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Catheter (Definition)

A catheter is a thin plastic tube that is inserted into the body to obtain fluids/blood or give medicine. So some catheters can be placed in the veins and medicine given directly into the body, IV fluids given or blood sampled. A catheter can be placed in the bladder ...Read more


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What is a timeline for putting in a pacemaker?

What is a timeline for putting in a pacemaker?

Often nonurgent: The urgency of pacemaker implantation depends on the severity of the underlying slow heart rhythm it is aimed at treating. It's rare that slow heart rates are so profound as to cause dangerously low blood pressures, but obviously if that is the case it is an emergency. Many times the symptoms are mild, and one can schedule it electively within a few days to a week. ...Read more

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What kind of surgery is done for a pneumatacele in a premature infant?

What kind of surgery is done for a pneumatacele in a premature infant?

Pneumatocele: Usually a small chest tube or catheter is place in the area to remove the air slowly. I have also seen selective ventilation done for the pneumatocele to slowly resolve. Generally, it is a surgical procedure, not surgery. ...Read more

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Is it common for doctors to use an epidural during a butt lift? How effective is an epidural for a butt lift procedure, and is this the preferred type of anesthesia for the treatment? Can i opt for another method, as I have a curved spine. From the delive

Is it common for doctors to use an epidural during a butt lift? How effective is an epidural for a butt lift procedure, and is this the preferred type of anesthesia for the treatment? Can i opt for another method, as I have a curved spine. From the delive

The : The procedure can be done with an epidural or general anesthesia. If your health permits, there should be little or no difference in anesthetic risk. With regards to your spine, its curvature will usually not affect the effectiveness of the epidural only the difficulty of its insertion. By the way, it is unlikely your curvature is due to a pregnancy. It is most likely congenital. Most people have some asymmetrical curvature of the spine. Although it may not be noticeable or problematic. Discuss the anesthetic with the anesthesiologist that will be there for the procedure since it is usually best(safer/better results) to do what he feels the most comfortable doing. Good luck and i hope this helps. ...Read more

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Is it common for doctors to use an epidural during a butt lift? How effective is an epidural for a butt lift procedure, and is this the preferred type of anesthesia for the treatment? Can i opt for another method, as I have a curved spine. From the delive

Yes it is common: The reason an epidural is offered with a "butt-lift" is that it can assist with post-operative pain control for a prolonged period of time. If you have had problems with placement in the past (curved spine) there are other techniques that can be used. Talk with your anesthesiologist about what technique is best for you. ...Read more

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Docs can you explain what is a catheter and what is it used for?

Docs can you explain what is a catheter and what is it used for?

General term: Introducing a tube with a hole inside , may it be in the vein, artery, bladder etc introduction of this type of device into human body is called a catheterization if this is iin to the heart callled cardiac catherterization , into bladder is calleed bladder catherization. ...Read more

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Is it safe for a person with medicated epilepsy go to a laser show?

Is it safe for a person with medicated epilepsy go to a laser show?

Usually: Only rare forms of epilepsy are sensitive to flashing lights. Do not overdo it and leave if you start to feel funny. You should feel free to try any normal activity, but just be cautious and aware of strange reactions within yourself that warn you that you are overdoing it! ...Read more

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What is an aquapheresis catheter for or why is it needed?

What is an aquapheresis catheter for or why is it needed?

Aquapheresis: To remove excess salt & water from the body, in patients with fluid overload, such as in heart failure, liver cirrhosis & some kidney diseases. ...Read more

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Is it possible for a picc line or port-a-cath to be used for phlebotomies?

Is it possible for a picc line or port-a-cath to be used for phlebotomies?

Yes.: Usually either of these devices can be used to draw blood. Occasionally a small clot will form on the end of the catheter and create a ball-valve situation where medicines and fluids can be infused but blood cannot be drawn. Often this can be corrected with a small amount of medicine designed to break down clot, but it doesn't always work. ...Read more

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What is the best antibiotic that's cheap for a uti?

What is the best antibiotic that's cheap for a uti?

Subjective answer: The "best" antibiotic(abx) is often a matter of taste. Usually abx are prescribed without a urine culture result that helps narrow down the bacteria (out of millions) causing the UTI. Without urine sensitivity results, the most effective abx against that bacteria is unknown. Ideally, the abx will be effective against the bacteria & cause no side effects. Bactrim (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim) is cheap but not always effective. ...Read more

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Is hycosy test is painful for patient and what is a procedure to do hycosy?

Is hycosy test is painful for patient and what is a procedure to do hycosy?

May be mild: Hycosy , is hysterogram with sonogram non iodine contrast will given will give same tesults as regular hysterogram with out radiation and no iodine dye, to diagnose tubal patency and tubal pregnancy . It is simple an out patient procedure , will have little discomfort. ...Read more

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What is the device that looks like a pencil used to test for glaucoma?

What is the device that looks like a pencil used to test for glaucoma?

Tonopen: The tonopen is a device that looks like a big pencil. It measures the pressure in the eye similar to standard applanation though not as accurate. ...Read more

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What is the procedure for a patient who is going to have a blood transfusion?

What is the procedure for a patient who is going to have a blood transfusion?

Be informed: For transfusion the main preparation is to have the right information from your doctor and sign a consent for any adverse reaction that may happen during or after the procedure. Usually transfusion is needed when the patient clinical symptoms and laboratory findings show a deficiency in a blood component that must be corrected urgently. Then the appropriate product and dose is transfused. ...Read more

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Proficient 5000 injection used for what purposes? Is it safe for a woman who is trying for pregnancy? What is the generic name of that injection?

Proficient 5000 injection used for what purposes? Is it safe for a woman who is trying for pregnancy? What is the generic name of that injection?

Proficient 5000: and other forms of injectable human chorionic gonadatropin (HCG) are used to help a mature follicle release an egg (ovum), in other words, to trigger ovulation. It's safe for a woman who's trying to get pregnant but, used alone, it might not be effective. Dr. Anne ...Read more

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What is most effective for someone with enemas, a kit or a shower attachment?

Enema: I believe this is all up to personal experience and choice. One is not necessarily better than the other. ...Read more

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What treatment is most used for a hemothorax?

What treatment is most used for a  hemothorax?

Chest tube vs obs: It depends on the size of the hemothorax. Many will observe small hemothoraces not evident on chest xray. Larger hemothoraces require drainage, usually with a chest tube. ...Read more

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What is done for a uti?

What is done for a uti?

Urinetest antibiotic: Urine should be tested to confirm presence of a UTI followed immediately by a course of antibiotics prescribed by your dr., np or pa. Also drink lots of water and don.T hold back on urination. Take a laxative such as MiraLAX (polyethylene glycol) if you are constipated. ...Read more