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.
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.
The sweat chloride test for cystic fibrosis measures chloride ions in an individual's sweat. A positive result indicates the presence of cystic fibrosis.
Balloon kyphoplasty procedures have been used to treat spinal fractures for a number of years now. Learn more about the procedure through my personal experience.
The thought of having cataract surgery may be daunting for some. This article helps you understand what to expect when considering having cataracts removed.
I very recently had sinus surgery to remove nasal polyps, a mucocele, and to widen my sinus openings. Here is my story.
How do you cope with your emotions after colostomy surgery and how do you come to terms with living with a stoma? At first, it is hard to come to terms with having a shit bag stuck to your abdomen; what can be worse than that? Going through emotional stress is expected, but how do you deal with it?
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?
Donating blood nearly killed me. Read about my experience to learn how to avoid what I went through.
In this article, I provide first-person experience with individuals I have known who suffered knee problems, along with some useful links to additional information. Some suggestions for decision-making, along with photos and a video, are included.
So you've be told you need additional testing after your mammogram. Handling the anxiety can be rough.
These are the highlights of my jaw surgery—from the hospital stay to my recovery time at home. The surgery solved my overbite issue, and I survived the procedure and the hospital stay. However, it was not a walk in the park.
I had bunion surgery six months ago. Here are some recovery photos, as well as tips for coping by rearranging your bedroom, making adjustments to your daily activities, and asking for help.
This is a colostomy patient’s story. It is about how it all started, what led to it all, the emotional ups and downs in between, and how it all ended up in a stoma and having to wear a shit bag. It was sad times of a patient’s life.
Learn what to expect after meniscus surgery, from a patient's perspective. See pictures of what your knee will look like after a partial meniscectomy. Learn what the recovery is really like.
This is the story of how my husband and I dealt with his colostomy, colostomy bag, stoma care, and several surgeries. I have included personal photos and informative videos, as well.
I recently had an implantable loop recorder (ILR) placed. It has given me a great deal of much-needed peace of mind. It is well worth the bother to be monitored at all times for paroxysmal AFib.
Wondering if you should get a flu shot or how you're going to survive going in for your TDap this season? Here's how I survive my annual vaccines without totally freaking out.
Explanation of what a YAG laser does for cataract surgery patients, along with a description of my own experience and results.
It's a tough decision to go to the ER when you're in bed with mild chest pain. Maybe it's nothing serious. Maybe it's a heart attack. Here's what to expect if you do decide to go to the hospital.
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"?
If you anticipate needing a total knee replacement, learn what recovery from this major procedure was like from someone who elected for surgery some years ago; and about the strategies that she later adopted to delay surgery on her second arthritic knee.
Learn about what to expect from a CT scan, including reasons your doctor may recommend the procedure, risks vs. benefits, preparing for the procedure and the scan, and follow-up care with your doctor.
This is the real-life experience of a family member who had core decompression and then total double hip replacement to treat his avascular necrosis. What to expect at the hospital and at home.
Understand what to expect when you get a vasectomy. One man's experience with the operation, which was generally painless and easy.
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.
I was totally unprepared for my orbital decompression surgery, and it ended up being a nightmare! By sharing my experience, I hope that others will be more prepared than I was.
After my colon surgery, when I first realised that I have to wear a stoma bag, my first thoughts were “Good grief! I’ll have a shit bag stuck to my stomach!”. It is, at best, the worst feeling on earth. In the first few moments, you may be horrified. I know, because I‘ve been there too.
Colonoscopies really aren't all that scary. This article dives into all you need to know, from the prep the night before to your actual scope. You'll be surprised by how simple the whole process is!
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.
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.
Here are some thoughtful gift ideas for a friend or family member who has just had back surgery, knee surgery, or hip surgery.
Advice for people who fear having ingrown toenail surgery and want to be able to deal with it effectively and with less pain.
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.
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.
Are you facing cataract surgery in the near future? If so, please consider these five topics, presented in order of importance, based on my own experience.
The cost of herniated disc surgery depends on several factors. In this article, I discuss the cost of my son's microdiscectomy, as well as information about what to expect before and afterward.
I had a macular pucker peel procedure done on my left eye. This article covers everything you need to know if you're considering this procedure for yourself.
In March 2018, I underwent a PET/CT whole body scan. In this article, learn what a PET/CT scan is, why it is used, how it is given, and what information its results can give doctors and patients.
A doctor will often order a HIDA scan if gallbladder problems are suspected but an ultrasound shows no stones.
The idea of going through in vitro fertilization (IFV) can be daunting--it certainly was for me! Then I did it give times. Not so bad!
The Mohs procedure is used to remove basal cell carcinomas. The author also provides tips on the prevention of skin cancers.
What it's like to have an eye lift. Can you get it done on the NHS? This is my personal experience, and I have included before-and-after pictures.
Pulmonary embolism patients will encounter a wide range of doctors, specialists, and other professionals during treatment and recovery. This is a description of the various professionals you may meet.
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.
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.
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.
Whether you are planning to have knee replacement surgery, or whether you're currently recovering from the procedure, there's a lot to know. This is what I learned from my experience.
Receiving a kidney transplant is a scary prospect for anyone. The process itself involves numerous people, and you need to be a smart recipient by monitoring and taking control of what is (and isn't) being done properly to assure your new kidney's survival.
The doctors’ primary concerns when you wake up in recovery are your levels of pain and nausea. I wasn’t nauseous and only had a mild soreness in my chest.
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.
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.
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.
It's been nearly 11 months since I had my prophylactic bilateral mastectomy and TRAM flap reconstruction. This is an update about how I'm doing, as well as the effects I'm still experiencing.
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.
By the time I underwent bilateral total hip replacement surgery (THR), I couldn't remember what it was like to walk normally. The successful results included a positive impact on my overall sense of well-being.
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.