Fathalla M. Mashali, MD
Location and Office HoursNew England Pain Associates
6 Blackstone Valley
Lincoln, RI 02865
- BC/BS of Rhode Island
- CIGNA HealthCare
- Neighborhood Health Plan
- United Healthcare
- Landmark Medical Center
- Rehabilitation Hospital of Rhode Island
How is endoscopy used in foot surgery?
Christopher Chiodo, MD, Orthopedic Surgery, answeredEndoscopy is a procedure that uses a lighted scope called an endoscope to show the inside of a body cavity. In foot surgery, it is most often used for an operation to release the plantar fascia in treating plantar fasciitis. It may also be used to treat Morton's neuroma.
What is an adenoidectomy?
Johns Hopkins Medicine answered
An adenoidectomy is the removal of the adenoid (lymphatic tissue found behind the nose). The adenoids are removed to treat nasal obstruction and sinus and nasal infections in young children. They can also be removed as part of treatment for middle ear problems. The tonsils and adenoids are sometimes removed together as treatment for sleep apnea.
What research is being done to reduce the risks of anesthetic drugs?
Observations of the short- and long-term effects of anesthetics on subsets of the population, such as the elderly or cancer survivors, will reveal whether certain anesthetics are better than others for members of those groups. Research on how a person’s genetic makeup influences the way he or she responds to anesthetics will enable doctors to further tailor anesthesia to individuals.
Research will yield a better understanding of why surgery sometimes triggers life-threatening postoperative events such as heart attack, kidney failure and respiratory distress. This may allow anesthesiologists to preempt and better respond to these dangerous conditions.
Scientists will gain a better understanding of the mechanisms that underlie pain and consciousness from knowledge of how anesthetics affect these physiological states. This could lead to new ways to alleviate pain and to new treatments for conditions associated with a decrease or loss of consciousness, such as epilepsy and coma. Studies of the mechanisms of anesthesia may also provide insights into the nature of consciousness itself.
National Institute of General Medical Sciences, by permission.
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