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What Happens During A Mastectomy
Compression!: A screening mammogram involves taking two pictures of the breast (top-down and side-to-side) to get a complete view of the breast. This is done with the breast tissue "squished" for a few seconds so as to get the best images. I am told that it is as painful as it sounds but the pain usually is gone quickly. Most importantly, we can find cancers much earlier with a high probability for cure. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Sample removed: Three ways of doing a breast biopsy: direct, ultrasound, or stereotactic guidance. With all of these, the area of the skin is anesthetized, and then a needle is inserted into the lump/mass, the mechanism fired, and tissue is removed. It is usually 1 to 2 cm in length and 0.1 cm in width. The pathologist will interpret and give a result. Limited risk, limited complications. A straightforward test. ...Read more
Good question: We make careful incisions through the different layers of the belly (skin, fat, muscle peritoneum, uterus) to get the baby and placenta out. Then we inspect the uterus, ovaries, tubes to make sure things look ok. We then carefully sew up the different layers again. Hope that is what you were looking for. ...Read more
Baby!: You and your doctor will determine what delivery method is best based on your pregnancy. If a c-section is needed, you will go to the operating room. You will likely get a spinal which will make you numb. And then an incision is made above your pubic bone, and the baby is delivered through that incision. After the baby comes out, your doctor will sew you back together. ...Read more
Squeezing: During a mammogram, the breast tissue is stretched forward and squeezed tightly between 2 plates. This may feel like pinching or even a sharp pain. It only takes a few seconds to get the x-ray. Then the plates are loosened and in most cases, the discomfort goes away quickly. Two or 3 films may need to be taken of each breast. The better the compression, the easier it is to find tumors! ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Office procedure: Vasectomy is a minor office procedure performed with local anesthetic. A tiny puncture is made in the skin to grasp the vas tube. A small segment of the vas is excised and the edges either tied cauterizer or clipped. in the hands of an experience urologist it should not be painful and should take about 15 to 20 minutes. ...Read more
Major surgery: Whipple surgery involves removal of a part of the pancreas, small intestine & bile duct with several new surgical connections performed. Best performed by a well experienced general surgeon who has done many of these procedures. Risks of bleeding, infection, poor healing, pancreas leak, diabetes, etc. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
Breast cancer tx: During a breast cancer treatment, you would work closely with your oncology team- including a breast surgeon, medical oncologist and radiation oncologist. All of them will work with you so you can get the best therapy available tailored to your case and to ensure that you can get through the therapy well, cope with those possible adverse events and still able to maintain descent quality of life. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Improved curve...: Muscles and ligaments are dissected from length of spine; screws are placed into the spinal pedicles, and titanium rods are crosslinked to the screws, thereby straightening the curve. Recovery then takes about 4-5 days in hospital, verying time aft going hoem. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Varies...: I have found that gynecomastia, if persistent, is often best treated with partial excision of the prominent glandular tissue as well as liposuction surgery of the peripheral chest area. If the prominence of the chest wall is caused by adipose tissue, then liposculpture surgery alone may suffice. For patients with excess skin, common after weight loss, skin excision may also be necesary. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
It happens.: This has happened before to childbearing age women. All cancer doctors have experienced this. Depending on the exposure of radiation and the trimester of pregnancy frank discussions of risk to the baby take place. If it happens while taking treatment as you state and the belly is not the area of treatment there may be ways to shield and protect the baby. You can not directly radiate the baby. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Bearable: A screening mammogram is a process that takes <15 minutes. Your breast is compressed and flattened. 1 image is taken. Then your breast is repositioned and another image is taken. This whole process is repeated for the other breast. The compression is what makes the mammogram uncomfortable. However it is bearable. Try to have it done when your breasts are not sore. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
See below: Typically, an imaging modality, commonly echocardiography, is used to image the heart and the pericardial space. After local anesthesia is given, a long needle is inserted under the guidance of the echo to the pericardial space and the fluid will be withdrawn with a syringe. Typically, a plastic tube will then be inserted and left in place to drain into a bag for a few days. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Nerve decompression: A laminectomy describes any procedure where the back bony covering (lamina) of the spine is surgically removed. The purpose is to gain access to the spinal canal to remove a disk herniation, bone spur, cyst, or anything else that is putting pressure on the nerve roots or spinal cord. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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