Patient discussion about surgery

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Q. I am worried how safe the operation would be and the post surgery complications?

My wife has a cyst in her right breast and further tests are going on. Doctors have advised to go for an operation. I am worried how safe the operation would be and the post surgery complications?
A1My friend, surgery for the cyst in breast is common. Any cyst in breast indicates breast cancer. These surgeries are very safe. Initially they used to cut the complete breast to remove the cyst. Now with the advanced technology, only the cyst would be removed without harming other tissues. Rather complete removal is done these days, but that depend upon the severity of the cancer. These surgeries are proven with results. If the cyst is less they will remove only the affected portion and yes they do remove some nearby tissues because there some cancer cells may lay and can arrive again. For any post surgery complications, chemotherapy treatment is also available.
A2I guess she's indicated for biopsy of the cyst. It's not a big operation, although it does necessitate general anesthesia. The risks are quite low, although they do exist. Post-op period shouldn't be too problematic - some pain and discomfort, but no change in any vital organ function.

You may want to consult her doctor for more precise information.

Take care,

Q. Should I do surgery for varicoceles?

I went to an urologist and he recommended surgery, but I don’t know if I should do this…is it dangerous? Can I live with the varicocele?
A1I don’t see your problem, you said an urologist advised you to do so- that should be enough no? if you don’t trust him, go and get a second opinion. The surgery is not that bad, an hour later and you are walking out. Vary small risk of complication. I did it and it was fine.

A2When a urologist give you his diagnose and opinion about what should be the treatment for the varicocele, he bares in mind various things. Is it painful? (not all of the varicocele is painful) does it affect your fertility? How dangerous the surgery is. I guess your urologist did the same thing and came to the conclusion you need surgery. Sounds reasonable no?

Q. What types of gastric bypass surgeries are there?

I heard all sorts of options for gastric bypass are available. What is the most in use?
A1Bariatric surgeries or – gastric bypass surgeries for weight loss fall into three categories: Restrictive procedures make the stomach smaller to limit the amount of food intake, malabsorptive techniques reduce the amount of intestine that comes in contact with food so that the body absorbs fewer calories, and combination operations employ both restriction and malabsorption. The exact one to be done should be decided with the physician according to each patients abilities and pre-operative function level.
A2There are a few different options for gastric bypass. Using a proximal Roux-en-Y anastomosis method, which is the most common method used today, and is by far the most commonly performed bariatric procedure in the United States. It is the operation which is least likely to result in nutritional difficulties. Other methods include the distal Roux en-Y, and the Mini-Gastric Bypass, which uses the loop reconstruction, and has been suggested as an alternative to the Roux en-Y procedure, due to the simplicity of its construction, which reduced the challenge of laparoscopic surgery.
A3take the info- but try avoiding the procedure, really unhealthy one:

http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/weightlosssurgery.html

Q. Should I have eye laser surgery?

I am 17 and have been wearing glasses since I was a kid. I was thinking of having an eye laser surgery in order to fix my eyesight. What are the risks?
A1i had the surgery done almost a year and a half ago, i love it,the risk is minamal,do it,u won"t regret it,i now have 20/15 vision, and i was blind as a bat before,20/15 is over perfect vision!!!!!!!!!!!!
A2Laser eye surgery is not for everyone. If it doesn't work, you could end up with worse eyesight than before the surgery.
People who are slow healers or who have ongoing medical conditions [such as glaucoma or diabetes] are not good candidates for laser surgery. That's why it's so important for patients to undergo a thorough examination with their doctor.
A3Laser eye surgery is intended for people who want to minimize their dependency on glasses or contact lenses. Laser surgery can provide vision correction similar to what would be obtained with glasses or contact lenses. As with any medical procedure, there are risks involved. Some include: over- or under-treatment; the inability to wear contact lenses; permanent loss of vision; reduction in the quality of vision including the development of glare, halos, and starbursts; difficulty with night-driving; and reduced vision in dim lighting conditions. The risks are doubled when both eyes are treated at the same time.

Q. How successful s minimally invasive surgery for knee replacements?

AApproximately 300,000 knee replacements are performed each year in the United States. and it said that 90% of the people who had a total knee replacement report an improvement in their function. i searched the CDC statistics for failure of the surgery and couldn't find any info about it. but as i said- it's a very common surgery. my grandmother had a hip joint replacement due to arthritis, it helped.
here is something that might help you to prepare for the surgery:

http://orthoinfo.aaos.org/topic.cfm?topic=A00220#Understand the Procedure

good luck!!

Q. how about gastric bypass surgery

how does it work on a person and what they half to eat how much weight does the person lose
A1surgery should always be the last answer because it is the biggest change you will do to your body and to your life. theres always a chance that something might go wrong. you have to be on a tight diet meaning one bite of what you eat and that means no sugars, fats, or oils. even if you thought there was no sugar, oil or fat in what ever you eat you will have so much pain in your stomach and you wont stop vomiting which will make it even more painful. the bright side to it is you will lose about 50 pounds in one month which is great but if you dont work out like crazy trying to tone up your muscles you will sag all over and then theres more money thrown out of your pocket doing tummy tucks and tucks for everything else. itall depends on the person. good luck in what ever you do. do your research first
A2In gastric bypass the surgeon creates a small pouch at the top of your stomach and adds a bypass around a segment of your stomach and small intestine. The resulting pouch is about the size of a walnut and can hold only about an ounce of food.Here is a link to a movie:
http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/gastric-bypass/MM00703
You won't be allowed to eat for one to three days after the surgery. Then, you'll follow a specific progression of your diet for about 12 weeks. The progression begins with liquids only, proceeds to pureed and soft foods, and finally to regular foods.
You'll need to eat very small meals during the day. In the first six months after surgery, eating too much or too fast may cause vomiting or an intense pain under your breastbone. The amount you can eat gradually increases, but you won't be able to return to your old eating habits. Within the first two years of surgery you can expect to loose 50 percent to 60 percent of your excess weight.

Q. What is involved in Gall Bladder surgery?

AIf you refer to removal of the gal bladder due to stones, then it may be performed either in an open approach (using an arch-like incision in your right upper abdomen) or in a laparoscopic approach (using only three small incisions to insert devices into your abdomen). The operation itself is not long and not associated with significant problems after it.
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