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Choice - patients have it

Mainstream medicine has often struggled to keep up with the technological advances in information share. A common observation from doctors is that they feel that patients often know more about their problem and associated treatment solutions than they do. The plain fact is that there is no reason why anyone cannot now become highly knowledgeable in any particular field of medicine. The doctor patient relationship has shifted to teamwork and joint clinical decision making.

What is most symptomatic: the hydrocephalus or the tumour?

Consultant Paediatric Neurosurgeon, Mr Christopher Chandler provides parents with a detailed overview of what is involved when a child presents with hydrocephalusExcess levels of fluid within the brain..

What should I ask my heart consultant?

Don't worry about asking your consultant questions..

Torn or ruptured ACL in knee joint

An injury to the ACL (Anterior Cruciate Ligament) in the knee happens with alarming frequencyApplied to urination, needing to urinate more often than normal, for whatever reason.. Each year there are about 30 ACL ruptures per 100,000 people.  An ACL rupture can occur during a twisting, or pivoting movement.

Pain in legs after walking short distance

Dr Nigel Kellow, Consultant Interventional Spine and Pain Physician describes how pain in the buttocks or legs after walking fairly short distances could be caused by spinal stenosisA condition in which the spinal canal narrows and compresses the spinal cord and nerves..A stenosis (or narrowing) of the central spinal canal will create pressure on the nervesBundles of fibres that carry information in the form of electrical impulses. and in particular, the sciatic nerveBundle of fibres that carries information in the form of electrical impulses..

Kidney Tumours detected following Scan

Dr Rowland Illing, Consultant Interventional Oncologist in London points out that increasing numbers of people are discovering that they have asymptomatic kidneyOne of two bean-shaped organs that are located on either side of the body, below the ribcage. The main role of the kidneys is to filter out waste products from the blood. tumours following a routine scan, and that this is due to technological advances in imaging.

Atrial Fibrillation (AF) - London Cardiologist answers FAQs

AFAn abbreviation for atrial fibrillation, electrical chaos and reduced heart function

What is Lumbar Microdisectomy?

Lumbar mcrodisectomy is the most common operation performed by neurosurgeons to treat leg pain / sciaticaPain that radiates along the sciatic nerve, which is the main nerve in each leg and the largest nerve in the body.. A small incision (under an inch long) is made in the middle of the back, an opening is made into the spinal canal and part of the piece of offending disc is removed.

Cardioversion for AF with Rivaroxaban - a NOAC

Cardioversion for Atrial Fibrillation (AFAn abbreviation for atrial fibrillation) with Rivaroxaban

AF can cause palpitationsThe feeling when you become aware of your heartbeat - when frightened, for example., breathlessness, tiredness and inability to exercise. Patients found in AF are often offered ‘cardioversionA procedure to correct an abnormal heart rhythm, by either a controlled shock or medication.’ to try and restore normal rhythm. This involves applying a high voltage shock to the heart under general anesthetic. This is very controlled and the risks are very low if managed properly.

Slipped disc or herniated disc?

Dr Nigel Kellow,

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