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Single Incision Laparoscopic surgery – newest and most popular in the US

Single Incision Laparoscopic surgery (SILS) Single incision laparoscopic surgery is fast becoming a popular technique in US and other Western countries. It is the newest technique in laparoscopic surgery and is regarded as non-invasive. The technique offers many advantages. The procedure as the name suggests is performed through a single incision and thus, there are minimal or no scars, less blood loss, lesser post-operative pain and quicker recovery.

Besides, the surgery is financially advantageous to hospitals, insurance companies, and caregivers too because the patient’s hospital stay is shorter and recovery is much faster.

In a traditional laparoscopic surgery, 4-5 small incisions are made and surgical instruments are placed through these incisions. In single incision laparoscopic surgery, only one incision is made which is used as the entry point. All surgical instruments are placed through this incision, which is located either in the left abdomen or umbilicus.

Various procedu…

Knee replacement in India – surgery and recuperation

Replacement surgery and IndiaKnee replacement surgery in India is a great choice for international patients. Not only is the country known for its medical know-how and infrastructure, the costs associated are a huge plus. No wonder the medical tourist traffic to the country is steadily rising from the Americas and Europe to Africa and other Asian countries! India is fairly popular when it comes to knee and joint replacement cases. 
Knee replacement surgery is performed under general anesthesia and takes about 2 hours. The replacement can be partial or complete and usually calls for a hospital stay for a maximum of four days and minimum of one. Since the knee is one of the most stressed parts of the body, it is crucial that the patient goes through careful therapy and rehabilitation which can take just a couple of months to a year. 
In many cases, patients are also placed in CPM (continuous passive motion) which enables movement of the knee while still in bed. This continuous movement…

The number of American men seeking mid-life nip/tuck overseas escalates.

Cosmetic surgery for the American male Vanity is no more a domain restricted to women alone. More and more American men are taking a leap into self-beautification and rejuvenation. All thanks to higher self-consciousness, social obligations, and propagation of perfect faces and bodies through electronic media, and more importantly easy availability of beauty treatments both invasive and otherwise. Men’s salons until a couple of decades back meant just a hair cutting and shaving place, but not anymore. They now offer everything from facial, waxing, threading, manicure and pedicure! For the more motivated menfolk, especially in their middle ages, cosmetic surgeries are the next step to more youthful and attractive self.  It is hardly surprising that there is a large market for nip tucks for middle-aged men in their 50s and 60s.   Nip/tuck – Cosmetic surgery overseasA nip and tuck are referred to plastic surgery for the face to reduce/remove wrinkles. Skin is pulled back after making an inc…

Conserving the joint - Hip resurfacing overseas

Hip resurfacing is a type of hip replacement surgery in which the bone is conserved by avoiding removal of a large portion of the thigh bone i.e. femur. It does not completely replace the “ball” of the hip; instead, the bone is restructured and covered with a metal prosthesis. The hip socket is then fitted with a metal cup. 
Some advantages of hip resurfacing are the reduced risk of hip dislocation, more normal walking pattern and easier revision surgery if needed.  Who is an ideal candidate for hip resurfacing? Young and active adults who are under 60 and in need of hip replacement are considered to be suitable candidates for hip resurfacing. For patients over 60 and in need of a hip replacement, the bone quality must be reviewed before recommending hip resurfacing. This is because if women with poor bone quality undergo resurfacing, there is a high risk of bone fracture at the top portion of the thigh bone. Furthermore, this surgery can be a good option for patients with retained h…