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  • Metal on metal hip replacements: Patient guide Hip replacement device helps to halve recovery timeAdvice for patients who are concerned about the risks associated with metal on metal hip replacements and the publicity that has surrounded their use in the UK.
  • Menopause: a surprise for women in their 40s Oestrogen treatment 'still viable'Many women are surprised to find they are entering the menopause earlier than expected. In this article, Dr Vanessa Mooney discusses some of the symptoms of the menopause and what you can do to manage them.
  • Soak up the sun to help avoid vitamin D deficiency Soak up the sun to help avoid vitamin D deficiencyA recent survey in the UK showed that more than 50% of adults are thought to have insufficient levels of vitamin D and, during winter and spring, 16% have a severe deficiency. The survey also showed a quarter of under-five year olds do not have enough vitamin D and are at risk of bone-related...
  • The diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation of rectus femoris injuries rectus femorisA rectus femoris is a common injury among athletes. In this article, Dr Ralph Rogers discusses what it is, how it happens and the best way to treat the injury and rehabilitate the athlete.
  • The importance of the correct diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation of hamstring strains hamstringWhile hamstring strains are a common sports injury, the correct diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation of the injury is essential if the athlete is to compete at the same level as before.
  • Thyroid problems: can they be treated? Patient and doctorThyroid problems occur when the thyroid gland is either overactive, causing hyperthyroidism or underactive, causing hypothyroidism. Both conditions have a wide range of underlying causes but all thyroid problems can be treated.
  • Wisdom tooth extraction: should I go private? Teeth whitening clinics – are they safe?Having problems with your wisdom teeth is not unusual. These are the last adult teeth to break through the gums and, for reasons that are not entirely clear, modern humans often do not have sufficient space in their jaw for this process to be easy and wisdom tooth extraction is a common operation.
  • Abdominal hernia: a guide One of the symptoms of peritoneal cancer is abdominal painAn abdominal hernia occurs when a small piece of intestine and connective tissue pushes out through a weakness in the muscles that make up the body wall. The hernia is felt as a lump; if it can be pushed back gently into the body, it is said to be a reducible abdominal hernia; if it cannot be...
  • Ganglion cyst: should I have it treated? Patient and doctorThe underlying cause of ganglion cysts is unknown but they often occur in women between the ages of 20 and 40. Although common on the wrists, they can also appear on the finger joints, around the knee and ankle joints and along the top of the foot. Ganglion cysts often feel spongy and squishy, but...
  • Gastric band surgery: an easy way to lose weight? overweight woman If you have gastric band surgery, a restrictive, inflatable band is placed around the top of your stomach to limit the amount of food you can eat. Even a very small meal makes you feel full, so you eat only a fraction of what you might have been used to.
  • What are the key causes of obesity? One in ten adults in the UK is obeseThe causes of obesity are many and varied but they all boil down one thing; taking in more energy in food and drink than you use up in daily activities. This means that the only way to avoid obesity and to maintain a normal healthy weight throughout life is to eat less but move more. This is,...
  • Liver biopsy: why would I need one? Empty hospital bedIt may be that you have had a blood test that revealed elevated levels of liver enzymes or copper or iron in your system. In some cases, an X-ray may have shown that the liver is enlarged or inflamed so a liver biopsy is required to discover the nature of the problem and what is causing it.
  • 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...
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