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Tuesday, March 26, 2013

What Is the Biggest Reason Patients Come to our Oklahoma Neurosurgery Office?

One of the biggest reasons patients will come to our Oklahoma neurosurgery office is because of a herniated disc. Although most cases of disc herniation stem from age-related degeneration, there are some known ways to reduce your overall chances of developing a herniated disc. Let’s look at how a herniated disc occurs to give you a better understanding of those ways.

A herniated disc occurs when part of the disc is pushed into the spinal canal. The center of the disc is composed of a softer jelly-like substance, and this is protected by a harder exterior. If the harder exterior cracks because of overexertion or degeneration, the softer center can leak. This leakage can affect the nerves, causing an intense amount of pain.

The symptoms you face will differ from person to person. Some people do not experience any pain when they rupture a disc. Others will be unable to get out of bed. It’s important that you consult a doctor if you do begin experiencing pain. You may be referred to a neurosurgeon or spinal specialist who can help you alleviate the pain, be that through medication or surgical procedure.

However, if you’re looking for ways to avoid disc herniation, there are some good practices that you should get used to now. While these practices won’t completely negate your chances of getting a herniated disc, they’ll certainly reduce your chances.

·         Have Good Posture: Most herniated discs occur on the lower part of the spine because of the pressure put on it through poor posture. By having good posture, you’ll reduce the pressure put on your spine.
·         Lose Weight: In that same regard, if you‘re overweight, you’re putting extra stress on your spine.
·         Lift correctly: When you lift with your back, you’re at greater risk of injuring your back. By lifting with your legs, you’ll put the pressure on your legs rather than your back. 

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Friday, March 1, 2013

Five Myths About Oklahoma Weight Loss Surgery

We know that pursuing weight loss surgery is stressful, but it does not have to be as scary as many patients think it is. There are several myths floating around that you should know are absolutely false. Understanding the truth about these five myths will make you feel better about your pursuit of health.

1. One of the most prevalent myths surrounding Oklahoma weight loss surgery is that it always requires an extensive stay at the hospital. The truth is that with modern technology, a short stay of up to two nights is all you may need after your procedure.

2. Some people are hesitant to pursue surgery because they think it is "too easy" of a solution. The truth about losing weight is that it requires a lot of hard work along with necessary dietary and activity changes. No matter if you choose to lose weight with surgery or not, you are making a commitment, so you are still required to eat well and exercise; surgery helps, but it is certainly not the easy way out.

3. There are plenty of people who believe that in order to qualify for a weight loss surgery, you need to have a serious medical condition. We will assess your body mass index in addition to overall health before determining whether or not the procedure is right for you. Some body mass indexes instantly qualify you for surgery, even if you do not have any health problems.

4. Regardless of what many people believe, the recovery time following weight loss surgery is very reasonable. In situations lacking additional complications, recovery once out of the hospital takes less than two weeks. In many cases, patients resume their daily activities in around one week.

5. One of the biggest concerns among patients looking to lose weight is that they will be unable to eat delicious foods. While some patients find that they no longer eat as much as they used to, the food is typically just as delicious. Learning how to cook with new and healthy ingredients can actually be an empowering part of your recovery.

Oklahoma weight loss surgery can truly transform lives, making it an option well worth considering. If you are trying to lose a significant amount of weight, our services could be the right fit for you.