When it comes to breast cancer treatment, radiation can seem like a walk in the park compared to major surgery and months of chemotherapy. For me, it was a breeze. I had already survived a lumpectomy and chemotherapy before my turn at radiation. I’d endured hair loss, nausea, low blood counts, fever, two hospitalizations, and a blood transfusion. Radiation couldn’t – and didn’t – even compare. But it’s still quite a process, and what follows will shed some light on how you might breeze through radiation. It’s all quite do-able – if you know what to expect. Preparation for Radiation If your doctor has prescribed radiation as part of your treatment plan, preparation is key. Radiation is a detailed, precise process that aims to kill cancer cells in the breast while sparing healthy cells in the same area. It’s administered by a machine that accelerates charged particles and shoots them at a target that generates photons. Photons travel...
Elbow replacement is surgery to replace the bones of the elbow joint with artificial joint parts ( prosthetics ).
Total elbow arthroplasty; Endoprosthetic elbow replacement
The elbow joint connects two bones:
The humerus in the upper arm
The ulna in the lower arm
The artificial elbow joint has two stems made of high-quality metal. A metal and plastic hinge joins the stems together and allows the artificial joint to bend. Artificial joints come in different sizes to fit different size people.
You may receive general anesthesia before surgery. This means you will be asleep and pain-free during surgery. Some patient may receive regional anesthesia instead. This means, you will be awake, but your arm will be numb so that you will not feel pain. If you receive regional anesthesia, you will also be given medicine to help you relax during the operation.
Your surgeon will make an surgical cut on you...
This sharepost is part of a series about total body contouring plastic surgery that My Bariatric Life underwent following massive weight loss.
Read My Bariatric Life’s Total Body Lift – Part 1: Why Did I Do This?
I am no longer in occupational or physical therapy for my arm lift complication ( see my last share post on this topic ). Therapy was not covered by my insurance and I accumulated over $3000.00 in treatment costs by the time the shoulder specialist discharged me. He said that he had gotten me as far as he could. I never did regain my full range of motion even after months of therapy. The physical therapist said I may never regain it.
At this point I can raise my right arm up my back high enough to reach the bottom of my bra strap, and I can nearly raise it 90 degrees above my shoulder over my head. In previous posts I showed an image of me reaching my arm up my back unable to get past my waistband and another image of me ...
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