What Is Arthroscopic Surgery?

Arthroscopic surgery (also known as arthroscopy) is a minimally invasive surgical procedure commonly used to diagnose and repair knee and shoulder injuries sustained either through sports, trauma, or normal wear and tear. Dr. Steven Meier of Meier Orthopedic Sports Medicine is an expert orthopedic surgeon in Beverly Hills and performs many arthroscopic procedures on patients each year.

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Arthroscopy in Bevlery Hills

In an arthroscopic an surgery, a surgeon will make several small incisions around the injured knee or shoulder joint and insert a small tube called an arthroscope. The arthroscope contains a camera and light and allows the surgeon to assess the damage to the joint as well as the severity of the injury, through the images projected from the camera onto a video screen in the operating room.

Arthroscopic surgery is generally believed to be a safer alternative to traditional open knee or shoulder surgery, as there is less blood loss due to the small size and nature of the incisions, as well as less chances for complications. Patients that undergo arthroscopic surgery can usually expect shorter hospital stays and recovery times than with traditional surgery.

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Depending on the injury, surgery may not always be the best course of treatment. Many tears and injuries can and do heal on their with time through rest, icing, and the use of NSAIDs if necessary to manage pain and reduce inflammation and swelling. In many cases an orthopedic surgeon will also prescribe a course of physical therapy, which can help strengthen the muscles around the joint so that weight bearing activities like running put less pressure on the affected joint. In many cases lifestyle changes like losing weight can also help improve function and the patient’s overall quality of life, as well as help with healing.

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Treatment for Back Pain Caused By a Herniated Disc

Back pain is one of the most common afflictions among adults. It can also be somewhat difficult to take care of, as there are many possible root causes of back pain. One of the more common root causes is a herniated disc. A herniated disc, also referred to as a slipped or bulging disc, happens when the soft disc that cushions the vertebrae is damaged in some way, causing some of the inner portion to spill out. This inner portion compresses the spinal cord, leading to pain in the back or neck.

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Back Pain in Encino

Herniated discs are most often caused by old age. As we get older, our vertebral discs slowly dry out and become weaker due to everyday wear and tear from our spinal movements. As this happens, the discs become more susceptible to damage. However, herniated discs can also be caused by spinal trauma, and are common injuries in high-contact sports such as American football.

Fortunately, herniated discs can usually be treated fairly easily through conservative treatments such as medication, injections, and physical therapy. If these conservative treatments do not manage the herniated disc symptoms adequately, then there are minimally invasive surgical options also available.

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Dr. Todd Gravori, an expert spine surgeon at ProMed Spine who deals with back pain in Encino, is a pioneer in minimally invasive spine surgery to treat all kinds of spine problems, including herniated discs. Minimally invasive spine surgery is a revolutionary technique that allows for a much faster recovery time than traditional open back surgery, as well as less post-operative pain. Using a procedure called a percutaneous discectomy, Dr. Gravori can use a laser to vaporize the disc material which is pressing on the spinal cord and causing problems. This procedure is quick, effective, and can be performed under local anesthesia, and patients generally report feeling much better immediately after surgery.

Learn more by visiting www.promedspine.com.

Next, read our blog, Attitude of Gratitude.

Attitude Of Gratitude

As soul singer William DeVaughn reminded the world in his 1974 classic song “Be Thankful for What You Got,” when it comes to happiness and a healthy outlook on life, sometimes it’s much better to focus on and be grateful for the things we already have, rather than setting our sights and energy on what we don’t. The idea of gratitude as a practice and way of being has roots in many diverse religious and spiritual belief systems around the world and throughout history. More recently, it’s starting to gain traction in popular culture as well as in the world of health and wellness, as a means to achieve better emotional, mental, and even physical health.

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What exactly does it mean to “practice gratitude” and how can it affect anything, let alone health and well-being? Simply put, gratitude is as Mr. DeVaughn described in the title of his song: being thankful and appreciative for what you’ve already got. In psychology, the study of the effects of gratitude on health and well-being began to gain traction around 2000, when focus began to shift somewhat from the causes of distress and illness to also include the study of happiness and positive emotions.

In fact, studies have gone so far as to suggest that gratitude has the strongest correlation to mental health than all other character traits. Here’s why.

People prone to gratitude tend to:

  • Experience lower levels of stress and depression
  • Be happier and express higher levels of satisfaction in social relationships
  • Use positive coping strategies in difficult situations
  • Sleep better
  • Less likely to engage in substance abuse as a coping strategy

Expert Hollywood magician Misty Lee is also a passionate and outspoken advocate for women, and through her work has seen how positive attitudes like gratitude and self awareness can lead to positive change.

Learn more about Misty Lee and her work against domestic violence by visiting www.mistylee.com.

How Does Thoracic Surgery Bring Relief?

If you are suffering from a disease or a condition that affects the chest cavity, you may very well know the pain and discomfort that it consistently brings. But did you know how thoracic surgery can bring immense relief when done correctly? Modern thoracic surgical techniques have helped countless patients treat many different conditions and recover in as little time as possible.

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Understanding the many types of thoracic surgeries that are available today and how they can bring relief will help you choose wisely concerning medical procedures for your condition.

Choosing the Right Procedure for You

Thanks to modern advancements, there are a wide variety of thoracic procedures that are tailored to many different conditions, each with their own benefits. Depending on which condition you are dealing with, you could be a candidate for many different types of medical care. These procedures include:

  • Video-Assisted (VATS) Lobectomy – Minimally invasive surgical technique used to diagnose and treat many different chest cavity conditions, including cancer, nodules, emphysema, and more.
  • Thoracic Outlet Surgery – Removal of tissue compressing nerves and veins in the chest cavity.
  • Transoral Incisionless Fundoplication (TIF) – Correction of defective gastroesophageal valve to prevent serious acid reflux disease.
  • Nissen Fundoplication – Minimally invasive surgery to alleviate acid reflux and persistant heartburn.
  • VATS Thoracic Sympathectomy (Hyperhidrosis) – Relief for excessive sweating due to hyperhydrosis

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Finding a Skilled Thoracic Surgeon in Los Angeles

The key to successful thoracic surgery is choosing a surgeon who has years of success in a wide variety of procedures. Through the minimally invasive thoracoscopy in Los Angeles provided at West Coast Associates for Minimally Invasive Thoracic Surgery, you can put an end to your painful condition with skilled medical help.

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