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October 2015 Archives

The risks of unprofessional cosmetic surgery

Cosmetic surgery has never been more popular for residents of Providence and elsewhere in the country. With average fees ranging from $371 for Botox injections to $6,550 for a facelift, plastic surgery is becoming more affordable for those in almost every income bracket. However, states the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, it is vital - and can save lives - only to choose physicians who are officially certified in cosmetic surgery procedures.

How might you avoid post-surgical infections and complications?

Undergoing a surgical procedure may be a cause of fear for many Rhode Island residents who understandably might worry about surgical mistakes. Doctor errors include events such as leaving a sponge inside a patient’s body during surgery, but this is not the only way to suffer from a hospital error. The risk of post-surgical infection is high with about one in every 20 patients receiving an infection in the hospital, as stated by Consumer Reports. Fortunately, there is much you can do to reduce this risk. The preventive steps you could take before and after your procedure might include the following:

Know how medication errors occur in nursing homes

Moving your loved one into a nursing home can be an experience fraught with concern, especially after hearing reports of abuse and neglect. At DeLuca & Weizenbaum, Ltd., we have seen firsthand how medication errors easily occur in adult care facilities and the devastating effects these mistakes can have on an entire family.

Fibromyalgia is a condition that is often difficult to diagnose

Fibromyalgia is a frustrating and painful condition for Rhode Island residents who have it, and they may suffer for years before an accurate diagnosis is made. A delayed diagnosis without proper treatment may lead to additional complications and unnecessary pain. The National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases estimates about 5 million people over age 18 in the United States currently suffer from fibromyalgia. This condition causes chronic, widespread pain and tenderness throughout the body, as well as additional symptoms.

What are the ways that general anesthesia can be dangerous?

When you're going in for surgery in Rhode Island, you are probably nervous enough without having to worry about having an adverse reaction to general anesthesia. The dangerous side effects of anesthesia are fortunately rare, but adverse events occur enough times to be a concern to patients and medical professionals alike.

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