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Cosmetic Medicine
Less Pain and Quicker Recovery After Plastic Surgery
Feb 23, 2017 By Felmont Eaves, III, MD, FACS

You may love what plastic surgery can do to enhance your appearance and self-esteem, but nobody looks forward to the recovery after plastic surgery. You may fear the pain of surgery or the temporary limitations on your normal activities like working, exercising or caring for your kids.  Fortunately, there are new strategies and surgical techniques that offer less pain and a quicker recovery.

Pain Control

Pain control strategies have changed significantly over the past several years. Doctors now prescribe more than one medication to improve your recovery after plastic surgery. The advantage to this approach is different medications work in different ways, and often complement one another. Narcotics, NSAIAs and Muscle Relaxers In the past, surgeons primarily prescribed narcotics and avoided post-operative non-steroidal anti-inflammatory agents (NSAIAs), such as aspirin and ibuprofen. While narcotics are an effective pain-relieving tool, they can also cause unpleasant side effects like nausea or constipation and have the potential for becoming addictive. Doctors now commonly prescribe NSAIAs or muscle relaxers to reduce the amount of narcotics you need. All three [...]

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Transplant
Emory Transplant Center Performs Its First HIV to HIV Kidney Transplant
Feb 23, 2017 By admin

Emory Transplant Center performs its 1st HIV to HIV kidney transplant Made possible by the HIV Organ Policy Equity (HOPE) Act, Emory Transplant Center has performed its first HIV-positive kidney transplant from an HIV-positive deceased donor. Not only was this Emory’s first HIV to HIV kidney transplant, it is also the first of its kind in Georgia and the first HIV to HIV positive kidney transplant in 2017. Emory and eight other centers nationwide are taking part in the HOPE in Action clinical trial -- a prospective, pilot study to evaluate the safety of HIV-positive deceased donor solid organ transplants (kidney and liver) in HIV-positive recipients. Stable HIV-infected adults with end-stage kidney disease who meet study-specific HIV criteria for organ transplantation will be offered enrollment in the study at Emory. Currently, Emory is enrolling participants for HIV-positive to HIV-positive kidney transplants, with a plan to include liver transplant patients in the near future. “With 120,000 people on the wait list for a kidney transplant, and about 10,000 people living with HIV who are on dialysis, the HOPE Act gives us new opportunities to save more lives, rather than turning down organ donations from HIV-positive donors,” [...]

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Orthopedics, Spine & Sports Medicine
3D Printed Knee Replacements at Emory Johns Creek
Feb 20, 2017 By Emory Orthopaedics & Spine Center

Emory Orthopaedics & Spine Center will provide advanced technology using 3D printers to design custom knees for patients in Johns Creek. The technology, made by ConforMIS, allows for knee replacements to have several large benefits. These include patient-specific procedures, quicker recovery, less blood loss, easier range of motion and better long-term wear for patients.

The Knee Replacement Procedure

"After performing a CT scan, we use an automated design that maps the size and shape of the joint in 3D," says Mathew Pombo, MD, orthopaedic sports medicine surgeon and assistant professor of orthopaedic surgery at Emory School of Medicine. "The software allows us to precisely match implants and instrumentation to the model of the knee." The design of the knee implant is then printed off using a 3D printer. Pombo bases his practice on caring for the elite athlete during their careers and afterwards. "The unfortunate reality is that all athletes transition from their prime into the aging athlete category where you can see the impact from a lifetime of sports and activity," says Pombo. "The patient-specific 3D knee implant is ideal for an aging athlete who suffers from an [...]

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Heart & Vascular
Heart Disease and Emory Women's Heart Center
Feb 20, 2017 By Emory Women's Heart Center

According to the American Heart Association, heart disease is the number one killer of women and is more deadly than all forms of cancer combined. It is also preventable. The Emory Women's Heart Center is a program dedicated to the screening, prevention and treatment of heart disease in women. The number of women at risk is startling. “Believe it or not, a very small percentage of women fall into the low risk category for heart disease, and those people are mostly in their twenties,” says Stacy Jaskwhich, a nurse practitioner at Emory’s Johns Creek’s Women’s Heart Center. “When you consider family history, age, diet, activity levels and other existing conditions such as diabetes or rheumatoid arthritis, most women are at some level of risk.” "Most heart disease is preventable, so we want to reach these women, ideally between the ages of 40-60, to evaluate their individual risks and educate them on risk reduction. Starting treatment early, when it's necessary, will help save lives," says Gina Lundberg, MD, clinical director of Emory Women’s Heart Center and assistant professor of medicine, Emory University School of Medicine. Dr. Lundberg founded [...]

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Cancer
Emory Saint Joseph's Hospital to offer Gamma Knife Treatment
Feb 13, 2017 By Winship Cancer Institute

Winship Cancer Institute at Emory Saint Joseph’s Hospital is the first hospital in the state and one of only seven medical centers in the nation to offer advanced radiosurgery for the brain with the Gamma Knife Icon. The device delivers minimally invasive radiation treatment for malignant and nonmalignant tumors, trigeminal neuralgia (facial pain syndrome) and other neurological disorders. “This technology pinpoints the tumor with the greatest accuracy to date, and also preserves cognitive function by avoiding critical brain structures. The Gamma Knife Icon is the best combination of all we’ve come to learn about stereotactic radiosurgery for the brain,” says Peter Rossi, MD, Winship director of radiation oncology at Emory Saint Joseph’s.

Gamma Knife Treatment

Gamma Knife treatment is an alternative to open brain surgery, as it does not require a scalpel or an incision. The procedure treats brain lesions with enough radiation to control them. As a result, the lesion will disappear, shrink or stop growing. This often occurs in the most critical, difficult-to-access areas of the brain. With Gamma Knife treatment, patients avoid whole brain radiation therapy, [...]

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Cosmetic Medicine
Breast Implants or a Lift: Which is Right for Me?
Feb 10, 2017 By Felmont Eaves, III, MD, FACS

It’s not uncommon for women to feel dissatisfied with their breasts. Whether your breasts didn’t develop as you’d hoped or you’re unhappy with changes from aging, pregnancy or weight loss, there are many options for helping you achieve a breast size and shape you can enjoy.

First, Pinpoint the Real Issue

Zeroing in on which aspect bothers you — your breast volume or position — will help you choose the best procedure(s) to get the results you want. And, it’s not always as straightforward as it sounds. For example, you can’t assume you need to add volume if your breasts don’t project like they used to, even after extreme weight loss. A breast lift could very well give you the look you want.

So how do you pinpoint the real issue? I make this simple suggestion to all my patients to help determine if they’re truly unhappy with the size of their breasts:

Lift your breasts up or wear your favorite bra in front of a mirror and ask yourself, “Do I like the size of my breasts now with this additional support?”

If so, you’ll probably be happy with the results of a breast lift. But if you feel your breasts are too small even when lifted, you’ll likely

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Orthopedics, Spine & Sports Medicine
Q&A with Atlanta Falcons Team Physician
Feb 10, 2017 By Emory Sports Medicine

Dr. Spero Karas

Dr. Spero Karas at the Super Bowl

In addition to his duties as an orthopedic surgeon at Emory Sports Medicine Center, Dr. Spero Karas has served as the head team physician for the Atlanta Falcons since 2011. He provides sideline support and oversees the orthopedic and medical care for both the Falcons’ athletes and coaches.

Last Sunday culminated in one of the most exciting seasons in the history of Atlanta’s hometown team after making it to the Super Bowl for the second time in the team’s history.

We caught up with Dr. Karas as he returned home from Houston to talk about the season, working with the Falcons and going to the Super Bowl.

Q: How has it been working with the Falcons this year?  

A: Well, the season was a success on a number of levels. We won our division, our conference, and of course played in the Super Bowl — one of the most exciting and memorable games in Super Bowl history. From the professional side, we took great pride in the care we provided the team. We gave them early access to all of Emory's outstanding subspecialties, as well as fulfilled all their sports medicine needs.

Q: What were some highlights on this journey to the Super Bowl?

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Transplant
Real Patients, Real Stories – Hear from an Emory Liver Transplant Patient
Feb 9, 2017 By Emory Transplant Center

Simone Whitehead was an active 30 year old, running half marathons and chasing around her 2-year old son. In April 2016, she began to feel ill, and she slowly started getting worse. Tests revealed that her liver was failing, and that she would need a liver transplant. Hear Simone’s story as she describes her experience receiving a liver transplant from the Emory Liver Transplant Program and how she was saved by an exclusive liver dialysis therapy machine called MARS. [...]

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Highlights
Emory Johns Creek Hospital to offer free health screenings at women’s health event
Feb 3, 2017 By Emory Healthcare

Emory Johns Creek Hospital (EJCH) will host its annual Ladies’ Night Out event devoted to women’s health on Thursday, Feb. 23 from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Free health screenings will be offered to women including: glucose, cholesterol, blood pressure and body mass index. Clinicians will also be on hand to educate women about breast health, cardiovascular disease and signs of stroke and heart attacks. Jennifer Graham, MSN, FNP-BC, Emory Heart and Vascular Center; Maria Piraner, MD, diagnostic radiologist, director of the Center for Breast Care at EJCH; and Patricia Yugueros, MD, chief of plastic surgery at EJCH, and will hold a panel discussion about trends in women’s health at 6 p.m. Doors will open to the Ladies’ Night Out event at 6:30 p.m. [...]

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Highlights
Foot Care for Seniors: 10 Important Tips
Feb 3, 2017 By Emory Healthcare

Proper foot care is essential for older adults to help prevent injuries, falls and complications from chronic conditions like diabetes.Proper foot care is essential for older adults because it can help prevent injuries, falls and complications from chronic diseases like diabetes. Learn how to properly care for your feet so they can continue to take you wherever you need to go. 1. Be good to your soles. As you age, the muscle tissue in your feet can thin and your nerves may not work effectively. This can lead to loss of feeling in your feet (neuropathy). Use a long-handled mirror - it will extend your reach several inches - to see what you may not feel. Examine the soles of your feet and in-between your toes every day for cuts, blisters, sores or any areas of skin breakdown from moisture. This is especially important if you have diabetes. 2. Choose the right footwear. Wearing the right footwear can help you keep your balance, prevent falls and reduce the risk of blisters and other injuries. Never purchase shoes that rub or slide around on your heel as you walk - this is a common way to develop blisters that can become more serious sores. Also avoid shoes that are too tight, slick on the bottom, have high heels or pointy toes. If you have diabetes or neuropathy, talk with your doctor about [...]

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