Injuries, Wound and Trauma
1 AnswerTissue expansion can help the body grow additional skin to cover a wound. Often used for breast reconstruction, a balloon expander gradually stretches the skin, and the extra tissue is used for the procedure. Tissue expansion requires patience, since it can take a couple of months for the new tissue to grow.
1 AnswerMicrosurgery can be used to repair nerves and blood vessels if you have a severe wound. Microsurgery involves using specialized tools with microscopes to operate on body parts as small as 1 mm. Microsurgery is commonly used during breast reconstruction surgery, such as deep inferior epigastric perforator (DIEP) flap or free-flap procedures. It can also be used to reattach a severed finger.
1 AnswerSevere wounds can cause pain, loss of function, have an unattractive appearance or all of the above. Fortunately, there are a number of plastic surgery techniques that can help.
- Skin grafts
- Tissue expansion
1 AnswerDavid Hanscom, MD, Spine Surgery, answeredPatients often wonder how soft tissue can be so painful. It’s because soft tissues are loaded with small and numerous pain fibers arranged in a kind of spider-web pattern. Irritated soft tissues give rise to some of the most painful conditions that afflict us, such as plantar fasciitis, tennis elbow, muscular tension headaches, chondromalacia of the kneecap, among others.
Even a heart attack is fundamentally a muscular pain: The heart muscle lacks oxygen and the soft tissue pain fibers around it are stimulated.
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We need to take precautions during the summer because we do things outdoors. I'm always trying to encourage my patients to be more active with family activities and exercise out of doors, but they need to be more careful. We have to watch out for lightening when it rains and we also have to hydrate well in hot weather. Among the best methods of hydration – there’s no better substitute than water obviously - occasionally drinks like Gatorade and other types of hydration to replace electrolytes help. With these, you have to be very careful because they might have a lot of calories. It’s important, whenever I take my boys to the park, to always carry plenty of water, soft drinks or other fluids.
The following steps should be taken when a child is exhibiting symptoms of heat exhaustion or stroke:
- Call 911 for immediate medical assistance.
- Get the child to a shady area, away from direct sunlight.
- Remove hot or wet clothing.
- Cool the child with wet towel, fan and/or ice packs under armpits, neck and groin.
- Monitor body temperature and continue cooling methods.
- Perform CPR if needed.
1 AnswerTo prevent your child from getting heat-related illness, make sure he or she drinks water or a sports drink before and during exercise, wears lightweight and light-colored clothing, applies sunscreen and gets adequate rest breaks in the shade. Parents should also schedule games during cooler times of the day, modify the activities according to weather conditions and make sure children are adequately acclimated to the change in temperature.
The symptoms of heat-related illness in children are:
- Heat cramps -- painful muscle cramps and spasms that occur in the legs, arms or abdomen
- Heat exhaustion -- elevated body temperature with rectal temperature below 104° F signs of dizziness, weakness, headache and nausea
- Heat stroke -- life-threatening emergency that requires immediate medical assistance. Rectal temperatures of more than 104° F, loss of balance, vomiting, confusion and fainting.
1 AnswerHealthwise answered
A person who is choking (has complete airway obstruction):
- Can't cry, talk, breathe, or cough.
- May grasp throat.
- May become severely anxious or agitated.
- May turn blue or dusky in color.
- May pass out.
A choking rescue procedure (the Heimlich maneuver) is used to clear an obstruction in adults and children older than 1 year. Back blows and chest thrusts are used in babies younger than 1 year.
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