Medical Edge: Bladder Surgery
Bladder cancer and its surgery can dramatically change a patient's life, making some usually normal activities almost impossible.
But now, a new solution could be on the horizon.
24-year-old Devi Chettiar has not let bladder cancer slow her down.
"It was probably the best thing and the worst thing that happened to me," says Devi.
The best, because Devi realized her strengths, but the worst because she had to endure major surgery during which doctors removed her entire bladder… Dr. Michael Blute and his team at Mayo Clinic first removed the bladder to make sure no cancer remained.
, by Axel Gumbel, 11/3/09
'Gummy bear' implants would offer more natural shape
DEAR MAYO CLINIC: I recently heard something in the news about "gummy bear" implants. How are they different from other breast implants? Have they been approved by the FDA (Food and Drug Administration), and if not, do you think they eventually will be?
The medical term for the breast implants you heard about is "cohesive silicone gel implants." They're often called "gummy bear implants" because their consistency and texture is similar to those of the candy bears. The biggest difference between these new implants and others is that the gummy bear implants can be formed into and maintain a natural breast shape. Gummy bear implants are still under investigation, but preliminary study results look promising. It appears these new breast implants will be available to the general public in the United States soon.
If you're interested in gummy bear breast implants, it's important to consult with a well-qualified surgeon who is board certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery and has training and experience in breast reconstruction or augmentation. -- Galen Perdikis, M.D., Plastic Surgery, Mayo Clinic, Jacksonville, Fla.
Supplemental Fiber Can Help With Chronic Constipation
DEAR MAYO CLINIC: I recently had a hernia operation and frequently find myself constipated. My physician recommended taking a powdered fiber supplement. Are there any long-term side effects from taking this type of product? If so, how long can I continue to take it safely?
ANSWER: Constipation is a common problem. Doctors often recommend fiber supplements, also called bulk laxatives, for people with chronic constipation. In general, these powdered fiber supplements are gentle on your body and are safe to use long term…
Although there's no evidence of long-term side effects from taking fiber supplements, if constipation lasts, seek help. It can take some time for constipation to respond to treatment. But, if taking a fiber supplement, along with other diet and lifestyle changes, doesn't reduce constipation, talk to your doctor about additional treatment options. -- Adil Bharucha, M.B.B.S., M.D., Gastroenterology, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minn.
Hartford Courant, 11/5/09