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Talk Me Down From Terror Over a Routine Surgery, Please

Thanks to marinating myself in others’ bad outcomes, I’m terrified of my gallbladder removal this Monday, a surgery that happens 700,000 times a year. I could use a ton of positive-outcome, no-problem, no-side-effect stories, and/or any good sensible cognitive talk on not letting people’s health forum posts terrify you. [more inside]
posted by WCityMike on Jul 22, 2014 - 49 answers

How Urgently Do We Need Urgent Care?

Posting on behalf of my partner, whose bad tooth has worsened: the crown's gone. They're experiencing a throbbing headache towards the back of their head, "behind the eyes." While the pain has been off-and-on for a while, the last two days have been tough to get through. As of today, they also have a combination of pain/stiffness in the back of their neck. [more inside]
posted by Ashen on Jul 21, 2014 - 15 answers

Help me navigate an appt with a new doc

I finally got health insurance after not having it for years. The problem is that it is my states crappy version of medicaid even though they won't admit it. It has already been a clusterfuck. Only 3 docs in my county accept this insurance. I have my first appt tomorrow and could use some advice on how to proceed. [more inside]
posted by futz on Jul 17, 2014 - 19 answers

Is the bladder sling worth it?

Have you had the bladder sling surgery? It sounds risky. Would you reccommend it? [more inside]
posted by gilsonal on Jul 8, 2014 - 5 answers

Umm what now

Hubby was diagnosed with diabetes last week during pre-surgery check up. He had the surgery today and that was fine, but it's been sprung on him rather suddenly that this means injections 4 times a day. Most people grin and bear it but hubby has a HUGE injection phobia going back to childhood. He's in a lot of distress. I don't know what to do to help my hubby. [more inside]
posted by bleep on Jul 1, 2014 - 23 answers

Which treatment option should I choose?

I have trigeminal neuralgia, aka "the suicide disease." Good times! I've been given four treatment options: lifelong heavy-duty medication, having a needle stuck into my face with a few months' relief, CyberKnife radiology, or microvascular decompression surgery. Which should I choose? How do I even approach this decision? Difficulty level: I want to get pregnant, but I don't know when. [more inside]
posted by mynameisluka on Jun 22, 2014 - 19 answers

Am I rushing in to surgery?

I posted this question a few weeks ago. Since then I have taken the hive's advice and sought medical attention. The results have been less than thrilling. [more inside]
posted by Quincy on Jun 21, 2014 - 7 answers

Pediatric surgery - advice on preparing and helping the child

My 2 1/2 year old son will be having lung surgery next month and I'm looking for suggestions on how to help him cope during his inpatient stay. Also, on managing parental pre-surgery anxiety. [more inside]
posted by DrGirlfriend on Jun 16, 2014 - 24 answers

Best physotherapists in Toronto?

My mother has lately undergone hip surgery and had her's replaced with an artificial one. She has regular OHIP and has no physiotherapy coverage. She will need a few sessions at her house until my sister, who will be looking after her full-time, learns the exercises and is able to do them herself. In addition to the doctor's recommendation, I am looking for the best physiotherapists in Toronto for this kind of thing. Someone who is professional, friendly, and isn't on the morbidly expensive side of things.
posted by omar.a on Jun 12, 2014 - 2 answers

Allergic reaction to metal (esp titanium) surgically inserted plate?

I have a titanium plate that was used to fix a radial fracture about a year and a half ago. I've been experiencing symptoms that include episodes of extreme fatigue, as well as sore throat and general sick feeling for the past 6 months or so. Before that I would experience this sick feeling minimally starting shortly after the plate was surgically implanted in my arm. The plate is now useless and can be removed, I was wondering if anyone had ever experienced a similar reaction? All my other blood/urine test show that I should be in perfect health. Thanks for any help! Desperately trying to get to the bottom of this mystery!
posted by kvoorhees on May 28, 2014 - 10 answers

Paid for a car repair that failed, but mechanic is gone after surgery

We started having trouble with our car almost a year ago. We paid $1500 for a repair that failed, and the mechanic tried twice more without additional charges. Now, it’s failed again, but the mechanic had heart surgery and closed down the shop, and I haven’t been able to reach him. Is there anything left to do, or do we just have to accept that we’re out the money without a fix, and start over with someone new? [more inside]
posted by daisyace on May 28, 2014 - 10 answers

My friend didn't call me after my wisdom teeth surgery.

I just had a wisdom teeth surgery yesterday and my best friend didn't even call or text me yesterday to check up on me. I've been telling her the whole week that my surgery was yesterday morning and all she said was "ouchie" and sending me a bunch of funny emoticons. She never really said anything comforting. I know it sounds immature but we're college students and I couldn't help but thinking that she doesn't care about me anymore now that we both have just graduated. Am I thinking too much? Is it unreasonable for me to be upset that she hasn't checked up on me at all? What should I do?
posted by missybitsy on May 16, 2014 - 57 answers

Big 'V' Commemoration Gift

Mr. Fig is in the process of scheduling a vasectomy. I'd like to get him a small thank-you gift for 'taking one for the team' (ie, having surgery so I don't have to), and to commemorate our decision as a couple to remain childless. Basically, I'm looking for the inverse of a Push Present. I need ideas of what to give to him. [more inside]
posted by Fig on May 14, 2014 - 32 answers

heart surgery for 77 years old-mitral valve stenosis and repair for it

I have a feeling that hospitals push surgery all the time. my grandma was diagnosed with a heart defect that she was born with and they recommended surgery for 40 years.she has mitral stenosis and she was fine and on meds and no major issue except once when she was in the hospital. however now that we revisited the subject, I asked her if she should get the surgery. she is 77. she is saying God forbid that old people have trouble recoviering from it and that she can die from a surgery when she can just live as long as she can naturally and the pills help her. we know that the pills only treat the symptoms not the underlymg cause. so from your experience and with your old beloved, how do they handle heart surgery after 75? did you have good or bad experience with such surgery? of course I will just respect her wish but I wonder what experience did you have with your beloved ones undergoing mitral stenosis surgery
posted by barexamfreak on May 13, 2014 - 6 answers

Those with Postcholecystectomy Syndrome - Coping, Eating, Vitamins, Etc?

I'm likely to have my gallbladder removed in upcoming months, and I have a few questions for those who ended up with a temporary or longer-lasting intolerance to fatty foods. (And I wonder if any of you ever had it improve your digestion -- excluding the no-doubt wonderful absence of attacks?) [more inside]
posted by WCityMike on May 7, 2014 - 18 answers

YANMD, but...

I have separated my shoulder. Should I get surgery? [more inside]
posted by Aizkolari on May 1, 2014 - 14 answers

Fat-Free/Low-Fat Suggestions for Post-Gallbladder Removal Recovery?

I think my gallbladder’s coming out in the months to come. I seek guidance about fat-free/low-fat foods that would be safe to eat afterwards -- any advice appreciated, but I would find non-cooking options (frozen foods/delivery/restaurant) particularly useful. [more inside]
posted by WCityMike on Apr 17, 2014 - 11 answers

General vs local anaesthesia

Why give general instead of local anaesthesia for minor knee surgery? [more inside]
posted by lollymccatburglar on Apr 1, 2014 - 13 answers

Finding the best doctor

What are your strategies for finding the best doctor (or at least a very good doctor) for a particular procedure? [more inside]
posted by MsMolly on Mar 28, 2014 - 11 answers

Seeking journal article to state the obvious

It seems to be common knowledge that elderly people, or others who are subject to more falls, will sustain more fractures than the rest of the population, and will have increased morbidity as a result. What I am looking for is an authoritative journal article (abstract or title is fine), preferably from an orthopaedic publication, stating the above. [more inside]
posted by HoteDoge on Mar 7, 2014 - 6 answers

Laparoscopic gastric bypass: realistic healing time?

My question is for people who've had the laparoscopic gastric bypass in particular: were you able to get up and move around with relative ease within two weeks? [more inside]
posted by mirepoix on Mar 1, 2014 - 5 answers

Thumb surgery, help me keep my groove?

I'm getting the tendon in my thumb repaired tomorrow and I'm looking for advice for keeping my life on track during recovery. [more inside]
posted by annabellee on Feb 9, 2014 - 11 answers

Available resources for Keratoconus

What are some available resources for low-income adult children of undocumented immigrants to help with severe vision problems specifically in the Los Angeles area? [more inside]
posted by GregorWill on Jan 23, 2014 - 9 answers

Back surgery in 5 days: What am in for?

Having back surgery on Dec. 19th. Fusion of L5-S1 with bone from pelvis and some "hardware". Doc has been great with the exception of what I'm in for in terms of post-op pain and recovery. Basically, he's told me "it varies." I do know I'll be hospitalized for at least 2 nights. [more inside]
posted by jrchaplin on Dec 14, 2013 - 10 answers

Oral surgery and braces or wait-and-see?

I need help deciding whether to opt for oral surgery and braces for my child, or to take a wait-and-see approach. [more inside]
posted by Big Chief Little Pants on Dec 5, 2013 - 19 answers

Watchful waiting for dog's ACL injury?

Our 40 pound terrier mix injured her ACL yesterday and is badly limping. The vet's advice is ambiguous. I'd like to hear from people whose dogs have had ACL injuries, or people who know more about it than I do. [more inside]
posted by third rail on Dec 4, 2013 - 25 answers

What can I expect while taking oral steroids?

I just had a complicated detached retina repaired. Now my eye doctor has prescribed oral steroids (prednisolone). I don't know how long the overall course is planned to be but I'm tapering down from 60mg/day to 7.5 mg/day over about 8 or 9 weeks, when I see the doctor again. I'm freaking out about side effects and withdrawal. Please tell me your personal experiences with oral steroids and suggest what I should do (without giving me medical advice). Thanks
posted by mgrrl on Oct 31, 2013 - 28 answers

Good guided meditations for surgery recovery/pain?

Looking for guided meditations/mindfulness practices specifically for help with post-surgical pain, besides Jon Kabat-Zinn's Mindfulness Meditation for Pain Relief. [more inside]
posted by scody on Oct 30, 2013 - 8 answers

Don't want to go crazy on bed rest

I will have to spend between one and two months on bed rest, not in my own home but in a hotel. How do I not go crazy? [more inside]
posted by CrazyLemonade on Oct 28, 2013 - 43 answers

Every 20 years, one comes along...

I remember reading a passage about (I think) the art & science of surgery, in which a professor or older physician remarked that every once in a while, a medical student would come along who was an immediate standout in their class and a natural in surgery. What book/article was this from? Bonus question: what are some other instances of this "trope" in different careers/skills?
posted by averageamateur on Oct 25, 2013 - 5 answers

How to fix large patches of scar tissue?

I have large patches of raised scars and broken blood vessels across huge areas of my body. (I'm an adult in my twenties.) None of this was ever self-inflicted, nor desired in any way at any time. Can any of this be fixed medically/surgically if I save up the money? What about the purple/red marks crisscrossing my flesh? I know that laser surgery is possible for single scars, and to remove tattoos, but as for improving skin quality, I have no idea. Any insight would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!
posted by quiet earth on Oct 20, 2013 - 12 answers

Biceps tenodesis for a torn labrum? Tell me about your recovery

If anyone here has undergone a biceps tenodesis as treatment for a torn labrum, I would be very interested to hear about your experiences in surgery, rehab and how it ultimately worked out for you. Especially if you do regular weight training and/or active sports like basketball. At age 43 I'm a little nervous about this and would appreciate hearing from someone who's had this done.
posted by Alaska Jack on Oct 17, 2013 - 3 answers

Breast reductions questions!

I'm scheduled to have a breast reduction next Tuesday, and am hoping for tips, advice, and any other information other Mefites who have undergone this procedure would like to share. [more inside]
posted by Squeak Attack on Oct 9, 2013 - 12 answers

2nd spinal surgery

Had my second operation yesterday. First was an unsuccessful laminectomy in May,2011. This one is a neurostimulator. Anyone have ideas for a good rehab regimen and/orpitfalls to look out for?
posted by scottymac on Sep 21, 2013 - 4 answers

Opthamologist Recommendation: Silicon Valley

It's time for me to consider strabismus surgery for myself and I'm hoping that someone here has experience doing this with an opthamologist in or around San Jose. A little help?
posted by Tell Me No Lies on Sep 16, 2013 - 2 answers

Where can I find a comparison cost of periodontal surgery procedures?

I was recently given a cost breakdown of some periodontal surgery I need and want to compare it with others. Is the hive aware of a place on the web I can visit to compare such things. Just want to get an idea if I am being charged fairlydentals, surgery [more inside]
posted by citybuddha on Sep 4, 2013 - 3 answers

How much will the surgical practice get for doing a procedure?

Negotiating self pay medical bill. I want to have an idea of how much the surgical practice/surgeon would have been paid if the patient had had insurance. How much will they get if they hire a collection agency? Do they get a percentage or just sell the debit for a fixed price? The patient is being billed 1850.00 self pay for the procedure. The procedure was at a major Boston hospital and the patient is being billed self pay due to a temporary lapse in subsidized insurance. The hospital has already written off the bill. The billing date was sometime around the end of March 2013. The patient has been told by the billing organization that represents the surgeon that they have to deal directly with the surgeon or their practice.
posted by flummox on Aug 27, 2013 - 4 answers

Dog + Delivery Driver + Paws through window pane ≠ good times

Eleven hours ago our 80 pound dog, Oscar, put both his front paws through a small pane of glass in a set of french doors which resulted in lacerations to the "back" of both front legs. Thankfully we were home and reacted quickly by summoning our neighbor who is an exotic pet veterinarian. She was able to wrap up both legs and call ahead to the ER vet. Even with this quick reaction Oscar still lost a lot of blood and did pretty serious damage to one of his legs. The ER vet was able to repair the severed (partially or completely, they did not provide specifics) muscle, tendon and artery and we were able to bring him home about six hours ago. Now what? [more inside]
posted by FlamingBore on Aug 24, 2013 - 16 answers

Pain after knee surgery

Pain relief question for elderly parent. [more inside]
posted by jenh526 on Aug 12, 2013 - 6 answers

How to best help husband recover post-vasectomy?

My husband is taking one for the team...so to speak. He's going in for a vasectomy on Wednesday, and has already planned to take the next day off from (office) work. Aside from frozen peas and ice cream, what can I do to make it easier on him? [more inside]
posted by ninjakins on Aug 12, 2013 - 21 answers

Help with expectations and recommendations heading into back surgery

My Mom is a recently retired professor in her mid 60s who has had been interrupted in enjoying the neat stuff she had lined up to do by some back problems that now require a fusion of a couple discs in her spine to permanently remedy the condition. She is going into surgery this week. I'd appreciate any advice or information that anyone who has been through something similar would have liked to hear in advance, that wasn't covered in the usual consults. [more inside]
posted by snuffleupagus on Aug 12, 2013 - 6 answers

Scary abdominal surgery that's still sort of optional.

I don't require surgery. Yet. Yet is the word that I keep thinking. I think I'm better off planning surgery now than needing it as an emergency, which is a possibility (but I don't know how likely). I have a 8 cm simple cyst just chilling between my ovaries. It was discovered in May due to a (probably) unrelated MRI. Following up with an ultrasound has shown that a) it doesn't appear to be attached to my ovaries, or anything else and b) it hasn't changed since May. Of course, I have no idea how long it's actually been there. My doctor doesn't think surgery is *required*, but is sort of recommending it. I'm scared. I don't know how to plan for this, or what questions to ask. [more inside]
posted by anxioushermit on Aug 6, 2013 - 17 answers

Who are semi-private/private rooms in hospitals for?

I'm having double jaw surgery in a week. When I check in on the day of my surgery, I'll have the option to upgrade from a ward to a private or semi-private room. My insurance covers this, but as a healthy, unfussy 19-year-old, am I obligated to leave these rooms for those who need them more? [more inside]
posted by stravinsky on Aug 6, 2013 - 25 answers

I don't need a new drug (but I need a new drug).

Somehow having a chronic illness became my hobby for the past year. Now I'm getting better and I want to stop dwelling on it, but I don't remember how I used to pass the time. Snowflake details inside. [more inside]
posted by telegraph on Aug 6, 2013 - 16 answers

Tubal Ligation without Endotracheal Intubation in Portland, OR

As a professional opera singer, I will not risk vocal-fold damage by undergoing endotracheal intubation. I've read several sources that say it's possible (and even preferable) to do a laproscopic tubal ligation without intubating, but my scheduled surgeon/anaesthetist will not perform the procedure without shoving a tube down my throat. Can you recommend someone who will, or advise me on how to find them? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 1, 2013 - 15 answers

What comes after dropping out of a surgical residency?

What are the future employment options / career trajectory for someone who has just completed their third year of a surgical residency and who has passed their third-year boards, but who has dropped out of the program? [more inside]
posted by QuantumMeruit on Jul 29, 2013 - 3 answers

Where can I find stories of other ppl who've had the same surgery as I?

I had a surgery in Finland by Sakari Orava (the same surgeon who did David Beckham's Achilles), where can I find stories, anecdotes, data, or anything about people who have had the exact same, or very similar surgeries, (on both legs at the same time is even better) I want to gain any information I can on prognosis, anecdotes, struggles, pitfalls, success rates, etc. [more inside]
posted by crawltopslow on Jul 23, 2013 - 5 answers

Keep this dog out of my bed

My puppy was neutered yesterday and today the incision area seems to be infected. How do I keep him from jumping up on and down from my bed during the night? [more inside]
posted by lunasol on Jul 16, 2013 - 18 answers

How to dress with a knee brace?

I broke my leg 10 days ago, and had surgery on it this past weekend. While I've been fine hopping around the house and to doctor's offices in shorty-shorts or mens basketball shorts I've started thinking about what I should wear back to the office. [more inside]
posted by fontophilic on Jul 16, 2013 - 20 answers

Dog's post-Tightrope cruciate ligament surgery expectations?

If a dog has the Tightrope cruciate ligament repair surgery, is it possible to tear it again? [more inside]
posted by jwfree on Jul 15, 2013 - 2 answers

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