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Can Bunions Be Corrected Without Surgery
Cannot: May be able to unload joints using unloader braces. This will not permanantly correct the problem. Severe knock knees can lead to early arthritis. Surgical correction generally includes gradual correction with an external fixator. Acute correction can lead to nerve problems. In older adults with degenerative disease, knee arthroplasty is performed. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
No: Not all varicoceles need to be treated. Reasons to fix a varicocele would be symptoms (pain), infertility (common finding with infertile men), and adolescents with testicle atrophy. Treatment options include open surgical repair including microsurgical approach, laparoscopic varicocelectomy or percutaneous embolization typically performed by a radiologist. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Yes...if indicated: Surgical correction of deformities should only be considered if your pain/limitations are unacceptable and you've failed non-surgical management. If surgery is performed, a comprehensive approach (as opposed to a quick fix) is usually required. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Nonoperative care: many herniations can be treated with therapy and time with eventual resolution of pain ...Read more
Pectum chest contour: Pectum deformities can be minor and only have aesthetic concerns like a bulge or a concavity vs those with a significant functional element as well.The latter ones are corrected by essentially cutting out the depressed area in the pectum excavatum cases and expanding the chest. While the aesthetic cases can be dealt with by what i call camouflage procedures. Consult with your local plastic surgeon. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
Yes: Herniated (slipped) discs will often heal without surgery; surgery often helps but should be the last resort. Rest & time, physical therapy & anti-inflammatory drugs & herbs help, as can mind-body techniques & acupuncture. Healing back pain naturally: the mind-body program proven to work by art brownstein is a good book on the subject. ...Read more
Yes, it can: Myopia can be treated medically with a drug called ulipristal. Unfortunately, this drug is only available in Europe, not in the US. ...Read more
Can bowstringing of ant tib tendon after fasciotomy be surgically corrected or will I need orthotics or ankle fusion? If can be fixed, how?
Yes and no: A varicocele cannot be corrected without some sort of procedure. It can be done via interventional radiology by embolizing the varicocele angiographically. More commonly, it is ligated surgically via one of a number of techniques (laparoscopic, robotic, inguinal, subinguinal). The various benefits of each approach should be discussed with your physician. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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