The Types of Surgeries Available At an Ambulatory Center

Ophthalmology Procedures
Ophthalmology Procedures

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 “The Types of Surgeries Available At an Ambulatory Center”

Ambulatory Centers or Hospitals for Cosmetic Surgery

Cosmetic Surgery
Cosmetic Surgery

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 “Ambulatory Centers or Hospitals for Cosmetic Surgery”

Benefits of Same Day Surgery

Same Day Surgery
Same Day Surgery

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.

Consumer Benefits

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 “Benefits of Same Day Surgery”

What is an Ambulatory Surgery Center?

Ambulatory Surgery Center
Ambulatory Surgery Center

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 “What is an Ambulatory Surgery Center?”

What is Venefit?

Venefit ProcedureRecent history has seen much new advancement in the world of medical technology, which has lead to a variety of new treatments and techniques for a host of conditions. There have been many new developments for the treatment of varicose veins. Varicose veins are an extremely common condition, with some studies showing that up to half of adult women and many men will experience them at some point. There are many factors that contribute to the development of varicose veins such as genetic predisposition or lifestyle choices such as professions that require standing for long periods of time. In the past, the only options for removing varicose veins were invasive, surgical-type procedures. Those days are gone; modern medicine has developed a number of minimally invasive and nonsurgical options for the removal of varicose veins. Venefit in New Jersey is one of the more popular nonsurgical options for a few reasons. Many patients like the fact that the procedure requires very little recovery time. It has also become quite popular because it carries very few risks and also has little chance of leaving patients with scars after they have healed. Continue reading “What is Venefit?”

How Does a Hip Replacement Work?

Hip ReplacementHaving joint problems in your hips can be tough to go through. It can be constant pain and slow you down on your normal activities. This might be a burden to you, but also to others that might have to help you when it comes to being able to get up and move around. Consider speaking with an orthopedic surgeon about going through with a hip replacement in New Jersey. They will be able to walk you through the procedure to find out if this is the right solution for you.

Prior to considering hip replacement surgery, the surgeon or doctor will consider other options that might be less invasive for you to go through. They will consider many factors to find out if this type of surgery is the best option so ensure that you listen to the advice given by your health care providers. Continue reading “How Does a Hip Replacement Work?”

How Long Does a Knee Replacement Last?

Knee Replacement
Knee Replacement

When knee replacements began to be used in the early ‘70s it was the common thinking that they would last maybe 10 years before needing to be replaced. For this reason, knee replacements were commonly only used for elderly patients. Over the years, there have been huge technological advancements in a wide variety of areas. Even though many improvements have occurred in surgical technique alone, it is not the only area which has undergone major changes. For instance there have been many improvements and advancements in the materials, design and fixation which have occurred which all work together to increase the durability of any type of joint replacement. In some patients, an orthopedic surgeon placed the knee prostheses as long ago as 30 to 40 years. But how long a knee replacement lasts varies greatly from one patient to another depending on many factors. Continue reading “How Long Does a Knee Replacement Last?”

Recent Advances in Joint Replacements

Joint Replacements
Joint Replacements

In the United States alone there are around 200,000 total hip replacements and almost 500,000 total knee replacements each year. Most experts estimate that by the year 2030 it is likely that we could see 600,000 hip replacements a year and nearly 3 million total knee replacements. Overall, orthopedic surgeons in NJ have made total joint replacement one of the most successful modern surgical procedures. Part of this success is due to the constant improvements being made in both technological surgical techniques and the advancement of materials that are used to construct the new joints. The most recent developments in techniques and instrumentation help make joint replacements successful.

Latest Materials being used for Joint Replacements

Over the years there have been a wide variety of materials used to construct the components that make up joint replacements. Orthopedic surgeons have used precious metals, ivory, glass, Teflon, and several different types of synthetic materials. After years of experimentation and research, there are three materials which are typically used in joint replacements: ceramics, metal or polyethylene. Each of the joints wear in different ways and therefore different materials are used depending on the particular joint.

Materials Used for Hip Replacements

The hip is a ball and socket joint which is under stress as a result of rotation. Polyethylene is a specially designed plastic that has been used for years in hip replacement surgeries. The trouble was that with wear and tear a lot of damaging debris could make life difficult for the patient and require extended care to correct. The last few years have brought about changes in the design of the hip joint and the polyethylene is upgraded and constructed using radiation which creates a higher density. This helps decrease the wear and tear on the joint and keeps debris from forming. The size of the ball has also been changed in order to further the implants longevity.

Advancements in Knee Replacements

The knee is a different type of joint and one that is hinged. The use of the latest advancements in polyethylene are presently being used in some knee replacement surgeries, but it is still in the state of transition since what works in the ball and joint socket of the hip wears differently in the knee. Ceramic has been one of the main materials used in knee replacement procedures in order to use less metal in their construction. The trouble is that it has to be cemented in place. Having moveable parts helps to reduce the amount of wear on each of the knee components. Right now metal on metal components are being studied and it is certain that more changes are coming in the near future.

Shoulder Replacement Advancements

The shoulder is a completely different type of joint replacement procedure as it is a joint that does not have to bear any weight. Even though the shoulder joint is similar to a ball and socket, it does have more sliding action that what the hip has. The wear and tear of the shoulder comes from activity rather than weight bearing. The latest advancements in shoulder replacements include using metal components on plastic components. The improved quality of polyethylene helps to improve the mobility of this joint as well as ensuring the replacement surgery is long lasting. Presently there are many newly discovered design changes which are helping to decrease bone loss due to surgical procedures, increase the stability of the shoulder post surgery and helps to extend the wear and tear of the various components which make up the shoulder replacement joint.

What do these changes mean?

Over the last few years the latest advancements in both materials and techniques has helped to improve the success rate of the different surgeries. Presently, joint replacement surgeries are successful over 90% of the time. They are also slowly increasing how long the new joint lasts and it is expected that with the latest advancements this is only going to improve.

What is the Gynecomastia Procedure?

Gynecomastia
Gynecomastia

For men who have gynecomastia, or enlarged breasts, there can be a lot of negative emotions. They may feel shame, insecurity or humiliation because of the large size of their male breasts. Nearly half of all men have some excess fat that is localized in breast tissue on one or both breasts. Over 65 percent of all disorders related to male breasts are due to gynecomastia. Surgery and liposuction are the procedures that are typically used for treatment of male breast disorders. Continue reading “What is the Gynecomastia Procedure?”

How Does Body Sculpting Work?

Body Sculpting
Body Sculpting

Body sculpting uses different techniques to remove unwanted fat from the body. Different technologically advanced methods are used to remove fat from targeted areas of the body. Three types of technologically advanced machines which are used include an ultrasound, radio frequency and a laser treatment. These types of treatments are all non-invasive and painless. Since the methods are pain free, there is no need for drugs or anesthetics. These features among many other benefits make body sculpting one of the most popular of all the cosmetic procedures in Northern NJ. Continue reading “How Does Body Sculpting Work?”