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Cosmetic Medicine
Factors to Consider Before Breast Lift Surgery
Aug 8, 2017 By Felmont Eaves, III, MD, FACS

breast lift blog postPregnancy, breastfeeding, aging and weight fluctuations commonly take a toll on a woman's breasts. If you’re noticing yours are sagging or not as full as they once were, it may be time to consider a breast lift (mastopexy). Breast lifts can produce dramatic results with a relatively short recovery. If you’re serious about it, the first and most important thing on your to-do list should be finding a skilled and experienced cosmetic surgeon. The right surgeon will listen as you describe your desired outcome and talk through all the options. Remember your body is unique—there is no one-size-fits-all procedure. Here are two important factors to consider with your surgeon:

1. What will the scars look like?

Of course, women (and their plastic surgeons) want to minimize scars whenever possible, but the procedure that leaves the smallest scar may not be the best choice for you. One of the keys to getting great results with a breast lift is to match the right scar pattern with your needs.

Types of scar patterns

There are several surgical techniques used during breast lifts that leave different scaring patterns. Some include: “Donut” (periareolar) lift – This [...]

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Orthopedics, Spine & Sports Medicine
Real Patients. Real Stories – Kathleen Karr's Total Ankle Replacement
Aug 14, 2017 By Jason Bariteau, MD

total ankle replacement karrKathleen Karr thought her dancing days were over — until she underwent total ankle replacement surgery.  Kathleen suffered an ankle injury during a car accident when she was 39 years-old. Unfortunately, the injury worsened over time. She began to lose more and more mobility in her ankle until, finally, she found herself barely able to walk. Frustrated with her lack of mobility, Kathleen scheduled an appointment with an orthopaedist. After performing an initial exam and reviewing her X-rays, the doctor found that she had end-stage ankle arthritis and recommended an ankle fusion. While the procedure would give her back some mobility, the doctor warned that she would still not even be able to walk uphill or downhill following her surgery. Kathleen had always been an active, vibrant woman. The thought of living out the rest of her life with such limited mobility just felt wrong to her. She had dreams of roaming the streets of Paris and dancing the night away. For her, barely being able to walk on flat ground was just not going to cut it. Unsatisfied with what she was told, Kathleen decided to seek a second opinion. That’s when she found Dr. Jason Bariteau of [...]

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Highlights
Emory University Hospital ranked #1, Emory Saint Joseph's #2 in Georgia & Atlanta
Aug 8, 2017 By Emory Healthcare

For the sixth year in a row, U.S. News & World Report has ranked Emory University Hospital the number one hospital in Georgia and in metro Atlanta in its 2017–18 Best Hospitals Guide. Emory University Hospital includes Emory University Orthopaedics & Spine Hospital and Emory University Hospital at Wesley Woods. Emory Saint Joseph’s Hospital ranked 2nd in Georgia and 2nd in metro Atlanta, while Emory University Hospital Midtown ranked 11th in Georgia (a two-way tie) and 6th in metro Atlanta. Emory University Hospital ranked either nationally or was considered high performing in the following specialties: Cancer, Cardiology & Heart Surgery, Gastroenterology & GI Surgery, Geriatrics, Nephrology, Neurology & Neurosurgery, Ophthalmology, Orthopaedics and Urology. Emory Saint Joseph’s Hospital ranked high performing in Gastroenterology & GI Surgery. “These hospital rankings validate the commitment of care our physicians and staff provide to our patients across many different specialties at Emory,” says Jonathan S. Lewin, MD, president, CEO and Chairman of the Board of Emory Healthcare. “We appreciate our care teams and applaud them for their successes in [...]

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Transplant
Emory Transplant Center Physicians Named 2017 Atlanta Top Doctors
Jul 27, 2017 By admin

Top Doctors 2017Emory Transplant Center is proud to acknowledge the transplant physicians that made Atlanta magazine’s 2017 Atlanta Top Doctors listing.

  • Seth Force, MD – lung transplant
  • Raymond Lynch, MD – liver transplant
  • Jeffrey Miller, MD – heart transplant
  • Kenneth Newell, MD – kidney and pancreas transplant
  • Andrew Smith, MD – heart transplant
  • Ram Subramanian, MD – liver transplant
Atlanta magazine’s July 2017 Top Doctors issue features the annual listing of Top Doctors in the metro Atlanta area. We are pleased to announce that of all the health systems represented in the list, Emory physicians make up half of the listing – 50% of 2017 Atlanta Top Doctors to be exact. These physicians include those who practice at one of our six hospitals and over 200 provider locations, as well as those who hold faculty positions at the Emory University School of Medicine. We honor, celebrate and thank all of our 2017 Atlanta Top Doctors—and their amazing care teams—for providing outstanding care to our patients and families, and for truly making patient- and family-centered care their priority each day. Congratulations to you all! VIEW ATLANTA [...]

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Cosmetic Medicine
Do I Need a Brow Lift, Eyelid Surgery or Both?
Jul 24, 2017 By Gabriele C. Miotto, MD, MEd

brow lift blogIt’s been said that eyes are the windows to the soul. But do you feel like your eyes are representing what’s really inside you? If you look in the mirror and see droopy skin, dark circles or wrinkles around your eyes, maybe it’s time for a refresh. Read on to learn more about brow lift and eyelid surgery.

Why do my eyes look older than I feel?

Your eyes get a lot of attention. They’re usually the first thing people notice about you, and they help bring beauty and expression to your face. Unfortunately, they are also often the first place we show signs of aging. Think about how the skin around your eyes crinkles when you’re smiling or furrows when you’re concentrating. Over time, your skin loses its elasticity and those crinkles become wrinkles. The loss of skin elasticity can also lead to droopiness that makes you look tired. To make matters worse, the skin around your eyes typically becomes thinner as you age, which causes things like dark circles and puffiness.

How can I rejuvenate my eyes?

The good news is that you don’t have to accept it. There are relatively minor cosmetic procedures that can help you rejuvenate your eye area and leave you looking [...]

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Vision
LASIK FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions)
Jul 18, 2017 By Soroosh Behshad, MD, MPH

LASIK FAQsDue to its success rate, LASIK has become an increasingly common procedure performed on adults to perfect their vision. Read through the following frequently asked questions to learn about the procedure and help decide if it’s right for you.

LASIK FAQs

  • What is LASIK eye surgery? LASIK is a procedure that uses an excimer laser to precisely reshape the cornea. The surgery corrects nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatisms.
  • Who is the ideal candidate for LASIK? The basic qualifications for the surgery are to be at least 18 years old, have had a stable eye prescription for the past 12 months, and have healthy corneas. If you meet these requirements, the next step is to meet with a surgeon who will determine if you are a candidate for the procedure.
  • Can I get only one eye done with LASIK? Yes, you can have LASIK on one or both eyes.
  • Does the surgery hurt? No, you will not feel any pain. Patients report feeling slight pressure around the eye during the procedure, but anesthetic drops are used prior to the surgery to ensure that the eyes are numb.
  • How long does the procedure take? LASIK is a fast surgery. The laser only takes 20-50 seconds to correct your
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Heart & Vascular
Heart Failure Live Chat Transcript
Jul 12, 2017 By admin

Heart Failure Live Chat 7/25/17 Thank you to those of you who joined the Heart Failure Live Chat on 7/25/17 hosted by Dr. Divya Gupta from Emory's Heart & Vascular Center. Dr. Gupta provided valuable insights into the causes of heart failure including contributing factors like heredity and medical conditions, treatment options and lifestyle changes. The live chat had a good turnout and the transcript is now available below.

Heart Failure Live Chat Transcript

  Overview: If you or a family member has been diagnosed with heart failure you likely have many questions. Here’s your chance to ask an expert about living with heart failure, treatment options, second opinions, prevention; whatever’s on your mind. Join us on Tuesday, July 25 when Dr. Divya Gupta, a board certified heart failure cardiologist with the Emory Heart & Vascular Center, will answer all your questions. 12:01 P.M. EmoryHealthcare: Hi everyone, please note that all questions are moderated before appearing in the stream, so you may not see yours appear right away, but we will do our best to answer all your questions today. 12:01 P.M. EmoryHealthcare: We received some questions that were submitted in advance of the [...]

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Cosmetic Medicine
Abdominoplasty Procedure – Recovery and Results
Jul 11, 2017 By Felmont Eaves, III, MD, FACS

revised tummy tuck imageAn abdominoplasty procedure (tummy tuck) yields dramatic results. Unlike liposuction, abdominoplasty doesn’t just remove fat from your tummy, it also removes excess skin and repairs loose muscles—making a significant improvement to a person’s appearance and self-confidence. That’s why it’s always been a popular cosmetic surgery choice. Reasons for considering a tummy tuck vary widely. Often, the need for an abdominoplasty procedure is due to life changes that can affect the shape of your midriff, such as childbirth, significant weight loss or aging. But there’s also a small percentage of patients who haven’t experienced any of these life changes and are still unhappy with stubborn fat in their abdominal area that doesn’t improve with diet and exercise. Regardless of your reason, deciding on an abdominoplasty procedure is now an easier choice than ever. While tummy tucks used to come with a long, difficult recovery (causing some to shy away from the procedure), recent surgical advancements have made that a thing of the past—and tummy tucks are increasing in popularity. In fact, according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, more than 130,000 [...]

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Orthopedics, Spine & Sports Medicine
The best (and worst) exercises for lower back pain
Jun 29, 2017 By Emory Orthopaedics & Spine Center

lower-back-painOver 80 percent of Americans will experience lower back pain at some point in their lives. If you have it, you may think rest is the key to recovery. In fact, back pain is one of the most common reasons people miss work. But most lower back pain will actually get better when you stay active. Exercise can:

  • Ease your lower back pain
  • Help you heal faster after a lower back injury
  • Maintain your strength and flexibility
  • Prevent re-injury
  • Reduce your risk of disability from chronic back pain

Lower back pain exercises

You should focus on activities that strengthen your back, such as walking, swimming and walking in waist-deep water in the pool. Also, these strengthening exercises can help combat back pain:
  • Back extensions. While lying on your stomach on the floor, press your elbows into the ground and push your upper body toward the ceiling. Hold this pose for 30 seconds, then allow your body to relax. Repeat four to six times.
  • Chair stretch (for hamstrings). Sit in a comfortable chair with your legs straight out in front of you in another stable chair. Reach forward gently to one foot and then repeat with other foot.
  • Hip stretch. Stand with
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Highlights
Congratulations to Emory’s 2017 Atlanta Top Doctors
Jun 23, 2017 By Emory Healthcare

2017 Top Doctors AtlantaAs our Emory Healthcare family continues to grow, so too does our ability to provide Atlanta and Georgia residents access to more top health care providers. Atlanta magazine’s July 2017 Top Doctors issue features the annual listing of Top Doctors in the metro Atlanta area. We are proud to announce that of all the health systems represented in the list, Emory physicians make up half of the doctors – 50% of 2017 Atlanta Top Doctors to be exact. These physicians include those who practice at one of our six hospitals and over 200 provider locations, as well as those who hold faculty positions at the Emory University School of Medicine. We honor, celebrate and thank all of our 2017 Atlanta Top Doctors—and their amazing care teams—for providing outstanding care to our patients and families, and for truly making patient- and family-centered care their priority each day. Congratulations to you all! VIEW ATLANTA MAGAZINE’S LIST OF TOP DOCS And with our expanding footprint, communities all over Georgia have access to more Emory top doctors. Big or small, major or minor, if you have a reason to seek medical care, there is an Emory Healthcare facility and an Emory [...]

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