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10 Questions to Ask Before Thyroid Surgery

Before scheduling surgery for your thyroidectomy, know what to expect by asking your doctor these 10 important questions.

By Mary Shomon

10 Ways to Find the Best Thyroid Doctors

After a thyroid diagnosis, finding the right doctor is essential. Here are helpful tips, links, and list-serves to help you on your search.

By Mary Shomon

Doc, Put on Your Surgical Gown Without Help

Contamination risk is lower when surgeons put on their surgical gowns without help from surgical assistants before going into the operating room.

By Diane Domina

Mommy, What's a J-Pouch?

How do you explain something as complex as a J-pouch to your little one when you have ulcerative colitis or another form of IBD? Here’s how one mom did it.

By Brooke Abbott

Basics of Brain Cancer Treatment Options

Learn more about surgery, radiation, chemotherapy, targeted treatment, and other approaches to a wide variety of brain cancers.

By Eileen Bailey

Could Appendectomy Protect You From Parkinson's?

People who’ve had their appendix removed appear to have a 20 percent lower risk of developing Parkinson’s disease than those who haven’t had an appendectomy.

By Diane Domina

Is Colectomy a ‘Cure’ for Ulcerative Colitis?

In the IBD community, what constitutes a cure is a controversial topic. Here’s one patient’s perspective.

By Jackie Zimmerman

Patients Expect Opioids After Surgery, Crisis or Not

Surgery patients expect their physicians will prescribe opioids to manage recovery pain, and they perceive these highly addictive drugs as superior to all others despite growing concerns about addiction and side effects.

By Karen Gaudette Brewer

Does Heart Valve Surgery Affect Cognition in Older Adults?

An older adult's ability to think, remember, and make decisions can be diminished in the first month following heart valve surgery.

By Karen Gaudette Brewer

After Mastectomy, Don't Neglect Breast Imaging and Biopsy

Mastectomy to treat or prevent breast cancer doesn’t eliminate the need for imaging tests and biopsies in the future, according to a study.

By Diane Domina