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  • Laser Device Approved for Nearsightedness

    Posted: 09/21/2016

    Laser Device Approved for Nearsightedness WEDNESDAY, Sept. 14, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- The VisuMax Femtosecond Laser has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to treat nearsightedness in candidates 22 and older. Nearsightedness, medically called myopia, is present when a person can see close objects clearly, but not objects farther away. Common causes include a misshapen cornea or excess length of the eyeball, the FDA said in a news release. The procedure to permanently reshape the cor...

  • Laser Pointers Can Cause Serious Eye Damage in Kids

    Posted: 09/10/2016

    Laser Pointers Can Cause Serious Eye Damage in Kids THURSDAY, Sept. 1, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Laser pointers may look harmless enough, but when children play with them kids can end up with blurry vision, blind spots or potentially permanent vision loss, eye experts report. A new study details the cases of four children, aged 9 through 16, whose horseplay with laser pointers caused dramatic injury to the retina, the light-sensitive tissue at the back of the eye that is essential to seeing clearly. The ...

  • Laparoscopic Adjustable Gastric Banding

    Posted: 08/25/2016

    Laparoscopic Adjustable Gastric Banding What is laparoscopic adjustable gastric banding? Laparoscopic adjustable gastric banding (LAGB) is one of the least invasive operations available for obesity. It’s done with a few tiny abdominal cuts, instead of with one large cut. The surgeon puts instruments through the cuts. One of those instruments is a laparoscope, a tool with a tiny camera. The surgeon uses these tools to place a band around the top portion of the stomach, leaving a very small pouch availabl...

  • Lead Extraction

    Posted: 08/25/2016

    Lead Extraction What is lead extraction? Many people have surgically implanted cardiac devices. These devices include pacemakers and implantable cardioverter defibrillators or ICDs. Pacemakers can help treat slow heart rhythms, and ICDs stop dangerous rapid heart rhythms. Both these devices have two main components: a pulse generator and a set of leads. The pulse generator is a small computer with electric circuits and a battery. The leads are wires that run between the pulse generator and the heart. Th...

  • Loop Recorder Implantation

    Posted: 08/25/2016

    Loop Recorder Implantation What is loop recorder implantation? An implantable loop recorder, or ILR, is a device that helps the heart. It has several uses. The most common ones include looking for causes of fainting, palpitations, very fast or slow heartbeats, and hidden rhythms that can cause strokes. During a loop recorder implantation, your heart health care provider (cardiologist) does a minor procedure. He or she places the machine under your skin, on your chest wall, a few inches below your collar...

  • Laser Photocoagulation for Age-Related Macular Degeneration

    Posted: 08/25/2016

    Laser Photocoagulation for Age-Related Macular Degeneration What is laser photocoagulation for age-related macular degeneration? Laser photocoagulation is a type of laser surgery for the eyes. It is done to treat age-related macular degeneration (AMD). AMD is a condition that can lead to loss of vision. The retina is the layer of cells in the back of your eye that converts light into electrical signals. Your retina then sends these signals to your brain. AMD affects your macula. The macula is the sensit...

  • Lateral Ankle Ligament Reconstruction

    Posted: 08/25/2016

    Lateral Ankle Ligament Reconstruction What is lateral ankle ligament reconstruction? Lateral ankle ligament reconstruction is a surgery to tighten and firm up one or more ankle ligaments on the outside of your ankle. It’s also known as the Brostrom procedure. It’s most often done as an outpatient surgery, so you can go home the same day. Your ankle is a hinge joint that allows motion up and down, and from side to side. Your foot and ankle have several ligaments. These are strong band-like structures tha...

  • Liposuction

    Posted: 08/25/2016

    Liposuction What is liposuction? Liposuction is a surgical procedure that removes fat from the body. This is done through a thin, hollow metal tube called a cannula. The cannula sucks out the fat much like a vacuum. This is the most common form of liposuction surgery. It’s called suction-assisted liposuction (SAL). Another form of this procedure is power-assisted liposuction (PAL). It uses a motor attached to the cannula to speed the rate of fat removal. Other procedures use sound waves or lasers to enh...

  • Lumbar Disk Replacement

    Posted: 08/25/2016

    Lumbar Disk Replacement What is a lumbar disk replacement? A lumbar disk replacement is a type of back or spine surgery. Your spine is made up of bones called vertebrae that are stacked on top of each other. Disks between the vertebrae work like cushions to allow the vertebrae to rotate and move without the bones rubbing against each other. The lumbar vertebrae and disks are at the bottom of your spine. Lumbar disk replacement involves replacing a worn or degenerated disk in the lower part of your spine...

  • Lymphadenitis

    Posted: 08/25/2016

    Lymphadenitis What is lymphadenitis? Lymphadenitis is the medical term for an infection in one or more lymph nodes. Lymph nodes are filled with white blood cells that help your body fight off infections. When lymph nodes become infected, it's usually because an infection started somewhere else in your body. You have about 600 lymph nodes in your body, but normal lymph nodes may only be felt below your jaw, under your arms, and in your groin area. A normal lymph node is small and firm. When lymph nodes b...