Obagi Blue Chemical Peel
Cosmetic surgeon Mark Youssef, from Unique Cosmetic Surgery in Santa Monica, California, performs an Obagi blue chemical peel on 32-year-old Kristina, who has sun damage. The peel contains trichloracetic acid (TCA) and is ideal for uneven, discolored or damaged skin.
“Typical chemical peels are clear, but this chemical peel has a blue base to it, so it allows us to assess the evenness of the application and also the depth of penetration,” Dr. Yousseff explains.
The blue dye rinses off in 24 to 48 hours, but the peel takes seven to eight days to complete. As the layers of dead and damaged skin cells are exfoliated and sloughed off, they are replaced by new, healthy ones, resulting in brighter, younger-looking skin and tighter pores.
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Laser Spine Surgery
Kate, 36, has suffered from neck and back pain since high school. She has tried medications, injections, massage, chiropractic medicine and physical therapy, but nothing has helped ease the pain. The thought of traditional back surgery was daunting for Kate. “It’s really intense, and there’s a long recovery,” the busy mother of two explained. “It wasn’t the answer for me.”
Kate learned about an innovative procedure that was much less invasive than traditional surgery. Spinal surgeon Dr. James St. Louis, from the Laser Spine Institute in Tampa, Florida performs laser spine surgery on Kate. He uses the laser to ablate, or destroy, the sensory nerves surrounding the facet joint in her neck and removes bone and tissue pressing on the nerve.
“Kate’s pain was caused by a pinched nerve in her neck,” Dr. St. Louis explains. “The pinched nerve caused pain to go from her neck and radiate down into her arm.”
Dr. St. Louis narrates an animation that describes how the laser surgery is performed. “We’re able to do the surgery through a series of dilating tubes, which allows us access without having to cut the muscle,” he says. “With open surgery, you have to make a 3- to maybe 6-inch incision, and you have to actually tear some of the muscle.”
E.R. physician Dr. Travis Stork notes that the National Institutes of Health (NIH) is still debating laser spine procedures. Kate reports she’s feeling great and is very happy with the procedure.
Chronic Knee Pain Solution
Mona, 48, has had chronic knee pain for most of her life. Orthopedic surgeon Dr. Bal Rajagopalan, from the Miracle Mile Medical Center in Los Angeles, California, performs a knee replacement surgery on Mona.
Dr. Rajagopalan demonstrates how he wedges two metal implants in between the femoral and tibial sides of the knee joint. The implants are separated by a flat, plastic spacer, which allows the knee to flex, extend and bear weight.
“The best part about our technology is we can do [it on] younger and younger people,” Dr. Rajagopalan says. “We understand the range of motion on the knee and how it works with kinematic motion and function.”
Mona says she was able to start walking right away and is very happy with her renovated knee.
Every year, more than 200,000 new cases of epilepsy are diagnosed. Epilepsy is a brain disorder caused by abnormally excited electrical signals in the brain that cause spontaneous seizures or convulsions. Symptoms can vary greatly, from staring spells to loss of consciousness, to violent convulsions.
Neurologist Dr. Marie Atkinson from Detroit Medical Center, Harper University Hospital and Wayne State University School of Medicine in Detroit, Michigan explains how a vagal nerve stimulator (VNS) device is used in an effort to stop epileptic seizures.
The VNS device is implanted in the chest wall of a patient and an electrical wire runs from the device to the vagus nerve in the brain. Throughout the day, the device sends intermittent electrical signals to the nerve, stimulating it and decreasing the risk of seizure.
Dr. Atkinson notes that in the United States, the VNS device is not approved for use in children under the age of 12. She suggests consulting an epilepsy center for further information and options.
Family Physician of the Year
Dr. Karl Watts, who practices in Boise, Idaho, won the 2010 Family Physician of the Year for his outstanding work providing health care to underserved communities.
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