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  • Piles: what treatment is available? doctorPiles, known medically as haemorrhoids, occur when the blood vessels of the anus are put under pressure, causing them to become swollen and stretched. Internal piles occur completely inside the anus, while external piles, known as perianal haematoma, may occur wholly outside the anus and can...
  • Birthmarks: can they be treated? Consultation with a doctorA birthmark, or naevus, is a pigmented area of the skin that is present at birth and often gets larger and darker during a child's early years. Birthmarks can occur anywhere on the body, although some types, such as port wine stains and salmon patches, are more common on the face and neck. Other...
  • Stress incontinence: what treatments are available? Woman having consultation with a doctorStress incontinence, also known as stress urinary incontinence (SUI), affects around one in five women over 40. Men can also suffer from stress incontinence but not nearly so many are troubled by it until much later in life.
  • Shoulder replacement surgery: a guide Shoulder painShoulder replacement surgery is the third most common joint replacement after hip and knee replacements. Like a hip replacement, shoulder replacement surgery can involve the reconstruction or replacement of the ball, the socket, or both.
  • Cheek implants: are they right for me? Cosmetic Surgery of the faceCheek implants may be right for you if you have poorly defined cheekbones that leave you looking gaunt or if you feel your face is starting to sag unacceptably. Cheek implants are also used to repair damage following an accident or other trauma that has damaged the structure of your face.
  • Laser skin resurfacing: does it work? Non surgical cosmetic treatmentLaser skin resurfacing uses intense beams of light energy to remove the upper layers of skin, stimulating new skin growth to replace it. The theory is that the new skin will look younger and fresher and contain fewer blemishes, wrinkles or fine lines. The lasers also boost the production of...
  • Doppler ultrasound: how does it work? Woman having ultrasoundThe use of ultrasound to monitor the growth of a baby in the womb is well known but several other different types of ultrasound scan are now possible that can investigate problems with various parts of the body.
  • Chin implants: are they right for me? Cosmetic Surgery of the faceDeciding whether cosmetic chin implants are suitable for you involves reflecting on how much distress your current chin and jaw shape is causing you. It is a good idea to look in detail at what the procedure involves and to get advice and information so you can think carefully about the risks...
  • What is cardiovascular disease? Man experiencing chest painCardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death worldwide, and it kills about 60 people under retirement age every day in the UK. Cardiovascular disease is a general term that covers all health problems associated with heart or circulatory system. This system made up of the main blood vessels,...
  • Bone marrow biopsy: how does it work? Empty hospital bedA bone marrow biopsy analyses cells from within bone to check for blood disorders and other potentially serious health conditions. The results can show if you have a lower than normal number of red blood cells (in which case you might have anaemia), a low white blood cell count (which may mean you...
  • Private heart bypass surgery: what's available? heart surgery abroadCoronary artery bypass surgery (CABG) is a major heart operation that is carried out on almost 30,000 people each year in the UK alone. This is a planned operation but may be needed promptly because of the imminent risk of a heart attack, or because the pain of angina is becoming difficult to cope...
  • Glaucoma treatment: is it effective? Close up of woman's eyeGlaucoma is a common and usually chronic condition that can destroy your eyesight if it is not controlled. Of the four main types of glaucoma, only one, congenital glaucoma, affects children and is usually due to a problem with eye development. The other three types of glaucoma all affect adults,...
  • Diet advice for women undergoing fertility treatment Diet advice for women undergoing fertility treatmentA good diet can help improve the success rate of infertility treatment. In this article, Anya Sizer of The London Women's Clinic discusses the importance of a eating the correct food and recommends changes to make to eating patterns to give your body the best chance possible of conceiving.
  • Stay safe on the slopes skierImprovements to ski boots make it considerably safer to ski than ever before. However, fractures to feet and ankles continue to occur when skiiers find themselves in specific situations. Mr Martin Klinke discusses these types of ski injuries and the treatments needed for a succesful recovery.
  • Get a good night's sleep Lack of sleep can hamper concentrationInsomnia is one of the most common conditions seen by GPs. In this article, Dr Fiona McAndrew discusses the different types of insomnia and what can be done about the problem.
  • Techniques for managing the stress of infertility - part II The London Women’s ClinicIn Part II of the article on managing the stress of infertility, Anya Sizer ofThe London Women's Clinic discusses how you can personalise the techniques used to manage this particular type of stress.
  • Managing the stress of infertility - part I The London Women’s ClinicIn Part I of this article on managing the stress of infertility, Anya Sizer of The London Women's Clinic discusses the stress issues women with infertility problems face, and outlines the techniques that can be used to help manage this particular type of stress.
  • Celebrating Valentine's Day for couples going through infertility treatment hearts and chocolatesAnya Sizer of the London Women's Clinic offers advice to couples undergoing fertility treatment on how to use the event to help ease the stress of undergoing assisted reproduction.
  • Should children with eating disorders be treated in hospital? Should children with eating disorders be treated in hospital?In this article Dr Dee Dawson raises the issues around treating children with eating disorders as inpatients or outpatients. She also discusses the problems of monitoring the health of anorexics, and restoring children to their correct weights.
  • How to recover from a breast operation The importance of post-surgical bras after cosmetic surgeryThe recovery period after breast surgery is as important as the surgery itself. In this article, The Hospital Group outlines the recovery process and provides advice on how to achieve a swift return to daily life.
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