The Doctors’ Medical Center

It’s The Doctors’ Medical Center, where guest specialists provide consultations and treatment options to patients with various health ailments.

Emergency Room Merit?
When do particular body pains warrant a trip to the emergency room? E.R. physician Dr. Travis Stork is joined by three top specialists to address viewer questions on the subject.

Tooth Sensitivity
Dr. Karent Sierra, DDS explains when tooth sensitivity and other oral health conditions may require a trip to the E.R. instead of the dentist.

Testicle Pain
Urologist and sexual health expert Dr. Jennifer Berman explains why pain in the testicles could mean a medical emergency.
• Learn more about testicular torsion.

Severe Sunburn
Avoid a trip to the E.R. for extreme sunburn with proper protection. Board-certified dermatologist Dr. Will Kirby provides tips for preventing and treating a blistering sunburn.

Options for Adults with Baby Teeth

Believe it or not, many adults still have baby teeth in their mouth, due to permanent teeth never developing. The cause is usually hereditary and can sometimes lead to uneven, crooked teeth. Dr. Sierra explains dental procedures that can help enhance their smile.

Surgical Solution for Hammertoe
* The following content contains images of an actual surgical procedure that may be graphic and disturbing. Viewer discretion is advised.

Hammertoes get their name from the hammer-like appearance of the toe as it contracts at an unnatural angle. A hammertoe occurs when an imbalance of muscles and ligaments around the toe joint forces the middle joint to bend and become stuck in this position.

There are two types of hammertoes: Flexible and rigid. A flexible hammertoe is a milder form of the condition, where the toe can still be moved at the joint. If left untreated, the condition can exacerbate over time and reach the rigid stage, whereby chronic pain and stiffness of the affected metatarsal(s) can only be treated surgically.

Women are more prone to developing hammertoes, as a result of frequently wearing high-heeled or wedged shoes. Footwear that forces the feet into a slanted position increases pressure on toes, and if a toe stays in a bent position too regularly or too long, the surrounding muscles can tighten and the tendons can shorten. Due to friction created from contracted toes rubbing against the inside of shoes, another common complaint podiatrists hear about hammertoes are the development of calluses and corns.

Hammertoe Procedure
Podiatrist Dr. Ali Sadrieh performs an outpatient procedure to correct a callused hammertoe.

Hammertoe Prevention
Dr. Sadrieh gives tips to prevent a hammertoe from developing.
• How high heels can cause foot problems.

Adrianne Curry's Skin Concern

You've heard the phrase, “beauty is only skin deep," but in the world of professional modeling, a skin blemish can significantly affect a career. So, when Adrianne Curry, the season 1 winner of America’s Next Top Model, noticed a strange rash developing on her face, she didn’t hesitate to have it examined by a dermatologist.

After meeting with Dr. Kirby, the cause of Adrianne's rash was determined, and she was prescribed a topical cream to clear her complexion. Find out the surprising source of Adrianne’s mystery rash, and see on how she is doing today.

More Tips and Treatments from Specialists

Laser Tattoo Removal
Do you regret getting a tattoo? See how laser technology is used to dissipate ink and effectively remove a tattoo over a series of treatments.

UTI vs. Kidney Stones
Dr. Berman explains the symptoms of urinary tract infections and kidney stones, both of which can cause debilitating pain. Plus, learn prevention tips to reduce your chance of developing either condition.

Capsule Endoscopy
Endoscopic technology can save lives, diagnosing gastrointestinal disorders and determining proper treatments. Traditional endoscopies and colonoscopies, however, only enable doctors to see the esophagus, stomach and colon, leaving approximately 20 feet of unexamined small intestine. Gastroenterologist Dr. Su Sachar explains how a capsule endoscopy allows doctors to take a visual tour of the entire GI tract, without sedation or more invasive endoscopic procedures.

The Whole Picture
Equipped with a small digital camera and flash function, the swallowed capsule takes two wirelessly transmitted pictures every second as it moves through a patient’s intestines.

Benefits of Capsule Endoscopy
See the capsule endoscopy in action, as it helps diagnose a rare gastrointestinal condition.

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