This is the real-life experience of a family member who had core decompression and then total double hip replacement to treat his avascular necrosis. What to expect at the hospital and at home.
Learn what to expect after meniscus surgery, from a patient's perspective. See pictures of what your knee will look like after a partial meniscectomy. Learn what the recovery is really like.
Considering a tonsillectomy as an adult? Based on my personal experience, here is a guide about what to expect during the procedure as well as during recovery.
The best way I could think of to describe the process of Histology is to tell the story of a patient and follow the patient from the collection of a biopsy to a diagnosis.
YAG capsulotomies are routine procedures used to restore vision after the formation of a secondary cataract, also called posterior capsular opacification.
Asthma and general anesthesia both affect the airways, lungs, and breathing. A certified anesthesiologist explains what asthmatics need to know in order to safely proceed with surgery.
This article explains what the abdominal/pelvic CT procedure is, why it may be done, and what the doctor may be looking for. Three videos are included to demonstrate what the images may look like.
An anesthesiologist explains why your muscles sometimes need to be reversibly paralyzed during anesthesia. Neuromuscular blocking agents are used to achieve this goal. Learn how these drugs work to keep muscles from moving.
Bariatric surgery is an effective method to lose weight and reduce comorbidities. Gastric bypass, gastric banding, sleeve gastrectomy, and biliopancreatic duodenal switch are the common types.
CT contrast, also known as contrast dye, is used to better visualize blood vessels and some internal organs. How does it work? Are there any side effects and/or risks?
I had a macular pucker peel procedure done on my left eye. This article covers everything you need to know if you're considering this procedure for yourself.
My son suffered a herniated disc, which led to a microdiscectomy procedure. This is the story of his experience, including the recovery phase.
Vecuronium and rocuronium are commonly used neuromuscular blockers. The medical professionals who use them may call them "paralytics" or "muscle relaxants."
Bladder retention after general anesthesia is fairly common. Find out why this happens. Understand your own risk factors and related complications from a board-certified anesthesiologist.
There are a number of different reasons why you may need to undergo a colostomy surgical procedure. Here are seven potential reasons.
What is local anesthesia? How do local anesthetics work? And, most importantly, what do you need to know about their uses and risks as a health consumer or patient?
Spinal taps can make diagnoses that save lives, but they can have painful side effects. Watch out for these signs that you might be suffering from a post-dural headache.
After 5 years of donating plasma, I’ve learned a lot. In this article, I'll share my knowledge of the most common donation issues I’ve experienced and seen firsthand.
It's scary to hear a drug referred to as a "paralytic," but sometimes their administration is medically necessary. Neuromuscular blocking agents are used to make anesthesia and surgery safer.
As someone who regularly suffers from migraines with weird symptoms, I have undergone a number of MRIs. Being claustrophobic makes it worse. So how do I get through these procedures?
In March 2018, I underwent a PET/CT whole body scan. In this article, learn what a PET/CT scan is, why it is used, how it is given, and what information its results can give doctors and patients.
What is an epidural? Learn about the risks, benefits, and potential complications from a board-certified anesthesiologist.
A board-certified anesthesiologist explains what to expect when you have general anesthesia, possible side effects, and potential complications. Frequently asked questions are answered, as well.
Arthroscopy is a minimally invasive surgical technique. It is used for both diagnostic and therapeutic purposes. One alternative to arthroscopy is open surgery. This article details the indications for the use of arthroscopy as well as a description of what the procedure entails.
I very recently had sinus surgery to remove nasal polyps, a mucocele, and to widen my sinus openings. Here is my story.
A board-certified anesthesiologist discusses the common cardiac effects of general anesthesia and also explains why there is some variability.
With so many cosmetic lasers for fat reduction, how do you know which to choose? As a professional who has performed numerous treatments for guests, here is my personal opinion review on the Lipo Laser by Meridian Medical (which is different and...
Are you wondering if you can eat a normal diet after gallbladder removal surgery? Dietary complications may vary from one person to the next, but there are foods that can help in the healing process.
In this article, I provide first-person experience with individuals I have known who suffered knee problems, along with some useful links to additional information. Some suggestions for decision-making, along with photos and a video, are included.
These questions and answers about the lap band will be helpful for those wanting to have weight loss surgery. My experience was ultimately successful, but the struggles have been great.
So you've be told you need additional testing after your mammogram. Handling the anxiety can be rough.
Since 1999, I have had prostate problems leading to biopsies in 2000 and 2003. Based on personal experiences, this article details what to expect after having undergone a prostate biopsy.
The ventrogluteal injection site is the preferred injection site for adults and children over 7 months.
As an anesthesiologist, I sometimes hear patients ask me, "Are you going to use the 'Michael Jackson Drug' on me?" Propofol is is safe and effective when administered by qualified professionals.
Diabetes is a systemic disease affecting the whole body. Both type I and type II diabetes present risks that must be considered by the anesthesiologist before, during, and after surgery.
Do you get clammy, sweaty, light-headed, hot, and nauseous when approached by a needle? This is not weakness. In this article, an anesthesiologist explains the vasovagal reaction.
The MRI procedure might be scary and upsetting for an anxious or claustrophobic person. This article offers information and coping methods for patients. It also provides helpful resource information.
The cost of a Crystalens implant can vary widely. Learn how the cost can be affected by a surgeon's philosophy and product packaging—from personal experience and the experience of others.
An anesthesiologist explains the various terms used to describe sedation, anesthesia, and analgesia.
The sweat chloride test for cystic fibrosis measures chloride ions in an individual's sweat. A positive result indicates the presence of cystic fibrosis.
Surgical repair of your shoulder, including your rotator cuff, labrum, bicep, and tendon, can be a scary proposition. Learn what to expect on the day of surgery, as well as the immediate recovery.
At the age of 65, I had internal and external hemorrhoids removed by surgery. This article first examines the nature of hemorrhoids and then details what to expect after hemorrhoid removal surgery.
Knowing what to expect during your CT scan (aka CAT scan) can help reduce any anxiety you may have. This article explains everything that will happen before, during, and after the procedure.
So, what was it like going to Thailand to have sex reassignment surgery? Here is my experience, in a nutshell.
Seizures after anesthesia are a rare, but they are a recognized complication in the post-operative period. Learn about the risk factors for this complication.
Cataracts will affect all of us at one point in our lives. This article has all the information you need to make an informed decision when it's time for surgery.
I discovered the importance of my thyroid gland only after I no longer had one. Following my thyroidectomy, I struggled with weight gain. In this article, I share what I've learned.
A doctor will often order a HIDA scan if gallbladder problems are suspected but an ultrasound shows no stones.
Acid reflux under anesthesia can lead to aspiration pneumonia and lung damage. Learn from an anesthesiologist how to protect yourself from these complications.
Are you scared to have D&C? Entering the women's surgery center, I feared this common operation on the uterus. But this outpatient procedure has changed since your mother had it 20 years ago.
This article talks about what happens to hair after chemo therapy has ended and your hair starts growing back.
High blood pressure can be a problem during general anesthesia and surgery. If you are facing surgery, controlling your hypertension will make your anesthetic as safe as possible.
Fentanyl, a synthetic opioid pain medication, is a powerful drug. Its use in the operating room is routine and valuable, as explained in this article. Abuse and addiction with fentanyl are dangerous and often deadly, even with just one use.
These are the highlights of my jaw surgery—from the hospital stay to my recovery time at home. The surgery solved my overbite issue, and I survived the procedure and the hospital stay. However, it was not a walk in the park.
I was totally unprepared for my orbital decompression surgery, and it ended up being a nightmare! By sharing my experience, I hope that others will be more prepared than I was.
Regional anesthesia refers to numbing a region of the body, rather than the whole body. An anesthesiologist discusses different techniques to induce regional anesthesia.
The entire body is affected by an anesthetic. Here, a board-certified anesthesiologist gives an overview of the effects of anesthesia from head to toe.
As an anesthesiologist, I see many people facing surgery, some for the first time. Find out the best ways to calm yourself down before day surgery.
Face-down positioning after a vitrectomy can be a boring yet stressful time. Here are a few things I did to make the experience easier for me.
After living with carpal tunnel for decades, I finally decided to correct it with surgery. This article is about my experience with carpal tunnel and the surgery to fix it.
Femoral nerve blocks are useful for knee and thigh surgery. An anesthesiologist explains the technique, uses, and risks of the commonly used femoral nerve block.
Understanding the features of a normal knee X-ray can help you identify any problems you are having. Includes multiple knee X-ray views.
Learn about what to expect from a CT scan, including reasons your doctor may recommend the procedure, risks vs. benefits, preparing for the procedure and the scan, and follow-up care with your doctor.
An interscalene block of the brachial plexus is used to provide pain relief during and after shoulder surgery. Find out from an anesthesiologist what you should know before having this type of block.
Learn what a total knee replacement recovery is like from someone who elected for knee replacement surgery some years ago and the strategies that she later adopted to delay surgery on her second arthritic knee.
Would it scare you to know that no one really knows how anesthesia gases work? As amazing as it is, it's true, as explained here by a physician anesthesiologist.
I had bunion surgery six months ago. Here are some recovery photos, as well as tips for coping by rearranging your bedroom, making adjustments to your daily activities, and asking for help.
Cervical spine surgery is a procedure that corrects the movement of the neck and alleviate nerve compression. The prospect of surgery can be downright intimidating. If you are having one in the future, continue reading to know what to expect. ...
Hip replacement is a routine surgery, and the techniques are well tested. Recovery can be very speedy indeed, although there are a number of factors that will impact the specific outcome.
Donating blood nearly killed me. Read about my experience to learn how to avoid what I went through.
Whether you are planning to have knee replacement surgery, or whether you're currently recovering from the procedure, there's a lot to know. This is what I learned from my experience.
A look at the problems with collecting accurate pulse oximetry readings in newborns. This is for nurses or anyone else interested in the technical aspects of infant care.
Most people are so nervous about their cataract operation, they don't think much about what to expect after the procedure. Unfortunately, some surgeons don't provide adequate information, either.
The doctors’ primary concerns when you wake up in recovery are your levels of pain and nausea. I wasn’t nauseous and only had a mild soreness in my chest.
A mastectomy causes both physical and emotional pain, not just from the surgery but because of the lifestyle changes it requires. Knowing what to expect helps. These tips for adapting to your new body should also help.
After years of dieting and yo-yo weight loss, I decided that surgery was the way to go. Being a nurse, I researched to find the procedure with the fewest side effects. I've had four surgeries since 2011.
Balloon kyphoplasty procedures have been used to treat spinal fractures for a number of years now. Learn more about the procedure through my personal experience.
After getting gum grafting surgery, I wanted to recover FAST for an upcoming New Year's event. This is what I did to move things along more quickly.
There has never been a better time to be bedridden. While it's never ideal, thanks to modern technology, patients today have their choice of many more ways to occupy their time.
Adult tonsillectomies are more common than you might think, but the recovery process is often tiring and somewhat painful. Avoid prolonging your recovery time with a few simple post-op care tips.
My 5-year-old son had his adenoids removed recently after he had repeated ear infections. This is a story of our experience from the infections to post-surgery recovery.
Being awake under anesthesia is a serious and traumatic event. A board-certified anesthesiologist discusses this frightening complication, risk factors, and why it most likely won't happen to you.
Surgery is typically performed for severe laryngomalacia when sleep apnea or growth failure are present. What to expect when your child has a supraglottoplasty or epiglottopexy.
Cysts are a very common medical problem. In this article, I share photos of what my cyst looked like—inside and out!
Are you having a calcium scoring test? Here is what you need to know about why your doctor ordered it and what it will tell about your health.
Stitches have been used to close wounds for thousands of years. Staples, tape, and adhesive are also used today. Laser welding of wounds may be common soon.
If you're looking for juicy tips for your intimate encounters, this is not the page for you (sorry). Here, I share how to pass the time enjoyably when you're obliged to be in bed due to illness.
One of the most important—and dangerous—tasks assigned to an anesthesiologist is securing the airway of the unconscious patient. Find out how and why this is done from a certified anesthesiologist.
Postoperative cognitive dysfunction is a state in which a decline in learning, memory, and/or personality changes persist long after the surgery.
A long-term kidney transplant recipient lists her top 10 ways to keep an organ transplant going strong. This helpful and encouraging advice can apply to the recipient of any type of organ transplant.
Personal experience with cataract surgery and a Crystalens implant, including the surgery, early results and the costs of the procedure
Gas pain after surgery is a common complaint. This articles offers tips and advice from a board-certified anesthesiologist for how to prevent and treat post-operative gas pain.
Do you feel a painful lump on the front or inside of your thigh? It may be a femoral hernia. Learn about what it is, the causes, and what to expect in terms of diagnosis and treatment.
Post-spinal anesthesia side effects can result from the needles, the technique, or the medications used. Most side effects are minor and short-lived.
How do you cope with your emotions after an ostomy? At first, it is really hard to come to terms with because you have a s**t bag stuck to your stomach and what can be worse than that? Emotional stress is expected, but how should you deal with it?
If you must have your appendix removed because of appendicitis, here is my story about my laparoscopic appendectomy. I hope it helps you prepare for your surgery.
Malignant hyperthermia is an uncommon skeletal muscle disorder affecting people undergoing general anesthesia during surgeries. This article covers its diagnosis, pathophysiology, and management.
Are you facing cataract surgery in the near future? If so, please consider these five topics, presented in order of importance, based on my own experience.
There are a number of different refractive surgery procedures, but LASIK is the most popular and for good reason. Learn more about this popular procedure.
Ever wonder "What is the difference between a spinal and an epidural?" Read an anesthesiologist's response to this question.
The recovery time for a laparoscopic gallbladder surgery is about two weeks or more depending on the individual. This article will discuss what to expect both during and after gallbladder surgery.
Lidocaine is commonly used for local anesthesia. While its use is safe when dosing guidelines are followed, there are some risks, complications, and potential toxicity issues to understand.
Doctors sometimes use a fecal transplant to add bacteria to the large intestine. The procedure can be very helpful for C. diff infections and for some cases of IBD.
Are you a candidate for a total knee replacement? If so, I hope this article, which includes my husband's joint replacement, will benefit you. Hip and shoulder replacement candidates can also benefit.
In order to donate plasma, your hematocrit (Ht or HCT) or protein levels, needs to be at a certain minimum level. Here are some helpful hints that I’ve learned during my 5 years as a plasma donor.