Diabetes is a leading cause of lower limb loss by amputation in the United States. In this article, we look at why this can happen, how common it is, and how to prevent it. We also look at the warning signs to look out for to prevent diabetes-related complications and amputation.
An analysis of published trials calls for research into vitamin C's effects on critically ill patients after finding it can cut time in ICU by 8 percent.
Dry socket occurs when a blood clot falls out of the extraction site of a recently pulled tooth. It can be very painful, but some home remedies can ease symptoms until a person can see their dentist.
A pacemaker keeps the heart beating regularly, and inserting one into the chest requires surgery. This is a relatively safe procedure. Learn more about heart pacemaker surgery here.
Hemorrhoid surgery is an effective way of removing hemorrhoids that cause symptoms. There are several types, and recovery time may be a few weeks. Learn more about hemorrhoid surgery here.
Liver cysts are abnormal growths that can develop in the liver. They are uncommon, and most people with liver cysts do not have symptoms. If they begin to cause pain or other issues, a doctor may recommend surgical removal of the cyst. Learn more here.
To prevent infection and ensure proper wound healing, it is usually best for a healthcare professional to remove a person's stitches. However, with sufficient care and sterile equipment, it is possible for an individual to remove their stitches safely at home. Learn more here.
A small bowel resection is a type of surgery in which the surgeon removes a damaged part of the small intestine and rejoins the healthy parts. A doctor may recommend this surgery for people with severe complications of Crohn’s disease, such as strictures and fistulas. Learn more here.
A stent is a small tube that doctors can place in a blocked artery to help restore healthy blood flow. In this article, learn more about the procedure, possible risks, and what to expect.
A femoral hernia occurs when tissue pushes through the muscle wall of the groin or inner thigh. Symptoms include a lump and sometimes pain in the area. Diagnosis may include imaging tests, and there can be complications. Learn more here.
A ventriculoperitoneal shunt is a medical device that surgeons use to treat hydrocephaly. The article looks at the types, procedure, possible complications, and tips for recovery.
Here, we share the fascinating stories of six people who have turned the scalpel on themselves. This Spotlight feature is certainly not for the squeamish.
There are many reasons to have surgery. Some operations can relieve or prevent pain. Others can reduce a symptom of a problem or improve some body function. Some surgeries are done to find a problem. Your doctor or a nurse will give you instructions on what to do before the surgery and what you can and cannot do afterward.
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