For most surgical procedures being performed at Specialty Surgical Center, we may ask you to avoid alcoholic beverages a few days before and after the operation. Your surgeon or nurse will tell you exactly how long you’ll need to stay away from alcohol during your pre-operative appointment.
If you have a lipoma (fatty tumor) under your skin, most of the time you won’t need to have it surgically removed. If you do need surgery, you’ll probably be able to go home the same day and return to work within a few days to a week.
Lipomas are benign (noncancerous) growths made up of fat cells. About 1 percent of us will develop a lipoma. They’re most common among people between ages 40 and 60.
What causes lipomas?
Doctors aren’t sure why lipomas form. They appear to run in families and sometimes seem to be triggered by an injury to the skin.
Surgery can correct health problems and sometimes even save your life. Unfortunately, it also sometimes leaves you with a scar or two.
Surgical techniques have improved tremendously in the last few decades so that more and more procedures can be done with small incisions that don’t leave big scars. Whenever possible, surgeons try to make those incisions in the least noticeable places.
If you have numbness, tingling, or pain in your hand or arm, you may have carpal tunnel syndrome. It’s important to see a doctor if you have these symptoms because if the problem isn’t treated, it will get worse, and you can develop nerve damage.
People develop carpal tunnel symptoms when the median nerve is compressed. This is a nerve that gives feeling to all our fingers except the pinky. It also controls some muscles around the base of the thumb.
If you have severe arthritis in your ankle, your doctor may recommend ankle fusion surgery. Deciding to have any kind of surgery is always a big decision, and you probably have plenty of questions.
Here are some of the questions we often hear from people considering ankle fusion, and the answers to those questions.
Who is a good candidate for ankle fusion?
Knee replacement is one of the most common surgeries in the U.S.—doctors perform more than 600,000 operations per year.
Also called knee arthroplasty, knee replacement surgery is generally considered safe and effective. It can relieve pain for people whose arthritis has caused serious knee deterioration and can allow them to become more active again.
If your child suffers from frequent sore throats, you may wonder if they should have their tonsils removed. The answer is: it depends.
The tonsils are twin oval-shaped lumps of tissue in the throat that produce disease-fighting white blood cells. Removing the tonsils, called a tonsillectomy, is a relatively common procedure. About 530,000 children under 15 have it done each year.
Your doctor may recommend a hysterectomy for any number of conditions, ranging from uterine fibroid growths to endometriosis to cancer, that haven’t responded to other treatments.
You probably have many questions about what to expect, so we’ve put together a list of FAQs for our patients who will be having a minimally invasive hysterectomy.
Q. How long will it take to recover?
A rotator cuff injury is a tear in the group of four muscles that cover the “ball and socket” joint of the shoulder.
A tear can occur suddenly and obviously, for instance during an athletic event. Or it can develop gradually over time. Some rotator cuff tears come about from normal age-related wear and tear, and the patient won’t be able to recall anything that caused the tear.