The gallbladder has one main function – it’s the place where your bile is stored in the body. While bile can be incredibly dangerous to your body when it’s outside of the gallbladder, when it’s inside of it, its job is to help aid in digestion. Sometimes the bile can also contain crystallized fragments which form gallstones. Now when these fragments turn into gallstones, they can cause some serious issues inside of your body. The can be as small as a grain of sand or they can bigger – up to the size of a golf ball. These fragments can block up the ducts inside the gallbladder or even worse, if you can imagine it, they can pass out of the gallbladder and into the duct for the bile which can lead to a major infection which can cause inflammation to your pancreas. When it comes to gallbladder problems like this there are all sorts of ways to alleviate the pain and discomfort. Some options may be better than others, but it’s also a good idea to speak to a GI specialist in Queens to come up with a good game plan on what to do. This is not something you want to ignore if you are in a lot of pain because it can get way worse. Here are a few options for you when it comes to pain and discomfort from gallstones. Continue reading
Unlike hospitals that usually offer a variety of surgical procedures and treatments, places like an ambulatory surgery center, might only offer certain options. In fact, a lot of these centers offer specialized procedures, so it’s always a good idea to check out a few different centers to find the right one you need or talk to your primary care doctor to see if they can refer or recommend you to a center that offers what you are in need of. While, I can’t really pinpoint which centers offer which options, here is a list of the most common procedures that are available at most frontier healthcare ambulatory centers Continue reading
When it comes to cosmetic surgery, there is quite a lot of research to be done as well as contemplation if this is the right choice for your needs or wants and consultations. There might be one specific thing you might not be thinking about when it comes to cosmetic surgery though; what is the best setting for your surgery to be done? If you thought you only had one option available to you which would be a hospital, you are wrong! The other option you have available to you is an ASC or ambulatory surgery center. ASC’s are advanced health care facilities that offer same day surgery and surgical care. It’s more of a time saver than anything else, but note that you can’t just get any surgical procedure done here, it has to be under strict guidelines of what can and cannot be done in an Ambulatory Surgery Center. Of course these centers offer more than just convenience, they are cost efficiency and the ability to recuperate at home rather than in a hospital setting. Continue reading
Cost Efficiency for Patients
One of the biggest selling points for patients to use an ambulatory surgery center is the cost. Unlike a regular hospital which may rack up health cost bills in the hundreds of thousands for one individual, ambulatory surgery centers can afford to not charge so much because of the cost it takes to upkeep a center versus a hospital. In fact, if you look at the numbers the cost for ambulatory surgery centers versus hospitals is quite different. Numbers range from %25 to 33% lower for surgeries and treatments in an ambulatory surgery center setting rather than a hospital setting. That could mean a lot for individuals that choose not to get an important surgery or treatment because money is an issue. 25-33% less might not seem like a huge deal, but if you start to look at surgery and treatment costs; you begin to see that small percentage really does make a large impact on your financials.
Most hospitals where I’m from are in the city. They tend to be a pain to get to; you have to deal with a lot of traffic and crowds. Ambulatory surgery centers are usually quite the opposite. They tend to be in more suburban areas which mean they are easier and quicker to get to which means they have better access to patients than a traditional hospital setting. Also, because ambulatory surgery centers don’t deal with emergency surgeries, it’s almost out of the question that your scheduled procedure will be “bumped” for an emergency surgery or situation. This means you can get your procedure or treatment done on the day it was scheduled which means you can get back to life and your job and not have to keep rescheduling when they can do your procedure! Continue reading
A Positive Trend
It used to be that 30 or even 40 years ago all surgery that needed to be done was done so in hospitals. You had to wait for days, weeks even months at a time for an appointment – even if it was something really serious. Hospitals might seem like a really good fit for your needs, and perhaps they are for certain procedures, but ambulatory centers are becoming more and more popular because they give us back something that we cannot afford to lose sometimes and that is time. Time to heal and stay in the hospital for recuperation, time for recovery out of the hospital, etc. If time is something you cannot afford to lose, maybe an ambulatory surgery center is the frontier healthcare option you always needed. Ambulatory surgery centers serve a variety of benefits such as convenience, cost efficiency to you the patient and being able to have the ability as a doctor or surgeon to take control of surgical practices. Beyond just these benefits, you also have to consider that in the healthcare industry these ambulatory centers give out over 100,000 jobs for fulltime positions! Not only does this mean it’s great for the economy, but it helps local people get local jobs as well. Continue reading
If you have never had a cavity, you may be clueless as to how the dentist actually treats this problem. By understanding exactly what a cavity is and how your dentist is going to resolve the issue, you can be prepared for the experience. Here is the information that you need to know so you know exactly what to expect if during your next dental office visit a cavity is found. Continue reading
There are many ways to prevent and cover up bad breath. It is important to know what is causing your bad breath to know what will work best in your situation. There are a variety of things that can be causing it that should be fixed in order to stop bad breath from returning. Here are some causes of bad breath and ways that you can prevent it from returning in the future. Continue reading
His Excellency, the Governor General in Council, by the recommendation of the Minister of Health, pursuant to the Food and Drug Act, brought forth what was meant to be an answer to a common problem. Medical devices that were sold in Canada needed to be researched and regulated for the safety of the users. Regulations got passed that apply that the sale and advertising of medical devices, and the importation of medical devices. The rules also apply to in vitro diagnostic tools or products, as if the product were an in vitro diagnostic device themselves. Food and Drug Regulations, Controlled Drugs and Substances Act, and the Narcotic Control Regulations all state pretty clearly that you are to stay away from illegal and non-prescribed drugs. Continue reading
In America, the FDA’s Center for Devices and Radiological Health, or CDRH, is responsible for regulating the firms that manufacture, repackage, relabel, or import medical devices that are sold in the United States. It also regulates electronic products that emit radiation. These products include lasers, x-rays, ultrasounds, microwaves, and color televisions.
Radiation-emitting Electronic Products
Medical devices are broken down into three classes, Class I, Class II, and Class III. Class I has the least amount of regulatory control and are exempt from having to submit a Pre-market Notification 510(k) for approval. Class II devices; however, require Pre-market Notification 510(k). Class III devices require Pre-market Approval and the approval of two groups. Continue reading
If you are trying to market a medical device, the Food and Drug Administration, or FDA, must clear your product for medical compliance. There is a rigorous process and there are fees involved as well. Medical devices can fall under three separate classes that are relevant to the FDA compliance approval process, and, in the following, they are explained in much greater detail. Getting a medical device approved can be done a couple of different ways.
After you put together your creation, you must determine what classification it is. The three classes are simply known as class I, II, and III. What property earns the devices this classification is usually the risk it offers users. The lowest level, class I, is associated with devices that are not harmful to consumers in any way. Tongue depressors and thermometers are both types of class I devices. These have a relatively easy procedure to follow to get approved by the FDA. Continue reading