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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.

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

Too Sick For Aortic Valve Stenosis Surgery? TAVR May Be For You

Sunday March 30, 2014

TAVR, Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement, is the newest thing in open heart surgery and it is improving the lives of patients with severe aortic stenosis.

For many patients with aortic valve stenosis, open heart surgery just isn't safe as they are too sick to tolerate such a serious procedure.  That has changed for many with the TAVR procedure, which isn't an open heart surgery, but a valve replacement that is placed via a heart catheterization procedure.

Think of TAVR as the minimally invasive version of an open heart valve repair, it is easier on the patient and has a much quicker recovery.


Woman Spends Small Fortune On Plastic Surgery to Look Like Jennifer Lawrence

Sunday March 30, 2014

It sounds like the kind of thing Jennifer Lawrence wouldn't approve of: a 30-year-old woman spending $25,000 on plastic surgery to look like Jennifer Lawrence.

Kitty, a mother of one, had breast augmentation along with fat grafts to her face and buttocks, all to look more like the movie star.  She thinks the procedures have enhanced her naturally similar appearance to the star.

The Risks of Plastic Surgery

12 Year Old Texas Girl Has Weight Loss Surgery

Wednesday March 26, 2014

Alexis Shapiro, a 12-year-old girl from Texas, had weight loss surgery this week after strangers donated over 80,000 dollars to her cause.

Alexis has a rare condition that causes her to feel hungry no matter how much food she eats.  The condition is a side effect of a surgery she had to move a tumor in her brain.  In the last two and a half years, Alexis has gained an average of two pounds per week, a statistic that should change now that she has had weight loss surgery.

The surgery reportedly went well, with Alexis going to the PICU at Cincinnati Children's Hospital. This surgery was a sleeve gastrectomy, and doctor's anticipate a gastric bypass procedure in the future.

Is Your Doctor an MD or DO? What type of Training Did Your Physician Have?

Friday February 28, 2014

If you are looking for a doctor, you may be wondering about the whole MD vs DO thing.

Does it matter? Do you care if your doctor has MD behind their name or if they are trained as a DO? Find out the differences in the way the two types of physicians are trained during medical school and the impact it has on the care they provide.

MD or DO--The Differences Between the Two Types of Physicians

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