Sniffling, sneezing, coughing – everyone’s experienced the aggravating symptoms of the common cold. But what if they never went away? Del has suffered from chronic sinus pain and infections for years, and is looking for a long-term fix. “When people say, ‘Oh, I have the worst cold. I’m so congested,’ I just think, That’s what I’m like every day of my life,” Del says.
Del visits board-certified ear, nose and throat specialist Dr. Drew Ordon for a solution to his sinus problems. Dr. Ordon finds that Del has a deviated septum, acute sinusitis and fractured nasal bones, and performs an elaborate procedure that combines rhinoplasty and sinus surgery to fix his chronic condition.
Del joins The Doctors to reveal the results of his extensive surgery, and Dr. Ordon explains how the procedure is performed.
Del says he can now breathe clearly through his nasal passages. “That's never happened in my entire life," he says. "It’s a miracle, really."
Acid Reflux Pain
One out of three adults suffers from acid reflux symptoms -- a burning sensation in the chest and throat caused by stomach acid rising into the esophagus. Prescription and over-the-counter medications, along with avoiding acidic foods, can help, but for many people, the condition is chronic and more extreme measures need to be taken. Acid reflux is not limited to adults, however, as it can also can affect children, even infants.
"With kids, if they can't really verbalize what's going on, it can be pretty confusing," pediatrician Dr. Jim Sears says. "If you're laying down, suddenly you've got a mouthful of acid [when] you're trying to sleep, and that can be a real problem. It can even get over into your vocal cords and cause hoarseness [and] chronic cough."
Injection to Avoid Surgery?
After experiencing chronic knee pain, five years ago, Barbee, 54, underwent surgery for a tear in her meniscus. During the procedure, doctors discovered she had an appreciable loss of cartilage, and her knee has never fully recovered.
“Going down stairs, bending my knee, I have to be careful,” Barbee says. “I want to feel young and vibrant again, and not feel like I'm 80."
Barbee undergoes the Regenexx™ procedure, in which stem cells are harvested from bone marrow and injected into the degenerated area. The stem cells rapidly restore joint strength and mobility by assisting the body to create new tissue growth.
Just three days after receiving the stem cell treatment, Barbee and orthopedic physician Dr. Ron Hansen join The Doctors to explain how the procedure is performed and show the results of Barbee’s injections.
“Most [patients] start to feel relief within a few days to a few weeks," Dr. Hansen explains. "All of the patients actually walk out of our office and, within three to four days, they're actively exercising to help the stem cells know what to become."
Actor, comedian, singer and host of America’s Got Talent, Nick Cannon, was recently hospitalized for what he called mild kidney failure. Dehydration and certain medications can often contribute to acute kidney failure. The Doctors discuss the function of the kidneys, warning signs that could signify kidney problems and if kidney failure should ever be considered “mild.”
“You don’t think about your kidneys during your daily life -- until something happens to them,” Dr. Travis says. “The kidneys’ job is to filter your blood. It filters out toxins [or even] too much water.
“But kidney failure is very common, [and] you can have kidney failure that responds very rapidly to things like IV fluid, if you’re severely dehydrated,” Dr. Travis continues. “[If] your kidneys aren’t getting enough blood flow, [then] they’re not getting enough oxygen. [But] the two main causes of kidney failure, over time, are diabetes and high blood pressure.”
Dr. Travis discusses the different causes and types of kidney failure, and explains the differences between a healthy and unhealthy kidney.
To help diagnose kidney problems, doctors perform a test to check the creatinine levels in your blood, and if that value is elevated, it indicates that the kidneys are not functioning properly.
Learn more about kidney dialysis and kidney transplants.
Should being pregnant be considered a disability? A University of Dayton law professor recently proposed expanding the Americans with Disabilities Act to include pregnancy. “Pregnancy, in and of itself, is not a disease, and it’s not a disability," Dr. Lisa says. "If anything, it is a super ability, a super power that we women have. [But] with that power comes a lot of responsibility, [and] one responsibility is being able to maintain a job, and that’s where things change.”
The Doctors debate the U.S. disability and discrimination acts and how they relate to expectant mothers.
Should pregnancy be considered a disability? Share your thoughts!
Pain-Free Age Eraser
The ULTRA Regenerating Facial is a non-surgical, needle-free procedure that combines ultrasonic microdermabrasion, LED light therapy and electric micro-current technology to lift and tone muscles in the face and neck. The 90-minute session improves facial tone and texture, hydrates the skin and stimulates cellular renewal.
“Obviously, it doesn’t take the place of something more invasive [like fillers, Botox or surgery]," Dr. Ordon explains. "But [it’s] good skin maintenance.”
In addition to fighting wrinkles, the LED therapy is effective in reducing acne by penetrating deep into the skin to kill bacteria. Aesthetician Dallas Port demonstrates how the ULTRA Regenerating Facial works!
Hemorrhoids are swollen and inflamed veins in the anus region. Hemorrhoids can develop either internally or externally, but external ones often cause the most pain. The engorged veins are essentially varicose veins and can be caused by genetics, constipation, straining during bowel movements, anal intercourse, pregnancy, obesity and/or sitting or standing for long periods of time.
“A hemorrhoid is a vein, and we all have them,” gastroenterologist Dr. Jorge Rodriguez explains. “It’s supposed to bring blood into the core of your body, so when something clots or irritates the vein, the blood starts accumulating [and] you can have a hemorrhoid the size of a grape. There's a blood clot in a hemorrhoid and that's why it hurts."
Dr. Rodriguez demonstrates how clotting, also know as thrombosis, occurs, and how hemorrhoids can become severely swollen. See how a simple, in-office procedure is performed to anesthetize the hemorrhoid and squeeze it out, similar to popping a pimple.
Other treatments for hemorrhoids include warm baths, over-the-counter creams, ointments and pads, hydration and even exercise. In more extreme cases, rubber band ligation is used to cut off the hemorrhoid’s blood supply.
Dr. Lisa adds, “Some women will actually experience hemorrhoids for the first time [during] pregnancy, because of the pressure [put on] those veins, because of the constipation that occurs with pregnancy, or afterwards, [due to] the medications we give that increase constipation.”
Hemorrhoid Prevention Tips:
• Eat high-fiber foods
• Avoid sitting on the toilet for extended periods of time
• Avoid straining too hard on the toilet
• Use laxatives or stool softeners, if constipated
• Drink plenty of water to stay hydrated