Surgeries & Exams
Having Laparoscopic Inguinal Hernia Surgery: A Patient's Perspective
I was diagnosed having an inguinal hernia at the age of 75. In this article, I describe the hernia and how it was found and diagnosed. My laparoscopic inguinal hernia surgery experience and recovery are also detailed.
How Long Does It Take to Heal From Gum Graft Surgery?
How long it takes to heal from gum graft surgery depends on the severity of the graft and your own ability to heal
Tips for Recovery From an Inguinal Hernia Surgery
An inguinal hernia is one of the most common types of hernias. There are a few different ways to fix it. In my case, I underwent robot-assisted, minimally invasive surgery. Here are my tips on how to recover properly.
How Anterior Cervical Disk Fusion Surgery Improved My Life
For my 50th birthday, I gave myself the gift of improved mobility and less pain. I've lived with intense neck pain, since my 1997 horse throw, and my deepest regret is having waited so long to have this surgery. My life has been improved immeasurably. My best advice is to not put it off and suffer.
What to Expect From Blood Test Results
Since the age of 55, I have had increasingly more blood tests. These tests have occurred in conjunction with hypertension, my prostate gland condition, and recent kidney operation. In this article, I explain what to expect from blood test results and how this will help you to live longer.
What to Expect From an Ultrasound Scan in Thailand
An abdominal ultrasound scan suggested by a doctor probably saved my life. In this article, after defining the meaning of ultrasound scan, I explain its purpose in medical diagnostics and some of the results the scan images can indicate.
My Cataract Surgery: What to Expect Before and After
Within a seven-month period, I had cataract surgery in both my right and left eyes. In this article, learn what a cataract is, how it is removed in surgery, and post-op care needed for your eyes.
What to Expect After Carpal Tunnel Surgery: A Personal Experience
After living with carpal tunnel for decades, I finally decided to correct it with surgery. This article is about my experience with carpal tunnel and the surgery to fix it.
After Your Mastectomy: Reconstruction, Prosthesis, or Go Flat?
After you decide to have a mastectomy, you will have many other decisions to make. Do you want reconstruction? If not, do you want to wear a prosthesis or will you "live flat"?
Capsule Endoscopy Procedure: A Personal Experience
A capsule endoscopy procedure may be a good, less invasive procedure if the small intestines need to be examined. Learn about the how the procedure works and it's advantages and limitations.
My Experience as a Patient: What to Expect After a Prostate Biopsy
Since 1999, I have had prostate problems leading to biopsies in 2000 and 2003. Based on personal experiences, this article details what to expect after having undergone a prostate biopsy.
Laparoscopic Appendectomy: What to Expect From a Patient's Perspective
If you must have your appendix removed because of appendicitis, here is my story about my laparoscopic appendectomy. I hope it helps you prepare for your surgery.
What to Expect Before, During, and After Cataract Surgery
The thought of having cataract surgery may be daunting for some. This article helps you understand what to expect when considering having cataracts removed.
My Patient Perspective: What to Expect From Hemorrhoid Removal Surgery
At the age of 65, I had internal and external hemorrhoids removed by surgery. This article first examines the nature of hemorrhoids and then details what to expect after hemorrhoid removal surgery.
What Dentists Don't Tell You About Dental Implants
Thinking of getting a dental implant? Make sure you know all of the facts before deciding. They may not be what you think they are.
My Experience: What to Expect From an Adult Tonsillectomy
Considering a tonsillectomy as an adult? Based on my personal experience, here is a guide about what to expect during the procedure as well as during recovery.
Endoscopic Sinus Surgery to Widen Sinus Openings and Remove Nasal Polyps and a Mucocele
I very recently had sinus surgery to remove nasal polyps, a mucocele, and to widen my sinus openings. Here is my story.
Tips for Recovering From Laparoscopic Gallbladder Removal Surgery (Cholecystectomy)
Follow these tips for recovering from gallbladder surgery to avoid complications and get yourself back to normal. This article is based on my own personal experience with this procedure.
Tips for a Successful Total Knee Replacement Surgery
Are you a candidate for a total knee replacement? If so, I hope this article, which includes my husband's joint replacement, will benefit you. Hip and shoulder replacement candidates can also benefit.
My Tips for How to Deal With an MRI When You’re Claustrophobic
As someone who regularly suffers from migraines with weird symptoms, I have undergone a number of MRIs. Being claustrophobic makes it worse. So how do I get through these procedures?
Why You Need to Carefully Prepare for a Colonoscopy: Embarrassing Misadventures
Between chugging GoLytley and spending the day on the toilet, colonoscopy prep can be unpleasant. Here's a funny story about why you need to fully empty the system before your colonoscopy procedure.
My YAG Laser Treatment After Cataract Surgery With Crystalens Implant
Explanation of what a YAG laser does for cataract surgery patients, along with a description of my own experience and results.
How I Helped My Children Recover From Tonsillectomies
While tonsillectomies are relatively common, the recovery is grueling and longer than many parents expect it to be. What to expect after a tonsillectomy in children.
My Son's Chronic Ear Infections and Adenoid Surgery: Our Experience
My 5-year-old son had his adenoids removed recently after he had repeated ear infections. This is a story of our experience from the infections to post-surgery recovery.
Experiencing Anxiety When You Need a Follow-up Mammogram
So you've be told you need additional testing after your mammogram. Handling the anxiety can be rough.
My Total Abdominal Hysterectomy Surgery and Recovery
This is my story of how I recovered after a total abdominal hysterectomy surgery.
Ten Things to Do to Have a Long-Term Organ Transplant
A long-term kidney transplant recipient lists her top 10 ways to keep an organ transplant going strong. This helpful and encouraging advice can apply to the recipient of any type of organ transplant.