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Yes and yes: While there have been specific manufacturer recalls of various leads and devices, overall implantable cardiac defibrillators are among some of the safest medical devices implanted. They are extraordinarily effective at terminating the potentially fatal heart rhythms they are implanted to treat. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Wait until after: I generally recommend waiting until you are finished breastfeeding prior to having any procedures. There are no studies to show whether this is safe. Furthermore, because your hormones are at different levels during the postpartum period, you may be more likely to hyperpigment after a laser procedure if you were to do it while breastfeeding. ...Read more
Not very effective. : Ablation for regular tachcardias such as supraventricular tachycardia or atrial fibrillation is very successful (>90%). Ablation for atrial fibrillation which is chaotic rhythm is either not successful or if initial success, the positive outcome is not sustained. In other words there is a high rate of recurrence. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Very effective: Endometrial or uterine ablation is up to 90% effective in treating abnormal bleeding depending on the method used. Hta and novasure are the two most effective and common methods. Novasure is slightly quicker and can be scheduled almost any time in your cycle. Hta or genysis hydrothermablation can be performed on differently shaped uteruses with greater safety and with less discomfort. ...Read more
Very safe: In the right patient, very safe. The beauty of an iud is that if it causes discomfort or bleeding, it can be easily removed. Mirena (levonorgestrel) also offers the benefit of low dose Progesterone locally which can help control heavy menstrual bleeding. It's unsafe for women prone for STDs since the iud can help infections reach the pelvic cavity & cause infections or abscesses. Your doc will review your risks. ...Read more
If used properly: Glycerin irritates the bowel lining, causing it to secrete fluids that help relieve constipation. It has no direct cardiac effects. If used to the point that it causes severe diarrhea, there can be changes in your electrolytes which can cause abnormal heart rhythm changes. The insertion of a suppository in the rectum can cause vagal nerve stimulation, rarely resulting in low heart rate and BP ...Read more
Risks of ablation: Mostly the risks are the same as for other procedures, including infection and bleeding, but also rhythm disturbances of the heart and the development of fluid around the heart. In addition, the risks for pacemakers include pneumothorax or the presence of air around the lung. These are usually safe procedures which are performed by trained cardiologists. ...Read more
Dofetilide: Tikosyn (dofetilide) is one of the medications we use for rhythm control in atrial fibrillation. All these medicines have statistical risk associated with their use. They are approved for use in humans which means used properly the risk is low. Used in the wrong person the risk could be significant. Discuss with the doctor prescribing for information specific to an individual. ...Read more
Mepivicaine: Mepivicaine (carbocaine) is pregnancy category C, however lidocaine is pregnancy category B and can be used safer. The answer actually depends on what the clinical situation is and whether the drug is needed. Talk to your MD. You can look up any drug and find out its pregnancy category. ...Read more
Yes, depends on doc!: Morcellation is only needed if a uterus is larger than a certain size. Usually the uterus can be removed INTACT using laparoscopic or vaginal techniques through a temporary opening in the vagina. If your surgeon is sufficiently skilled, this can be done WITHOUT a hospital stay! A subtotal hysterectomy (where the cervix is left in) DOES require morcellation. There is no advantage to this. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Not fully accepted: Laser spine surgery is an attractive option to patients who fear conventional spine surgery. But there is something to say when there are only a few centers in the country that perform this procedure. With any procedure, educate yourself and proceed with caution. Traditional spine surgery has its risks, but what surgical procedure doesn't? ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Much, much safer!: A second repeat prelabor cesarean section is 13 times less likely to result in fetal death as compared to attempted vbac! third and fourth (fifth etc) repeat prelabor cesarean sections are exponentially more dangerous for the mother but always safer for the baby when compared to attempted vbac. Only attempt vbac if your md agrees and you want >2 more pregnancies if you accept 1/200 risk of rupture. ...Read more
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