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  • 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...
  • Fast weight loss - a good idea? Women exercisingFast weight loss plans can work in the short term, but they very rarely last in the long term. People find that once they've lost the extra weight using a fast weight loss plan they put it straight back on again, often ending up heavier than they were before they started dieting. The very best way...
  • Breast reduction (mammoplasty) - is it right for you? Breast reductionSome women develop disproportionately large breasts during puberty. This can cause health problems, and issues with self-esteem throughout life. Sometimes the problems caused by very large breasts can lead to a decision to have them surgically reduced a breast reduction operation (or reduction...
  • How safe is breast enlargement (augmentation)? How safe is breast enlargement (augmentation)?In the UK, breast augmentation is the most common cosmetic surgery procedure, although women who've had a mastectomy as part of cancer treatment may also have breast augmentation (in which case it is classed as reconstructive surgery). Breast augmentation involves placing implants into the breasts...
  • What is my body shape - is it important? Body Shape - womenAlthough you may think of yourself as 'slim' or 'overweight' or 'curvy' etc everyone's body is different, and where you store your fat is determined by genetic inheritance. Girls will tend to resemble the body shape of their mothers, while boys will often have the same body shape as their father....
  • What to do when your plastic surgery goes wrong? FaceliftIn the UK, plastic surgery has become an increasingly popular option for people unhappy with their appearance. Undertaken in an appropriate way with experienced surgeons, the result can be extremely positive and beneficial. Although uncommon, plastic surgery can sometimes go wrong and leave you...
  • Obesity in the UK Obesity risk factor in oesophagus cancerObesity in the UK is a growing problem. The increase in poor quality convenience foods, the prevalence of labour-saving technology, increased car use and more people doing sedentary jobs, means that the population is getting larger all across the UK. Britain has one of the highest rates for...
  • Rhinoplasty surgery what's available? plastic vs cosmeticRhinoplasty surgery (sometimes referred to as a nose job) is a term that encompasses a variety of procedures to reshape internal or external structures of the nose. The reasons to undergo a rhinoplasty are varied and include people who: wish to alter the cosmetic appearance of their nose, were born...
  • Tummy tuck surgery is it right for me? Woman's tummyA tummy tuck (also known as abdominoplasty) is an operation to remove unwanted fat and skin from your lower abdomen, and tighten your stomach muscles. It is not used as a method of losing weight, as the fat would simply return after the operation if permanent changes are not made to your diet and...
  • Laser skin rejuvenation does it work? Cosmetic surgery guide - laser skin treatmentLaser skin rejuvenation is a term that covers a range of laser treatments used to help make the skin on your face look younger, smoother, and more radiant. There are two types of laser treatments - ablative and non-ablative and your consultant will discuss which is the most appropriate for your...
  • Insomnia treatment does it work? InsomniaInsomnia is a sleeping disorder where you experience chronic (long term) disrupted sleep. You may have great difficulty trying to get to sleep, stay asleep, or feel that when you have slept you still feel tired and unrefreshed. The effects of long term sleep disturbance have consequences for your...
  • What help is available for eating disorders? BulimiaWith so many pressures on us to match the so-called ideal standards of beauty expected by society, it's hardly surprising that many people develop a distorted idea of their weight and size, and consequently develop eating disorders. Contrary to the widely accepted myth, eating disorders are not...
  • Stomach Banding - is it right for me? Obese - zip fasteningThere's no denying the effectiveness of a gastric band. Most patients fitted with one can expect to lose around 50% of their excess weight within the first two years. However, it is far from a quick fix 'miracle' solution and involves as much will power and lifestyle adjustment as a diet and...
  • Choosing a teeth whitening clinic Tooth whiteningModern life is not kind to our teeth. Tea, coffee, cigarette smoke, red wine and a wide range of other food and drink all cause staining and discolouration, leaving us a long way short of a sparkling smile. Not only that, but teeth become naturally darker as we get older. Add to this the constant...
  • What is an angiogram? AngiogramCardiovascular disease is one of the biggest health problems in the UK today, leading to heart attacks, strokes, and a range of other complications. Angiograms are used to assess the health of the blood vessels and the heart, so that preventative action, such as surgery, can be taken. An angiogram...
  • Head injury treatment - What is available? MigraineAlmost everyone bangs their head at sometime or other and around a million people a year in the UK are treated for head injuries at A&E units, with 25% of these requiring admission for treatment and monitoring. Head injuries can vary from a simple bump, which often producing dramatic looking...
  • Private Medical Insurance - how to get the best deal insurance contractPrivate Medical Insurance (PMI) is an insurance that covers the cost of treatment for a specified range of medical conditions, usually in private hospitals or private wards. Such policies commonly cover what are known as acute conditions that is an illness or disease that's likely to respond to...
  • Alcohol Withdrawal - how to get through it Alcoholism If you drink regularly, your body will become both physically and psychologically dependent on alcohol. You don't have to be a raging drunk for this to be the case; you can become dependent by drinking daily but not excessively - or excessively though not daily. Withdrawal symptoms are the...
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