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A 36-year-old female asked:

i need capsular plication surgery for loose shoulders. is the rf probe technique preferable to a tuck and fold procedure? i want good results!

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Dr. Terry Simpson
General Surgery 35 years experience
Depends: It depends on the nature of things. The rf is good because it facilitates scaring however, its long-term results are not as well known. Chat with your shoulder surgeon- they have the best information.
Dr. Christopher Piller
Orthopedic Surgery 27 years experience
No Heat: Capsule tightening with sutures or anchors is safe and can be titrated to how much laxity is present and the major directions of instability. Rf shrinkage is technically easier and faster, but has been implicated as a potential cause of delayed damage to capsule tissue and joint cartilage.

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Is there a risk to the surgery?

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Dr. Pedro Hernandez
Geriatrics 40 years experience
Which surgery?: In general all surgery has some risks. The risk from the anesthesia ( severe allergy, hypotension, respiratory or cardiac arrest) the risk during surgery of bleeding, perforarion of viscera, leaving instruments, gauze or towels inside, the risk after the surgery with infections, the risk of clots, the risk of not achieving the desired goal, the risk of scars internally (adhesions) or externally.
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Do you normally show the patient the hardware that you will use in the surgery?

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Dr. Denise Reeves
Obstetrics and Gynecology 34 years experience
Not usually: Surgeons use a variety of instruments or hardware in the operating room. Sometimes we will show patients what an implant looks like, or other object that is specialized, but the run of the mill equipment is not usually shown.
A 43-year-old member asked:

What would cause doctors to postpone surgery?

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Dr. Daniel Quon
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 42 years experience
Several things: Surgeries can be cancelled or postponed due to a number of reasons. The patient can be too ill to undergo surgery, abnormal lab results, need for additional diagnostic information, or time not available, problems with equipment necessary for surgery, sick surgeon, emergencies, and natural disasters.
A 44-year-old member asked:

Do you have to pay for surgery in a public county hospital?

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Dr. Ankush Bansal
Internal Medicine 17 years experience
Of course: Of course, why not? Medical care is not free, even at public hospitals. All the "public" in public hospitals means is that the government owns and runs the hospital. You still pay for all medical care either directly or through insurance (private or public).
A 30-year-old member asked:

How often do attending physicians let the residents or fellows do most of your surgery?

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Dr. Arnold Beresh
Podiatry 41 years experience
IT varies: If you are going to a teaching institution is it very common with the attending being present.

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