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Medial Rectus Recession
Left eye-had a 3mm muscle taken from the medial rectus muscle & 4mm lateral recession 3 months back. If too much muscle is gone, how do you fix that?
Left eye-had a 3mm piece of muscle removed from medial rectus muscle. If too much muscle is gone, how can that be fixed surgically?
Muscle surgery: The piece of the muscle was removed to shorten the muscle and this will turn your eye inwards toward the nose. If too much is removed the eye will overturn inwards and correction is possible by changing the site of insertion of the muscle tendon on the eye. Hopefully your eye with the first surgery will be in the right position. ...Read more
2 joint muscle: The rectus femoris starts at the top of the hip bone and ends below the knee. You use it to lift your leg (for example when taking a step up) and to straighten your knee. Since it crosses two joints, the hip needs to be extended and the knee bent to stretch it. The best method depends on your current fitness level and activities. It is best to have an athletic trainer/ physical therapist show you. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Male pattern baldnes: I suspect that you're referring to male pattern baldness which is due to a combination of genetics & hormones. Check out http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/001177.htm. Then go see your Family Doc who may refer you to Dermatologist or Hair specialist. In meantime, you can try OTC minoxidl but finasteride requires prescription (it's FDA pregnancy category X). ...Read more
Why isn't my periodontist telling me the cause of my big recession? I go for my quarterly cleanings. Why does he not volunteer the answer in any way?
Informed consent: Part of informed consent is getting the diagnosis from a provider. If that doesn't happen, treatment is done without proper patient understanding of the risks, benefits, and altrernatives to that treatment. No one would take their car to a mechanic and receive a bill without knowing what the bill was for. Similarly, a patient should receive a reasonable explanation of their condition. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Don't ask questions: Apathetic people don't ask questions. Not even rhetorical ones like yours. But there are many success stories in a recession. It's just the ratio of success to failure that decreases. Its ultimately up to you to blame personal failure on circumstances like the faltering economy or seek new solutions to your problems. ...Read more
Does most or at least half of the adult population have gum recession as a result of natural aging into their eighties?
Sort of..: Some minor recession may be normal, BUT most pathological gum-recession that I see is from people that have mildly-moderately brushed/scrubbed their teeth with large aggressive motions! Use gentle/small 'massaging' micro-motions with a soft tooth brush! ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Will the use of my new expensive sonicare lead to more recession and does it get into the sulcus with normal use?
Just one aid, but...: It's a great aid to proper oral hygiene and if used properly, it won't do any damage. However, you still need to floss your teeth. It may help but not solve the problem of gum recession. Ask your dentist to explain to you what caused your gum recession and what you can to prevent further periodontal problems including the recession. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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