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What would be the recommended diet for post op bariatric surgery?

What would be the recommended diet for post op bariatric surgery?

Depends: Each surgeon has their own protocol for diet after surgery. And it often depends on which procedure you have done. Generally speaking, however, you will likely be on liquids for a short period of time, and then advance from there to soft diet, to regular food. Just less of it. ...Read more

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Dr. Mark Loury
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Thyroid Surgery (Definition)

Surgical removal of the thyroid can be performed safely in experienced hands. Risks include general anesthesia, bleeding, infection, injury to nerve that moves vocal cord causing hoarseness and swallowing difficulties, injury to parathyroid glands causing low calcium and need for medications, need for thyroid medications, scar and ...Read more


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What is required for post op care after ankle arthroscopy?

What is required for post op care after ankle arthroscopy?

Ankle scope: Depending on how involved the procedure is but usually you are immobilized in a splint for two weeks non weight bearing with crutches followed 4 weeks in a walking boot. During which you start light physical therapy. Once you r cleared your surgeon will increase the physical therapy. Typical recovery is 6-8 weeks before u can go back to activity. ...Read more

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Any special care required after cornea replacement surgery?

Any special care required after cornea replacement surgery?

Eye drops&protection: use your eye drops according to directions, keep cornea protected and regular follow-ups with your eye md ...Read more

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How long after hammertoe surgery is post op appointment?

Hammer toe surgery: I see my patients in 6-9 days after surgery. If they have any concerns they come in earlier. Some doctors will see their patients at some point longer that a week. If you have concerns ask your doctor about them. ...Read more

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Pre op for hernia surgery, ECG read " possible inferior infarct , age undetermined, what should my concerns be heading into surgery friday morning?

Pre op for hernia surgery, ECG read " possible inferior infarct , age undetermined, what should my concerns be heading into surgery friday morning?

Heart attack: This could be a sign if an old heart attack. If it was the computer reading, it may not be correct. Comparison with an old ECG is helpful. Depending on the type of hernia operation ( there are many), the surgeon and anesthesiologist will decide to proceed or postpone. They should discuss the risks with you as well. ...Read more

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What follow-up care is necessary during recovery after surgery for esophageal cancer?

What follow-up care is necessary during recovery after surgery for esophageal cancer?

Close followup: Both the surgeon, medical oncologist and radiation oncologist must be involved in your followup care. Depending on the stage, you may involve all 3 of these specialists who will mainly follow you by physical exams, ct scans and occasionally pet/ct scans. ...Read more

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What are pain expectations. on post op carotid surgery?

What are pain expectations. on post op carotid surgery?

Can vary greatly: Any surgical procedure will have some sort of pain associated with it - because everyone tolerates pain differently, it's near impossible to truly answer your questions. Rest assured, your nurses and doctors post-operatively will monitor your pain levels and correct them as needed or as able. Remember, reasonable pain control does not mean you feel no pain / zero pain / zero out of 10 on the scale ...Read more

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I was wondering what are physiotherapy measures for pre and post operative abdominal surgeries?

I was wondering what are physiotherapy measures for pre and post operative abdominal surgeries?

Most of abdominal: Surgeries , body has remarkable recovery powers , need very little physiotherapy needed , unlike musculoskeletal surgery , need ambulation , cessation of smoking , reparatory exercises , progressive ambulation , brief period of pain medications , avoiding constipation assures rapid recovery ...Read more

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What is the s.T.E.E.R protocol for CT service post op (day1) open heart surgery?

What is the s.T.E.E.R protocol for CT service post op (day1) open heart surgery?

Ventilator: Steer protocols deal with weaning patients from the ventilator. S-screen; t-test; e-exercise; e-evaluate; r-report. ...Read more

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Had 3 hour surgery. What are some post anesthesia problems?

Had 3 hour surgery. What are some post anesthesia problems?

Anesthesia problems: Side effects depend on the type of anesthesia, the length and type of surgery, the age and gender of the patient, and other medical conditions that patients have at the time of surgery. With general anesthesia, people sometimes have nausea, sore throat, hoarse voice and muscle aches. Spinal blocks have a low risk of headache. Nerve blocks have a rare risk of nerve injury or infection. ...Read more

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What are the post operative precautions after wisdom tooth removal?

What are the post operative precautions after wisdom tooth removal?

Usually : Soft diet, avoid foods with small tough particles (poppy seeds, sesame seeds, etc) no vigorous rinsing, no smoking, no drinking from a straw. To name a few precautions. This is all depending on the difficulty of the removal, talk to your dentist or oral surgeon. ...Read more

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Best pain management for pre and post total hip replacement?

Best pain management for pre and post total hip replacement?

Regional Anesthesia: I like to use regional anesthesia techniques. Spinal anesthesia with dura morph will give you good pain control up to 18 to 24 hrs. Epidural anes will give you up to 3 days of pain control but have to balance with early ambulation. Both techniques will decrease the risk of DVT or clot complications postoperatively. ...Read more

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What would be the pre and post op requirments on rxs for a patient about to have major 6 level fusion back surg. This patient currently taking zanax x 20 yrs and aterol. What would be the pre and post op requirments regarding these medications due to the

What would be the pre and post op requirments on rxs for a patient about to have major 6 level fusion back surg. This patient currently taking zanax x 20 yrs and aterol. What would be the pre and post op requirments regarding these medications due to the

Shouldn't be any: If you are on usual therapeutic doses of both adderal and xanax, (alprazolam) they will generally continue your medication pre-op, and begin it again as soon as you are eating. If you are going to not be eating for any prolonged period of time, an equivalent amount of another benzodiazepine (like ativan) can be given as a shot (0.5 mg of Ativan im is equivalent to 1 mg of xanax). The adderal can be skipped. ...Read more

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Post op care of decompression surgery of lateral femoral cutaneous nerve. I have this surgery wednesday, can you tell me the post op care please?

Post op care of decompression surgery of lateral femoral cutaneous nerve. I have this surgery wednesday, can you tell me the post op care please?

Call your surgeon: Call your surgeon today if you have a question. Even if its not during normal work hours, someone will be covering. In general, wounds should be kept dry until they are not oozing fluid, then it is ok to shower - usually 24-48 hours. Activity as tolerated. Obviously it depends on the incision location regarding any special instructions. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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Treatment for prolonged fever(post operative bypass surgery)?

Treatment for prolonged fever(post operative bypass surgery)?

Toradol: If this is within two weeks, it could be postcardiotomy syndrome, which responds to Toradol or similar Non steroid anti inflammatories. If beyond a few weeks, might be a lingering infection. Please consult your surgeon. ...Read more

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What are post whipple surgery complications?

What are post whipple surgery complications?

Whipple type: Pancreatectomy, or radical pancreatico-duodenectomy) is an extensive operation. Besides infection, hemorrhage, and possible injury to adjacent organs (there are many organs and vital structures adjacent to duodenum and pancreas), some complications include pancreatic fistula, intestinal obstruction, liver failure, diabetes, malabsorption, progression of malignancy, and even perioperative death. ...Read more

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85 year old with Salzmann's is scheduled for cataract removal surgery. Are there any concerns? Should nodules be removed prior to surgery? Scaring?

85 year old with Salzmann's is scheduled for cataract removal surgery.  Are there any concerns?  Should nodules be removed prior to surgery?  Scaring?

Salzmann's nodules: hyaline deposits between the epithelium and Bowmans membrane of Cornea causing astigmatism. Superficial keratectomy of astigmatism-inducing Salzmannā€™s nodules should always be performed prior to cataract surgery. Stable keratometry readings and IOL calculations cannot be reliably obtained until 3 to 6 weeks after surgery. Toric IOLs should be avoided because of the risk of recurrent nodule. ...Read more

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Post colectomy instructions...Diet, sex, return to work?

Post colectomy instructions...Diet, sex, return to work?

They are: And should have been instructed to you by the surgeon. We all have our own preferences for these things. Depends on how extensive and what portion of colon for diet . But my patients are usually at regular before leaving hospital. ...Read more

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Subtotal thyroid surgery, what does it mean?

Subtotal thyroid surgery, what does it mean?

Subtotal: This is an arcane surgical term referring to removing most but NOT all of the thyroid. It was historically done to reduce risk of recurrent laryngeal nerve injury and hypoparathyroidism. Currently, thyroid surgeries are mostly half (hemi) or all (total). ...Read more

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What should I expect during recovery after thyroid surgery?

What should I expect during recovery after thyroid surgery?

Usual course: Typically people have some stiffness and soreness in the neck for the first week or two. Sometimes swallowing can be difficult (especially liquids) and the voice can be hoarse for the first month (about 10% of people). Energy levels can fluctuate because of the surgery, as well as, thyroid hormone levels changing. Other specific issues can be addressed by your surgeon. ...Read more

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Why iodine is used before thyroid surgery?

Why iodine is used before thyroid surgery?

Decrease blood flow: If the patient has graves' disease or other hyperthyroidism and is scheduled for surgery, doses of iodine can be given to temporarily decrease the blood to the thyroid and aid in surgery--typically sski is given. Radioactive iodine is given to ablate the thyroid in hyperthyroidism. Some feel it should not be given in grave's if there are eye problems from the graves or it may make the eyes worse. ...Read more

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Signs of calcium lost after thyroid surgery?

Signs of calcium lost after thyroid surgery?

Low calcium: Typical symptoms might include a numb or tingly feeling around the mouth or in the hands and feet, or muscle cramps. In severe cases carpal spasm can develop - see the picture here: http://www.Nejm.Org/doi/full/10.1056/nejmicm074227. ...Read more

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Can someone tell me how long will it take for my incision to heal after thyroid surgery?

Can someone tell me how long will it take for my incision to heal after thyroid surgery?

Depends: It depends on how the incision was closed. Traditionally it is closed with a thin suture and steristrips which would take 7-10 days to heal but the bruising could take up to 2-3weeks. ...Read more

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Where is a good place to get this in florida or east coast to get endoscopic thyroid surgery dan?

Where is a good place to get this in florida or east coast to get endoscopic thyroid surgery 
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Why?: There are a number of centers near florida that do endoscopic thyroid surgery, like tulane la, atlanta ga. The only real advantage to this type of thyroid surgery is that you would have a smaller scar in the neck or no scar if done through the axilla (arm pit). However, the procedure usually takes more time, therefore more anesthesia. There is no evidence that complications are less frequent. ...Read more

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I ask I'm almost 1half month done my thyroid surgery why it's still I fell my neck is to tired thank u?

There will be: a NORMAL "thickening" at the site of your surgery for several months after the procedure! In addition any fatigue you had prior to the surgery I assume will respond to thyroid replacement (if indicated) or a little "tincture of time"! Hope this helps! BE WELL! Dr Z ...Read more

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I ask I go for thyroid surgery How many weeks can I go to work I'm nanny I do some cleaning to house thank you?

I ask I go for thyroid surgery How many weeks can I go to work I'm nanny I do some cleaning to house thank you?

Within a few days?: you should ask the surgeon about this, but it all depends on what surgery is being done on your thyroid - if it is a deep procedure, say a subtotal thyroid extort, it could take up to a week for full recovery, while simple biopsies take a day to do and you are back at work the next day. Ask your surgeon ...Read more

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After thyroid surgery, the amount of calcium get decreased.What are the food need to include for getting this balanced?

After thyroid surgery, the amount of calcium get decreased.What are the food need to include for getting this balanced?

Should resolve: After thyroid surgery you can shock your Parathyroid glands which may cause a short period of hypocalcemia. This can be treated with calcium carbinate (tums) or dairy products like milk. The transient hypocalcemia should resolve once the parathyroid glands recover, UNLESS they were mistakenly removed. You should also get your calcium levels checked by a doctor. ...Read more

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I had thyroid surgery it will be 2 weeks tomorrow my strips are still on does this mean I have a problem am I not healing right ?

I had thyroid surgery it will be 2 weeks tomorrow  my strips are still on  does this mean I have a problem am I not healing right ?

Steri strips: This is normal. It means you are a good patient and didnt disturb the strips. They will fall off in a few days, no worry. ...Read more

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What can you expect after thyroid surgery?

Thyroid surgery: Their are many potential complications from thyroid surgery, these issues are best discussed with the physician who is planning to perform the operation. ...Read more

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What are the complications of thyroid surgery?

What are the complications of thyroid surgery?

2 main ones: Any surgery has risks from the anesthesic, as well as bleeding and infection. These problems are rare. Thyroid surgery specifically risks injury to the vocal cord nerves which can cause hoarseness. Injury to the parathyroid glands can cause low blood calcium. These problems also should be rare and are not expected after thyroid surgery, but you should discuss with your surgeon. ...Read more

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How long can you recover from thyroid surgery?

Should be <6 weeks: Varies for many, but wound strength maxes out at 4 weeks, and levels off through 6. Other causes of pain, immobility, hormone insufficiency, and possible hypocalcemia are variable. Most people take 2-3 weeks to return to usual activities. ...Read more

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How much does thyroid surgery cost? Both sides.

How much does thyroid surgery cost? Both sides.

Hard to say: One can get estimates by asking around. There are doctor's bills for office visits, the actual surgery, and hospital visits if he charges separately for hospital care days (presuming one has to stay in the hospital). Hospital bills are hard to predict, and there are separate bills for lots of different items such as labs, meds, x-rays, etc... And also anesthesiologists, radiologists, pathologists. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: thyroid surgery?

What is the definition or description of: thyroid surgery?

Thyroid Surgery: Surgical removal of the thyroid can be performed safely in experienced hands. Risks include general anesthesia, bleeding, infection, injury to nerve that moves vocal cord causing hoarseness and swallowing difficulties, injury to parathyroid glands causing low calcium and need for medications, need for thyroid medications, scar and need for additional surgery. ...Read more

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I ask how many weeks totally dry the thyroid surgery thank you ?

I ask how many weeks totally dry the thyroid surgery thank you
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Thyroid surgery: The response to thyroid surgery will, to some extent, depend on how much of your thyroid gland was removed, and whether you have been subsequently prescribed thyroxine. ...Read more

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How long after thyroid surgery does it take to return to a feeling of normalcy.?

How long after thyroid surgery does it take to return to a feeling of normalcy.?

Thyroid Recovery: 2 factors. 1) recovery from surgery. Typically basic recovery from neck surgery is on the order of 5-10 days at which point surgical pain and initial wound healing complete. 2) if total thyroidectomy there will be a period of time needed to find a new balance to your thyroid replacement. In some cases thyroid replacement may be delayed until confirmation is made that all tissue was removed. ...Read more

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How long after thyroid surgery (partial) does it take before you feel yourself again?

A month: It will take 4 to 6 weeks to start feeling no pain or swelling. In can take months for your surgical scar to get back to a point where it s not so noticeable. ...Read more

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Dr. Oscar Novick
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