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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 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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In the moment when people purchase medical health insurance they are paying against a calculated risk and the greater this risk is, the more they will have to pay. As people age, the chances of getting ill increase and people become more susceptible to diseases like rheumatism, diabetes or arthritis. There are also some other factors taken into consideration, for example whether the person in question is a smoker or non-smoker. All in all, an insurance policy for a 65 year old will always be higher than for people below this age.

One of the best solutions to ensure your future and to make sure that you will have a suitable medical health insurance is to plan ahead. Get the insurance as soon as possible, before reaching the age of retirement. Since you will have to pay more for the same policy as you grow older, you will have fewer chances to make economies.

There is also a special kind of insurance policy for seniors known as ‘pennies a day’. Although this may sound interesting and you might think that it is advantageous, you should know that in the majority of the cases they do not cover more than Medicare, so it is just a waste of money.

Planning ahead means that you will have to take into consideration the cost of living that you will have after retirement and the cost of the health insurance policy. It might be a good idea to sign up for the supplemental plan right before you retire. Keep in mind that the younger you are in the moment when you get the policy, the less you will have to pay for the services.

The main point of the supplemental plan is that it is an addition to your benefits, but it should never …

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