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should an orthopedic surgery patient refrain from using marijuana prior to the surgery?

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Dr. Jeffrey Roth
Addiction Medicine 43 years experience
Yes: Any form of smoking will irritate the lungs and lead to potential complications with surgery and the associated anesthesia.
Dr. John Michalski
Orthopedic Surgery 36 years experience
Marijuana: Generally speaking, yes. Check with your orthopedic surgeon.

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Is a catheter needed for gallbladder surgery?

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It depends: Whether a urinary catheter is needed depends on the length of the operation as well as surgeon preference. Sometimes a catheter is placed for the operation only and removed before a patient wakes up from anesthesia. If the operation is uncomplicated and only involves taking out the gallbladder, then this is usually short enough to not need a catheter.
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Is catheter angiography necessary before bypass surgery for someone with CAD ?

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Yes: It is like a roadmap to decide which vessels to bypass.
A 41-year-old member asked:

If I have incontinence due to prostate surgery how should I measure the extent for my doctor?

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Dr. Simon Kimm
Urology 16 years experience
A few ways...: Quantifying leakage is valuable to the urologist seeking to manage incontinence, but it is difficult to do. Some provide the doctor with a 'pad count', or simply the number of pads used per day. A more accurate way is by pad weight. To do this, place used pads in a plastic bag (i.e. Ziploc) & weigh it. Then subtract the weight of the bag and the same number of dry pads. Add up the weights daily.
A 41-year-old female asked:

I have had surgeries for endometriosis and I really want to get pregrant am 42 what can I do.?

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Dr. Gerard Honore
Fertility Medicine 29 years experience
RE ASAP: See a reproductive endocrinologist as soon as you can: all else notwithstanding, if you are 42 years old you don't have time to waste. See a specialist; you may not need aggressive treatment but you can't afford the luxury of trial and error that younger women often have. Best of luck!
A 32-year-old male asked:

My brother was diagnosed with a warthin's tumor and needs surgery to remove it. What should we be concerned with in regards to this procedure?

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Dr. Francine Mosley
General Practice 20 years experience
Have surgery, go on.: It's also called: papillary cystadenoma lymphomatosum, and is 8x > in smokers, occurs in men and women and in 5% - 14% or cases, warthin's tumor is bilateral. Warthin's tumor is highly unlikely to become malignant. This is not to be confused with wharton's duct, which is the name for the submandibular duct. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/warthin%27s_tumor.

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