We took our 14 year-old cat went in for what was supposed to be a routine dental procedure yesterday, but a pre-surgery EKG detected a heart anomaly, so she referred us to a cardiologist for an echo cardiogram. The cardiologist estimated it would cost "between $500-$800", which is a lot of money to spend if this turns out to be nothing. You're not my vet, but how would you assess the risks in this situation to make an informed decision? [more inside]
I'm having brain-adjacent surgery next month, and I'm trying to figure out the sleeping situation for when I return home from the hospital. My top contender at the moment is buying an adjustable base for my memory foam mattress. Also considering buying/renting a recliner or renting a hospital bed. Of course I'll discuss it with my surgeon, but I'd also like your opinions in the meantime. [more inside]
Two pronged question: Has anyone had carpal tunnel surgery with an infant to look after? Also, please read my litany of things I've tried and tell me if there's an obvious treatment I'm missing. [more inside]
While interviewing for a new job, you may been asked when you can start working at that company. If that date is a little farther out, would that impact your chances at being hired? [more inside]
I'll be having hip replacement surgery in about a month. For the weeks immediately following, I need to keep my large, cuddly cats off my leg while I sleep on my back at night. Is there something I can put over my legs (I'm thinking of something arching) to keep them off? [more inside]
YANMD. I am having surgery in March to correct a horrendously slipped disc (or two or three; I'm unclear thus far as to exactly how much they're operating). I have many questions, some of which I will be asking my neurosurgeon. Some questions here will help me with that conversation; I'm looking for feedback from people who have undergone this, and from medical folks who know about this sort of thing. Details inside. [more inside]
I have some questions about upcoming ACDF surgery. [more inside]
I recently heard about the gastric balloon as a weight loss tool. Anyone here have any experience with this procedure? [more inside]
My wife will be undergoing breast reduction surgery this week. I'd like to be a good husband and do what I can to be supportive. [more inside]
I had a detached retina on October 30 and then surgery on Halloween. The doctor put a gas bubble in my eye and said I had to be positioned face down all the time so the bubble would float up and hold my retina in place. Do you know what the percentage of gas remaining needs to be so you can stop with the positioning? [more inside]
So I've just been given a date for some genital reconstruction surgery in a couple of months, and am looking for advice on how best to plan for surviving the hospital stay and recovery without going insane, and what I need to know. If you've had this sort of thing done, what'd you wish you'd known or done? [more inside]
Nothing particularly unusual in Australia. It’s been biopsied and confirmed. Specifically a “Mixed superficial and nodular basal cell carcinoma.” Mine’s too close to my lower left eyelid to have a simple removal. Here’s the thing. The BCC is completely invisible as far as I or anyone can comment. Previous question, related question. [more inside]
For the last few months (and no: I am absolutely not pregnant) one side of my ancient C-section scar has hurt when I sneezed or moved too suddenly. Sort of a sharp twinge. Occasionally the whole scar will hurt and I am afraid to stretch out or twist too abruptly for fear of hurting or possibly tearing something . You are not my doctor! I will go to a doctor! But before I do, I wouldn't mind hearing from anyone who's experienced this. Special snowflake information follows. [more inside]
From a non-medical perspective, what is it like to recover from having most of a leg amputated? [more inside]
I had a stroke and now have facial droop on one side of my face. My friend told me they have surgery, and/or injections to fix this. Is that true? What would it be called? what is the approximate cost? Would my insurance cover any of it? Thanks!
The run-down: * 45 yo male. Very active (hiking, basketball, lifting weights). I AM HIGHLY DETERMINED TO CONTINUE THIS LIFESTYLE. * Bulge is off to the right. Some numbness and tingling in right arm * Mostly continuous pain. I've dealt with the for a year or so. PT helped at first, but the problem has gotten worse. [more inside]
My dog was diagnosed via fine needle aspiration with a mast cell tumor. It is on his left lateral flank. We are scheduled to have it removed and biopsied tomorrow. However, this is our regular vet. Should we halt this and consult an oncologist or specialist first? Or should we proceed and wait till we get the results of the biopsy?
My Dad recently had cataract surgery. In addition to cataracts, my dad has Fuch's corneal dystrophy. He also receives medication for anxiety. Prior to the cataract surgery, the surgeon verbally told my dad that he would receive "twilight anesthesia" during the procedure. We researched online and twilight anesthesia seems to be common protocol for cataract surgery. In fact, it appears to be a "must have" for patients with anxiety. [more inside]
I had foot surgery in 2003 and I remember they made me take off ALL my clothes, including underwear, for the surgery. Why? [more inside]
Kidney stone removal and having a stent put in, will I be okay to work the next day? [more inside]
I recently heard that there are new procedures to break up scar tissue that are akin to scoring the surface of a ham, i.e. cross-hatched for max flexibility. I've had an immovable band of scar tissue around my elbow for 15 years that prevents my arm from extending fully, and I'd like to look into this procedure. My google-fu is weak (no, I DON'T need another search result for the Chili Peppers song) -- do you know what it's being called by doctors? Thank you!
I may need GERD surgery, but my symptoms are unusual, and I don't know what to do. More inside. [more inside]
I fell down and broke my foot. Oops. My doctor said it can heal fine without surgery. She said she could also do surgery and it might heal a little faster or prevent problems later, but only maybe. I'm not sure what I should choose. [more inside]
I'd like to correct a pretty significant hole in my ear drum but am worried that this type of surgery might have a pretty high botch rate. [more inside]
I’m recovering from knee surgery and using crutches, and I need to move across the country and start a new job on Saturday. Any tips, tricks, or advice, that might make this process easier? [more inside]
Asking for a friend: he fell off a motorscooter while riding it and fell on his left side. The main injury was "AC separation" [a type of shoulder separation -- damage to the acromioclavicular joint -- which is _not_ the same thing as shoulder _dislocation_], type 3;means that surgery is optional but worth considering. Is there some other choices beside surgery, or doing nothing? [more inside]
I have a college insurance that pays 60 percent of my gallbladder surgery. How much did you have to pay for such a procedure? I am scared I will owe 20k or so by the end of this. Any thoughts?
I have a job offer to start in New York in September. I am in California, and had knee surgery last week. How much of this should I discuss with the employer when accepting the job? [more inside]
I just had gallbladder surgery and the idea of a conventional bra sounds uncomfortable at the least; painful at worst. I am largish and need something to wear under clothes (when I go back to work) that would minimize jiggling or wobbling. Help me hack this? Extra points: I don't have hours of time and energy to go shopping. Name brands and personal recommendations are appreciated. Thanks.
I am a semi-professional goalie with average eye sight. Lots of professional (and amateur) goalies are getting lasik to improve their vision, and are reporting phenomenal results. (Having excellent vision is really helpful particularly for goalies). I also would like to get a hair transplant while I'm there. Help me decide. [more inside]
I have 5 thyroid nodules that are over a centimeter. So the next step is a thyroid scan, where they inject radioactive iodine into a vein in my arm and then hold my head and neck in an uncomfortable position while they scan it and see which nodules are likely to be cancer. I'm wondering if anyone has had this procedure and has feedback, and also if I'd be better off at another doctor. [more inside]
A few weeks ago we were going to take care of a found puppy for "a few hours" which has turned into forever. We are having her spayed tomorrow, and I have all kinds of things I'm nervous about. I know you're not my vet, but I'm more hoping for some real pet owner experiences to know exactly what to expect, and what we do need to do, and what may be being overly cautious. [more inside]
I'm having an MRI on my knee late Monday afternoon to see if I might need surgery on a possible cartilage problem. The cost will be a financial hardship, and I have a question about how to discuss that. Also, I got multiple opinions from doctors, and I have a question about how to handle that. [more inside]
My 50-something year old mother is getting breast augmentation soon. She's asked me to stay with her for a day or two to help her recover. Any tips/suggestions? [more inside]
Has anyone had a pair of socks that were downright therapeutically cozy? Possibly engineered to be worn without shoes, exclusively for cozy time? I've got a friend who's getting out of foot surgery next month, and I'd like to send her socks that surround her feet in luxuriousness. I'm open to other little mailable foot comfort products too.
After lots of antibiotics, rinses, steroids, and CT scans, my ENT has determined that I am a good candidate for balloon sinuplasty. I have not scheduled the procedure yet--I had traditional sinus surgery to remove a polyp five years ago and now I have even more polyps, as well as very obstructed sinus passages. Please do tell me about your experiences with balloon sinuplasty! Was it successful?
My partner is getting top surgery in August, and I've read lots of general information about what the recovery is like, but I want to hear what helped when you or someone close to you was recovering from top surgery-- what you needed the most help with, what was useful, what you wish you'd known. [more inside]
I've often heard that, if you're planning to have a non-emergency surgery done at a teaching hospital, it's best to avoid scheduling it for July; that's when all the brand-new medical graduates begin their first internships, so the level of confusion and mistakes might reasonably be expected to be a little higher than at other times. Is this still significantly true, or is it a non-issue anymore? Is there any reason it would matter more or less with neurosurgery than with with other departments? [more inside]
What are the best textbooks/periodicals in general and pediatric surgery ? [more inside]
Asking for my SO: Our patient in question has had knee pain on and off (mostly on) for 4 months that has recently been diagnosed as a meniscal tear. Doctor is recommending surgery; however there are several studies that indicate that physical therapy can work as well as surgery in many cases. If you have tried physical therapy for a torn meniscus, how did it work out? [more inside]
I'm a healthy 30 something year old who has had scoliosis all her life but didnt show until I started developing. As a performer I have to keep in shape and look extremely camera ready. Please help. [more inside]
These marks or similar appear in my right palm from time to time. They are mildly painful, and eventually fade away, but nothing makes them improve or go away. YANMD, but - does this look at all familiar? [more inside]
For those who have lost over 100 lbs and had a breast lift, abdominoplasty, or a lower body lift: Would you mind sharing your experience with me? [more inside]
My jaw is wired shut for the next 3-4 weeks. I would like to not die of starvation and/or boredom. Give me all your best liquid diet recipes/hacks [more inside]
At some point in the past, thigh and knee surgery wasn't as advanced / available / affordable as it is now, and the average Joe-Schmoe-Quad-Tear like me would have just put a splint on it and had a lame leg the rest of his life. I wonder how many years ago that changed? 1950's? 1970's? 1930's? [more inside]
My poor kitten(5 months in good health) is getting spayed on Friday! Omg I feel so bad for her. I do not know what to really expect. They have done preop tests and they said results were good. But so scared of the whole experience. How did it go for your cat?how long did it take for her coat to come back?
My father, 57 years old, recently had C3 C4 spinal surgery to correct spinal stenosis. As I understand it, there was a narrowing of his spinal cord which prevented spinal fluid and motorneurons from moving freely so before the surgery, he was experiencing loss of feeling in his hand, had an uneven gate, began to have trouble moving his legs and fingers, especially after periods of rest. He was told that some patients regain almost all of their previous ability, but that most experience an end to the decline and regain some percentage of their prior ability. [more inside]
Though I'm excited that there's a chance my ED (Erectile Dysfunction)—which was caused by venous leakage which mysteriously and suddenly occurred in my teens—can be controlled with Cialis, I'm scared to go on it due to bad experiences with meds in the past. Could someone who's been on Cialis, Viagra, etc. chime in? Would love to hear what people's experiences on it have been before 'taking the plunge.' [more inside]
Someone I'm close to with Ulcerative Colitis is not finding medication is not providing them with a good quality of life and is thus a candidate for a colon removal. Their regular gastro suggested that rather than the proctocolonectomy that's standard, they have a reasonable chance to keep their rectum. Odds this is accurate? [more inside]
Would a human brain be able to make sense of the information? Would the person see anything at all. Or would the person see exactly like the donor animal (very unlikely I'm guessing).