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Jennifer Heisler, RN

Updated Articles and Resources

By Jennifer Heisler, RN

    Updated Articles and Resources
    • How To Pack For The Hospital Created: Saturday, November 08, 2008 Updated: Wednesday, April 16, 2014
      Find out what you should pack for the hospital to make your stay as comfortable as possible. Whether you are having surgery or a baby, packing well can make a huge difference in your recovery.
    • Hysterectomy For Uterine Prolapse Created: Thursday, February 12, 2009 Updated: Wednesday, April 16, 2014
      If you are considering a hysterectomy, find out what to expect from women who have had a hysterectomy. This interview with a real woman who has had a hysterectomy offers insight into the procedure ...
    • What Can You Tell Me About Anal Sex and Surgery? Created: Thursday, October 31, 2013 Updated: Wednesday, April 16, 2014
      Are you wondering about anal sex and surgery? Does anal sex lead to surgery? Can you safely have anal sex after having surgery? Find out the answers to these questions here.
    • Preventing or Minimizing Scars After Surgery Created: Saturday, December 20, 2008 Updated: Wednesday, April 16, 2014
      Learn how to prevent and minimize surgery scars. It is possible to minimize scars from an injury or surgery, find out the different ways to decrease scarring.
    • Mastectomy Surgery - Comparing Types of Mastectomies Created: Sunday, August 17, 2008 Updated: Wednesday, April 16, 2014
      What is a mastectomy, why is it performed and what is the difference between the different types of mastectomy surgeries.
    • Circulating Nurse Definition Created: Tuesday, September 29, 2009 Updated: Wednesday, April 16, 2014
      Wondering what a circulating nurse is, and what a circulating nurse does? Learn more about circulating nurse job duties and more.
    • What Is an Exploratory Laparotomy Surgery? Created: Sunday, February 01, 2009 Updated: Tuesday, April 15, 2014
      Laparotomy surgery is quite common, find out why a laparotomy is performed, what happens during a laparotomy surgery and a typical recovery from a laparotomy procedure.
    • Help! My Surgical Incision Is Opening! Created: Sunday, December 28, 2008 Updated: Tuesday, April 15, 2014
      You need to call your surgeon. Even if it is minor, the opening of an incision allows foreign material like bacteria inside of the wound.
    • What Is Diprivan? Created: Wednesday, July 01, 2009 Updated: Tuesday, April 15, 2014
      Diprivan, also known as Propofol, is a short acting sedative. Learn about how and why it is given, when it is used, and contraindications.
    • Chest Tubes: What Is a Chest Tube? Created: Sunday, May 03, 2009 Updated: Monday, April 14, 2014
      What is a chest tube and how is a chest tube inserted? Find out how chest tubes are placed, why a chest tube is put in, and how a chest tube is removed. Learn why a chest tube is used and when a chest tube is appropriate.
    • All About Constipation Created: Wednesday, July 09, 2008 Updated: Friday, April 11, 2014
      If you are having difficulty going to the bathroom after surgery you may be constipated. There is a risk of constipation after having a surgical procedure. Learn how to prevent constipation, what t...
    • In-Depth Overview of Hysterectomy Surgery Created: Sunday, May 25, 2008 Updated: Friday, April 11, 2014
      What is a hysterectomy and why do you need one, if you need one at all? Is a hysterectomy optional or is it necessary? What will your sex life be like after surgery and is it true your sex life wil...
    • Hernia Surgery: From Hernia Diagnosis to Repair Created: Saturday, October 04, 2008 Updated: Friday, April 11, 2014
      Hernia surgery is very common, but there are many types of hernias and just as many types of hernia repair surgeries. Find out about the different types of hernias, how hernias are diagnosed, and t...
    • How to Care For a Surgical Incision Created: Saturday, December 20, 2008 Updated: Friday, April 11, 2014
      Learn how to properly care for an incision, preventing infection and healing quickly.
    • Caring For Your Incision After Surgery Created: Sunday, December 28, 2008 Updated: Thursday, April 10, 2014
      Learn how to care for your surgical incision properly. Find out the right way to care for your incision to heal quickly after your surgical procedure is over." itemprop="d="$zTP='t3'" --> itemprop...
    • The Types of Surgical Specialties A-Z Created: Tuesday, September 02, 2008 Updated: Thursday, April 10, 2014
      An A-Z list of the different types of surgical specialties and the type of surgery that is practiced." itemprop="description"> Monday, January 05, 2009 Updated: Thursday, April 10, 2014
      What does the spleen do and how does it function? Find out what the spleen does and why you can live without it.
    • Inguinal Hernias - Diagnosis and Surgical Treatment Created: Friday, September 26, 2008 Updated: Thursday, April 10, 2014
      Understand what an inguinal hernia is, how it is diagnosed and treated. Find out what happens during inguinal hernia surgery and how an inguinal hernia and femoral hernia differ."
    • Intubation: What Is Intubation and Why Is It Done? Created: Saturday, September 06, 2008 Updated: Thursday, April 10, 2014
      What is intubation? What is the definition of intubation? Find out why intubation is done, why intubation is necessary with general anesthesia along with images of intubation.
    • Temperature After Surgery Created: Monday, April 11, 2011 Updated: Thursday, April 10, 2014
      Are you concerned about a temperature after surgery? Find out if your temperature is serious, if your fever is normal and what you should do about a temperature after surgery."
    • Before and After Hysterectomy Surgery Created: Friday, January 30, 2009 Updated: Wednesday, April 09, 2014
      Answers to frequently asked questions (FAQ)about hysterectomy surgery. Find out what to expect before and after a hysterectomy." itemprop="description">
    • Complications and Problems After Surgery Created: Sunday, December 28, 2008 Updated: Wednesday, April 09, 2014
      Do you have questions about your recovery after surgery? Find out the answers to common questions about incisions, complications and problems that happen during recovery after surgery."
    • Versed (Midazolam) Created: Sunday, August 09, 2009 Updated: Wednesday, April 09, 2014
      What is Versed? When is Versed given? Find out why Versed is given, when Versed is used, how Versed is given, the side effects of Versed and combining Versed and Fentanyl.
    • Blood Chemistry Tests-What is a Chem 7? Created: Tuesday, November 11, 2008 Updated: Wednesday, April 09, 2014
      Learn more about one of the most common blood tests, the blood chemistry, or Chem7. Find out what is being tested for and what the results mean.
    • Urinary Catheters Explained Created: Sunday, April 28, 2013 Updated: Wednesday, April 09, 2014
      You may have questions about how a urinary catheter will be inserted, how long the catheter will stay in place and how to care for your urinary catheter." itemprop="descrip='t3'" --> itemprop="desc...
    • Understanding the Risks of Anesthesia Created: Sunday, June 15, 2008 Updated: Wednesday, April 09, 2014
      Before you have surgery, make sure you understand the anesthesia you will be given and the risks involved. Different types of anesthesia have different risks, understanding your personal level of r...
    • Pacemaker Surgery: All About Pacemakers Created: Sunday, May 17, 2009 Updated: Wednesday, April 09, 2014
      Do you need a pacemaker? Find out what a pacemaker is, what you need to do before surgery, the risks of pacemaker surgery, how the procedure is performed and what you can expect from life after pac...
    • Step-by-Step Surgical Bandage Change Instructions Created: Saturday, December 20, 2008 Updated: Wednesday, April 09, 2014
      Changing a surgical bandage is not difficult, but doing it correctly can prevent infection and encourage healing. Learn how to change your bandage correctly here.
    • Maxillofacial Surgery Defined Created: Monday, September 01, 2008 Updated: Wednesday, April 09, 2014
      Maxillofacial is the area of surgery that deals with problems of the face, head, neck, jaw and sinuses. It's also known as oral surgery.
    • What is an Incisional Hernia and How Is It Treated? Created: Saturday, September 20, 2008 Updated: Tuesday, April 08, 2014
      What is an incisional hernia, what causes it and how is it treated. How is incisional hernia surgery performed and what can you expect during recovery from hernia surgery." Monday, March 30, 2009 Updated: Tuesday, April 08, 2014
      What is a triple bypass and why is it done? Triple bypass heart surgery is a very common procedure. Find out more about triple bypass surgery, open heart surgery and more.
    • Best Gifts For a Hospital Patient Created: Saturday, December 31, 2011 Updated: Tuesday, April 08, 2014
      When a loved one is sick and in the hospital many people like to take a gift when they visit. Find out what gifts may not be appropriate for someone who is sick and in the hospital and gifts that ...

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