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shoulder separation: surgery vs. doing nothing, or is there third way?

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]
posted by Oli D. on Aug 28, 2015 - 3 answers

Cost of gallbladder surgery

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?
posted by barexamfreak on Aug 16, 2015 - 25 answers

Should I explain a medical issue when accepting a job offer?

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]
posted by crocodiletsunami on Aug 3, 2015 - 11 answers

Securing the girls

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.
posted by intrepid_simpleton on Jul 29, 2015 - 15 answers

Planning a trip to Thailand for hair transplant & Lasik eye surgery?

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]
posted by crawltopslow on Jul 28, 2015 - 14 answers

What to expect from a thryroid scan?

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]
posted by Melsky on Jul 21, 2015 - 9 answers

Our pup is getting spayed tomorrow, I have all the worries.

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]
posted by Quincy on Jul 14, 2015 - 14 answers

Question about an MRI and Cost and Second Opinions

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]
posted by crocodiletsunami on Jun 28, 2015 - 8 answers

My mom is getting new boobs. How can I help her recover?

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]
posted by Sara_NOT_Sarah on Jun 24, 2015 - 6 answers

Comfy socks to gift a friend after her foot surgery?

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.
posted by gorgor_balabala on Jun 16, 2015 - 14 answers

Your Experiences with Balloon Sinuplasty?

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?
posted by sandwiches on Jun 10, 2015 - 5 answers

Supporting someone recovering from top surgery

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]
posted by anonymous on Jun 4, 2015 - 13 answers

Bad Idea to schedule my neurosurgery at a teaching hospital in July?

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]
posted by Corvid on May 16, 2015 - 5 answers

recommended General and pediatric surgery books/periodicals List

What are the best textbooks/periodicals in general and pediatric surgery ? [more inside]
posted by Ahmed_Nabil on May 13, 2015 - 3 answers

Meniscal tears and physical therapy

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]
posted by under_petticoat_rule on May 11, 2015 - 6 answers

Anything to hide my Scoliosis??

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]
posted by InterestedInKnowing on Apr 5, 2015 - 5 answers

what are these marks in my palm?

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]
posted by anonymous on Mar 31, 2015 - 15 answers

I lost over 100 lbs and I'm feeling and looking deflated

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]
posted by Sarin Bellum on Mar 13, 2015 - 6 answers

I guess I could give Soylent a try

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]
posted by kagredon on Mar 8, 2015 - 29 answers

How long have doctors been doing Quadriceps surgeries?

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]
posted by chickencoop on Mar 6, 2015 - 3 answers

My cat is getting spay surgery! Help!!

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?
posted by barexamfreak on Mar 4, 2015 - 35 answers

How can my father regain his mobility?

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]
posted by sb3 on Feb 27, 2015 - 4 answers

To those with penile venous leak: have you had luck with ED meds?

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]
posted by anonymous on Feb 15, 2015 - 5 answers

Ulcerative Colitis Partial Snip Not Full Snip?

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]
posted by Phalene on Feb 15, 2015 - 6 answers

What would happen if you transplanted an animal's eyes into a human?

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).
posted by Gabriel ricci on Jan 13, 2015 - 15 answers

Stage 1 of ACL 2 stage revision surgery - what should recovery look like

Can you share your experience with 2 stage ACL revision surgery? I would primarily like to know about the first stage. [more inside]
posted by banjonaut on Jan 5, 2015 - 3 answers

canine cataract quandary

Last fall, my 13-year-old dog had cataract surgery in both eyes. Best money I ever spent, but it was quite a lot! one unexpected expense was the regime of eyedrops, and the advice that he will need daily Flurboprofen drops for the rest of his life. YANMV, but - can I substitute any over-the-counter anti-inflammatory eyedrops for the prescription ones, which cost roughly $1 per drop? [more inside]
posted by mmiddle on Jan 5, 2015 - 6 answers

Bleeding following abdominal surgery: how bad is this?

Husband had an emergency gallbladder operation a week ago. He was staying put and feeling less and less pain, until this weekend he went outside, up and down a bunch of stairs, and lifted some heavy stuff. He started bleeding from either the belly button or the incision (they are very close) yesterday, it happened again last night, and is happening again this morning. How serious is this and what could this mean? [more inside]
posted by corb on Dec 29, 2014 - 14 answers

Help me reorder my after-hours life?

I recently had knee replacement surgery and it went fabulously! I have not been active in years and years due to the knee pain, and the set up of my home and habits reflect this. [more inside]
posted by harrietthespy on Dec 22, 2014 - 12 answers

Care box for sinus surgery patient?

I recently had knee replacement surgery and my dear friend sent along a care package. She knew I would be in bed quite a bit and the box included a lovely, cozy, blanket and a box of herbal tea. She is now preparing for sinus surgery in December, which I have never had. What items would be good for me to send to her? She is a blanket nut and has plenty of those already. Thank you.
posted by harrietthespy on Nov 19, 2014 - 10 answers

Surgical pearls

I'm interviewing for surgery residency programs, which means dress code = business formal. Help me look like the excellent, meticulous, professional scalpel-wielder I will someday become. Difficulty level: former grad student, female edition. [more inside]
posted by nemutdero on Oct 30, 2014 - 15 answers

Sinus Pressure Relief

I had sinus surgery this week and still have splints in my nose. The weather changed today and now the pressure in my face is too much to bear. Please help! [more inside]
posted by rue72 on Oct 29, 2014 - 13 answers

Preparing for hernia repair

I'm having a hernia repaired next week, and I'm having trouble finding much reliable information on what to expect online. What was your/your friend/your lover's hernia repair like? [more inside]
posted by sabotagerabbit on Oct 28, 2014 - 14 answers

Scar tissue from childhood surgery still causing me discomfort as adult?

The routine surgery I underwent when I was 10 still has annoying, lingering effects years later. What are my options? [more inside]
posted by Tenacious.Me.Tokyo on Oct 2, 2014 - 5 answers

What anesthetic was I given?

A couple of years ago, I received general anesthesia for a quick surgical procedure. Before losing consciousness, I was aware of a feeling of liberation. What was the drug given to me? [more inside]
posted by vivekspace on Sep 24, 2014 - 13 answers

Liver Donor Recovery

My friend just donated 60% of her liver to her father - what should she expect for her recovery? What can I do to help? Any personal experiences or suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Also, she is a singer - how long might it be before she is ready to belt it out again? Anything she can do to ease that along?
posted by InfidelZombie on Sep 8, 2014 - 4 answers

Sinus Surgery Tips and Tricks

In seven weeks, I'm having sinus surgery that *fingers crossed* will finally allow me to breathe! It's going to be a septoplasty (to correct a deviated septum that includes a (free bonus!) bone spur) and a submucous inferior turbanite reduction. I'm very excited and have waited a long time for this. If you've had either of these corrections before, please tell me about your experience. [more inside]
posted by rue72 on Sep 3, 2014 - 18 answers

Tear duct in overdrive

I have a problem with my tear duct in one eye becoming intermittently blocked, and it's a huge pain in the...eye. This has been going on for about a year, and seems to flare up once or twice a month for 4-5 days at a time. I have seen an ophthalmologist - the first time he opened up the duct with a tool (not fun) and gave me some eyedrops. At the follow-up visit he cleared me and said to massage the side of my nose in the shower to prevent recurrences. He also indicated my next step would be surgery, which I'd super duper love to avoid. [more inside]
posted by tryniti on Aug 25, 2014 - 8 answers

ACL Surgery + New Job/Insurance -- who do I talk to?

So I tore my ACL and would like to have it reconstructed. I have been offered a job that starts late September that would offer superior health insurance. I would ideally like to be on that insurance when I get the surgery, how do I make that happen? [more inside]
posted by sibboleth on Aug 21, 2014 - 5 answers

Advice on getting a Benefit Exception from our healthcare insurer?

Husband needs open heart surgery. Our preferred surgeon is not on our healthcare plan. We're going to request a benefit exception. We are in Washington state. We are on an individual plan, not with an employer. I called the insurer and requested a case worker. Any suggestions on my approach? Feeling overwhelmed already. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 20, 2014 - 1 answer

Shoulder arthroscopy after care tips/suggestions

Mr Bun Surnt is under going a shoulder arthroscopy procedure. After intense googling, we know what to expect. However, do you have suggestions, hints, tips for prepping for his after care? I'll have to go back to work the following day so I'm looking at suggestions on how to make his recovery better/easier/entertaining while I'm gone? [more inside]
posted by Bun Surnt on Aug 17, 2014 - 5 answers

Insurance question about out of pocket cost for non-network specialist

Girlfriend needs to have fibroids removed, but needs to see a specific "out of network" surgeon. Is there any way (like some kind of a special consideration) that she can see this surgeon without paying the higher out of network cost? [more inside]
posted by hanzoschmanzo on Aug 11, 2014 - 6 answers

What do we do during and after our 1 y/o daughter's heart surgery?

So....after months of prenatally following our daughter's heart issues and a year of post-birth cardiology visits it was determined that she did in fact need to have surgery to correct her issues and we are trying to keep it together while we wait for her surgery date and wondering what we can expect the day of and days following the surgery to be like and we can/should be doing for her and/or ourselves. [more inside]
posted by eatcake on Aug 11, 2014 - 8 answers

LASIK procedure questions (some Seattle area specific)

I'm looking to get Lasik surgery. I have a few questions. [more inside]
posted by lattiboy on Aug 5, 2014 - 10 answers

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 - 52 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 - 20 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

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