Consumer Health Blog

Having trouble breathing? Considering sinus surgery?

Monday, June 16th, 2014

Ask your doctor if Balloon Sinuplasty is for you. Balloon Sinuplasty is a relatively new treatment for blocked sinuses. Like traditional Functional Endoscopic Sinus Surgery (FESS) which still remains the gold standard for sinus surgery, its goal is the restoration of normal drainage. Procedure. Under endoscopic visualization, your surgeon guides a catheter through your nostril near your sinus opening. A […]

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Suffering from chronic back pain, neck pain, or arthritic joint pain? Radiofrequency ablation can offer you relief.

Monday, June 9th, 2014

A relatively new procedure, radio frequency ablation can relieve your pain for up to two years, expand your range of motion, reduce your use of pain medications, and improve your quality of life. It may even achieve greater success than surgery. What is radio frequency ablation (RFA)? RFA is a procedure that destroys nerves’ capability to transmit pain signals to […]

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What Do You Need to Know About Your Breast Biopsy?

Monday, June 2nd, 2014

If you or your doctor has found a lump in your breast, a breast biopsy will determine whether it is a cyst or a solid mass and whether or not that mass is cancerous. Most lumps are not cancerous. Discuss with your physician the type of biopsy most suitable to your situation. Fine needle aspiration. A very thin needle is […]

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Are You Considering Arthroscopic Knee Surgery for a Meniscal Tear?

Tuesday, May 27th, 2014

If you’re experiencing the following symptoms in your knee, you have probably torn your meniscus (cartilage). You may have done so through contact sports or simply through a wearing thin of your knee cartilage over the years. In either case, consult your physician to determine if you require arthroscopic knee surgery. Symptoms. Pain Swelling and stiffness Catching or locking Weakness […]

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Six Places You’re Most Likely To Get Sick!

Monday, May 19th, 2014

Edited and excerpted from Paige Fowler, Men’s Health. For full article, click here. Germ Hotspot: Work Culprit #1: Your Desk. Office desks harbor hundreds of times more bacteria per square inch than do the toilet seats in those same buildings. … Wipe down your phone, keyboard, monitor, and desk with disinfectant wipes at least once a day. … And avoiding […]

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Legislation Promotes Cost-Savings, Patient Access to Outpatient Surgical Centers

Tuesday, May 13th, 2014

Reported from Ambulatory Surgery Center Association News If you need surgery, Ambulatory Surgical Centers (ASCs) can save you money while offering you the same high quality health care as Hospital Outpatient Surgical Departments (HOPDs). To continue to make ASCs a viable option for you, U.S. Congressmen have introduced still-pending legislation to level the playing field of Medicare reimbursements to ASCs […]

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