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Should You Undergo Spine Surgery for Your Aging Back?

Should You Undergo Spine Surgery for Your Aging Back?

Minimally invasive spine surgery is an intimidating prospect no matter how old you are or how many surgeries you’ve undergone in the past. This is especially true considering the spine was once a difficult part of the body to operate on; the surrounding muscles, nerves, and ligaments made patients vulnerable to infection and other complications.

Prep Your Immune System Before Surgery

Prep Your Immune System Before Surgery

We’ve said it more than once, but for good measure, we’ll say it again: surgery should be treated like a fitness event or marathon. Meaning, patients should prepare themselves for surgery the same way they would prepare themselves for 13.1 or 26.2 miles of non-stop running. Sadly, many patients don’t take this approach with surgery, but that’s partly because it isn’t talked about between the physician and patient.

Should Mobile Apps Be Used to Limit Follow-up Visits After Surgery?

According to the medical journal JAMA Surgery, a mobile app may reduce the need for in-person follow-up visits for patients who’ve undergone breast reconstructive surgery. This mobile app was the center of a recent study, and the results from the analysis showed a reduction in in-person follow-up visits without affecting complication rates or patient satisfaction ratings.

Surgery for a Torn Meniscus

Surgery for a Torn Meniscus

The meniscus is a cartilage that lives between the femur and tibia and acts as a shock absorber. When the meniscus is torn, typically from a sports injury or other trauma, it may require surgery if it is unable to heal correctly on its own.

How to Maintain and Care for a Tracheostomy

A tracheostomy is a surgically created opening through the front of the neck into the trachea. The physicians at Specialty Surgical Center are highly skilled in the surgical procedure that creates this opening, which is called a tracheotomy.

Patients who require a tracheostomy often suffer from conditions or ailments that require the ongoing, long-term use of a breathing machine called a ventilator. In other instances, a tracheotomy may be performed in emergency situations to help a patient breathe after their airway has been blocked or obstructed.

Vaginal Fistula: Causes, Symptoms, and Treatments

Vaginal Fistula: Causes, Symptoms, and Treatments

Urogynecology is a medical subspecialty that combines the practices of urology and gynecology to effectively diagnose and treat conditions affecting women. Some of the most common urogynecology conditions include cystocele, enterocele, genital prolapse, urinary incontinence, and more. For the purpose of this blog, the physicians at Specialty Surgical Center are going to discuss the causes, symptoms, and treatments for a unique urogynecology disorder that is called a vaginal fistula.

Brachytherapy – Common Questions and Answers

Brachytherapy – Common Questions and Answers
Dr. Robert J. Cole, a radiation oncology partner at Specialty Surgical Center, specializes in brachytherapy (prostate seed implantation). He is currently the only seed implant specialist in New Jersey certified by Pro-Qura, a prestigious program developed by the Seattle Prostate Institute. Dr. Cole often gets asked a lot of questions about the brachytherapy procedure. Today, the team at Specialty Surgical Center is taking the time to answer some of those questions. 
 
1.    What are the “seeds” used during implantation?

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