, and that they can form in many parts of the body. They can be caused by a surgical procedure, or they may occur spontaneously. The treatment of your fistula will depend on where it is located, how large it is, the type of fistula it is and more. Your doctor (and probably a surgeon) will determine the proper course of treatment, based on the unique characteristics of your fistula.
Heidi Montag, the former television star now more famous for plastic surgery than acting, is speaking out about her plastic surgery regrets. She also just had more plastic surgery.
Montag famously had 10 procedures in one day in 2010. After her plastic surgeon died in a car accident, she blamed him for the over the top amount of procedures she had that day, and denied that she has a plastic surgery addiction. Now she is talking openly about how her F size breast implants caused discomfort and made it difficult to run and clean the house.
All of that didn't stop her from having another surgery, this time to reduce the size of her implants. It also didn't stop her from taking a photographer along on her recent "romantic getaway" in Cabo San Lucas to show off her new look.
Heidi Montag: Before and After Her Most Recent Surgery
Gail Sandidge, a surgery nurse was killed and four others were wounded during an attack at a surgical center near Dallas, Texas. Sandidge, along with other staff, attempted to hide and protect patients during the attack. Gail Sandidge, much like teachers in recent school shootings, sacrificed herself to try to save her patients and coworkers. She was truly a hero.
Of the other four victims, one is in critical condition, one is in good condition and two were discharged from the hospital. One of the individuals who returned home was a coworker of Gail Sandidge.
The attack was the work of Kyron Templeton. The 22-year-old man stabbed Sandidge in the chest during the attack and witnesses say the attacker seemed confused and was talking about how no one would be allowed to kill his mother. Templeton is in custody at this time.
If you have a friend in the hospital this holiday season there are some quick and easy ways to bring the holidays to them.
Here are some quick tips for bringing the holiday to the hospital, and making the most of the day. Spending Thanksgiving in the hospital is probably not high on anyone's list of best places to celebrate, but being a good friend can make all the difference for that person.
If you are in the market for a gift, remember to skip the flowers (most units won't allow them) and go with something a little more entertaining. If you are planning to deliver a plate of Thanksgiving feast, do yourself and your friend a favor and find out if they are allowed to eat before you show up with turkey, mashed potatoes, gravy and all of the other "fixins."
Todd Christensen, 57, former all star tight end for the Oakland Raiders, has died.
Christensen, who has battled liver disease for the last decade, died this morning during surgery. He reportedly died during liver transplant surgery.
More About Liver Transplants
Christensen continued a career in the spotlight as a broadcast journalist for the NFL and even hosted a season of the TV show American Gladiators. He also appeared in an episode of the sitcom Married With Children.
Supermodel Bar Rafaeli had surgery this week but she didn't let it slow her down, she romped on a beach a few hours later.
Rafaeli had a mole removed from her torso, which she covered with a Band-Aid before hitting the sand. Her recovery from surgery is fairly typical for a patient who had a small, shallow mole removed. That is to say, it didn't slow her down at all. For deeper, larger or more invasive types of moles that are suspicious for cancer, the recovery may take a few days, but is generally quick and easy.
Do you have questions about sex and surgery?
When can I have sex? Is it safe for me to have sex during my recovery from surgery? Can anal sex lead to surgery? Is it safe to have anal sex after surgery? These are the kind of questions that people hesitate to ask their surgeon even though they really want to know the answer. In fact, the most common questions that I get are about sex and surgery, patients just aren't comfortable asking questions of such a personal nature.
You found a great surgeon, you have made all of the financial arrangements for surgery, you have time off from work... now what?
Now it is time to make sure you are in the best possible shape to have surgery. That means eating right, getting sleep... in general, getting as healthy as you possibly can so that your surgery goes as well as it possibly can. There are easy (and not so easy) things you can do to be in your peak condition, which is always a good thing when it comes to having surgery.
I had LASIK eye surgery this time last year and reflecting on the experience is interesting for me.
I did all of the things that I tell people to do as the surgery writer here at About.com. I checked out the surgeon, asked a lot of questions, I even observed the procedure being done on another patient. I asked how many procedures the surgeon had performed, and he exceeded the magic number that was lurking in my brain (10,000-20,000) by a healthy 30,000. The best laid plans of mice and men and all that jazz...
I also made sure I was aware of the risks of surgery, PKR eye surgery has some serious risks attached to it, even though serious complications are relatively rare. But wait a second... I said PKR, not LASIK. That's right, I was scheduled for PKR, which has a longer healing time than LASIK, but when I showed up for surgery my corneas had thickened during the course of not wearing my contacts for 6 weeks. Suddenly I was eligible for the procedure I hadn't researched, the procedure that had a shorter healing time and just as good results... right?
As someone who advises others about surgery and advises caution and research whenever humanly possible, this short notice of an hour or so to wrap my head around the change was alarming. The staff, who I had a great deal of faith in, assured me that this was a good thing.
I had done some research on LASIK, enough to know that I would have preferred that procedure, but that was about it. So for the next hour I feverishly did research on the procedure, particularly on the risks associated with LASIK, and decided that it was what I wanted. I reviewed the risks of LASIK surgery, and went under the laser. I would not advise this crash and burn surgery scheme to anyone, but I did have an advantage of having written about the procedure prior to this. I actually read some of my own articles to make my decision.
My experience was a relatively good one. The medication they gave me to keep me calm had the opposite effect of making me tearful and my emotions were all over the place. At one point I cried, which, I can assure you, is not like me at all. I had a minor issue of having air bubbles under my cornea flaps, which just takes sitting quietly for a few minutes to resolve, and the procedure can go on. I spent my 15 minutes sniffing and crying, saying "I have *sob* bubbles *sob* under my flaps" as though this extremely minor complication was the absolute end of the world. I imagine it was like watching an overacting soap opera actress do her worst impression of a mentally deranged surgery patient.
The staff had met me several times prior to the surgery, so they took this change in my general affect in stride, calmed me down and went forward.
I went from legally blind (but correctable) to 20/25 in the next half an hour. I drugged myself silly with an over the counter sleeping pill and slept through the majority of the pain. The next day my eyes were the stars of the Itchy and Scratchy Show, but otherwise, I was pleased. The next few days, however, I experienced inflammation in both eyes that made it look as though Central Ohio was San Francisco on the foggiest day. It was alarming, but treated easily and efficiently with some high test steroid drops, and resolved in about a week. I was told that I'm the "once every month or two patient" who had this complication, so it is uncommon but not exactly rare. I will admit I was terrified though, when the fog was at its worst, wondering why I had decided to have an elective surgery on my perfectly healthy (though legally blind without correction) eyeballs. Why on earth would have choose to have a surgery that carried a risk of blindness for vanity? What was I thinking?
It wasn't about vanity though, it never was. I couldn't stand to wear my contacts any longer, they were irritating my eyes with even short wear times, and my glasses were thick and heavy and expensive--even with the super expensive high index lenses with anti-glare coating and all of the bells and whistles. Within two months of surgery my vision was 20/15 and I was, and am, thrilled.
My eyes, or more specifically the devices I used to correct my vision, were holding me back. I realize that now when I finish whitewater kayaking, or rock climbing or any of the other adventures I enjoy. When water splashes in my face, or I end up upside down in fast moving water, or it rains, or it is hot and steamy out, I am thankful that I had the procedure.
I no longer reach for my glasses first thing before I even dare get out of bed. I no longer try to hold my glasses on my face when looking down, although I did keep trying to push glasses that were no longer there up my nose for a few weeks after surgery.
I am addicted to my sunglasses, my eyes are even more light sensitive than they were with contact lenses, so people comment about how I always have a pair of polarizing lenses perched on the top of my head, ready to put on at a moment's notice.
Would I do it again? Absolutely.