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Can you get HPV from a contaminated surgical instrument?

Can you get HPV from a contaminated surgical instrument?

Very Unlikely: We don't know the exact answer to your question, but i would say you are not at risk of getting hpv from an instrument used in surgery. The only exception i can think of is a vaginal retractor that was in contact with active hpv infection (warts) and then that retractor immediately coming in contact with you--contact with your hands probably would not put you at risk of getting hpv. ...Read more

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During my tubal ligation, my ob/gyn used a surgical instrument that is contraindicated for tubal sterilization. Is that ok to do?

During my tubal ligation, my ob/gyn  used a surgical instrument that is contraindicated for tubal sterilization. Is that ok to do?

Get second opinion: this story sounds incorrect. tubal ligation done properly is a very easy procedure and it is unusual that mistakes are made like this. the consequences of mistakes, like unintended pregnancy make doctors pretty careful about this stuff. get the operative report and review it with another gyn surgeon to put your mind at ease. ...Read more

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Are the titanium instruments going to remain on my spine the rest of my life if I do a kyphosis surgery ?!

Are the titanium instruments going to remain on my spine the rest of my life if I do a kyphosis surgery ?!

Most likely: Usually do remain in spine when for correction of curvature of spine. They help to maintain the correction. Complications such as infection, broken rods and screws may require removal of part or whole device. Most spinal fusions usually are intended to last forever. ...Read more

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Is there an option to straighten up my postural kyphosis instead of just doing a risky surgery ? I don't want no instruments on my body !

Is there an option to straighten up my postural kyphosis instead of just doing a risky surgery ? I don't want no instruments on my body !

Your righNo surgery: For postural kyphosis indication forfusion forckyphosis is rigid ( not postural) progressive structural curve greater than 60 degrees of positive saggital rotation huge severe curve postural kyphosis is treated with therapy and corrects lying supine can't be confused for a structural deformity by the learned an instrumented fusion for postural kyphosis is madness the cureis worse than the disease. ...Read more

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Should all hospitals use/have a instrument-intraoperative nerve monitor , used to safeguard the recurrent laryngeal nerves during thyroid surgery?

Should all hospitals  use/have a instrument-intraoperative nerve monitor , used  to safeguard the recurrent laryngeal nerves  during  thyroid surgery?

Nerve monitoring: At the present time this is not considered standard of care for routine initial thyroidectomy. Operative technique is more important. Nerve monitoring is an adjunct for primary surgery. In repeat surgery or very complicated cases it would be expected that the surgeon use it. It can be very helpful under those conditions. ...Read more

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