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how is aortic stenosis treated?

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Dr. Matthew Hennig
Thoracic Surgery 19 years experience
Surgery vs Meds: Initially aortic stenosis (as) is treated with medications, but when the heart begins failing due to it as well as a few other parameters, it is time to think about surgical valve replacement. This can be done either as a traditional open heart operation or in some cases now percutaneously without having an incision.
Dr. Howard Rubin
Cardiology 47 years experience
Aortic stenosis: If critical, then aortic valve replacement.
Dr. Joshua Murphy
Pediatric Cardiology 19 years experience
Age dependent?: Infants with aortic valve stenosis go to the pediatric cath lab for balloon dilation of the valve. The balloons are small, shaped like a hotdog, are positioned across the stenotic valve then quickly inflated and deflated to open the valve. A second procedure we do for kids is called the "ross procedure" where a patient's pulmonary valve is moved to the aortic and a graft replaces the pulm valve.

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A 21-year-old member asked:

I think I havespinal stenosis. What is the best way for me to get a diagnosis?

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Dr. Roger Frankel
Neurosurgery 29 years experience
See your doctor: Spinal stenosis is made by appropriate history and physical exam. If these warrant it, an MRI or ct myelogram will confirm the diagnosis.
Dr. Cornelia Franz
Specializes in Pediatrics
Once you have the diagnosis and if you are in pain, consider acupuncture and Chinese Medicine. It can bring great relief.
Dec 28, 2011
A 22-year-old member asked:

What kinds of surgery are used for spinal stenosis?

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Dr. Roger Frankel
Neurosurgery 29 years experience
Laminectomy: Laminectomy is the most common treatment for lumbar stenosis. There are some minimally invasive forms of this surgery that are also available. Cervical stenosis can be treated with laminectomy, laminectomy and fusion, laminoplasty, or anterior cervical discectomy and fusion. The operation chosen depends on what structures are causing the stenosis.
A 21-year-old member asked:

What are the grades of carotid stenosis?

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Dr. Eduardo Haddad
Nephrology and Dialysis 46 years experience
Variable: They can be totally occluded or have non signicant plaque. The degree of blockage is expressed in percentage so that 80% or greater is considered for intervention when unilateral or when associalted with symptoms such as tias or if the other side is blocked at even lower percentage such as 70%.
A 21-year-old member asked:

What is the difference between pyloric stenosis and hypertrophic pyloric stenosis?

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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 46 years experience
Same entity: Some use the optional discriptor "hypertrophic" as an add on to pyloric stenosis. Ps is by caused by an overgrowth and tightening of the muscles surrounding the pyloric region of the small intestine. As such the "hypertrophic" is a redundant term. Some do a similar thing by saying yellow jaundicde when jaundice would be sufficient.
Dr. Bryan Levey
Dr. Bryan Levey commented
Pediatrics 27 years experience
Or "spinal menengitis." Or "sugar diabetes." (there are other kinds of diabetes, but the "sugar" type is what we're almost always talking about).
Dec 30, 2011
A 31-year-old member asked:

What's a decompression for spinal stenosis?

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Dr. Thomas Dowling
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 40 years experience
Surgery: Spinal stenosis is when the spinal canal is too narrow for the nerve elements. This can be a congenital or acquired in origin. When surgery is indicated, one of the mosf common is a laminectomy which is a removal of the "roof" of the spine freeing up or decompressing the nerve tissues, a decompression.

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