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  • Custom made knees: Bespoke knee replacement Glyn Evans - London Knee ClinicEvery year over a million UK residents consult their GP with osteoarthritis. As implant designs and outcomes improve, more of these patients will receive partial or total joint replacements. Indeed over 75,000 knee replacements were done in England and Wales in 2008, making it the commonest joint...
  • Are your teeth worn down? - Tooth Surface Loss (TSL) dental implantsWe have been treating our clients for their dental problems for many years but in the last decade we have become aware of a new problem that can affect all age groups. In the past the main problems associated with the mouth were tooth decay and gum disease. A new phenomenon has arisen, due to the...
  • Hip replacement - the current situation Hip surgeryOne of London's leading Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeons warns of the dangers posed to patients by what he believes to be ill thought out innovations in hip surgery. The article, which appears on inCapitalHealth clearly sets out what works in hip surgery - and what doesn't.
  • One-Stop Fertility Test Pregnancy testA One-Stop Fertility Test was pioneered by Dr.Nargund and her team in 2001 .It can be done at lunch hour or within an hour. This test is done using out-patient advanced 3D-Doppler ultrasound scan to check the lining of your womb, ovarian reserve (reserve of eggs) and to check the blood flow to your...
  • Natural and Mild IVF: A safer, cheaper, patient-friendly and successful approach Infertility treatmentThere is a renewed scientific interest in a more natural approach to IVF cycles. More than 50 peer reviewed papers have been published in the last five years addressing natural, modified natural and milder approaches to ovarian stimulation in IVF cycles. Better understanding of ovarian physiology...
  • Stomach ulcer - treatment options? Stomach A stomach ulcer (sometimes known as a peptic ulcer or gastric ulcer) is a hole or sore in the lining of the stomach, very much like the ulcers commonly found in the mouth. About 1 to 2 cm across, they are slightly larger than a mouth ulcer, and are known to have two main causes. Although it was...
  • Hysterectomy surgery HysterectomyA hysterectomy is an operation to remove your womb (uterus). There are several different types of hysterectomy and several methods for performing the operation, but if possible, the ovaries are left in place as they produce oestrogen. If the ovaries are removed you will immediately experience the...
  • Weight loss plans - which one is right for you? Obesity scalesIf you would like to lose some weight, and keep it off, then you are not alone. Millions of people across the country are in the same position supporting an industry estimated to be worth over £11.2billion a year. Weight Watchers alone claims to have over a million members, while the Dr Atkins book...
  • Are HIV test results reliable? Male female sexual healthHIV stands for 'Human Immunodeficiency Virus' and is a virus that can be caught by having unprotected sex, sharing needles or other equipment for drug use, by having direct contact with an infected person's blood or mucus membrane, or from a mother to her child during pregnancy, birth, or breast...
  • What are the effects of alcohol? Alcoholism Alcohol is a strong depressant drug that, if abused, can have serious side effects on a person's mental and physical health. However, if taken in small amounts, alcohol can be a pleasant addition to life without doing any serious damage. The effects of alcohol are immediate. Usually, pretty soon...
  • Skin problems - Acne, Eczema, Psoriasis and Rosacea Skin problemsSkin is the largest organ of the human body covering a surface area of about two square metres, and accounting for some 16% of your entire body weight. Consisting of two main layers, the small outer layer known as the epidermis, and a larger inner layer called the dermis, the main functions of the...
  • Prostate cancer treatment options Prostate operation: pros and consThe prostate is a gland situated just underneath the bladder surrounding the urethra, and produces semen - the fluid that carries and protects sperm. It is about the size of a walnut, but if it becomes enlarged it can cause urinary problems. Cancerous tumours can sometimes grow within the prostate...
  • How to find a private doctor or surgeon? Plastic surgeonWhether you have private medical insurance or have decided to self-pay for private treatment, your choice of doctor or surgeon can have a huge impact on the success of your treatment, and how comfortable and confident you feel throughout. The best doctor or surgeon for you will very much be a...
  • Why is losing weight so difficult? Women exercisingIn theory, controlling your weight is a simple matter of mathematics. If you eat more calories than you burn through exercise and daily living, you will put on weight. If you eat fewer calories than your body needs each day, you will lose weight. And for every 3,500 calories or so either way, you...
  • How long will a hip replacement last? Hip operationThe human hip comprises a ball and socket joint, with the rounded end of the thigh bone (called the femoral head) moving within a rounded socket in the hip (called the acetabulum). Both of these are covered in a slippery cartilage, which makes the joint move smoothly, protects the bone beneath, and...
  • New minimally invasive bunion surgery established techniques, new technology London Foot & Ankle Centre - bunionsBunions are a very common and often painful condition. Medically known as hallux valgus, an estimated 33 per cent of women will develop bunions at some stage in their lives. The term bunion refers to a swelling on the outside of the big toe joint which occurs when the big toe leans too much into...
  • Health Insurance - do I need a health plan? Health insuranceThe answer to the question, 'do I need a health plan?' lies very much in a second question 'do you need to be healthy?' For example, are you needed at work or at home in a way that leaves little time for illness? Is there anyone who could cover your duties if you were absent for a long period? Is...
  • Is lap band surgery safe? Obese manWhat is lap band surgery? Lap band surgery, also known as gastric banding, is used to aid weight loss in obese patients who have failed to lose weight by conventional means. During lap band surgery a physical barrier is put in place around your stomach, three quarters of the way up, to create a...
  • Is gastric bypass surgery safe? ObesityWhat is gastric bypass surgery? Gastric bypass surgery is similar to gastric banding in the way it divides the stomach to create a small pouch at the top. However, instead of the food passing normally on to the rest of the stomach for digestion, a section of small intestine is grafted on to the...
  • Brain injury - Can it be treated? MigraineA Brain injury can occur whenever there's a sudden trauma to the head. This can involve the penetration of an object, a violent impact, or even just a strong shaking, such as may occur during the rapid deceleration of a road traffic accident. Brain injuries are classified as mild, moderate, or...
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