July 16, 2018

Then and now: How far we’ve come in medicine

Back in the day, people had more to worry about during a doctor’s visit than an injection or a finger prick. Without the evolution of technology, resources and other medical advancements, our treatment choices were limited. Medical procedures used to range from strange to the shocking and downright scary! Plombage Then: Plombage was a surgical treatment for tuberculosis before medication was introduced.  For this procedure, ping-pong ball-like objects (plombes) were inserted into the lungs to collapse them. It was believed that if the diseased lung was forced to collapse, it would heal more quickly. Now: Treatment for tuberculosis involves antibiotics for…
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April 20, 2017

Battling with chronic sinusitis?

What is it? Sinusitis is triggered by allergies, a cold, or an infection. Chronic sinuses last up to several weeks; even for years. The inflammation of the nasal tissues causes a blockage in the holes that would normally drain sinuses. In some cases, this is caused by the structure of your nasal passages. What is a deviated septum? A deviated septum is a nose injury that you could be born with, or developed before birth. In many instances, it could be from an accident later in life, which re-positioned the wall dividing your nostrils. A clear indication of a deviated…
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August 5, 2016

Reasons NOT to get back surgery

Not every back issue has to be solved under the knife. Even if you have chronic, and debilitating back pain, there are often other solutions. Find out when to get a second opinion, and other ways to manage back issues. (more…)
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Birth Control
July 6, 2016

Surgical methods of contraception

In my 1st blog post we covered methods of contraceptives that don’t involve medical interventions, and in the 2nd, we looked at barrier methods which prevent pregnancy and STDs. From there we moved onto hormonal methods of contraceptives, and here, in our final blog post we cover surgical “irreversible” methods of contraception. (more…)
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June 22, 2016

‘I had a Caesarean – What now?’

So you’ve had a Caesarean Section - do you realise that this is considered major surgery? It’s totally normal to feel emotionally overwhelmed and physically drained. How do you ensure the best outcome for you and your baby? (more…)
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November 17, 2015

All about hernias

So, you noticed a lump near your belly button when you coughed last night - it's strange, because now you're lying down and the lump seems to have vanished! You may possibly have a hernia ... but what is a hernia, exactly? (more…)
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November 12, 2015

Removing a mole, the safe way

“There’s a mole on my face and I need to get rid it now.” As normal as moles and skin tags are, many don’t like the look of them and wish they would just disappear. And, with the oncoming summer sun, moles put you at greater risk of skin cancer. So how do you go about removing it? Well, for starters, you go to your doctor. It’s not unusual for people to want to remove a mole on their own, and there are plenty of videos and articles online that show you how. But it comes with risks – real…
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May 12, 2015

Organ and blood donation

Organ donation is often spoken about in hushed tones. Nobody really likes the thought of it, let alone talking about it with loved ones and making a decision to become an organ donor. Thankfully, over the past few years, there has been more of a focus on organ donation, what it actually involves, how many people can benefit from your organ and tissue donations, and the fact that it’s really easy to register as a donor. (more…)
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Cancer & lymphoma
March 24, 2015

Should you chop it to stop it?

2006: “Good morning, ma’am. I’m sorry – we have to operate. We’ve tried every other form of treatment, but they’ve failed. There are some risks to doing surgery, but we have put every safety measure in place. We don’t expect any complications.” 2015: “Good morning, ma’am. I’m happy to say that we’re ready to operate. We won’t try anything else - let’s just remove that organ before it gives you any problems. How does Thursday afternoon sound?” (more…)
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