Pre-Surgery Tips From Medical Staff

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Whether it is a simple surgery, such as having your wisdom teeth or tonsils out, or something more complicated, like open heart surgery, there are steps you can take to make surgery easier on yourself.  Being informed and feeling in control can help you reduce the stress of surgery.  Follow these pre-surgery tips from medical staff to make your surgery experience go more smoothly.

Follow Guidelines

During your pre-op consult you will be given instructions.  These instructions will most likely include when to stop eating and drinking before surgery.  It is very important that you follow these instructions.  Failure to do so can result in having your surgery rescheduled, for your own safety.

Personal Hygiene

Do bathe before coming to the hospital for your surgery.  Many times you will be given a special soap to cleanse with.  However, you can wash your hair and face with products you would normally use.

Bring Help for Outpatient Surgery

If you are having an outpatient procedure, be sure to bring someone with you.  This person can assist you to the vehicle and drive you home.  You should not drive yourself after having any kind of surgical procedure.

Skip the Valuables

Whenever possible, leave all of your valuables at home.  Jewelry, cash, and credit cards have no place in the hospital.  The hospital staff cannot be responsible for any valuables that become missing during your stay.  If you must bring a valuable with you, leave it with your support person.

Comfort, not Fashion

On the day of your surgery, go for comfort not fashion.  Your clothing should be comfortable and loose fitting.  A shirt that buttons down the front is best, as well as lose, easily removable pants.  Do not wear any jewelry, including body piercing jewelry.  Do not use any lotion, gels, powders, deodorants, or hairsprays on the day of your surgery.  Do not wear any metal, such as bobby pins, hair clips, or beads.  Bring any storage containers for glasses, hearing aids, contact lenses, or dentures.

Surgery can be a time of great stress.  However, being prepared and knowing what to expect can make your surgical day go smoother.

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The Basics Of Toxoplasmosis

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What is toxoplasmosis? It is a disease caused by the Toxoplasma gondii parasite, a single–celled organism that can infect most birds and animals. Since it reproduces only in cats, domestic and wild felines are the parasitic organism’s ultimate host. It can be found in soil where cats defecate, cat feces, meat, and unpasteurized goat milk. Toxoplasma gondii is one of the world’s most common parasites. Following infection through eating mice, birds, or other raw meat, cats, especially sick cats, can shed infectious faces for about two weeks.

Toxoplasmosis may cause flu–like symptoms in humans, including body aches, headache, swollen lymph nodes, fatigue, and fever. However, most people infected never develop symptoms and signs. People may become infected in any of the following ways:

  • Consuming unpasteurized milk from infected goats.
  • Consuming the organism in water or soil with contaminated cat feces.
  • Eating undercooked or raw meat from infected animals, particularly pigs, sheep, deer, and cows.
  • Transmission of the parasitic organism from mother to unborn baby across the placenta.
  • Transmission from infected matter entering body fluids.
  • Transmission from transplanted organs or blood products.

However, people who own a cat should not be afraid of stroking it or playing with it. One can only get infected by coming into contact with infected cat feces. In addition, person–to–person infection is impossible, except from pregnant mother to unborn child. When infected, the incubation period for toxoplasmosis is 5 — 23 days.

How to avoid infection during pregnancy

  • Avoid raw cured meat.
  • Avoid eating undercooked or raw meat.
  • Avoid drinking unpasteurized goat milk or eating dairy products made from it.
  • Wash hands, utensils, and chopping boards carefully after preparing raw meat.
  • Always wash vegetables and fruits thoroughly before eating or cooking to remove all traces of soil.
  • Wear gloves when gardening and wash them afterwards.
  • Always wash hands after gardening.
  • Cover kids’ sandpits to prevent cats from using them as litter boxes.
  • Avoid handling lambing ewes.
  • Wash gloves and hands after handling litter trays.

Toxoplasmosis can be dangerous to people whose immune system is compromised or underdeveloped, as in the case of people with HIV/AIDS or on immune–suppressant medications, or unborn babies. In such cases, the immune system is unable to contain the spread of the parasitic organism, which can cause serious damage.

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What Are The Most Expensive Elective Surgeries?

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Nowadays, doctors are routinely called upon to perform surgery not for health reasons but for cosmetic purposes. These procedures are popular among men and women alike. Among the most expensive elective surgeries are:

Pectoral Augmentation

The pectoral muscles are those that cover most of the chest body. The common misconception is that only women are concerned with this part of the body but many from both genders actually aim to enhance their chest. Men usually avail of this procedure to get a more beefy look without having to lift a lot of weights.

Facelift

One of the telltale signs of aging is sagging skin on the face. This is particularly prominent on areas around the cheeks and neck. Wrinkles start to appear and fine lines get deeper. Some people describe it as looking that the face is falling down. It is only fitting then that the procedure to turn back the clock is called “facelift”. Excess fats are removed and the skin is pulled for a tighter look.

Knee Lift

The area above the knee can also start to sag for people with excess weight and advanced age. There is nothing with this unless it makes walking uncomfortable. Knee lift involves cutting through the knee and removing the saggy mass at the top. It takes time to heal from this procedure so it should be followed with a long period of rest and limited mobility.

Brow Lift

The forehead and the eyebrows have not escaped the cosmetic surgeon’s hands. Although Botox remains to be the trendy way of achieving instant lift, it is a temporary solution and there are side effects that some are not keen on. The brow lift is more of a long-term solution to wrinkles but it still isn’t a guaranteed permanent fix.

Calf Augmentation

For body builders looking for that edge, calf augmentation has become an attractive proposition. These muscles are notoriously difficult to work on at the gym and so surgery has become an alternative.

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Tips For Choosing A Primary Care Physician

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Choosing a primary care physician is essential in today’s insurance climate to make sure that a competent health professional can oversee your care and coordinate your all of your medical needs. Think of your primary care physician as your medical home, as he or she is the doctor you will see the most for wellness visits, routine screenings and minor illness such as ear infections, strep throat and the like.

Your primary care physician is also your go-to individual for health questions and concerns. If you are enrolled in an HMO, your primary care physician is also the individual who must refer you to a specialist.

At the Surgeon’s Scrubroom, we know that your relationship with your primary care physician most likely won’t last forever, although in rare cases, they often last for decades. More often, patients move or the insurance provided through their place of employment doesn’t include your doctor in their network, forcing a change.

No matter what, the relationship between a primary care physician and patient is an important one because you’ll want to feel comfortable having honest conversations with someone who is vested in your health care needs. To that end, here are some tips for choosing a primary care physician.

Find an In-Network Doctor

Most insurance plans have discounted rates with specified doctors and hospital in your area, meaning you will pay less out of pocket for visiting these physicians. Selecting an in-network doctor will help you avoid surprise costs.

Meet Your Health Needs

Not every doctor is going to be right for you. Several types, such as those who specialize in family practice, internal medicine or general practice, and even pediatricians, can serve as primary care physicians. Family practitioners treat people of all ages and can often treat specialties such as sports injuries or women’s health needs. Internists treat adults and specialize in prevention and management of disease and chronic conditions. General practice physicians also treat patients of any age and often are osteopaths, who are doctors that specialize in the musculoskeletal system.

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