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Articles and Features : January 2008

Private Healthcare UK keeps you up to date with the latest news and developments in private treatment in the UK.

  • Cataract operation: pros and cons Cataract operation: pros and consA cataract occurs when the lens of the eye becomes cloudy and makes it difficult to see. The lens is used to focus light on the retina at the back of the eye in order to form images. Although a...
  • Prostate operation: pros and cons Prostate operation: pros and consAs men reach middle age they experience growth of the prostate. The prostate is a walnut-sized gland situated just under the bladder and is used to make seminal fluid (which is mixed with sperm to...
  • Replacement knee surgery: pros and cons Knee replacement surgeryReplacement knee surgery involves substituting an injured, worn, or diseased knee joint with an artificial joint. It is a routine operation for knee damage, particularly when arthritis is involved....
  • Is cosmetic surgery worth it? Is Cosmetic Surgery Worth It?While cosmetic surgery tends to be glamorised by high profile celebrities and wealthy individuals, surgery of any kind comes with risks. So while the end result may be alluring it's important to...
  • Getting a hernia repair privately Hernia surgeryDefinition of a hernia: A hernia occurs when part of the intestine pushes through a weakness in the abdominal wall. This causes a visible bulge in the groin area, known as an inguinal hernia. Hernias...
  • How gallstones are treated GallstonesIf you are interested in learning about the gallbladder - symptoms of gall bladder problems and gall bladder treatments, you will find the following information helpful. The gallbladder is a small...
  • How kidney stones are treated How kidney stones are treatedKidney stones, known in the medical world as renal calculi, are small, hard lumps that form in the kidneys. A kidney stone can range in size from a grain of sand to as large as a grapefruit. This...
  • Treatment of an enlarged prostate gland Prostate cancer: What is a PSA test?About the size of a walnut, the prostate gland is located under the bladder and surrounds the urethra (the tube through which urine passes out of the body). The gland is only present in men,...
  • How to access private medicine pillsMore and more people are switching to private medicine. In doing so they can receive a better standard of service and avoid the lengthy waiting lists of the NHS. This article is written by Jackie...
  • The cost of private operations The cost of private operationsThere are many good reasons to go private. It saves potentially long delays on NHS waiting lists and can ensure a high standard of service during your treatment. This article is written by Jackie...
  • How carpal tunnel syndrome is treated carpal tunnelCarpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) occurs when certain nerves are compressed at the wrist leading to numbness, tingling, and pain in the fingers and hand. This article is written by Jackie Griffiths, a...
  • Knee injuries - a patient's guide knee injuriesThe knee is made up of bone, cartilage, ligaments, and fluid. Muscles and tendons linked to bone and each other help the knee joint to move smoothly and accurately. This article is written by Jackie...
  • Breast implants: UK or abroad? Surgeons back smaller breast reductionsHeading abroad for breast implants is becoming a popular choice for British women. In doing so, they combine a relaxing holiday away from work and other daily pressures with a stay in an overseas...
  • Breast enlargement: how big should you go? Breast Enlargement: How Big Should You Go?There are many psychological, and some physical, benefits to have a breast enlargement. Besides reconstruction and corrective surgery to fix abnormalities, women opt to have breast surgery for...
  • Finding a private hospital consultant Hospital consultantOnce you decide to go private you have a choice about which hospital consultant you want to see. Unlike many NHS patients, you will be seen by the same doctor throughout your consultation,...
  • How to complain about private treatment How to complain about private treatmentEach year, more than a million people are treated in the UK's private hospitals. The majority of them will be completely satisfied. However, sometimes things do go wrong and you may want to make a...