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Penn Medicine is world-renowned for its clinical and research excellence, forging the way for new and better ways to treat illnesses and disorders.  We are dedicated to providing high-quality and leading-edge care and service to our patients and have been a leader in medicine for more than 240 years. Our hospitals have an exceptional record of medical accomplishments and we provide patients with advanced treatment options in many areas including our cancer centers, offering proton therapy, Gamma Knife® and CyberKnife®, and our heart and vascular care program.

Penn Medicine’s three hospitals, the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, Penn Presbyterian Medical Center and Pennsylvania Hospital, rank among the nation’s premier medical facilities, combining innovative technology with personalized care from outstanding physicians and staff.  We also have many state-of-the-art outpatient facilities in suburban locations throughout the Greater Philadelphia area to accommodate patients’ needs.

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    How much does fertility decline as a woman gets older?

    Female fertility declines after age 35. You may conceive easily, or it may be difficult. Unfortunately it is not easy to predict. Read More
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    When can I go back to my normal activities after heart surgery?

    The sternum, or breastbone, may have been cut during surgery and will take up to 12 weeks or more to heal. You must carefully follow all instructions as prescribed by your care team. A physical therapist will give you exercises that will help alleviate stiffness due to inactivity.
     
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    What happens after a sentinel lymph node biopsy?

    You will have a small scar under your arm. Initially there will be some swelling and discomfort. You may be discharged on the same day. Following surgery, you will be in the recovery room until your discharge. You will need to be picked up by a responsible adult at the time of discharge. Please inform...Read More
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    How can I care for myself at home after a lung transplant?

    Some basic guidelines include:
    • People should take their temperature every morning before breakfast and every evening before dinner. Temperatures 100 degrees or above require a call to the medical team.
    • People should weigh themselves every morning before getting dressed or eating breakfast. Weight
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    What is Zegerid?

    Zegerid is a prescription omeprazole and sodium bicarbonate medication. It is used to treat ulcers, gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) and erosive esophagitis. Omeprazole is in a class of medications called proton pump inhibitors. It works by decreasing the amount of acid made in the stomach....Read More
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    What is a collapsed lung?

    A pneumothorax, or collapsed lung, is the collection of air in the space around the lungs. It may be caused by chest trauma, rib fracture, certain medical procedures, select lung conditions and, in some cases, there may be no direct cause. Additionally, some activities such as scuba diving, smoking,...Read More
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    What is a bowel obstruction?

    An intestinal obstruction (also called a bowel obstruction) occurs when food or stool cannot move through the intestines. The obstruction can be complete or partial. A complete obstruction is a medical emergency. There are many causes, and the symptoms can be severe.
     
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    How much pain will I have after heart surgery?

    Each person feels pain in a different way. Your pain can be physical, spiritual or emotional. All pain is real, and only you can tell your healthcare team how you feel.

    It is normal to experience pain after surgery, and your care team can help you choose the best treatment. Please notify your care...Read More
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    How common is gastrointestinal (GI) or stomach cancer?

    Stomach cancer is relatively uncommon in the United States, and its rate of incidence has declined over the past decades. Experts believe this decline may be due, in part, to the reduced intake of salted, cured and smoked foods. Read More
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    How can I prevent atrial fibrillation?

    For some people, atrial fibrillation (AFib) is not preventable. However, adopting a balanced, healthy lifestyle will often reduce the risk of developing a heart condition such as AFib.

    There are recommended steps for achieving a healthy lifestyle and lowering your risk for heart disease and atrial...Read More
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    What is hormone therapy for prostate cancer?

    Both normal prostate tissue and prostate cancers depend on male sex hormones, called androgens, to grow. Testosterone is an androgen that is very important to the prostate gland. Men make androgens in their testicles. One of the ways to treat prostate cancer is through hormonal therapy, which removes...Read More
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    Why should cancer survivors think about late side effects of treatment?

    After going through cancer and enduring the treatments, many survivors are reluctant to continue to receive follow-up care, often because they are scared about finding additional health problems. They may even feel that they have experienced enough illness and don’t want to see doctors anymore -...Read More
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    How can I boost my fiber intake?

    Increasing your dietary fiber intake can result in lower cholesterol levels. Aim for 25-30 grams of fiber per day. Eat beans (kidney, lentils, black beans, chickpeas), whole-grain cereals, oatmeal, quinoa, fruits (pears, raspberries, blackberries, apples) and vegetables. Aim for five servings of...Read More
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    Why is a coronary artery bypass performed?

    Sometimes bypass surgery can improve blood flow to the heart when a fatty blockage or clot in a coronary artery is about to cause damage to a large section of the heart. Although more blood flow doesn't help areas of old damage (scar), bypass surgery can help prevent new damage when there is severe...Read More
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    What are possible advantages to proton therapy for cancer?

    There are several possible advantages to proton therapy used to treat cancer, including:
    • same tumor killing properties as X-rays
    • decreased dose to normal tissues
    • decreased side effects and complications
    • treating tumors close to critical organs, like the spinal cord
    • increasing the safe dose
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