Fathalla M. Mashali, MD
Location and Office HoursNew England Pain Associates
6 Blackstone Valley Pl Bldg 5 Ste 510
Lincoln, RI 02865
- BlueCross BlueShield
- BlueCross BlueShield of Rhode Island
- Neighborhood Health Plan
- Tufts Health Plan
- United Healthcare
- Landmark Medical Center
- Rehabilitation Hospital of Rhode Island
How should I care for a surgical incision?
Stuart Linder, MD, Plastic/reconstructive Surgery, answeredIn my surgical practice, I have our patients keep the incision site dry for several days. The incisions are closed in multiple layers and adhesive tape (steri-strips) are placed on the the suture site. Dry dressing are next placed. After sutures are removed depending on facial or body area, the incision site can be cleaned in the shower. Should an open wound develop, hydrogen peroxide and antibiotic ointment may be useful.
Will I need a drain after my adrenal surgery?
Patients rarely require drains after adrenal surgery; however, if the surgeon thinks it is necessary, an abdominal drain will be placed. Drains are more often required after open adrenalectomy than after laparoscopic adrenalectomy. Drains are relatively easy to take care of, and the output is recorded on a daily basis. Once the output decreases to a certain level, the drain will be removed. Removal of the drain is not particularly painful. It is more of a strange sensation. In general, the drain will be removed several days after surgery.
For more information go the endocrinediseases.org: Adrenal Glands: How is adrenal surgery performed?
Why is percutaneous nucleoplasty performed for lower back pain?
Mehmet Oz, MD, Cardiology, answeredPercutaneous nucleoplasty removes part of the nucleus pulposus from a ruptured disk, to decrease pressure on a spinal nerve root causing persistent lower back pain. Watch the video for more information on this procedure.
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