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  • Breast augmentation UK or abroad? Breast augmentation – UK or abroad?Breast augmentation UK or abroad is a cosmetic operation that you have to pay for yourself and you could face a bill of between £4000 and £5000 if you opt for a UK private clinic. Going abroad is a big step but you can get the same operation much cheaper elsewhere in the EU and at clinics around...
  • Presbyopia treatment - what's involved? Presbyopia treatment - what's involved?Presbyopia treatment involves correcting this deterioration in vision, either through wearing glasses or contact lenses, or through surgery. Getting presbyopia treatment right can take a little time as the eyes continue to change but it is well worth persevering to be able to see clearly to read...
  • Prostate cancer warning signs Prostate cancer warning signsProstate cancer occurs when one or more of the cells of the prostate begin to multiply at a greater rate than normal, forming a tumour. This may stay localised to the prostate, or may spread to other areas of the body such as the liver or the bones.
  • 3D / 4D Ultrasound Is it worth the money? 3D / 4D Ultrasound – Is it worth the money?Unlike the traditional 2D ultrasound scan, which creates a blurred, two dimensional image that just lets you make out the shape of your baby, a 3D ultrasound scan produces a much more lifelike three dimensional image in incredible detail. By animating a series of these scans, a four dimensional...
  • Glaucoma surgery what's involved? Glaucoma surgery – what’s involved?Emergency glaucoma surgery may be considered for the second form of glaucoma, also called closed angle or acute glaucoma. This arises very quickly, often causing eye pain, which urges people to seek medical help. Drugs can still be used but it is more usual for glaucoma surgery to be done quickly...
  • Duodenal switch surgery how does it work? Duodenal switch surgery – how does it work?Duodenal switch surgery works by reducing stomach size at the same time as reducing the length of the digestive tract. The overall effect is to make it difficult to eat large amounts and food, particularly fat, is not absorbed into the blood as well as before. You cannot absorb as many calories...
  • Should I have a breast reduction operation? Should I have a breast reduction operation?A breast reduction operation, also known as mammoplasty, reduces the size and changes the shape and firmness of a woman's breasts. You may choose to have a breast reduction operation for several reasons.
  • Clear Lens Extraction - Clearly the best Laser eye surgeryIn this article Mr C T Pillai focuses on Clear Lens Extraction, where your natural lens is removed and replaced with an artificial implant that guarantees perfect eye sight.
  • All you need to know about alcoholism All you need to know about alcoholismMany people mistakenly believe that alcoholics are only people who need to have a drink in the early morning or are down and outs sitting on park benches drinking cans of lager. While those examples are likely to be true, there are many 'types' of alcoholic who manage to function within a 'normal'...
  • Sudden hearing loss what are the causes? Hearing problemsWe live in a world centred on sound and sudden hearing loss is a very frightening and isolating experience that can affect work, relationships and interaction with others. Sudden hearing loss is defined as deafness that happens instantly or that develops over a few days. It may happen without...
  • Gall bladder removal: The long-term effects GallstonesAround 80% of people who have gall stones have no symptoms and their gall bladder can remain in place unless problems develop. In the remaining 20%, gall stones can cause inflammation and a condition called cholecystitis. If you have this you tend to develop symptoms of biliary colic intense...
  • Substance abuse can it be treated successfully? Substance abuse – can it be treated successfully?Substance abuse is a wide term that describes the abuse of, or dependency on, a variety of substances. These range from traditional 'drugs' such as heroin and cocaine, to less conventional substances such as glues and solvents. The term also covers alcohol abuse. Substance abuse is a feature of...
  • How much could laser eye surgery cost? How much could laser eye surgery cost?Laser eye surgery costs vary depending on what type of treatment you have. You can expect to pay in the region of £500 per eye at least and the price can go up to around £2000 per eye. Your choice of treatment cannot be made solely on laser eye surgery cost; the optimum results that can be obtained...
  • Drug and alcohol rehab does it work? Drug and alcohol rehab – does it work?Drug and alcohol rehab centres are designed to help people with a dependency problem by isolating them from the sources of their addiction. They are then given medical, psychological and sociological treatment to help them overcome their dependency.
  • Liposuction surgery what does it involve? Liposuction surgery – what does it involve?Liposuction surgery, also known as lipoplasty, is a method of body sculpting. The surgeon removes excess fat from under the skin to improve the contour and proportions of various parts of your body. Liposuction surgery can target the hips, buttocks, thighs, back, abdomen, knees, calves, ankles,...
  • Eyesight tests - what can they show me? Sight testMany people think of eyesight tests as a way of checking whether they need glasses, or finding out if their contact lens prescription is still correct. However, eyesight tests can give the first warning of a number of different conditions that also affect your general health. As a thorough eyesight...
  • Stomach stapling: What does it involve? ObesityStomach stapling is a surgical procedure that is used if you are severely or morbidly obese and you cannot lose weight using diet and exercise. As the name suggests, stomach stapling literally involves stapling the stomach to create a small pouch that fills much quicker. After the operation, eating...
  • Bone scans: An overview Bone scanA bone scan is a test that uses radioactive material to show up abnormalities in your bones, such as areas of increased activity that could indicate cancer, or areas with poor blood flow. These tests can show up problems many weeks before they would be seen on a standard x-ray image.
  • Symptoms of alcoholism: An overview Alcoholism Most people enjoy a drink, and most of us will have a few too many at some time, such as at Christmas, a wedding or a party. However, the difference between the occasional indulgence and an alcohol problem is how well you live up to that famous morning after vow of 'never again'. Continuing to...
  • Hair loss products Man looking in mirrorWhen it comes to hair loss there are countless products that claim to cure the condition and restore hair growth, but what are they and do they work?
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