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Monday, August 18, 2014

New Louisiana Bill Shows Disturbing Trend in the Medical Industry

It seems like there's always something new going on in the world of medicine and healthcare. Almost every day there are headlines about new innovations and developments in the medical field. Recently, there has been an upsetting trend of patients getting medical treatments and surgeries from people that aren't properly trained. At Summit Med Center, we've heard stories about people going to Botox parties to get cheap treatments, and even tales of some people getting breast implants and other surgical procedures from dermatologists. This disturbing trend has recently been examined in the world of plastic surgery, but unfortunately cosmetic surgeries aren't the only ones that are being performed by unlicensed professionals.

If you're interested in getting surgery to improve your vision or the look of your eyes, you'd probably want it to be performed by a licensed surgeon that specializes in ophthalmology. However, our Oklahoma ophthalmologists have noticed a disturbing trend happening in other states. For instance, in the state of Louisiana, a new law allows people to get laser surgical procedures and lid surgeries from an optometrist. To the un-trained ear, that may sound perfectly fine. After all, you see an optometrist whenever you get your glasses or your contact lenses, so it's natural to assume that they know how to perform surgical procedures.

Despite what most people think, an optometrist is someone who just specializes in vision problems, and is not a medical doctor. Your optometrist may be qualified to spot certain diseases of the eye, and may even be able to recommend certain lenses and eye drops, but they primarily trained to only prescribe glasses and contacts. An ophthalmologist is a medical doctor that has been through medical school and has additional years of training in medical and surgical problems that can occur in the eye. Up until now, it was legal for only ophthalmologists to perform procedures like laser eye surgery. Now, thanks to a recent bill passed by the state senate, Louisiana is now the third state to allow optometrists to perform surgery that used to only be reserved for doctors.

Some claim that allowing optometrists to perform eye surgeries will be a good thing, since now more people will be able to have access to certain care. There may be more people allowed to perform certain procedures, but that doesn't mean that the people receiving them are getting high quality care. Currently in Louisiana, optometrists are only required to undergo a 32 hour training period to be able to legally perform certain laser eye surgeries. When you compare that to the years ophthalmologists have spent training and learning how to properly perform surgery, it seems ludicrous to think that someone could learn how to do the same in a few days. 

It's important to only go to licensed medical professionals for procedures but, thanks to some state laws, patients will have to start doing more research before they choose a doctor or practitioner. When you need any type of eye surgery in Oklahoma City, take a look at our credentials. All of our ophthalmologists at Summit Med Center are qualified by to perform surgery by their extensive experience and education – expertise you can trust! Contact us today to schedule a consultation.


Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Varicose Vein Treatments: Stripping and Ligation

The American Society for Vascular Surgery estimates that anywhere from 20 to 25 million Americans have varicose veins. The Vascular Disease Foundation also estimates that 17% of men and 33% of women have varicose veins. If you have varicose veins, it would be an understatement to say that you aren't alone. There are plenty of people in Oklahoma City that are wondering how they should start to treat this troublesome problem. Here is some information on the subject from the experts at Summit Med Center.

The first treatment step

For some people, varicose veins are nothing more than a slight annoyance; for others, problems can go far beyond simple cosmetic issues. Since it is common for varicose veins to occur in the legs, some people are unable to stand because they ache so much. Others have frequent cramping problems, swelling, itching, and even ulcers and blood clots. If your varicose veins are impacting your daily life, you may want to consider getting surgery to correct the problem.

When people hear the word surgery they're quick to dismiss having an "invasive" procedure. However, in terms of severity and invasiveness, varicose vein surgery is very minor. If your doctor is considering this route to correct the problem, it's very likely that you'll be having a vein ligation and stripping procedure. This removes veins that are damaged, and also helps prevent any related complications.

Benefits of ligation and stripping

The name of the procedure may sound complicated but, as we previously mentioned, it is extremely minor one. There are plenty of general surgeons in Oklahoma City that will tell you how simple and safe the surgery is. You won't have to worry about staying in a hospital, as the vast majority of procedures are outpatient and are performed with local or general anesthesia. Aside from the rare chance of complications, most people go home the same day that they have their surgery.

What to expect during surgery

Your surgeon is not going to remove every single varicose vein they find when performing the procedure. If a lot of valves in the vein are damaged along with the vein itself, then the doctor will remove (strip) it. The removal itself is very simple. The surgeon will make an incision slightly below the vein, then use a tool to help latch onto and remove it. If your doctor finds varicose veins that only have a few damaged valves in the vein, they'll tie the damaged part of the vein off (ligation). After a ligation, the healthy parts of your vein will still be able to properly circulate blood without the same problems.

Since ligation and stripping is usually a same-day procedure, you won't have to worry about having a lot of downtime afterwards. Your doctor will probably want you to stay off of your feet for a few days afterwards, but generally you'll be back to your usual routine in a few weeks.

If you are interested in getting rid of those pesky, painful varicose veins, Summit Med Center can help! Call us today at 405-359-2400 for a consultation or to schedule an appointment.