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
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
cuts are usually less than one inch in size. The fourth incision can reach
several inches. No need to cut the sternum or spread ribs. All procedures are
done through this small incision.
The surgeon will insert a
thoracoscope and several other surgical instruments through an incision.
Thoracoscope is equipped with a small light and camera. The camera sends the
image back to the monitor used by the surgeon to see … » Read more
Among many categories of personal
health coverage sold today, you can encounter products that look and sound like
healthcare insurance, but they are not, in reality they do not provide medical
insurance protection at all. Be cautious these products are not a replacement
for medical coverage.
Let’s take a look at some of the
other products that do not provide substitution for health insurance coverage
Dread Disease policies.
Dread disease policies have a
tendency to have poor value and they only cover treatments for specific disease
like diabetes. They are so poor in value that some states have banned them all
together and they have cautioned consumers about these policies.
Accident-only coverage pays for
care you want on account of an accident that’s not due to sickness. Since a
good thorough policy will cover costs associated with accidents as well as
sickness, accident only policies often aren’t a good value. Supplemental
policies Supplemental policies ( infrequently called hospice indemnity policies
) pay cash advantages for every day you are in the surgery. Often nonetheless,
the money benefit will be far away from the price of hospital care. Still,
these policies can be well liked because they are very inexpensive and can be
easy to purchase.
Supplemental policies could be a
choice if you would like to cover extras that may come up when you get ill. But
they sometimes are not a good purchase and they should not be confused with
full coverage health insurance. The reason why people buy these kind of
coverage is because is very inexpensive
Discount plans are not medical
care insurance, and they can not defend you from high doctor’s bills. Some of
the people may mistake discount health plans for medical insurance due to
insurance-like features of these … » Read more
You or a loved one is newly
diagnosed with a serious health condition. Or maybe your doctor has prescribed
a new medication and you’re concerned about side effects. Or you need surgery
and want to know what to expect. Where do you turn? According to the Pew
Research Center, if you’re like 80% of the Internet users out there, you’ve
looked for health-related information online. But type “cancer” into
a search engine and you’ll get over 306,000,000 (yes, million!) results. Where
do you begin? And can you trust what you find? Here are some guidelines to help
Things to Look for in a Legitimate Health Site
First of all, what does the URL
or website address end in? If it’s a.gov (government site),.org (organization’s
site), (educational site), the
information there is most likely to be trustworthy. If it’s a.com, you’ll have
to look closer. The site may be legitimate, but it may also be trying to sell
you something, or contain inaccurate information.
Is there an author or
organization associated with the website? If an author is listed, what are his
or her credentials?
Is there “contact”
information available — an address, phone number or email? Is there an
“about us page?
When was the site last updated?
Is the information current? (You may find this information near the bottom of
Look to see if there is an
HONcode or similar indication of accreditation. These sites must go through an
approval process and follow certain ethical guidelines.
Be Very Cautious…
Be aware that the highlighted
links that appear at the top of the page or over at the right after you’ve
typed in a search term are “sponsored” or paid ads. They may be
trying to sell you something.
Are there a lot of misspellings or poor
… » Read more
Our body experiences a total
change with age. The body loses its endurance making the organs weak. As a
result, the body is easily affected by a number of serious illnesses and also
requires a lot of time to recover from diseases that make the body weaker. To
avoid such problems in the later years of our lives, early prevention with
special health tips seems to be the best choice.
A major component of senior
health involves involving educating the elderly about general health issues
that can affect our health naturally as we get older. Certain things must be
considered as follows
Things to consider for a Healthy Life for seniors
and present health conditions
There are a number of senior
health programs organized by a number of health organizations that provide
services related to routine medical examinations and assist in understanding
early warning signs of general health problems that may occur due to aging. It
also provides the right treatment at the right time through the right
diagnosis. It also improves health conditions and can make a significant difference
in quality of life.
It is important to refer to
special care based on personal health issues and age considerations.
Appropriate consultation for health guidelines is very important at this stage
because seniors often undergo various medications that increase the risk of
drug conflicts with some side effects. To get the right treatment such
complications must be considered.
Some Heath Maintenance Tips That Are Useful for Seniors
- Drink plenty of water throughout the day to
- Prevent osteoporosis by increasing calcium
- Eat healthy foods that are rich in essential
vitamins and proteins with little fat
- To prevent poor memory conditions, increase the
amount of Vitamin B12 in food
- Add herbs
… » Read more
It is a dark night, the kind where the moon and the stars go
missing. A young couple is driving along an unlit highway with nothing between
them and total darkness but the stretch of light beaming from the headlights.
There is a clash of thunder, a flash of lighting, and rain falls in sheets,
streaming so fast down the windshield that the view before the man whose
driving becomes a collage of wavy distortions. He leans forward, squinting, as
his new wife beside him starts begging him to pull over. He ignores her,
focusing all of his concentration on the road. Suddenly, a figure appears in
the lights. He slams on the brakes. He swerves. The car spins out of control.
His body braces for impact, but they are lucky. The car slides into a ditch. As
they emerge from the vehicle, they spot a deer gazing at them from the opposite
side of the road. Twenty miles have passed since they last saw any sign of
life. The next town is fifteen miles ahead on the map. Thankfully, he gets a
signal on his cell phone and is able to call roadside assistance.
Accidents like this happen every day. No one knows exactly
when they are going to need help. Where psychic ability falls short, it helps
to be prepared. Roadside plans can deliver a number of useful services. Most
insurance companies offer this beneficial option. It is also available through
credit card companies, or can be purchased in most service repair shops. It is
a worthwhile investment, because it helps in so many ways. Consider five of the
most common problems that motorists face.
The most common complication motorists endure is a flat
tire. Place one phone call to service and a contractor drives out … » Read more