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What exactly are adhesions and do they really form after bariatric surgery?

What exactly are adhesions and do they really form after bariatric surgery?

Scarring: Adhesions are the formation of scar tissue after surgery. This scar tissue can cause abdominal problems, including intestinal blockage. Adhesions can occur with any surgical procedure in the abdomen, including any form of bariatric surgery. Consult with your surgeon on the incidence of this complication. ...Read more

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Dr. Joseph Kuhn
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Weight Loss Surgery (Definition)

Surgical procedures for obesity may be appropriate for some dangerously obese people, and they may reduce heart problems and many of the risks associated with obesity. These risks include high blood pressure, sleep apnea, and diabetes. In fact, surgery provides much greater control of weight and diabetes than nonsurgical weight-loss methods. Studies are reporting significant reductions in diabetes, and the need for diabetic medications, after surgery. Other medical conditions that often improve after surgery include heartburn, arthritis, and other joint and circulation problems. The care of patients undergoing bariatric surgery, before and after surgery, requires specialized expertise and facilities. Studies have shown that the likelihood of complications is significantly associated with the experience of the surgeon and staff. Bariatric surgeries produce weight loss through one of two approaches: * Restrictive Banding Procedures. These procedures restrict the amount of food by closing off parts of the stomach with bands. * Malabsorptive Bypass Procedures. This approach restricts the amount of food and also reduces absorption by using a bypass of parts of the intestine. The malabsorptive procedures are more successful in achieving weight loss than the banding approach, but they carry a greater ...Read more


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What medical procedure or surgery may i need to help control my ulcerative colitis? What are the procedures names and how are the done?

What medical procedure or surgery may i need to help control my ulcerative colitis?
What are the procedures names and how are the done?

UC operations: Depending upon the extent of disease, age of patient, biopsies, and patient desires, patients with uc often undergo either a complete proctocolectomy (removal of rectum and colon), total colectomy with preservation of some or all of rectum. Occasionally we recommend a diverting ileostomy (small bowel ostomy) either permanent or temporary. This is complex. Detailed discussion is needed. ...Read more

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I want to get butt implants but what are the risks? How long do they last what are the different procedures?

I want to get butt implants but what are the risks? How long do they last what are the different procedures?

Butt implant risks: Include infection requiring removal, scarring, asymmetry, loss of sensation, pain, and malposition, among other more rare ones. Fat grafting is another option for buttock enlargement, but can require more than one treatment and can also leave lumps, irregularities, scar tissue, or become infected, etc. Fat is living and lasts long-term; implants do not leak or break--should last long-term. ...Read more

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What is a colostomy, and why do so many people need them after colon cancer surgery?

What is a colostomy, and why do so many people need them after colon cancer surgery?

Colostomy : A colostomy is the end of the colon brought through the abdominal wall and attached to the skin. A "bag" is placed over this to collect the stool. It is a possibility for rectal cancer, not typically needed for colon cancer. It is not really that common but is needed it the cancer involves the anal sphincters. ...Read more

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What are the dos and donts after gallstone surgery?

What are the dos and donts after gallstone surgery?

Depends: Early after surgery eat light and non-fatty foods, no heavy work or heavy exercise for 2 weeks or until alright by your surgeon. Once healed there are no specific restrictions and should be able to do all normal activities and eat all normal foods. ...Read more

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Why do women have vaginal reconstructive surgery and what are the dangers?

Why do women have vaginal reconstructive surgery and what are the dangers?

Vaginal reconstruct: Vaginal reconstruction is usually preformed to rebuild areas that have been affected by cancer. There are many ways to rebuild a vagina - usually done with borrowing tissue from the surrounding areas. Flaps are common- usually a drop down rectus muscle flap, gracilis or anterolateral thigh flap can be utilized. Risks include flap failure (rare), bleeding, infection, and donor site problems. ...Read more

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Could orthopedists exist and if they do what kind of procedures do they do?

Could orthopedists exist and if they do what kind of procedures do they do?

Yes.: Orthopedists do exist. The do all procedures related to musculoskeletal surgery and take care of bone fractures. ...Read more

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After cataract removal and laser surgery, I need vitreotomy surgery--is it safe to do all these things?

After cataract removal and laser surgery, I need vitreotomy surgery--is it safe to do all these things?

Yes, if indicated: It is safe to do all these operations on the same eye if there is a medical reason to do so. Your doctor, perhaps with the input from a retinal consultant, will explain the reasons the procedures are required, what is hoped to be accomplished, and the associated risks. ...Read more

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How much time do the bands last after esophageal varices surgery. do you have to have them replaced?

How much time do the bands last after esophageal varices surgery. do you have to have them replaced?

Esophageal banding: Esophageal banding essentially puts a "rubber band" like device around an enlarged blood vessel in the esophagus that is bleeding or at risk for bleeding. This banding essentially cuts off the blood supply. After this is performed the band will eventually fall off in a few days to a week. You might see the band pass in your stool. If you had banding done you may need again sometime in the future. ...Read more

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What type of medication do they give you after retina surgery?

What type of medication do they give you after retina surgery?

Retina surgery: Typically, an ophthalmologist will prescribe various eye drops to help the eye heal after retinal surgery. These include antibiotic and anti-inflammatory (both steroids and non-steroidal) drops. Sometimes, you will also be prescribed antibiotic or steroid pills if necessary. ...Read more

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If someone's stomach ruptures what kind of surgery do they get?

If someone's stomach ruptures what kind of surgery do they get?

Depends: It depends on what you mean by rupture.. If you mean a perforated ulcer then most often we just have to fix the hole. But that is done through a big cut on on your belly. Usually in an emergent case like a ruptured anything that is not done with the small incisions of laparoscopy. ...Read more

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Why do orthopedic surgeons not do 2nd surgeries on the hand/wrist? They are telling me that it is not so simple going through the scar tissue.

Why do orthopedic surgeons not do 2nd surgeries on the hand/wrist?  They are telling me that it is not so simple going through the scar tissue.

Depends: AS the wrist and hands have multiple bones and joints, needing fine motor movements, one can imagine the hesitation to limit the number of surgeries to avoid unnecessary scar formation, which would interfere with those movements and needed flexibility. In the meantime, pl continue to employ OT/PT to maximize strength. ...Read more

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What are some non-invasive things I can do to prevent Asherman's Syndrome after D&C procedure?

What are some non-invasive things I can do to prevent Asherman's Syndrome after D&C procedure?

Nothing: Asherman's syndrome is initiated by too vigorous scraping of the endometrium (lining of the womb) by the surgeon causing scar tissue to form and "cementing" the two opposing walls of the uterus together. ...Read more

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Tattoos before radiation? I learned that patients get tattoo before the radiation therapy process, what and why are there needs to do so? Are they permanent or painful?

Tattoos before radiation? I learned that patients get tattoo before the radiation therapy process, what and why are there needs to do so? Are they permanent or painful?

Tattoos : Tattoos are sometimes needed for radiation therapy. It depends on the part of the body being treated and the type and amount of radiation being given. If they are necessary the tattoos are only the size of the tip of a ballpoint pen and they look like little freckles. The tattoos are used to line the patient up with special lights in the treatment room in order to make sure that the patient is in the same position every day for the radiation treatments. The tattoos do sting for a moment when they done, but most people think it is less painful than an IV or blood draw. They are generally permanent, but hardly noticeable and could potentially be removed with a laser if they are bothersome. ...Read more

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What types of stretch mark removals do they have and how much do they generally cost?

What types of stretch mark removals do they have and how much do they generally cost?

Certain lasers...: ...Have been reported to lessen stretch marks, especially the large purple ones. I have no experience with such treatments, so i can't tell you if they work, or what they cost, but i can tell you that your insurance almost certainly will not cover it -- and it won't be cheap. ...Read more

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I need a laposcopic done for ovarian cyst. They are very large. My insurance is saying they are a pre exsiting con. What should I do to get surgery?

I need a laposcopic done for ovarian cyst. They are very large. My insurance is saying they are a pre exsiting con. What should I do to get surgery?

Very complicated: Every insurance plan makes up its own rules. You may be able to wait 6 months and then be covered. You may have to change plans. New health laws may make pre-existing condition exclusions illegal. If that passes in the country, in your state, or with your plan, then you may be in luck. This is a constantly frustrating issue, but you may have to play the game in order to have your procedure done. ...Read more

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What do I have to do or avoid before and after tubal cannulation? What preparations are required from me. Thanks

Specifics: This needs to be discussed with your surgeon as the advice will change depending on exactly what technique is going to be done ...Read more

Dr. Mark Aranson
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Adhesions (Definition)

Adhesions are scar tissue which can form after any abdominal surgery. The severity depends on whether infection/inflammation was present at the time of surgery. Adhesions are like bands or spider webs that form around the abdominal organs/intestines. Sometimes adhesions are light and cause no problems, sometimes tremendous problems, like crazy glue in the abdomen. Can ...Read more


Dr. Kenneth Foreman
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Bariatrics (Definition)

Bariatrics is the field of medicine dedicated to the study and management of obesity. Medical and surgical weight loss, treatment options, clinical research in obesity, and the general medical care of hospital patients who are severely overweight are all covered in this field. Almost a third of american patients suffer from obesity defined as a body mass index ...Read more