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Articles and Features : July 2008

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

  • Knee replacement – why and how? Knee fig aKnee replacement is used as a treatment option for a variety of different conditions including deformity, knee injury, bone tumour and arthritis. Both rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis can...
  • Hip Replacement - why and how? hip replacement AHip replacement is used as a treatment option for a variety of different conditions including deformity, hip injury, bone tumour, bone loss due to insufficient blood supply (avascular necrosis), and...
  • What are teeth implants? dental implantsYou can lose a tooth, or several teeth, for all sorts of reasons, including sports accidents, injury, decay, gum disease, and old age. For both functional and aesthetic reasons you will probably want...
  • Root Canal Treatment: The Costs and Benefits root canal treatmentEach of our teeth is secured to the jaw bone by one or more roots. There is one root each in the front teeth, two in the premolars and the lower molars, and three in the upper molars. In the middle...
  • What's new in spinal surgery? Spinal StenosisRecent evidence suggests that physiotherapy and other exercise treatments are as good as surgical treatments in the majority of patients with chronic back pain, where there are no referred nerve root...
  • What is a dental bridge? dental bridgesLosing a tooth through an accident or injury or as a result of decay can be very traumatic. It can affect the way you look and the way you speak, as well as compromising your ability to chew....
  • Choosing a neurosurgeon neurosurgeonNeurosurgery is one of the newest branches of medical science and can offer relief to a range of previously untreatable conditions. However, with only just over 100 neurosurgeons and around 30...
  • Why choose Natural and Mild IVF? natural ivfThere is a renewed scientific interest in a more natural approach to IVF cycles. More than 50 clinical papers have been published in the last five years addressing natural, modified natural and...
  • Is your Biological Clock Ticking? Biological clockAre you worried about your biological clock ticking or perhaps your partner is concerned about his sperm count. You may also wonder whether prolonged and repeated fertility tests may delay treatment....
  • LASIK – is it worth it? lasikLaser-in-situ-keratomileusis or LASIK is a technique used to correct long or short sightedness by reshaping the cornea. It is a simple, out-patient procedure undertaken hundreds of thousands of times...
  • How do I get a paternity test? Paternity testPaternity testing is a very simple, painless procedure that can establish with 100% certainty if a man is not the father, or with 99.99% probability that he is. If conducted with reasonable care,...
  • Private Medical Insurance: Is it worth the cost? insurance contractOver seven million people in the UK have private medical insurance (PMI) to cover all or part of the cost of private medical treatment if they fall ill. With constant headlines about waiting lists...
  • Male infertility treatment - what is available? male infertilityIn the UK approximately 15% of couples experience infertility when attempting to conceive their first child (primary infertility). In around 40% of these cases, male infertility is considered to be...
  • Can I ever stop snoring? snoringSnoring can affect you and your partner in many ways, including sleep disturbance, tiredness, exhaustion, and lack of concentration. A continuous lack of sleep and the resulting frustration can lead...
  • Back surgery - an overview back painYour spine runs down the length of your back from just underneath your skull down to your coccyx. There are twenty-four small bone blocks called vertebrae each with a spongy, tough cartilage in...
  • Cellulite treatment - does it work? CelluliteMost women, many girls, and some men, have cellulite. It is caused by small deposits of fat pressing up against the skin giving a dimpled 'orange peel' appearance. The most common areas affected are...
  • The Nuchal Fold Scan - what does it involve? nuchal fold scanThe nuchal fold scan (sometimes known as the 'nuchal translucency scan') is performed at the end of your first trimester of pregnancy between weeks 11 and 14, with the most optimal time being the...
  • Hip replacement surgery - an overview Hip operationIf you suffer from long-term hip pain which doesn't get any better over time, your consultant may recommend hip replacement surgery. This may be because you're suffering from one of the following...