Why Hip Arthroscopy Is Here to Stay

Hip arthroscopy helps orthopedic surgeons analyze and diagnose patients’ hip problems. The procedure is proven to be safe and effective, and as such, is quickly becoming a top choice for orthopedic surgeons and patients alike.

What Is Hip Arthroscopy?

Hip arthroscopy is a hip procedure that enables orthopedic surgeons to identify and treat hip joint conditions and injuries. Perhaps best of all, hip arthroscopy is minimally invasive, and it does not require large incisions into the skin and soft tissues.

During a hip arthroscopy, an orthopedic surgeon uses an arthroscope; this medical instrument allows a surgeon to examine and operate on the inside of a patient’s joint. An arthroscope features a fiber-optic camera that provides a live video feed from inside a joint that is projected onto a monitor. It is also very thin; in fact, the instrument measures only several  millimeters in diameter. Therefore, an orthopedic surgeon can use an arthroscope to evaluate the inside of a patient’s hip joint and perform soft tissue repair as needed.

Hip arthroscopy sometimes provides an alternative to traditional hip surgeries. Patients often experience less pain and joint stiffness following hip arthroscopy than they would after a traditional hip procedure. Plus, hip arthroscopy patients may enjoy a shorter recovery period in comparison to other hip treatments.

How Is Hip Arthroscopy Performed?

On average, hip arthroscopy requires up to two hours to complete, and the procedure is typically performed under anesthesia to minimize pain. An orthopedic surgeon first places the patient’s leg into gentle traction to allow visualization of the entire hip joint.  Instruments are then inserted to administer treatment.

After traction is applied, the surgeon makes two or three small incisions into the hip. These incisions enable the surgeon to use an arthroscope and other medical instruments during treatment.

Next, the surgeon treats the patient’s labrum, a ring of soft tissue surrounding the hip socket. The surgeon repairs any labral tears that may have occurred due to friction of the femoral head (highest part of the thigh bone) rubbing against the hip socket. The surgeon may repair or remove the patient’s labrum, depending on the labrum’s condition and other factors.

The surgeon then identifies and corrects any femoral head problems. If the femoral head has deformities or is out of alignment, or if the hip socket and femoral head do not fit together correctly, the surgeon will reshape the femoral head. The surgeon uses special bone-shaving tools to remove excess or misshapen bone, resulting in an improved fit into the hip socket.

Lastly, the surgeon removes inflamed tissue from the hip. This reduces the risk of further hip joint damage.

What to Expect After Hip Arthroscopy

An orthopedic surgeon tailors a hip arthroscopy procedure to a patient, and the recovery period for hip arthroscopy varies based on a patient’s health, the severity of his or her hip condition and other factors.

Following hip arthroscopy, a patient is usually discharged from a recovery room within about one to two hours. A patient may require crutches in the initial weeks or months after hip arthroscopy, though most patients are off crutches within two weeks. An orthopedic surgeon may recommend physical therapy to ensure a patient can optimize his or her treatment results as well.

Also, an orthopedic surgeon provides full recovery instructions. An orthopedic surgeon’s goal is to help a hip arthroscopy patient streamline the recovery process. Thus, an orthopedic surgeon is ready to respond to a hip arthroscopy patient’s concerns and questions at any point during the recovery period.

Is Hip Arthroscopy Right for You?

Hip arthroscopy is used to treat a variety of hip injuries and chronic conditions, such as:

  • Dysplasia: Refers to a hip socket that is too shallow and cannot support the femoral head. Dysplasia commonly causes hip and groin pain and may result in a snapping or popping sensation in the hip during physical activities.
  • Hip Joint Infection: Occurs when bacteria enter the hip joint, resulting in inflammation, cartilage deterioration and bone damage. An individual who is dealing with a hip joint infection may experience hip pain, swelling, redness and loss of movement.
  • Hip Impingement: Causes bone spurs (extra bones that develop along the hip socket or on the femoral head) and soft tissue damage in the hip. Hip impingement ultimately may lead to osteoarthritis, a form of arthritis that occurs when cartilage on the ends of a bone wears down. Additionally, common hip impingement symptoms include hip pain, tenderness and stiffness.
  • Loose Bodies: Refers to loose bone or cartilage fragments that travel freely inside the hip joint. Loose bodies may cause hip pain and irritation.
  • Snapping Hip Syndrome: Refers to a snapping sensation in the hip that occurs during physical activities. Snapping hip syndrome may result in hip pain and weakness.
  • Synovitis: Occurs when the synovial membrane (lining inside the joints) becomes inflamed and causes the joints to bleed. Synovitis may lead to hip pain and swelling.

An orthopedic surgeon performs a full patient evaluation prior to performing hip arthroscopy. That way, a surgeon can determine if hip arthroscopy can help a patient address his or her hip problems.

Bottom Line on Hip Arthroscopy

For those who are dealing with hip joint injuries or conditions, a hip arthroscopy may be ideal. A hip arthroscopy enables an orthopedic surgeon to treat a patient’s hip joint issues, along with any related cartilage and soft tissue problems.

Furthermore, there are many reasons why people choose hip arthroscopy, and these reasons include:

  • Limited Downtime: Generally, hip arthroscopy patients can return home one day after surgery.
  • Quick Recovery: The hip arthroscopy recovery period often is shorter than the recovery period associated with other hip treatments.
  • Minimal Scarring: Hip arthroscopy requires just a few small incisions, resulting in less scarring in comparison to other hip procedures.

Like any surgery, there are risks associated with hip arthroscopy, and it is important to discuss these dangers with an orthopedic surgeon before treatment. With the right orthopedic surgeon, an individual can receive the guidance and support he or she needs to determine if hip arthroscopy can deliver the desired results.

Select the Right Orthopedic Surgeon for Arthroscopic Hip Surgery

At La Peer Health Systems, we are proud to offer hip arthroscopy procedures performed by Dr. Tigran Garabekyan, a board-certified orthopedic surgeon and founder and director of the Southern California Hip Institute. Dr. Garabekyan is an orthopedic surgery expert who specializes in sports medicine, hip, shoulder and knee joint preservation and joint replacement. He has even shared his orthopedic surgery insights at national and international conferences and written and co-authored many online and in-print journal articles.

Dr. Garabekyan can perform hip arthroscopy surgery without a perineal post. This technique allows Dr. Garabekyan to administer simultaneous bilateral hip arthroscopy to accelerate a patient’s recovery. It also reduces the risk of skin, deep soft tissue and neurological damage to a patient’s groin area.

Of course, Dr. Garabekyan is one of several La Peer orthopedic surgeons who is happy to treat hip arthroscopy patients of all ages. Our orthopedics team provides cutting-edge hip, shoulder and knee treatments designed to help patients achieve long-term pain relief. To find out more about hip arthroscopy and our other orthopedic treatments, please contact us today at (855) 360-9119 to schedule a consultation with one of our orthopedic surgeons.

Top 10 Health Tips for Men

Did you know that on average, the life expectancy for men is less than women? This is partially to do with the fact that men are far less likely to visit their doctors for annual check-ups, take note of signs and symptoms of serious disease, and maintain a healthy lifestyle compared to women. It may be true that many men subscribe to the old adage, “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it!” Fortunately, attitudes are changing and men are realizing that they have to be proactive with regard to their health. With that being said, the top 10 health tips for men (no matter your age) have been compiled below:

  1. Eat a well-balanced diet

Highly processed foods, including white flour and white sugar, should be eliminated or at least minimized in the diet. These foods have minimal nutritive value, as vitamins, minerals, and fiber have been stripped away. Accordingly, they contribute to weight gain and chronic diseases that are major causes of death. In addition, fat intake should be judicious, as some forms can contribute to heart disease. Instead, concentrate on eating an array of colorful, fiber-rich fruits and vegetables along with whole grains and healthy fats (e.g., olive oil and omega-3 fatty acids). These measures can not only help men attain an optimal weight but also protect against heart disease and other chronic health problems.

  1. Exercise regularly

Most authorities recommend a goal of 30 minutes of exercise daily, which has been shown to improve health. The good news is that the physical activity doesn’t have to be continuous. It can be achieved intermittently in 5 to 10 minutes bursts throughout the day. It can also take various forms such as walking, biking, swimming, jogging, and even gardening or mowing your lawn. You should avoid being a “weekend warrior,” as it increases your chances of injury. Also, don’t forget to incorporate weight training (at least 2 times per week) into your routine to maximize the results of your exercise program.

  1. Drink moderate amounts of alcohol

Drinking moderate amounts of alcohol, no matter what kind, not only protects against heart disease but also lowers risk of death from all causes. If you drink alcohol, limit your intake to no more than two drinks per day. As a reference, a standard drink equals one 12-ounce bottle of beer or wine cooler, one 8-ounce glass of malt liquor, one 5-ounce glass of wine, or 1 1/2 ounces of 80-proof distilled spirits. Keep in mind that your drinks should be staggered throughout the week and not consumed all at once, as many men fall into the trap of binge drinking and don’t realize its long-term effects. After all, while one to two drinks a day are okay, excessive alcohol consumption can be adverse to your health.

  1. Abstain from tobacco use

Whether you smoke cigarettes, vape, or chew tobacco, you are putting your health at risk. Tobacco smoke contains more than 4000 chemicals and is a known cause of cancer (carcinogen). Smoking also increases the likelihood of chronic health problems, such as heart disease, high blood pressure, and lung disease. Chewing tobacco is not any safer, as it is still a carcinogen and also contributes to gum disease and tooth loss. Tobacco can even contribute to poor mental health. As a result, discontinuing tobacco use can be one of the single most effective ways to improve your health. Also, don’t forget to limit your exposure to secondhand smoke (also known as passive smoking), as it too can increase your chances of developing chronic health problems.

  1. Pay attention to your prostate

In the majority of men, the prostate begins to grow larger after the age of 40. This growth spurt can lead to bothersome symptoms, such as frequent nighttime urination and a weak urine stream, which are indicative of a condition referred to as benign prostatic hyperplasia (an “enlarged prostate”). Fortunately, there are measures with the potential to prevent or reverse this benign (noncancerous) disease, such as supplementing with the herbs saw palmetto and/or pygeum. Additionally, advancing age is a risk factor for prostate cancer. You may be able to decrease your risk of prostate cancer by consuming foods that are protective of the prostate, such as soy, green tea, and tomatoes. Soy contains isoflavones, green tea contains polyphenols, and tomatoes contain lycopene, all of which have anti-cancer properties. Additionally, supplementation with the antioxidants selenium and vitamin E may also decrease your chances of developing prostate cancer.

  1. Get into the habit of visiting your doctor for yearly preventative health exams

It is no secret that men are far less likely to visit their doctors for preventative health exams. A way to combat this is by choosing a doctor that you are comfortable with and trust, as this is conducive to open discussions about all aspects of your health, including mental and sexual wellness. You should keep track of your numbers—weight, body mass index, waist circumference, blood pressure, and cholesterol (including total cholesterol, triglycerides, “bad” cholesterol [LDL], and “good” cholesterol [HDL]). It is important to undergo recommended health screenings, including those for vision and hearing, depression, diabetes, and skin, prostate, and colon cancers. The preventative health exam also provides an opportunity to update vaccinations, such as the flu, meningitis, pneumonia, tetanus, and others. In short, regular, yearly checkups have the potential to save your life.

  1. Take your mental health seriously

Your mental health is inseparable from your physical health. It is estimated that upwards of 6 million men report struggling with depression, while over 3 million men report struggling with anxiety. Accordingly, mental health is crucially important, but many men, due to the associated stigma, are afraid to discuss their emotional well-being. As a result, they may cope by drinking excessively, overeating, becoming aggressive, or engaging in risky behaviors. It is important to reach out and seek evaluation if you are experiencing symptoms such as low mood, anxiety, thoughts of suicide, etc.

  1. Prioritize sleep

Sleep deprivation is extremely common in today’s on-the-go society. But, did you know that sleep deprivation can be detrimental to your health? It can increase your risk of developing heart disease, high blood pressure, obesity, depression, and other chronic health problems. It can even increase the likelihood of accidents, one of the leading causes of death. Adequate rest is one of the easiest ways to improve your health. Sleep requirements vary with age and from person to person, but most men need between 7 and 9 hours a night. The benefits of adequate sleep include increased energy, sharper mental focus, improved mental health, and boosted immunity.

  1. Maintain close relationships with family and friends

Unfortunately, women seem to be better at maintaining close relationships than men. As a result, men should strive to strengthen bonds with their family and friends. Engage in volunteer work, religious/church groups, hobbies, or any other activity that gets you involved socially with others. Additionally, consider adopting a pet or having a weekly meal or coffee with others in an effort to establish stronger bonds. The payoff from maintaining close ties to others includes reduced stress levels and enhanced mental, as well as overall, health.

  1. Reduce stress

Stress can be a major factor in the development of acute and chronic health problems. Many men juggle a variety of roles—employer/employee, son, father, husband, etc. These roles can be a significant source of stress. As a result, men oftentimes succumb to the pressure and overextend themselves, which can lead to sleep deprivation, lack of exercise, and a shortage of personal time. All of this is a recipe for disaster, as the accumulated stress can take a physical as well as psychological toll. This is why it is vital that men learn to set aside/schedule some personal time for themselves each day, even if it’s only 30 minutes. Those 30 minutes have the potential to physically and emotionally renew, which could tremendously enhance health and well-being.

The above tips have the potential to provide a framework for the adoption of long-lasting habits that should culminate in an enhanced sense of health and well-being. All you have to do is become proactive in your health.

Are There Home Remedies for Hemorrhoids?

Hemorrhoids, also referred to as “piles,” are one of the most common problems in the general population. It is estimated that hemorrhoids will affect 75% of American adults at some point in their lifetime. They represent swollen veins in the area of the anus and rectum and can develop inside the rectum (internal hemorrhoids) or below the skin of the anus (external hemorrhoids). Common symptoms of hemorrhoids may include pain/discomfort, itching/irritation, rectal bleeding, and a swelling or lump near the anus. Embarrassment, fear of pain, and long recovery times are all common worries that prevent many individuals from seeking the treatment they need. As a result, many people with hemorrhoids opt for self-treatment with home remedies. Though the below remedies can help treat hemorrhoids, if you are suffering from this condition it is always better to first make an appointment with your physician!

Warm sitz baths

Warm sitz baths are a mainstay of the treatment of hemorrhoids. The word “sitz” is derived from the German word, “sitzen,” which refers to the act of sitting. Sitting in a tub of warm water that is filled just enough to cover your legs and buttocks will help to ease the swelling and irritation caused by hemorrhoids. Alternately, sitz baths may be performed in a small plastic tub that fits over a toilet seat. The temperature of the water should be lukewarm, as high temperatures can cause more harm than relief. For optimal results, sitz baths should be taken for 15 to 20 minutes several times a day, especially after a bowel movement. You may also choose to add other ingredients, such as Epsom salt, essential oil, or baking soda, to the bath in order to help reduce hemorrhoid symptoms even further.

Witch hazel

Witch hazel is a wildly popular home treatment for hemorrhoids. It is an astringent, which is one of the main properties that makes it ideal for treating hemorrhoids. Witch hazel’s astringent properties reduce the swelling in hemorrhoid tissue, which causes shrinkage and relief of associated pain and itching. Furthermore, substances called tannins present in witch hazel also have anti-inflammatory properties, which further reduces swelling. It’s okay to use witch hazel directly on hemorrhoids by adding a small amount to a cotton ball and gently wiping the affected area several times a day, especially after a bowel movement. Witch hazel should not be diluted with alcohol, as this can dry out and irritate the hemorrhoid even more.

Aloe vera

Aloe vera has an anti-inflammatory effect on the body. As a result, it can provide relief from the burning, itching, and swelling caused by hemorrhoids. It has also been shown to activate the immune system, enabling the body to combat any infections that may accompany the irritated areas around the anus and rectum. Aloe vera can be purchased commercially or harvested directly from the leaves of the plant. You should only use pure aloe vera gel on hemorrhoids, as additives and preservatives can make symptoms worse. Simply apply aloe vera generously to the affected area via a gentle massaging action, which can be repeated 2 to 3 times a week. You can enhance the inflammation-fighting properties of aloe vera by refrigerating it 15 to 20 minutes before application.

Essential oils

Essential oils are overlooked as natural home remedies for hemorrhoids. The anti-inflammatory activity of essential oils shrinks the swollen veins and, thus, reduces the swelling and pain of hemorrhoids. Furthermore, they provide needed support for weakened veins, which may prevent reoccurrence of hemorrhoids. Essential oils may also provide useful hormones, vitamins, and nutrients. The following essential oils may be used as home remedies for hemorrhoids:

  • Tea tree oil

To unleash its therapeutic effects, mix 2 drops of tea tree oil in 1 teaspoon of castor oil, transfer the mixture to a cotton ball, and apply it to the affected area. You may repeat the process twice in a week.

  • Frankincense oil

To utilize its healing properties, mix 2 drops of frankincense oil with 2 tablespoons of liquid lanolin and gently massage the concoction into the affected area.

  • Patchouli oil

In the rare case of a ruptured hemorrhoid, the oil can also enhance the growth of reparative tissue. For best effect, add 3 drops of patchouli oil to 1 teaspoon of sweet almond oil and apply to the affected area once per day.

Over-the-counter medications

The market is full of over-the-counter (OTC) ointments, creams, suppositories, and pads for relief from the annoying symptoms of hemorrhoids. For example, Preparation H® is a very popular cream and can be found in almost every pharmacy on the planet. These OTC products may contain various substances, such as witch hazel (an astringent), hydrocortisone (a steroid), and lidocaine (an topical numbing agent), that provide temporary relief and help your hemorrhoid heal faster. However, you should not use a formulation with hydrocortisone in it for more than a week at a time, as steroids can cause thinning of the skin. In addition, OTC nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), such as acetaminophen (Tylenol®) or ibuprofen (Motrin®), may be helpful.

Wet wipes

It is very important to clean the rectal area as to make it free of any stray fecal matter, which could add to the irritation of hemorrhoids. Furthermore, using toilet paper after a bowel movement can only aggravate matters when suffering from hemorrhoids. Instead, wet wipes can be very effective at cleaning the rectal area without causing further irritation of existing hemorrhoids. For an added boost, choose wet wipes with anti-hemorrhoid ingredients such as witch hazel or aloe vera, which are not only soothing but also help hasten the resolution of hemorrhoids. Avoid wet wipes with added alcohol or perfumes, as these ingredients have the potential to increase irritation of existing hemorrhoids.

Ice packs

Applying ice packs to angry hemorrhoids can definitely be effective at relieving pain and inflammation. In addition to reducing swelling, the cold temperatures also have a numbing effect, which helps to temporarily decrease pain. You should always be sure to wrap the ice in a small towel, as applying ice directly to the skin can cause damage and add to the irritation of hemorrhoids. Apply ice packs to the affected area for 15 to 20 minutes at least 3 times per day. For maximum effect, use this treatment after a warm sitz bath, as the sitz bath dilates the veins in the rectum and anus and ice packs contract them.

Epsom salt

Epsom salt has many medicinal applications, and the at-home treatment of hemorrhoids is one of the most popular applications. Magnesium sulfate, the active ingredient in Epsom salt, is absorbed through the skin with ease and works by causing shrinkage in enlarged hemorrhoids, which can also relieve pain. Soaking in Epsom salt also enhances the healing of damaged and bleeding hemorrhoids. It can also boost the effect of other at-home hemorrhoid treatments such as warm sitz baths. In a lesser known hemorrhoid treatment, Epsom salt can be combined with glycerin. You can mix 2 tablespoons of Epsom salt with 2 tablespoons of glycerin, apply the mixture to a gauze pad, and apply it to the affected area for 15 to 20 minutes. This process can be repeated several times per day.

Coconut oil

Coconut oil is another tried and true home remedy to naturally treat hemorrhoids. When applied topically, its anti-inflammatory properties decrease inflammation and relieve pain as well as accelerate the healing of hemorrhoids. In addition, coconut oil has antibacterial characteristics, helping to keep the affected area clean and free of infection. It may even curb the itching associated with the irritated hemorrhoid area. It’s easy to use, just transfer coconut oil to a cotton ball and apply it directly to hemorrhoids for 5 to 10 minutes several times per day.

Black tea bags

Black tea contains tannic acid, which has astringent properties. The acid is an ideal treatment for inflamed hemorrhoids, as it reduces swelling and discomfort. Are you wondering how to use a black tea bag to treat hemorrhoids? Immerse a black tea bag in a cup of lukewarm water and let it rest for several minutes in the water. While it’s still warm, apply the wet tea bag to the affected area for 10 to 15 minutes. The process can be repeated 2 or 3 times per day. You can switch it up and use frozen tea bags to instead of warm ones.

In addition to the above home remedies, it’s important to keep a few other measures in mind for the treatment and prevention of hemorrhoids. You should avoid tight clothing and make sure you wear loose cotton clothing, especially breathable cotton underwear, as this could potentially diminish symptoms. In addition, avoid potential irritants such as perfumed detergents and fabric softeners. Lastly, you should make sure you incorporate enough fiber into your diet and hydrate with at least 8 glasses of water per day. Consider a fiber supplement such as psyllium (Metamucil® is made of psyllium husks). You should gradually increase your fiber intake, because if done too quickly, there could be side effects such as excessive gas and abdominal pain/cramping. These dietary changes can go a long way at reducing constipation and making the stool softer and easier to pass, which could potentially prevent recurrences of hemorrhoids.

Most importantly however, is to make an appointment to see your physician if symptoms do not abate! La Peer is home to a number of expert colorectal surgeons who can help you gain relief from hemorrhoids.

Colorectal Diseases and Treatments: Sitting Down with a Colorectal Specialist

Colon and rectal, or colorectal, diseases encompass a wide range of conditions and disorders, which can have mild to life-threatening consequences. Like many other diseases, especially cancer, early detection through screenings has the potential to significantly improve quality of life, treatment outcomes, and even overall survival rates among patients. Yet, many patients are too embarrassed or remain uninformed about alarming symptoms and the benefits of early detection and treatment of colorectal diseases, which delays or even prevents them from seeking treatment. Common colorectal disorders include the following:

Colorectal cancer

According to the American Cancer Society (ACS), it is the third most commonly diagnosed cancer as well as the third leading cause of cancer-related deaths in both men and women in the US. The ACS also recommends adults at average risk for colon cancer commence regular screening at the age of 45.

Hemorrhoids

They represent swollen veins near or around the anus and rectum, and by age 50, almost half of all adults will have experienced symptoms (pain, itching, bleeding, and/or sensitive lumps) of this very common ailment.

Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD)

This is comprised of ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease. Ulcerative colitis effects the colon (large bowel), while Crohn’s disease can technically occur anywhere between the mouth and the anus. Medications may control IBD, but there are patients that require surgical management of their disease.

Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)

Classic symptoms with this ailment include abdominal pain, bloating, and cramping accompanied by either diarrhea or constipation. Stress may make the disease worse.

Diverticular disease

Results in pockets (diverticula) in the wall of the colon, which can get infected intermittently and cause diverticulitis. This disease is typically a consequence of aging.

Anal fissures

Represents a small tear in the lining of the anus and can be quite painful, especially when having a bowel movement. The majority of fissures heal on their own with no need for surgery.

Bowel incontinence

Mild cases may be managed non-operatively, but moderate to severe cases may require injection of a bulking agent in the anus, placement of a nerve stimulator, or surgical intervention.

As there is much overlap with symptoms of colorectal diseases, as well as the probability of misdiagnosis/mistreatment, you should always be evaluated by a colorectal surgeon if you are experiencing these types of symptoms. This type of surgeon is an expert in the surgical and non-surgical treatment of colorectal ailments. One such expert is Karen Zaghiyan, MD, a board-certified colorectal surgeon who practices minimally-invasive colorectal surgery in Los Angeles at La Peer Health Systems. We sat down with Dr. Zaghiyan for a Q&A session to learn more about her process and how she helps La Peer patients.

Q: What first sparked your interest in the colorectal field?

A: Colorectal cancer runs in my family. So, while in college, I became interested in learning about the gastrointestinal tract and how it works, and while in medical school, I spent some time in the lab researching colon cancer. It wasn’t until surgical residency, however, that I discovered how rewarding colorectal surgery was. During residency, I was exposed to the vastly different subspecialties of surgery and found immense satisfaction in doing a major colorectal operation to cure cancer or inflammatory bowel disease one day, and the next, I could do a hemorrhoidectomy or anal fistula surgery and restore the one part of the body nobody wants to talk or think about. I found great satisfaction in the powerful doctor-patient connection when a patient trusts you with their BUTT—literally!

Q: What are some of the most common reasons patients come to you in need of colorectal surgery?

A: Hemorrhoids, anal fissures, and anal fistulae are some of the most common colorectal conditions for which patients seek my expertise. Almost 4.5% of the population seeks medical advice for hemorrhoids alone, so by sheer numbers, I see many patients with hemorrhoids every week. Thankfully, I can often help these patients with office treatments alone and only a few will actually need surgery. I also see many patients needing surgery for colorectal cancer, Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis, rectal prolapse, and fecal incontinence.

Q: Is there a new or innovative colorectal procedure that you would like to highlight?

A: Transanal total mesorectal excision (TaTME) is one of the most cutting-edge operations in colorectal surgery right now. TaTME is performed for rectal cancer and ulcerative colitis, which allows the rectum to be removed without an abdominal wound and helps patients recover faster with less pain and better results. I am proud to say I have one of the largest experiences in this technique in the country and am one of the only surgeons on the West Coast currently performing this surgery.

The other “new” procedure is sacral nerve stimulation (SNS) for fecal incontinence (or bowel leakage problems). This procedure is actually not all that new, but for some reason, many patients and doctors don’t know it exists. SNS is a safe and simple outpatient procedure that can give patients suffering from bowel leakage their life back, and I am proud to be one of few doctors in the Los Angeles area treating fecal incontinence with SNS.

Q: Can you talk a bit about your time spent in Singapore?

A: During the end of my fellowship training in colorectal surgery, I went to Singapore to learn from masters in colorectal surgery from all around the world. It was a phenomenal experience that opened my eyes to the rapid growth and innovation of our field and what can be achieved if we think outside the box, learn from each other, and are open to change. I came back to the U.S. eager to apply what I had learned and push the limits to continue to advance our field with new techniques.

Q: Is there a particularly memorable patient success story that you would like to share?

A: Seeing young patients get sick hurts my soul. I guess because “it’s not supposed to happen.” One of my favorite stories of hope I love to tell is that of a 35 year-old young mom with rectal cancer. I diagnosed her four years ago after she had been told over and over that her rectal bleeding was from hemorrhoids. I placed one finger inside her anus and knew what it was, nobody had checked before that. She was my age at the time and had young kids, like I did. To make it worse, the cancer had spread to her liver (Stage IV). After chemotherapy, radiation, a combined rectal resection (done by me) and liver surgery (done by a liver surgeon), then more chemotherapy, she was cancer-free. Four years have passed . . . I just did her colonoscopy and computed tomography (CT) scans . . . she remains cancer-free.

 

As you can see, colorectal disease is a diverse collection of conditions with a multitude of treatments. A colorectal specialist should be your guide on this treatment journey, and La Peer is grateful to have such a talented colorectal surgeon as Dr. Zaghiyan providing state-of-the-art care to our patients.

Summer Exercising Tips to Promote Orthopedic Health

Regular exercise is the key to orthopedic health, as strong muscles ensure strong bones.  Exercise not only has physical benefits but also has emotional and social benefits. A number of activities including running, swimming, golfing, tennis, weight lifting, hiking, and even walking can be safely pursued to enhance your orthopedic health. What if you want to embark on a regular fitness plan or have a medical diagnosis that may affect your ability to exercise regularly? It is always a good idea to see your physician for a check-up if you have any injuries or a chronic or unstable health condition, such as heart disease, asthma, high blood pressure, diabetes, a joint or bone disease (e.g., osteoporosis), or a neurological illness (e.g., stroke). This is especially true if you haven’t been active recently. It is imperative that you resist the urge to go full steam ahead into vigorous workouts, as this is a surefire way to overexert yourself and wind up with injuries. As the overall goal is to remain healthy and free of injuries, the following list discusses summer exercising tips to safely promote orthopedic health.

Maintain your equipment and dress appropriately

You don’t have to purchase expensive workout gear, but you should choose the appropriate clothing and athletic shoes for the activities you’ve chosen. You should wear light-colored and comfortable clothing that are loose-fitting and allow for free movement. Lightweight, breathable materials made of cotton or moisture-wicking materials are the best when exercising in hot weather. You should replace your athletic shoes as their cushioning wears out, every 6 months or possibly sooner if doing high-impact exercise such as running. It may be necessary to invest in protective equipment, such as a helmet or reflective clothing, and don’t forget to maintain your equipment and check it regularly for your comfort and safety.

Be aware of the weather

Warm summer weather is conducive to outdoor exercise for the promotion of orthopedic health, but exercising in the heat requires extra precautions. In general, the sun’s ultraviolet rays are at their most intense between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Vigorous exercise between these hours can lead to dehydration, heat exhaustion, and even heat stroke. It makes sense to take advantage of the cooler early morning or evening hours when the sun is less intense or exercise at an air-conditioned facility.

If you’re exercising outside, wear a hat and sunglasses as well as sunscreen to protect your face and eyes from the sun’s harmful rays. It is recommended that sunscreen be applied 30 minutes prior to going outdoors and reapplied every 2 hours for prolonged exercise.

Always warm up and cool down

You should always have a warm-up routine of 5 to 10 minutes to prepare for exercise, even before stretching. A warm-up period gets your blood flowing, increases your heart rate, and loosens structures such as muscles, tendons, ligaments, and joints, all of which help your body adjust to the demands you will be placing on it during exercise. Likewise, every workout session should end with a cool-down period. Some exercise experts insist it be twice as long as the warm-up period. You should decrease your pace and movement until you eventually cease to exercise. This allows both your heart rate and breathing to normalize as well as the cessation of sweating.

Don’t forget to stretch

A stretching routine before you move onto your actual workout will help increase your flexibility and maximize the benefits of your fitness routine as well as orthopedic health. The best time is after a warm-up period, as you can injure yourself by stretching cold muscles. The stretches should be slow, deliberate, and controlled, holding each stretch for 10 to 20 seconds (no more than 30 seconds) before a slow release. It should be noted that you should never stretch to the point of pain or bounce during a stretch. Just as you require a cool-down period after exercise, the performance of slow stretches is required after or during your cool down.

Stay hydrated

Drink plenty of water before, during, and after your workout, which should prevent dehydration, heat exhaustion, and even heat stroke. You could lose as much as 1 ½ liters of fluid for every hour of exercise. A general rule of thumb is to drink 16 ounces of water 15 to 30 minutes before commencing exercise and another 16 ounces after your cool-down period. A quick sip of water every 20 minutes or so during exercise will also help you stay hydrated. For most people, simply drinking plenty of water is sufficient, but rigorous exercise for prolonged periods may require sports drinks that replenish both fluids and essential electrolytes.

Be aware of your body and listen to what it is saying

You should pay attention for signs and symptoms of exhaustion or dehydration, which may include dizziness, nausea, confusion, or irritability. Avoid vigorous exercise when you’re ill or are extremely tired. If you stop exercising for a while, resume your workouts at a lower level initially. For example, if you’re doing strength training, lift lighter weights or do fewer repetitions. By all means, stop or shorten your exercise session if you feel you cannot finish or if something doesn’t feel right.

It’s not unusual for your muscles to feel sore for 12 to 24 hours after a satisfactory workout, which gradually resolves. On the other hand, if pain occurs during your workout session or immediately afterward, you should consult your physician. The same holds true for muscle soreness persisting for more than 1 to 2 weeks. Not listening to your body is the quickest way to not only disrupt your orthopedic health but also your overall health.

Add variety for balanced fitness

Unless you have been exercising avidly, you should plan on starting slowly and boosting your level of exercise gradually. Try your best to develop a balanced fitness routine incorporating strength training, cardiovascular exercise, and flexibility. This not only provides a total body workout but also reduces the chances of boredom with your exercise routine. Remember, your body will adapt if you do only one type of exercise, which decreases the overall benefit of that particular exercise as well as your orthopedic health. Experimenting with a variety of sports and/or exercises also reduces the risk of overtraining and your chances of injury. For example, mix weight lifting with wind sprints or pickup basketball and yoga or Pilates. According to guidelines from the U.S. Centers for Disease Prevention and Control, each week you should aim for a total of 150 minutes of aerobic exercise at  moderate intensity or 75 minutes at high intensity, plus a minimum of two strength training sessions.

Pay attention to your form

It is imperative that you get the technique right from the beginning, ensuring the correct use of your muscles. For strength training, proper form is crucial and not heeding this warning may result in muscle overuse and other types of injuries. You should progress through the full range of motion with each repetition or set and breathe with regularity to maintain the blood supply to the brain and prevent spikes in your blood pressure. It’s a good idea to use lighter weights when learning a particular exercise and never rush to complete a repetition or set or struggle lifting heavier amounts of weight. It may be worth the investment to consult a personal trainer as you embark on your personal fitness journey.

Don’t forget to rest

You should rest at least 1 day between strength training sessions to allow for muscle recovery and optimal orthopedic health. Remember, fatigue and/or pain are excellent reasons to refrain from exercising. If you are experiencing pain, do not resume your fitness regimen until the pain has subsided.

Be safe and aware of your surroundings

Many individuals take to the outdoors for summer exercise, whether it be hiking, walking, running, or biking. You should keep your wits about you if exercising in secluded areas and/or at night. Ask a friend to accompany you or take your dog and frequent well-lit areas. In addition, wear bright or light-reflective clothing so drivers can see you, especially at night.

Your orthopedic health and fitness level is dependent on you getting regular exercise. The above tips can help you approach a fitness plan sensibly to enhance your well-being without pain or injury. Remember, it’s imperative that you exercise wisely and progressively increase the length and intensity of your exercise sessions, which should go a long way at keeping you engaged, challenged, and safe.

Celebrity Cases of Facial Paralysis

Facial paralysis is a far more common disorder than people think. It can affect anyone, including Hollywood celebrities. Most recently, facial paralysis has affected the actress Angelina Jolie. She joins a slew of famous celebrities who have been diagnosed with the disease.

What is Facial Paralysis?

Facial paralysis refers to not being able to voluntarily move some or all of the muscles of the face, which is typically the result of some type of damage to the facial nerve (also referred to as cranial nerve [CN] VII). These muscles are responsible for vital functions such as chewing, speaking, closing the eyes, and expressing moods and emotions. As a result, facial paralysis has the potential to be a devastating condition. Most commonly the paralysis occurs on one side of the face (unilateral); less commonly the paralysis occurs on both sides of the face (bilateral). Facial paralysis can occur suddenly and many people awake with it. It can also have an insidious, gradual onset. The length of symptoms depends on the cause and can be short (weeks) to an extended period of time (months to years).

What Celebrities Have Experienced Facial Paralysis?

Celebrities that have been diagnosed with Bell’s palsy, the most common form of facial paralysis, include:

Angelina Jolie

The actress was diagnosed with Bell’s palsy in 2016 and opened up about her battle with facial paralysis. She has since fully recovered with the help of acupuncture. Jolie has made headlines in the past for decision to undergo a double mastectomy with breast reconstruction as well as removal of her ovaries after testing positive for the breast cancer gene.

George Clooney

The actor was stricken with the disease as a 14-year-old. He joked that beginning your freshman year of high school was “a bad time for having half your face paralyzed.” He recovered after 9 months.

Pierce Brosnan

The former James Bond hero had the disease in the 1980s, which affected the right side of his face. He was treated with prednisone, a steroid, and recovered after several weeks. As he was filming during that time, he had his film shot from the left side to cloak the disease.

Sylvester Stallone

The, actor famous for his roles as “Rocky Balboa” and “John Rambo”, was actually born with facial paralysis resulting from birth complications. The residual effects of Bell’s palsy are responsible for his crooked smile and slurred speech pattern.

Katie Holmes

The former Mrs. Tom Cruise and actress from Dawson’s Creek was also a victim of facial paralysis. It is thought the residual effects of Bell’s palsy are responsible for her classic facial smirk.

Signs and Symptoms of Facial Paralysis

Most of the signs and symptoms of facial paralysis are readily apparent. Signs and symptoms of facial paralysis may include:

  • Facial/mouth drooping, most commonly one-sided and on the affected side
  • Inability to voluntarily raise the eyebrow on the affected side
  • Inability to blink or close an eyelid, which increases the chances of the cornea drying out
  • Reduced tear production
  • Loss of ability to raise, lower, or pucker the lips on the affected side, leading to inability to smile or frown, drooling, dribbling when drinking, and slurred speech
  • Decreased sense of taste, especially in the front area of the tongue

Causes of Facial Paralysis

Facial paralysis is typically caused by damage or swelling of the facial nerve, which controls the movement of the facial muscles, or damage to the part of the brain responsible for sending messages to the facial muscles. Common causes of facial paralysis include:

  • Infection or inflammation of the facial nerve, including Bell’s palsy, Ramsay Hunt syndrome, Lyme disease, and meningitis
  • Trauma, including basal skull fractures and facial injuries
  • Diabetes mellitus
  • Tumors of the head, neck, and brain
  • Stroke
  • Birth trauma as a result of forceps delivery
  • Autoimmune diseases, such as multiple sclerosis (MS) and sarcoidosis

Diagnosing the Cause of Facial Paralysis

In addition to a physical examination, physicians may schedule electromyography (EMG) to investigate the strength of the facial muscles and nerves responsible for their control. Imaging studies such as X-ray, computed tomography (CT), and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) may be used to diagnose etiologies, such as strokes, infections, or tumors of the head, neck, and brain. Additionally, blood tests may give insight into infectious causes such as Lyme disease, chickenpox, herpes simplex virus (HSV), and influenza (the flu).

Treatment of Facial Paralysis

Treatment of facial paralysis is dependent upon a number of factors, including the age of the patient, etiology of the paralysis, severity of paralysis, and duration of paralysis. For example, Bell’s palsy, the most common cause of facial paralysis, is often treated with steroids (prednisone or prednisolone) and antivirals (valcyclovir). Additionally, most individuals achieve full recovery from Bell’s palsy within 6 months.

One of the significant dangers of facial paralysis is eye damage as a result of the altered blinking response. Blinking keeps the cornea moist and prevents particles from entering the eye that may cause damage. Without the normal blink response, individuals affected by facial paralysis are encouraged to frequently use artificial tears to decrease the odds of eye damage. Cosmetic surgery is sometimes needed to place small weights in the upper eyelids to help them close properly. Additional cosmetic procedures that may be helpful for individuals with facial paralysis, especially those with an altered blinking response, include brow lifts and injections of hyaluronic gel (Juvéderm®, Restylane®).

Injections of botulinum toxin (Botox®) are becoming commonplace in the treatment of facial paralysis. Everyone is familiar with the use of Botox in anti-aging programs, but it is also helpful in individuals with facial paralysis experiencing involuntary spasms of facial muscles. Botox works by paralyzing muscles, thereby, improving the facial asymmetry caused by facial drooping.

Unfortunately, not everyone is able to recover from facial paralysis. In these individuals, surgery becomes a necessity and the following procedures may have to be performed:

  • Direct nerve reattachment
  • Selective neurolysis
  • Nerve grafts with or without muscle flaps
  • Temporalis tendon transfer
  • Trigeminal-facial nerve transfer
  • Static slings

The above surgical techniques are often combined with facial muscle retraining and physical therapy to optimize patient outcomes.

Thankfully, La Peer employs one of the top facial paralysis surgeons in the country, Dr. Babak Azizzadeh. Dr. Azizzadeh has helped many patients recover from facial paralysis disorders, and has also been featured on such outlets as the New York Times and the Oprah Winfrey Show. Learn more about Dr. Azizzadeh and his practice.

Recover Fast After Surgery at an Outpatient Center [Infographic]

Outpatient surgery is a top choice for patients nationwide. Since outpatient surgery is performed at a surgeon’s office instead of a traditional hospital, it enables a patient to return home the same day a procedure is performed.

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Outpatient Surgery Benefits

Outpatient surgery offers many benefits, such as:

  •         Low Costs: Outpatient surgery often is less expensive than surgery performed at a hospital.
  •         At-Home Recovery: Outpatient surgery allows patients to avoid an extended hospital stay. A patient may be more comfortable when recovering in their home.
  •         Convenient Scheduling: A patient can schedule an outpatient surgery at his or her convenience.
  •         Reduced Stress: For many patients, outpatient surgery is less stressful than inpatient surgery.

Choose La Peer Health Systems for Outpatient Surgery

There are many reasons to choose La Peer Health Systems for outpatient surgery. These include:

  •         Personalized Treatment: We deliver personalized care in a safe, controlled environment.
  •         Multiple Specialties: We provide medical and surgical care across 12 specialties.
  •         Expert Surgeons: We have more than 40 surgeons on staff.
  •         Concierge, Knowledgeable Nurses: 98 percent of patients described our nurses as friendly, knowledgeable and professional.
  •         Minimal Surgery Time: Due to our surgeons working with the same nurses and assistants every day.
  •         Private Recovery Room: Following surgery, we offer each patient a private recovery room.
  •         Flexible Billing: We accept many types of insurance and offer cash discounts for patients without insurance.
  •         Short Wait Times: We only perform outpatient surgery. This allows us to provide you with short wait times to perform your surgery.
  •         Proven Results: 98 percent of patients said they are likely to recommend La Peer to friends.

To schedule a consultation with La Peer, please contact us today at 855.360.9119.

Change Your Life with Hyperhidrosis Treatment

Hyperhidrosis, aka excessive sweating, is a common problem that may have physical, emotional and psychological consequences. It affects an estimated 15.3 million people in the United States, according to the Archives of Dermatological Research. Fortunately, many hyperhidrosis treatment options are available to help people put excessive sweating in the past.

How Is Hyperhidrosis Treated?

Surgery is one of the most common hyperhidrosis treatments. It often provides an effective way to address hyperhidrosis of the hands and feet. Plus, hyperhidrosis surgery offers permanent results.

Several hyperhidrosis surgeries have been shown to deliver safe, long-lasting results. These procedures include:

  • Excision: Addresses malfunctioning underarm sweat glands. Excision involves the removal of underarm sweat glands under local anesthesia. It is performed as an outpatient procedure.
  • Curettage: Involves scraping out malfunctioning sweat glands. Like excision, curettage is performed as an outpatient procedure under local anesthesia.
  • Liposuction: Liquefies sweat glands and removes them from the underarms. Liposuction also enables a patient to eliminate excess fat from the body. It is typically performed as an inpatient procedure.
  • Thoracic Sympathectomy: Blocks chest cavity nerves that cause excess sweating. Thoracic sympathectomy is used to treat severe hyperhidrosis. It is a minimally invasive surgery performed at an outpatient clinic.

A thoracic surgeon helps a patient determine if surgery is the best option to treat hyperhidrosis. Then, he or she educates a patient about the different hyperhidrosis procedures and develops a custom treatment plan that enables this individual to alleviate excessive sweating.

Which Hyperhidrosis Treatment Delivers the Best Results?

There is no one-size-fits-all hyperhidrosis treatment that works perfectly for all patients, at all times. Instead, a thoracic surgeon evaluates a patient, learns about this individual’s hyperhidrosis symptoms and tailors a treatment plan accordingly.

During a hyperhidrosis treatment evaluation, a thoracic surgeon asks a patient questions about his or her symptoms. A surgeon allocates the necessary time and resources to learn about a patient and conducts a full patient assessment. He or she may also request various tests to evaluate a patient and provide an accurate diagnosis.

A thoracic surgeon strives to provide a hyperhidrosis treatment to address excessive sweating in different parts of the body. The treatment may address one or more of the following areas:

  • Hands
  • Feet
  • Armpits
  • Face

For those who are dealing with hyperhidrosis, a thoracic surgeon may recommend an excision, curettage or liposuction treatment. Each of these treatments delivers proven results and helps patients address hyperhidrosis symptoms for years to come.

On the other hand, patients who are dealing with severe hyperhidrosis may require thoracic sympathectomy. During this procedure, a thoracic surgeon makes two small incisions on the sides of a patient’s chest. The surgeon then insufflates the chest cavity with carbon dioxide and inserts a fiber optic camera into the chest; the fiber optic camera provides live video onto a monitor in the operating room. Next, the surgeon cuts the sympathetic nerves that cause excessive sweating; these nerves are cut between the third and fourth ribs. Finally, the surgeon removes the carbon dioxide and fiber optic camera from the patient’s chest and closes the incisions.

Thoracic sympathectomy is virtually painless and requires minimal recovery time. Most patients can return home the same day as treatment and return to everyday activities and work within about one week, though patients may need to wait three to four weeks before they participate in strenuous activity or exercise.

The results of thoracic sympathectomy are immediate. In rare instances, patients experience sweating in other parts of the body previously unaffected by hyperhidrosis, including the abdomen, back and legs. This compensatory sweating is usually less severe than past hyperhidrosis symptoms.

Is Hyperhidrosis Surgery a Viable Option?

Hyperhidrosis surgery is an excellent option for those who are dealing with excessive sweating and find that Botox, medications and other treatments fail to deliver the desired results. It has been shown to help patients address several types of hyperhidrosis, including:

  • Palmar Hyperhidrosis: Excessive sweating of the palms. Palmar hyperhidrosis is the most common form of hyperhidrosis, and thoracic sympathectomy has a 90% success rate for treating patients who struggle with this form of hyperhidrosis.
  • Axillary Hyperhidrosis: Excessive sweating of the feet. Axillary hyperhidrosis may cause chronic foot odor and fungal infections.
  • Facial Hyperhidrosis: Excessive sweating of the head. Facial hyperhidrosis may cause blushing of the face, along with compensatory sweating in the abdomen and lower limbs.
  • Groin Hyperhidrosis: Excessive sweating in the groin area. Groin hyperhidrosis is uncomfortable and may cause fungal infections.

For those who are considering hyperhidrosis treatment, it is important to meet with an expert thoracic surgeon. That way, a patient can receive a full evaluation and determine the best way to permanently treat his or her excessive sweating.

What to Expect During a Hyperhidrosis Treatment Consultation

A thoracic surgeon strives to make a hyperhidrosis treatment consultation a comfortable experience. At this time, a surgeon asks a patient about his or her medical history and hyperhidrosis symptoms. Also, the surgeon may request a physical exam.

Additionally, a thoracic surgeon may request lab and sweat tests during a patient consultation. Blood, urine and other lab tests enable a surgeon to find out if a patient’s excessive sweating is caused by an overactive thyroid (hyperthyroidism), low blood sugar (hypoglycemia) or another medical condition. Comparatively, sweat tests allow a surgeon to pinpoint the areas of sweating and evaluate the severity of a patient’s symptoms.

A hyperhidrosis treatment consultation provides a valuable learning opportunity for a patient, too. During the consultation, a patient can ask hyperhidrosis treatment questions and receive instant responses. As such, a thoracic surgeon and patient can work together to achieve the best-possible treatment results.

Once a thoracic surgeon and patient develop a treatment plan, they will put this plan into action. A surgeon will provide tips to help a patient prepare for treatment. Best of all, a patient can always reach out to his or her surgeon for support throughout the treatment process.

Choose La Peer Health Systems for Hyperhidrosis Treatment

La Peer Health Systems is proud to employ some of the top thoracic surgeons in Los Angeles. Our team works diligently to provide each hyperhidrosis patient with a personalized treatment tailored to his or her symptoms. To find out more about our hyperhidrosis treatment options, please call us today at 855-360-9119 to schedule a consultation. Or, check out our hyperhidrosis treatment group on Facebook.

Look and Feel Ready for Summer with Cosmetic Foot Surgery

Summer may be the perfect time for cosmetic foot surgery, and for good reason. Cosmetic foot surgery helps people improve their balance and mobility. At the same time, cosmetic foot surgery helps people improve the aesthetic appeal of the feet – something that makes the treatment a great option for those who wear flip-flops and sandals throughout summertime.

Cosmetic Foot Surgery: Here’s What You Need to Know

Although many people associate cosmetic surgery with the nose, eyes or stomach, cosmetic foot surgery allows patients to quickly enhance foot function and aesthetic appeal. The surgery simultaneously alters the foot’s appearance and treats foot issues. Plus, it often helps people treat impending structural issues and arthritic joints in the toes and feet.

There are several types of cosmetic foot surgeries, too. These include:

  • Toe Shortening: Some people have a long second or third toe that makes it tough to wear shoes. Or, a long toe may cause calluses or toe joint dislocation. With toe shortening, a patient can address these issues without delay. Toe shortening is a fast, effective and safe procedure, and it requires little to no downtime.
  • Bunions: Bunions are bony bumps that develop at the joint of the base of the big toe. They are some of the most common foot problems for people and may make it tough to walk or find comfortable footwear. Fortunately, a bunionectomy can be used to treat bunions. It is a form of cosmetic foot surgery that involves the removal of a bunion, along with realignment of the big toe.
  • Hammertoes: Hammertoes cause toes to curl incorrectly. They can affect a person’s balance and may cause severe foot pain. Cosmetic foot surgery is available to treat hammertoes. This procedure relaxes the tissue in the foot and helps a patient put his or her toes back into the proper positions. The surgery is performed as an outpatient procedure, and patients can walk in a protective boot the same day as treatment.
  • Bone Spurs: Bone spurs may develop along the edges of bone or cartilage in the foot. They create pressure that causes foot pain, as well as corns, blisters and calluses. Thanks to cosmetic foot surgery, a podiatrist can remove bone or cartilage that cause bone spurs in the foot.

Clearly, there are many reasons to consider cosmetic foot surgery. If an individual weighs the pros and cons of cosmetic foot surgery, he or she can make an informed treatment decision.

What Are the Benefits of Cosmetic Foot Surgery?

There are both functional and aesthetic benefits associated with cosmetic foot surgery. The primary benefits of cosmetic foot surgery include:

  • Reduced Foot Pain: Cosmetic foot surgery helps patients alleviate pain caused by bone spurs, hammertoes, bunions and other foot disorders.
  • Increased Self-Confidence: Cosmetic foot surgery helps patients improve the overall appearance of the feet. Therefore, patients won’t have to worry about how their feet will look in flip-flops or sandals after treatment.
  • Improved Balance: Cosmetic foot surgery enables patients to shorten or lengthen the toes. As a result, the surgery can help patients improve their balance.
  • Enhanced Comfort: Cosmetic foot surgery can be used to treat hammertoes – foot issues that make it virtually impossible to wear shoes comfortably.
  • Cost Savings: Cosmetic foot surgery involves a one-time charge for treatment, and it may eliminate the need to purchase expensive shoe inserts and pads.

Like any surgery, there are risks associated with cosmetic foot treatments as well. The foot is intricate and complex, and as such, cosmetic foot surgery should be performed by an expert podiatrist. With support from an expert podiatrist, a patient can minimize risk and achieve the optimal treatment results.

Are You a Candidate for Cosmetic Foot Surgery?

Cosmetic foot surgery is not right for everyone, and a podiatrist requests a patient consultation before treatment. This consultation allows a podiatrist to learn about a patient’s foot problems and determine if surgery can help this individual achieve his or her desired results.

A podiatrist requests a patient’s medical history as part of the patient evaluation process. Also, he or she may require various tests to properly diagnose a patient’s foot problems.

In some instances, existing medical conditions or medications may complicate cosmetic foot surgery and recovery. However, if a podiatrist determines a patient is a good candidate for cosmetic foot surgery, he or she next outlines all aspects of the treatment. That way, a patient can establish realistic cosmetic foot surgery expectations.

What to Expect During a Cosmetic Foot Procedure

The length of time required to perform cosmetic foot surgery varies based on the patient and his or her foot disorder. A podiatrist can usually offer an estimate of how long the procedure will take. He or she also provides instructions to help a patient prepare for treatment.

Additionally, the recovery time following a cosmetic foot procedure depends on the patient and his or her treatment area. Total recovery may require several weeks, and a patient may need to limit his or her activity during this period. A podiatrist will provide aftercare instructions for cosmetic food surgery, as well as request follow-up appointments to ensure a patient’s recovery stays on track.

If a patient has questions at any point during cosmetic foot surgery recovery, a podiatrist is happy to respond to them. A podiatrist strives to provide as much assistance as possible throughout the cosmetic foot surgery recovery period. By doing so, a podiatrist helps a patient enjoy safe, effective treatment results.

Select La Peer Health Systems for Cosmetic Foot Surgery

When it comes to cosmetic foot surgery, it is beneficial to have an expert podiatrist perform this procedure. At La Peer Health Systems, our podiatry department includes highly-trained doctors, nurses and support staff who do everything possible to provide exceptional patient care. Our podiatry team understands that foot disorders can affect the quality of a person’s life and wants to do whatever it can to help patients correct these problems as quickly as possible. Best of all, our podiatry department offers custom treatment plans that are tailored to a patient’s cosmetic foot surgery needs. Each cosmetic foot surgery treatment plan is designed to help a patient achieve the best-possible results – without exception.

For those who are considering summertime cosmetic foot surgery, our podiatry department is ready to respond to your concerns and questions. To schedule a cosmetic foot surgery consultation, please contact us today at 855-360-9119.