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Pros And Cons Of Ear Tubes
Easier feedings: The primary advantage of a feeding tube, whether nasal (NG) or surgical, is easier feeding. Tubes may also be used to deliver medicines or to check for gastric residuals. Tubes need upkeep and may become blocked or dislodged, so it is important to have a plan for routine and emergency care. All tubes carry the risk of infection: aspiration pnemonia for NG tubes, skin infections for surgical tube. ...Read more
Few if any cons: In general infants are pacified by sucking and a pacifier can really help infants that are calmed by sucking, in my experience pacifiers rarely interfere with breast feeding and since they can easily be removed when needed are preferable to sucking on fingers/thumbs. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
See below...: I am not an ENT doc, so i won't claim in knowing much about this beside little experience from my own patients etc...Here is a link for pretty good/accurate info (posted on aetna website) with lots of references behind it: http://www.Aetna.Com/cpb/medical/data/400_499/0403.Html so, if you are interested in learning about it...It is an good and acurate start..Good luck.. ...Read more
Depends: It depends on the type of surgery performed. You should talk with your doctor, who should have the information necessary to give you good recommendations. ...Read more
Many pros, few cons: Pros. Hear better Cons. Cannot have an MRI scan easily with a cochlear implant. You may have to hear things that you don't want to hear. The advantages so far outway the disadvantages. There is almost no reason not to implant in a child or adult that qualifies for this technology. ...Read more
Not needed if...: Circumcision is unnecessary if good hygiene is done. Babies are born complete, finished, and perfectly fine (except for the few unlucky ones with birth defects). Circumcisions are done for religious and cultural reasons, but the procedure does permanently change the genitals, so parents should think about it and talk about it before doing anything to their perfect little newborn. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Surgery: In the aoporpiate setting of abdominal symptoms from gallstones, the "pros" of surgery would be pain relief ; eating normally again. The "cons" of surgery would be the usually low risks of bleeding, infection, or needing to perform a larger open surgery instead of laparoscopic. Also risk of not feeling better or having more digestion problems after gallbladder surgery if there is a different issue. ...Read more
Very few cons: Vaccines are safe for most kids. The worst reaction most children have is fever, some irritability, soreness, and redness. It's a small price to pay for not getting potentially serious diseases like measles, flu, and whooping cough. Getting shots helps protect other people, including siblings, from those illnesses. Babies too young to get whooping cough shots have died when exposed to it. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Depends on cause: Balloon angioplasty works best for localized narrowing in an artery. It is performed by inserting a catheter (long tube) in an artery, usually at the groin. The balloon stretches out the narrowed area to open it. Recovery time is just a day or two, much shorter than a bypass. Bypasses are used for total blockage of an artery, where a balloon can't get in or when balloon angioplasty has failed. ...Read more
Need more info: The mediastinum is the area around your heart. Ablation means "destruction". The pros and cons depend on what is being destroyed (lymph nodes? Cancer?) and how (radiofrequency? Heat? Cold?) ask your doctor what the evidence is for the procedure, and what alternatives are possible. The mediastinum contains critical structures, so you don't want to risk any non-proven procedures. ...Read more
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