Is Body Mass Index Accurate?
The body mass index (BMI) is a means of determining whether a patient is overweight. Research indicates that the BMI only uses height and weight as factors and doesn’t take into account that muscle weighs more than fat; therefore athletic people may measure as obese. The Doctors agree that it’s a good idea to use the BMI but take it with a grain of salt.
Is Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) Overdiagnosed?
Dr. Sears points out that symptoms commonly associated with IBS (constipation, bloating, diarrhea) often mimic ailments such as food allergies, parasites and lactose intolerance. The Doctors recommend that patients undergo thorough diagnostic tests to determine the root of the problem.
Keep Your Chin Up!
A growing number of men are undergoing chin implant surgery. Dr. Ordon explains that men like the strength and confidence that a more prominent chin projects. He adds that the procedure is quite safe, shows a variation of implants and demonstrates how they’re inserted into the chin.
Breast augmentation is the most common cosmetic procedure performed in the United States. However, many women don’t realize that a) there are risks with any elective surgery and b) additional procedures are often necessary to maintain the implants. Dr. Ordon explains that 25 percent of women who have undergone breast augmentation will need to have a secondary breast revision.
Theresa, 43, experienced complications from each of her two breast augmentation surgeries and is preparing for a third surgery to repair the damages. Dr. Ordon lists the issues she’s had:
1) the implant was placed above the muscle rather than below
2) the implants were filled with saline and may have been contaminated
3) she has formed a type of scar tissue called capsular contracture that can cause pain and distortion
Dr. Ritu Chopra performed the five-hour revision surgery and explains the procedure.
Stop The Snoring
Do you lie awake for nights on end because of your partner’s snoring? A state-of-the-art procedure called the Pillar Procedure stiffens the soft palate (also know as the roof of the mouth) by implanting small needles and thereby decreasing the vibrations that cause snoring. Dr. Craig Schwimmer and his colleague Dr. Ben Goldwyn perform the procedure on stage on Veronica, 33, who has snored her entire life.