Restore, Repair, Renew your Life

Feeling burnt out and run down? The Doctors show you how to renew you life -- body, mind and spirit.

Renew your Everyday Routine
Learn how to feel refreshed, day in and day out.

E.R. physician Dr. Travis Stork shares three easy tips to avoid getting burnt out at work.

Give yourself a break! Learn the advantages to a little R&R.

Learn how the mind-body connection can work wonders for your health.

Diabetic Retinopathy
Retina surgeon Dr. Rick Kaiser of the Willis Eye Institute explains the three stages of diabetic retinopathy, a condition in which blood vessels grow on the surface of the retina and burst, then bleed, potentially causing blindness in the affected eye.

 While the condition can be avoided by managing blood sugar levels and keeping a strict diet and exercise regimen, patients may turn to surgery to repair the damage.

Fifty-seven-year-old Renee was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes at the age of 28. After her diagnosis, she controlled her blood sugar and maintained her diet diligently, but began to slide as time passed. “You forget that you have it and you do things with your diet and exercise that you shouldn’t do -- like not do it at all,” she confesses.

Two years ago, Renee bent down to pick something off the floor, and describes experiencing the sudden sensation of a mascara wand drawing a “Z” into her right eye. Renee was diagnosed with diabetic retinopathy, and has since lost vision in that eye. 

Dr. Kaiser performs a vitrectomy to remove the blood and debris from Renee’s right eye and restore her vision. He then treats her unaffected left eye with a Panretinal Photocoagulation (PRP) laser as a preventative measure. 

 “This has been a big wakeup call,” Renee says. “I could have lived in darkness, and that caused a lot of anxiety and fear and I’m really lucky I got to have a second chance.”

 Dr. Travis stresses that type 2 diabetes is an illness that can be controlled. To do so, he advises those stricken with the disease to move more, eat less and choose foods like proteins, healthy fats and complex carbohydrates instead of refined, sugary snacks.

Scratching Solution

Tracy says that ever since the birth of her second child, her cat, Hagrid, has started scratching her furniture. She’s concerned for the welfare of her children and her sofa, but would like to avoid declawing. Veterinarian Dr. Ruth MacPete shares a new, safe and kind solution for dulling your feline friends’ claws.

Maddie’s New Smile
The cheek and lip muscles are attached to the mouth by a band of tissue called the labial frenulum. It extends from the inside of the upper lip to the gums above the two front teeth, and is normally concealed.

Maddie, 16, has an oversized, highly-visible frenulum, that once caused diastema, a large gap between her front teeth. While braces eventually corrected her bite, Maddie is still self conscious about the extra tissue between her gums, which could also reverse the corrective results of the braces.

Periodontist Dr. Sanda Moldovan performs a frenectomy, a simple 15-minute laser procedure, to excise the the extra tissue. The procedure will decrease the chances of Maddie’s teeth reverting and increase her confidence with her smile.

 ”It feels amazing now that it’s gone! I feel great!” Maddie says.

The Benefits of Steam
For centuries, steam has been used for a variety of medical and beauty solutions. Plastic surgeon Dr. Drew Ordon and beauty expert Kym Douglas treat three women with three issues in The Doctors Steam Room. CAUTION: When using steam, be sure to test for a comfortable temperature before moving forward with your treatment.

See how a steam cooker can help Tina’s dry skin retain moisture and stimulate circulation.

Find out how avocado, bananas and steam can add shine and moisture to Sue’s long, coarse hair.

Beige loves wearing high heels, but they leave her leg muscles sore and tender. Learn how steam and stones can soothe her aches.


Toe Lengthening Surgery
Foot surgeon Dr. Ali Sadrieh says that, until recently, toe-lengthening was not an option for people born with short metatarsals, or those suffering from poor hammertoe surgery results, causing fibrotic tissue to break down and shrink the toe.  Now, a new implant provides a solution for those struggling with those podiatric ailments.

Dr. Sadrieh demonstrates the new technique, and describes the risks, benefits and healing time. 

• Watch Dr. Sadrieh perform a controversial toe-shortening procedure.

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