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Keyhole Surgery [electronic resource]: Laparoscopic and Arthroscopic Techniques

This program takes viewers into the fascinating world of laparoscopic and arthroscopic surgery. Looking over the shoulders of several pioneering doctors, we see how once-major operations are being replaced with simpler, less painful procedures. Several "minimally invasive" surgeries are shown, including knee cartilage repair, gallstone removal, balloon angioplasty, and others.
2008; 1989

Anesthesia [electronic resource]: Clinical Introduction

This program explains how anesthetics modulate and inhibit the conduction of neural stimuli. After contrasting sleep with unconsciousness, the structure of the nervous system and the transfer and suppression of electrochemical signals are addressed. The particulars of how anesthesia functions are then discussed, with a focus on the properties of volatile anesthetics, sedative hypnotics, analgesics, muscle relaxants, and opioids; their effects on the brain and other organs; and methods of administering. Specific agents include ketamine, midazolam, propofol, etomidate, halothane, desflurane, fentanyl, lidocaine, and nitrous oxide.
2005; 1999

Otolaryngology and Refractive Surgery [electronic resource]: Breakthroughs and Treatments

In segment one of this program, Dr. Charles Myer, of the Children's Hospital Medical Center in Cincinnati, addresses alternatives to traditional antibiotic therapy for otitis media and airway reconstruction surgery for children with serious voice and breathing difficulties. In segment two, photorefractive keratectomy and laser-assisted in-situ keratomileusis are discussed by pioneering surgeon Marguerite McDonald and experts from the Casey Eye Institute and the International Society of Refractive Surgery. Cochlear implants and customized laser ablation are also considered.
2006; 1999

Cataracts [electronic resource]: Surgical Solutions

Over time the synergy of technology and skillful surgeons has made cataracts all but disappear-so much so that Dr. Richard Mackool, director of the Mackool Eye Institute and Laser Center at the New York Eye and Ear Infirmary in New York City, says cataract surgery is "the most successful operation in the history of mankind." Along with Mackool, Dr. Kerry Solomon, director of the Magill Laser Center at the Medical University of South Carolina's Storm Eye Institute, assesses the risks associated with the procedure, examines the lens replacement options, and gives his thoughts on the future of lens and eye development.
2006; 2003

The Medical Imaging Revolution [electronic resource]

With advances in genetics and pharmacology capturing much of the public's attention, it's easy to overlook another rapidly evolving area of health science: medical imaging. This program fully explores that topic, spotlighting technologies which enable doctors to visually render the body's interior at an astonishing level of detail. New possibilities for surgical precision are also featured. Filmed at French facilities on the leading edge of the global wave of medical imaging innovation, the video illustrates the benefits of MRI and PET scan technology in diagnosing trauma-related injuries, breast cancer, prenatal and infant health problems, and potential heart attacks. Endoscopic procedures for detecting intestinal and colon cancers, including an orally administered video capsule, ar [...]
2010; 2005

TEDTalks [electronic resource]: Daniel Kraft - a Better Way to Harvest Bone Marrow

In this TEDTalk Dr. Daniel Kraft demonstrates his Marrow Miner, a minimally-invasive device he invented that quickly harvests life-saving bone marrow with significantly less discomfort to the donor than traditional methods. Discussing the Miner's current and potential applications, Kraft explains that the adult stem cells found in bone marrow can be used to treat many terminal conditions, including Parkinson's and heart disease. Kraft chairs the FutureMed program at Singularity University and also founded IntelliMedicine, which focuses on connected, data-driven personalized medicine.

Robot Surgeons [electronic resource]: SuperDoctors

In this episode, Professor Robert Winston looks at the new, cutting-edge surgical robots in use today. He questions how useful they are. We see a tiny baby undergoing a robotic operation and find out it could just as easily have the operation without the robot. We also see one of the earliest brain tumor operations. Space technology has made the extraordinary Canadian neuroArm robot possible, enabling the surgeon to see exactly what is going on inside the patient's brain without having to open the skull. Professor Winston begins his journey as a very cynical observer, but he has an open mind and is willing to be convinced.

After Your Child's Ear Tube Surgery [electronic resource]

So your child's had ear tube surgery. What do you need to know when going home? I'm Dr. Alan Greene. I'd like to discuss with you some tips for right after ear tube surgery. First of all, what can you expect after the surgery? Usually because there had been fluid in the ear, hearing will improve right away. In fact, maybe so much so their ears are little sensitive for the first day. There may also be a low grade temperature for a couple of days, and it's not unusual at all to have some discharge out of the tubes for two or three days. What kind of care does your child need? Often your doctor will prescribe some pain medications that you want to be sure and give regularly. When should you call your doctor back? You'll want to call your doctor if there are signs of an infection develop [...]

After Your Child's Inguinal Hernia Repair [electronic resource]

So what do you need to know after your child has had an inguinal hernia repaired? I'm Dr. Alan Greene with some tips for once you go home after inguinal hernia repair.

After Your Child's Umbilical Hernia Repair [electronic resource]

So what do you do after your child's had an umbilical hernia repaired? I'm Dr. Alan Greene with some tips for home care after that operation.

Ear Tube Insertion [electronic resource]

Ear tube insertion involves placing tubes through the eardrums. The eardrum is the thin layer of tissue that separates the outer and middle ear.

Prepare for Your Child's Ear Tube Surgery [electronic resource]

When your child's having surgery, it's a big deal to parents. I'm Dr. Alan Greene, and I want to talk with you for a moment about how to prepare your child for ear tube surgery.

Adenoid Removal [electronic resource]

Adenoid removal is surgery to take out the adenoid glands. The adenoid glands sit behind your nose above the roof of your mouth. Air passes over these glands when you take a breath. The adenoids are often taken out at the same time as your tonsils. Adenoid removal is also called adenoidectomy. The procedure is most often done in children.

Appendicitis [electronic resource]

Appendicitis is swelling (inflammation) of the appendix. The appendix is a small pouch attached to the beginning of your large intestine. Appendicitis is one of the most common causes of emergency abdominal surgery in the United States. It usually occurs when the appendix becomes blocked by feces, a foreign object, or rarely, a tumor.

Before a Child's Tonsil or Adenoid Surgery [electronic resource]

When your child is having surgery it feels like a big deal. I know that as a dad. But I'm also a pediatrician. I'm Dr. Alan Greene, and I want to talk to you about how to prepare for tonsillectomy and adenoidectomy.

Dealing With Degenerative Disk Disease [electronic resource]

Degenerative disk disease is not really a disease at all, but the result of aging, injury, or physical activity. Nonetheless, the condition can be both painful and debilitating, and by late middle age, most people exhibit some degree of spinal disk deterioration. This program profiles two patients with lumbar DDD-one an office worker, the other a firefighter-who get relief through two entirely different courses of treatment. The first opts to address the symptoms with physical therapy and a form of acupuncture called intramuscular stimulation, while the second decides to eliminate the root cause of the discomfort with disk replacement surgery. The importance of early diagnosis is emphasized.
2009; 2008

Surgical Weight Loss [electronic resource]

After repeated failed attempts at weight reduction through diet and exercise, surgery may be the most effective treatment for obese and morbidly obese individuals. By following the course of several men and women who undergo gastric reduction procedures, this program presents the complete process of surgical weight loss, from clinical assessment to post-operative follow-ups. Along with the case studies, doctors and surgeons discuss the physiological and social causes of obesity, criteria for surgery, and the two main techniques: gastric bypass and adjustable gastric band.
2009; 2008

Esophageal Cancer [electronic resource]

In the past, esophageal cancer was linked to heavy smoking and drinking, but recent research points to a new culprit: acid reflux. This program examines the causes, diagnosis, and treatment of esophageal cancer. Case studies and commentary from leading medical experts in the field elucidate the causal chain between age; obesity; gastroesophageal reflux disease, or GERD; and Barrett's esophagus, a precursor to esophageal cancer. Gastroenterologists also discuss how long-term use of over-the-counter and prescription antacids can mask important warning signs of this disease.
2009; 2007

Sinusitis [electronic resource]

Although sinusitis affects some 30 million Americans each year, its frequent appearance alongside the common cold can make for a difficult diagnosis. This program illustrates the causes of sinusitis, assesses various treatments for it, and highlights two sinusitis case studies. Viewers discover how pollution, allergies, and dehydration are all linked to the ailment and how it presents as an infection blocking the sinus passages. Also discussed are the differences between acute, subacute, and chronic sinusitis, as well as the treatment options now available, including saline and steroid sprays, antibiotics, and endoscopic surgery. Expert commentary comes from Dr. Thomas Troost of the Washington ENT Group; Dr. Suzette Mikula of Georgetown University Hospital; and Dr. Harvey Plasse, coa [...]
2009; 2007

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome [electronic resource]

Sometimes, the normal aches and pains of the aging process can indicate a more serious underlying medical condition. This program focuses on the causes, symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment of one such condition: carpal tunnel syndrome. Host Dr. Kevin Soden discusses how CTS arises and its diagnosis with hand surgeon Ken Means, while physical therapist Steve Moxie explains the various treatment options for patients diagnosed with the disorder. The patient's point of view is provided through two senior citizens who underwent laparoscopic surgery to ease the chronic hand pain caused by the syndrome. Although serious at any age, CTS is highly treatable.
2009; 2007