Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Liver Transplant for Living Long Life!

The human body is like a super computer created by God himself. The whole human body is still a mystery to the most renowned doctors. Our complicated body is made up of so many muscles and bones and organs also. When all these go hand in hand our body functions like anything. Such a big body can not tolerate even a pierce of a needle hence sometimes it breaks down badly. Digestion is a vital system of our body as it directly involves with our intake of food.

Liver looms large in the digestive system which weighs about 1.36kg.It is seen or felt on the right side of the abdomen just below diaphragm. The main functionality of liver is to digest the food and sending it to the different parts of the body. Other functions of liver are, breaking down fats, turning glucose into glycogen and also producing urea. It acts as a store house for vitamin A, D, and K also known for producing cholesterol. So Liver has got lions share in the importance of our body.

The most alarming about this organ is it is very unpredictable. Nobody knows when it goes out of track. When liver stops functioning due to any sort of damage, it causes serious problem, the treatment also won’t help sometimes. As we have been seeing, liver treatments hardly are successful to put us back on track. Only way is to go for Dialysis, when it gets severe.

Nowadays there is a hope for the person who is suffering from liver ailments. Statistics show that one million people suffer from liver failure around the world. Every year many of succumb to death as they can not get timely treatment. In the US itself 1700 people die as they can not get the liver donors on time. This has become the major concern in the medical society especially when they treat liver failure patient.

Liver transplant depends on the availability of the donor. There are innumerable precautions to betaken before the treatment starts. The liver transplant is a complicated surgery hence a highly skilled surgeon is needed to do this. Donor cannot just donate his liver; it has to qualify medically before the donation. Any way Liver donor will be given huge sum of money.

According to medical fraternity donors are preferable from the family within, some how this is not a hard and fast rule. It may vary also. And the donor should be above 18 and below 50 years. The donor also has to undergo various tests. Once he is through then only the transplant takes place. The donor and the patient have to fall in the same category.

The sizes of liver should match perfectly. The donor must be healthy and his liver also should be in great condition .He should not have any infectious diseases. The donor should under go tests like ECG, X-ray, CT Scan and lastly liver biopsy even! It is a tough procedure but saving somebody’s life.

There are so many patients from the west flocking to India for the liver plant transplantation. Highly skilled medical doctors, wonderful infrastructure, and excellent ambience make the patients happy. There are many hospitals in Ahmedabad also for offering this medical assistance. Happy liver transplant for those who are in need!

By Geeta Rao

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Monday, March 28, 2011

Medical Miracle-Knee Replacement

Somewhere I read ‘Even the person who is on the deathbed would not like to die.’ How true it is! Life is so precious. Every person likes to stand on his own feet, walk by himself without any pain. Here medical science plays miracle. Nowadays knee replacement surgery has become the most common phenomena.

As we age our joints demand strong medical attentions. Knee replacement is one of them, very much in demand. Knee will be replaced by a synthetic implant reducing the severe pain. Different implant designs are available, but the Drs will decide which one the patient needs the most. Each one of them offers stable movement after the implant.

Main benefits of these implants are 1) no pain 2) improved and stable movement. This has been a medical gift for the better life of human beings. And the whole process has high rate of success. Firstly you need to make up your mind believing in medical science Knee replacement will surely bring back your lost smile on the face! The knee joint basically consists of three bones, the femur, the tibia, and the patella. All these are equally important for the movement.

Degeneration of the joint can occur as a result of trauma or from wear and tear over time. Whatever the cause of the degeneration, it ultimately means that the patient’s knee will wear down to the point that it causes substantial pain and limits meaningful motion.

This joint is worn out over the time gradually. Whatever may be the reason the patient will have unbearable pain at the knee joint. Flat metal plate and stem will be implanted in the tibial bone while replacing the lower part of the knee joint.

Sometimes patients may need specialized implant because of their knee size. Such knees are made to order and fixed by surgeons. Customization is most welcome here.

Knee replacement could be done with cement or without cement. It entirely depends on the patient and the surgeon. Mostly they are done with cement. After this, the patient gets back all his movements.

If a patient has pain in only one knee then there is a medical process called partial knee surfacing. Surgeons target the damaged portion and isolate it. They also resurface without damaging healthy tissues or bone. Here sometimes surgeons need the help of robotics.

As medical science has advanced so much, Orthopedic surgeons prefer computer based robotic surgery to reach more than excellencies and accuracy!3-D surely gives greater visibility. Isn’t it wonderful synthesis of medicine and technology?

Categories of Knee Replacement

There are four basic types of knee replacement categories:

- Non-constrained

- Semi-constrained

- Constrained or hinged

- Unicondylar

This knee replacement process may take at least two hours. You may require 15 days in the hospital. Post operation care is much concerned fact

Medical Tourism

Many patients need immediate treatment for their knees throughout the world. But expenses become a big question mark. They have to cross this hurdle. Or they can easily opt for India, Bankok, Malaysia and many other eastern countries. Patients get excellent treatment, no language barrier, and post operational care in a very cordial way. Usually such knee replacement will last for fifteen to twenty years.


Geeta Rao

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Saturday, February 5, 2011

What is hip joint?

The hip joint is a ball consisting of two bones and they are the head of the femur and the socket. Our body is such a wonderful machine created with extraordinary craftsmanship. These bones have head at the joint having cavity inside. This is very useful while walking and all other activities. Hip is the second largest weight bearing joint. Ball and socket join the leg and the pelvis. Our ligaments connecting ball to the socket offer excellent stability for the joint. The hip joint is usually very strong to hold the body’s weight and movement. All these bones and ligament help in the mechanism of hip joint. In this scenario, if hip joint is damaged then it has to be replaced with medical surgery.

Well advanced medical surgeries are done to replace the hip joint. Patients who are super rich can afford the operation in USA and UK. Others can flock to the eastern countries for the treatment. When the patient is young it is healed quickly, but the older ones bones being brittle, if fractured then it is difficult to manage without the operation. One more worry always eats up the patient’s head is the expense. If it bearable then the patient will go ahead happily. If it is unaffordable then these have to look for the alternate which is equally good.

Patients can go to AIIMS for the hip replacement. Medical faculty, good infrastructure with latest medical equipment and English speaking staff make it easy and convenient for the needy ones. Here the treatment is given with harmony and medical efficiency. Moreover it is affordable here. Onlookers can never ever imagine the pain; the patient only knows what it is! These surgeons bring back the lost smile on faces of patients. What a noble profession! I bow my head with utter respect!

By Geeta Rao

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Thursday, February 3, 2011

Hip replacement-A medical miracle!

A salute to medical advancement for bringing smile back on patients lips. Elderly persons when have a fall causing this hip replacement need not worry too much. As we know any type of surgery is quite painful. But the only solace is there is medical solution for most of the fractures. It is the most common thing especially among the elderly gentry to have a fall and go for the hip replacement operation. The renewed energy you gain by this operation is tremendously hi-tech and stable. Every one in ten has this hip replacement operation nowadays. This hip replacement has proved an extraordinary medical alternate. It brings back your usual walking and other activities. Doctors are the final word in such cases. If they recommend surgery then, exercise, medicines and physical therapy won’t help you.

Hip replacement has become common news in modern society. Every year 300,000 hip replacement operations are being done in USA. Surgeon, using his wonderful medical skill, removes damaged part and replaces them with prosthetics. This definitely ensures painless mobility. Hip replacement surgery has a very high rate of success bringing those patients their life back. The patients could be informed about the mechanics of the hip joint and the available options.

Nowadays hip replacement could be done with less pain.But the pleasure of this replacement is you get back those movements.When you can't afford the medical expense then you can turn to eastern countries for the same.Excellent medical talent,skilled surgeons,no language barrier,good infrastructure all you get at very affordableprice.When health is priority,money takes backseat!

By Geeta Rao
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Thursday, December 30, 2010

Medical Tourism in India Too!

AIIMS (All India Institute of Medical Sciences) India has carved a niche on the international platform.  It has created awareness of health and treating medically unrelenting. It’s research, treatment, and education is well known in the medical world. World famous faculty enhances take AIIMS to nook and corner of the world.  Maintaining high standard of the treatment and education, AIIMS has been a major contributor in medical health.
There are 25 clinical departments in AIIMS, having four super specialty centers. These centers manage all types of diseases and their treatments.  AIIMS is equipped with pre and Para clinical departments also.  AIIMS also maintains a 60 bedded small hospital as a part of rural health in Haryana treating 2.5 lakh patients. Having located in Delhi, it has all benefits of metro city.
Affordable and world class treatment compared to the western countries, infra structure, latest medical equipments, and above all the world class faculty are the assets of AIIMS. Let me start with eye treatment imparted here in AIIMS. This Giant hospital has a separate wing for eye treatment. Eye care services, surgeries, treatments are offered here. The most efficient team of faculty upholds the name of AIIMS across the world. It will be an excellent medical tour for the patients coming from western countries.
•  Eye Lasik Refractive Packages
•  Lasik Eye Surgery
•  Eye Care Treatment
•  Lasik Treatment
•  Refractive Surgery India
•  Laser Refractive Surgery
•  Refractive Eye Correction Package
•  Natural Eye Care Treatment
•  Vision and Eye Care
•  Eye Refractive Care Packages

By Geeta Rao
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Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Health Spas and Massage - Health Tourism

The mechanical life of today has left us helter skelter! The race against the time is very sharp, now or never! In this speed the most neglected part is food and physique. We sometimes are forced to give less importance for our food and body. Hence these areas suffer a lot after sometime! The modern theory is to maintain health physically and mentally. That is where  SPA comes to our help.

Body massage is not only a beauty treatment but also a necessary tip of glowing health! We hear, see and look at those witnesses. Rome, India and Japan have different techniques in body massage. As time passed on many advanced techniques have been introduced. Nowadays everyone wants to keep fit and look younger. People are becoming tremendously aware of working out to keep themselves as fit as fiddle. Now these spa salons cater to the demands of customers. This also is a part of Health Tourism.

Many tourists come to Bangkok for the sightseeing, but sometimes happen to go to these spa salons. These get here wonderful Spa treatment which forces them to come again and again. Massage is a quick remedy for the stress. It relieves all the stress and mental burden. Today it has become the status symbol also to go to a SPA salon. The upper strata of the society always go for SPA treatment. Though it is bit expensive it is most useful in the long run. And the effect is seen and felt.

Massage means manipulating the body’s soft tissues. Skin, muscles, ligaments, tendons, joints, is mainly focused in this SPA massage. Few massage therapies include lymph vessels along with other organs of the body. The motto of SPA massage is to offer maximum relaxation for the clients. The goal is to promote healing, support wellness, relieve stress, and clear the clutter of mind. The massage practitioner uses his/her hands, feet, fingers, elbows, forearms, or massage aids in the massage treatment.

Scented oil is used sometimes while heated stones are now used in one of today’s popular massages. Depending on the type of massage, clients are clothed or unclothed. Swedish, deep tissue and sports massage are the types of massage well known in the western society. Ayurvedic is an Asian way of massage. Thai, Shiatsu and reflexology are also available in SPA salon. There are many types of massage having techniques, incorporate stretches, or target specific trigger points.

Medical massage is used in breast cancer, sinus relief, and reducing blood pressure. Other types of medical massage are there to relieve pain. Massage therapists and practitioners are recognized by a governing agency of the country where they practice. Because there is no single entity regulating massage, it is best to ask your practitioner about their qualifications and training, or ask to see a license or certificate verifying their compliance with local regulations.
Countries with Health Spas: Czech Republic, Estonia, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Japan, Mexico, New Zealand, Philippines, Poland, Romania, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, Thailand, Vietnam, USA.SPA treatment is a boon in modern days! Bangkok has the lion’s share in SPA business.  Another reasonable reason   for tourists to come over here in Bangkok!

Author: Geeta Rao
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Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Cosmetic Surgery a Charisma of Knife to Beautify You!

This time I would love to share thoughts on plastic or cosmetic surgery. May be in older days people suffered a lot for the lapse of these facilities. Nowadays cosmetic energy will get back your shape size and look! Cosmetic surgery is a beautiful gift from medical field. As such cosmetic surgery is a bit expensive affair. US, UK and other European countries you can afford only if you are a super rich! But for common people this expense may be a burden. For such patients also there is way to get cosmetic surgery. Thailand/Bangkok is the destination for all such treatment. Medical Tourism in Thailand  in the ultimate happening in health industry.

Accidents are accidents! Nobody plans or foresees these accidents. But when you meet with it then you had it! You feel worries from all directions devouring you mercilessly! First plastic surgery comes to your mind. Plastic surgery is the only way to bring your shape and beauty back!

Medical expenses take a giant shape. You will spend the least in the world on healthcare treatment in Bangkok. In return you expect highly qualified treatment from licensed, experienced, good doctors at a large, clean, hygienic hospital or clinic with English speaking staff. Cosmetic surgery always costs more and the cosmetic surgeon are well known for their artistic and creative job clubbed with the latest technology. Their fee for rhinoplasty or SRS will be more.

Thailand cosmetic surgeons whatever high they may charge, but still it is less compared to the western countries. Even if you add the cost of your airfare and accommodations in Thailand, Plastic surgery in Thailand and other types of surgery are high quality and inexpensive. Overseas lap band surgery is great value for money — US$3,000 less than the very best "special offer" discount prices in the USA. The surgeries in Thailand include hospital room, nursing care and meals. A meal is carefully   supervised by dietitians. Excluding any sort of complications. Most of the times these charge are excluding medical prescriptions.

The price of the cosmetic operation is bit high. On top of that it also depends on the prestige, reputation, expertise and experience of the physician for that particular plastic surgery procedure. Top plastic surgeons tend to charge more but sometimes the most experienced also have the most affordable fees.

Hospital Room Fee for procedures with no package price
(room rates INCLUDES food & nursing care cost)

A Superior Room costs US$135/day.
Food and nursing care is included in the room rate. It has air-conditioning, phone, couch, cable TV with news, movies and sports in English, refrigerator, table, and a locker. Phone calls are not included in the price.

A Suite costs US$215/day.
Food and nursing care is included in the room rate and it has everything found in a Superior Room with the addition of a small living room separated from the patient's room by a door which can be left open or closed, it is larger, has separate cable TV in both the patient's room and living room and has a microwave oven. The primary advantage of a Suite is the ability for patient or significant other to have privacy.

St Carlos Cosmetic Surgery Clinic is part of a group of health related outlets covering areas such as medical spas and alternative medicine. The Surgery Clinic specializes in cosmetic surgery. The clinic’s dedicated surgical staff provides specialist treatments such as rhinoplasty, blepharoplasty, face lifts, liposuction, breast augmentation or reduction (mammoplasty) and hair transplant treatments. The clinic utilises a range of technologies including laser to produce world-class results. Accommodation is available for people who need to recuperate after treatment.

St Carlos Cosmetic Surgery Clinic
Address: 5/84 Moo 2, Tiwanon Road,   Banklang  Amper Muang  Pathumthani  Bangkok  12000
Tel: 0-2975-6700  Fax: 0-2975-6737

Author:  Geeta Rao
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Medical Tourism Guide for Health Care