Introduction to Lung Surgery for Lung Lobectomy

Introduction to VATS Lobectomy Lung Surgery

Introduction to Lung Surgery for Lung Lobectomy

There are over 200,000 diagnosed cases of lung cancer (LC) each year in the United States. While the incidence rate has declined since 1991, the disease remains the leading cause of cancer-related death. When the condition is detected in stage 1 (i.e. localized within the lung), it can be treated successfully. By the time cancerous cells have metastasized and spread to distant lymph nodes, it becomes more difficult to contain.

In the past, the disease was treated through thoracotomy (also known as open chest surgery). The patient’s thoracic cavity was accessed by the surgeon after a long incision was made into the chest. The breastbone was cut and the ribs were spread to provide working space. Because the ribs have limited flexibility, the procedure occasionally resulted in fractures. To resolve this issue, thoracic surgeons began to remove portions of the patient’s ribcage.

Today, minimally invasive techniques are often used to treat lung cancer. Once of these techniques is a VATS lobectomy. This article will provide an overview of the procedure and describe what to expect during recovery.

How is The Operation Performed?

A lobectomy is the surgical removal of a lobe (i.e. section of a lung). It is one of the most common procedures done today to treat early-stage LC. With a VATS lobectomy, four incisions are made into the sides of the patient’s chest. Three of the four incisions typically measure less than a single inch. The fourth incision may measure up to a few inches. There is no need to cut through the sternum or spread the ribs. The entire procedure is performed through these smaller incisions.

The surgeon will insert a thoracoscope and a few other surgical instruments through the incisions. The thoracoscope is equipped with a small light and camera. The camera transmits images back to …

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Alzheimer's Disease - Importance of Good Healthcare and Good Insurance

Alzheimer’s Disease – Importance of Good Healthcare and Good Insurance

Alzheimer’s disease is often difficult to deal with for everyone involved. There is no cure and there is no way to reduce the risk of developing the disease. This disease slowly progresses over time, and damages some nerve cells in parts of the brain. In early stages, a person may have loss of short-term memory that progresses to the failing of long-term memory, language, and reasoning. Things such as age, family history, and sex could play a role in whether or not a person is susceptible to developing Alzheimer’s and although forgetfulness is a natural part of life as age, there are things that can be done to help protect against the disease.

There are things to look for when trying to determine if a family member may be developing Alzheimer’s disease. One thing to look for is impaired thinking such as, forgetting one’s own birthday or occupation. Difficulty in performing the normal routine such as, showering, dressing, or eating, may also be a sign of the onset of the disease. Other difficulties may include, problems speaking, disorientation, confusion, inability to follow directions, misplacing things, loss of motivation, social withdraw, and loss of appetite. Some of these listed symptoms may be normal development with age, but a physician should be consulted for proper diagnosis.

When a person develops Alzheimer’s disease it is likely that they will require long-term healthcare, such as home health care or a nursing facility. Health insurance is important to help pay medical costs with healthcare in general but most, including Medicare and Medigap, do not cover long-term care, leaving the patient and the patient’s family to pay for these expenses out of pocket. There are long-term healthcare plans available to help with these expenses. Long-term healthcare policies are designed to help people that can no longer …

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Hypnotherapy and Your Health

Hypnotherapy and Your Health

Hypnotherapy and Your Health

Phobia and anxiety sufferers mostly use hypnotherapy for treating these conditions. However, this hypnosis treatment can also be used for those trying to lose or gain weight. But, although it is widely used, still many people have suspicions about this treatment. In fact, in many medical fields, its effects are highly disputed.

But, regardless of the many controversies, one might still want to try this therapy. If that’s the case, then you should know all the facts behind this hypnosis treatment.

What Is Hypnotherapy?

Well, to know what hypnotherapy is, we should first understand what it’s not. Although this treatment is often mistaken for stage hypnosis, these two are different. In stage hypnosis, one looks for an audience member who is more outgoing and fun. This will help them be a part of the show even if they aren’t hypnotized fully.

In hypnotherapy, however, one makes decisions based on their awareness. It requires that you fully explore your phobia under the guidance of an expert hypnotherapist. This therapy helps you visualize yourself in a peaceful state even though you’ll be fighting your fears.

Individuals love this therapy, as it allows them to be in control throughout the session. Under hypnosis, you do things because of free will, and no one can force or manipulate you into anything.

Hypnotherapy and being knocked out are not related. One will always remember whatever happened during the hypnosis state. They’ll also not be asleep.

Is Hypnotherapy Helpful?

We always have work to do every day. And this makes our lives difficult. Therefore, in our conscious mind, we are often distracted. Thus, focusing on ourselves or work or at times, therapy is also a problem. When one is distracted by things they need should do and places they should be, concentration levels become low, thus …

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Sickness Is A Big Money Spinner – How The Authorities Want Us To Remain Sick

One of the prime areas which most fail to see as a major contributor to the state of human health, is the clandestine way in which food producers, the medical and pharmaceutical industry and government, are collaborating in the process of slow, but highly successful, annihilation of the human species… all in the quest for control of you and your health and big profits.

Since the invention of pharmaceuticals for instance we have seen more deaths occur through their use than for the very reason they were originally designed – to heal. In the US alone more than 100,000 people die each year after following the dosage requirements on pharmaceutical packets.

We see a thriving sickness industry worth tens of billions of dollars. This industry has a vested interest in ensuring YOU remain ill or at least fearful of impending chronic illness. Governments make money from the very drugs and vaccines companies peddle to the medical profession and pharmacists. Did you know that hospital services, doctors and nurses, specialists, supply and service companies, medical equipment, emergency services – tens of thousands of people would become instantly unemployed and redundant if in an instant there were no sickness in this world?

Pharmaceutical companies would disappear  would cease to function. This is how they are profiting from you and in most cases your avoidable illness. The size of this industry is massive.

I hear of cases each week where people take their health and healing into their own hands and make the mistake of sharing their ‘remedy’ with their doctor only to be judged and belittled and in some cases even openly humiliated by the medics. Frequently, people tell me they have healed themselves of chronic and debilitating conditions. People share anecdotally with me how they changed their diets and …

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Type 2 Diabetes – The Right Diet Combined With Exercise Dramatically Improves Your Blood Sugar

People with Type 2 diabetics, and non-diabetics alike, constantly hear how much they can improve their blood sugar and lose weight, simply by eating right or healthily, and exercising. But even knowing this, many Type 2 diabetics are hesitant to adopt such a healthy lifestyle because they don’t understand how important these two steps are.

Insulin is secreted by the pancreas of an average person at a rate of roughly 20 to 30 units each day in rhythmic pulses perfectly timed with the absorption of food. Insulin ushers sugar into the cells of your body, where the sugar combines with oxygen to produce energy. It then breaks down into carbon dioxide and water. Insulin also helps convert sugar into another form of sugar, glycogen, which is stored in your body for emergency use.

The more sugar, carbs or starches you consume, the more insulin has to be produced to keep up with the over-abundance of sugar that has now made its way into your bloodstream.

When insulin production can’t keep up with the presence of sugar, the sugar begins to stockpile so the body has to find somewhere to store it. Instead of insulin transporting sugar into your cells, it now switches gears and begins to produce triglycerides to convert the sugar to stored fat.

When you exercise your body uses up more fuel, so excess sugar and even food that is broken down into sugar for fuel, is needed to fuel the energy your body is burning. This is why a top athlete can consume so many more calories or kilojoules, without putting on weight when compared to an individual who sits behind a desk all day and barely moves.

But exercise is only part of the equation. Many people who are not top athletes or who …

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