Video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery (VATS) is a type of surgery for diagnosing and treating a variety of conditions involving the chest area (thorax). It uses a special video camera called a thoracoscope. It is a type of minimally invasive surgery. That means it uses smaller cuts (incisions) than traditional open surgery. One common reason to do VATS is to remove part of a lung because of cancer.
If a person has severe hearing loss, a cochlear implant may help. A cochlear implant is different from a hearing aid. A hearing aid makes sounds louder and helps someone who has some hearing loss. But a cochlear implant can help a person with very little or no hearing (partial or complete deafness).
Eardrums are thin pieces of tissue deep in your child's ears. The space behind the eardrum is called the middle ear. It is connected to the back of the nose by a tube. This tube is called the eustachian tube. It allows air to fill this space and fluid to drain from the middle ear.
Chlorhexidine gluconate (CHG) is a cleaning product that kills germs. Daily baths with CHG reduce the spread of infections in hospitals. CHG baths are especially helpful in intensive care units (ICUs).
A bedside swallow exam is a test to see if you might have dysphagia. When you have dysphagia, you have trouble swallowing. Dysphagia can sometimes lead to serious problems.
A fiberoptic evaluation of swallowing (FEES) test is a procedure used to assess how well you swallow. During the procedure, a speech-language pathologist (SLP) passes a thin, flexible instrument through your nose. Then the SLP views parts of your throat as you swallow.
Laser photocoagulation is a type of laser surgery used to treat age-related macular degeneration (AMD). AMD is a condition that can lead to loss of vision.
Photodynamic therapy uses lasers and a special medicine that works when exposed to a type of light. It is done to treat age-related macular degeneration (AMD).
Larynx-closure exercises can help you swallow better. With practice, they may help strengthen the muscles of your larynx.
Tongue-strengthening exercises can help improve your swallowing. With practice, these exercises may help you increase your tongue strength and mobility. This may improve your ability to swallow, especially when used with other types of swallowing exercises.
Larynx-lifting exercises help you increase the strength and mobility of the muscles of your larynx (voice box) over time. This may help the ability to swallow
A belt lipectomy is a type of surgery. It’s done to remove the loose skin and fat around your waist or “belt line.” This is also called an abdominal lipectomy, tummy tuck, and panniculectomy. You may have this surgery after you lose a great deal of weight. This is often done after weight-loss surgery.