I looked into weight-loss surgery options because my life had become out of control. I had ballooned to morbid obesity and I recently had been diagnosed with, and hospitalized for, diabetes 2 and hypertension. My triglycerides were bad; my cholesterol was bad. They had been bad, in fact, for a long time. I finally got to the point where I felt like I was going to die. The reality was that I had been dying for decades but it had become so "in my face" apparent that I couldn't ignore it any longer. As they say, I hit bottom.
Even on medication, I never could get my blood glucose readings or blood pressure readings "normal." I still felt awful... and I was afraid of dying. Fat and desperate, I asked my primary care physician about weight loss surgery. He told me that several of his patients had had the surgery with great results. He recommended a surgeon to me and I phoned his practice for information.
I was promptly told by the receptionist that there was an 18-...
What is StomaphyX Revision Surgery?
StomaphyX is an incisionless revision surgery for gastric bypass weight loss surgery patients whom have failed to lose all of their excess weight, or whom have experienced some weight regain in the years following their surgery.
How Does StomaphyX Work?
StomaphyX is a surgical procedure in which the bariatric surgeon fastens the tissue of the stoma together, with a series of plications (like pleats in a skirt), thereby making smaller the opening to the gastrointestinal tract. After several weeks, the tissues of the plications fuse, making it strong and stable.
This effectively restores the size of the stoma created during the original gastric bypass surgery, which may become stretched as years go by. This smaller stoma, in turn, holds food in the pouch longer so the patient remains satiated with small amounts of food for longer periods of time.
The result is that the patient eats less and can achieve a weight loss of 20-40lbs , o...
Pain pumps are often used after joint surgery to deliver a controlled amount of anesthetic and narcotic. This device provides good pain relief. Patients use less narcotic medication. But previous animal studies have shown that some drugs (lidocaine, bupivacaine) actually cause chondrocytes (cartilage cells) to die. In this study, the effect of bupivacaine on chondrocytes in human articular cartilage samples is tested. The chondrocytes came from the femoral condyle of patients who had a total knee replacement. The femoral condyle is the round end of the femur (thigh bone). The cells were scraped off and taken to a lab where they were prepared in a special culture. A system of pain pump to culture was set up. Medication was pumped into the culture plates in such a way as to mimic the way a normal, human joint would be treated. Medications used included one-per cent lidocaine, one-per cent lidocaine with epinephrine, 0.25 per cent bupivacaine, 0.25 bupivacaine with epinephrine, 0.5 per ce...
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