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July 2017

cancer surgeon

Can Cancer Survivors be Organ Donors?

Many cancer survivors are becoming active organ donors. But it varies a lot according to the type of cancer and the patient’s medical condition.

According to World Health Organisation, there is always an urgent need for donated organs and many millions of patients just for many days on the waiting list to grab the opportunity.

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Heart Bypass Surgery

Open heart surgery now in 45 minutes

Open heart surgery treats aortic stenosis which makes the valve and artery narrow and restricts blood flow to the whole body. Before many decades, this procedure is sought to be the toughest one and seen as a very serious case.

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Open Heart Surgery

9 Must Know Facts About Open Heart Surgery

In open heart surgery, the chest and then the heart is cut open to treat or unblock or fix the diseased muscles, valves, or arteries of the heart. Do you know that the coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG) is the most common type of heart surgery in India? As its name is little scary, people avoid going through with this kind of treatment. One should know all kind of facts before opting for it and to alleviate anxiety associated with such a major procedure.

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Knee and Hip

Tips For A Successful Hip & Knee Replacement Surgery

Knee and hip surgery come under the category of major joint replacement surgeries. These surgeries count as some of the most crucial surgeries of all.

Why is it so?

Our almost complete body depends on your lower body joints and entire weight burdens our knees, hips joints and ankles. This is why it is very important to provide complete relief to them so that they can provide full support to our body.

Let’s see some of the healthy tips and facts that can help the patient after a hip or knee replacement surgery.

Activities After Knee Replacement

After a knee or hip replacement, you might not lead a normal life as before, and this is especially for active sports players. You cannot expect such kind of normalcy in your daily lifestyle. But due to a lot of advancement in the medical field and technologies and tools, the patient can feel a lot same as it was before surgery. This will take the time to return to normal lifestyle because the more time period you will give to the healing process the more you will get alright and turn it to be a successful surgery.

Even though you are confirmed to return to your daily activities or chores, make sure you are avoiding doing things that place excessive stress on your new knee and hip area. For example – avoid vigorous jumping, sudden sitting on the ground or cemented floor, excessive jogging and etc.

Hospital Discharge

You will be discharged after 1 to 4 days of operation or surgery. Depending on the speed of your recovery, you will be discharged from the hospital but there are some simple goals which are mandatory to achieve to get the discharge certificate:

• Getting in and out of bed by yourself
• An acceptable pain
• Being able to eat, drink, and use the bathroom normally or without any support
• Walking with an assistive device such as a cane, walker, or crutches is acceptable
• Being able to climb up and down two or three stairs
• Perform knick-knack from the daily chores or simples prescribed home exercises

If you are not able to accomplish any of the above-written things then the best knee replacement doctors won’t take you in the fit category and consider it unsafe for you to go directly home after discharge. In this case, you will be given temporary rehabilitation and a skilled nurse will always support you to do your daily chores.

Below are some of the warning signs of infection

• Persistent fever
• Shaking chills
• Increasing redness, tenderness or swelling at or around the wound
• Drainage from your wound
• Increasing pain
• Blood Clot
• Pain in your leg or calf or hip joints
• Tenderness or redness
• Increasing swelling

If it is a case of blood, then it may travel to your heart and lungs causing lethal damage and even spot death as well.

Recovery at Home

After the hip replacement surgery, you will need to spend around 3-4 weeks at home and should seek help in doing the chores.

Here are some more advanced tips for various situations:

Wound Care

Keep the wound area clean and dry and should go to the hospital on the said dates by the surgeons or doctors. Notify your doctor immediately, if any sudden bleeding or pain happens at the wound area.

Swelling

Wear compression stockings to prevent any kind of friction at the surface and it will also reduce the swelling.
Medication

Take all medications on time and as directed by the doctor. Doctors may suggest you some narcotic and non-narcotic pain pills, oral or injectable blood thinners, stool softeners, and anti-nausea medications.

Diet

At home, you should be eating a normal diet and balanced diet. Remember the more non-spicy will your food, more readily you will get recovered. Your doctor may recommend you take iron and vitamin supplements. Drink water as frequently as you can.

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Heart Valve Replacement

Heart valve replacement changes man’s life – Without Open heart surgery

Do you know what is TAVR or why it is taken as a better option than open heart surgery?

Well, nowadays, doctors and surgeons are using this less invasive technique which is known as TAVR  or Transcatheter aortic valve replacement.

Understand How Stenosis Occurs

Aorta is a one-way path which opens to allow blood to surge from the heart to the other organs of the body. The differences and tension occur as someone ages.  But as you age, the valve’s leaflets may stiffen and become clogged due to calcium deposits which further restrict blood flow. Other symptoms include dizziness, tired, and of course, breathless. If the aorta valve is not replaced in time, the patient may die within two years from aortic stenosis and its dangerous symptoms.

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