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Congratulations to Emory’s 2016 Atlanta Top Doctors
Jun 23, 2016 By Emory Healthcare

Top Doctors 2016As our Emory Healthcare family continues to grow, so too does our ability to provide Atlanta and Georgia residents access to more Top Doctors. Atlanta magazine’s 2016 July issue features the annual listing of Top Doctors in the metro Atlanta area. We are proud to announce that of all the health systems represented in the list, Emory physicians make up the majority – 51% to be exact. These physicians include those who practice at one of our six hospitals and 200 provider locations as well as those who hold faculty positions at the Emory University School of Medicine. We honor, celebrate and thank all of our physicians—and the care teams that support them—for providing outstanding care to our patients and families, and for truly making patient- and family-centered care their priority each and every day. Congratulations to you all! And with our continuing expanded footprint, communities all over Atlanta and throughout Georgia have access to even more Emory Top Doctors. Big or small, major or minor, if you have a reason to seek medical care you there is an Emory Healthcare facility and an Emory Healthcare Network physician close to home.

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Orthopedics, Spine & Sports Medicine
Is Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery Right for You?
Jun 23, 2016 By Keith W. Michael, MD

Minimally invasive spine surgery can treat back and neck pain with a smaller incision, faster recovery and less pain. When nonsurgical spine treatments don’t relieve your spine and neck pain, spine surgery may be your best option. Thanks to new technology and advanced imaging techniques, minimally invasive spine surgery is now an option for some.

Benefits of Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery

In traditional spine surgery, your surgeon makes a 5- to 7-inch incision and moves muscle to get to your spine. This invasive approach puts you at greater risk for infection, muscle damage, scarring and pain. You can also expect a long recovery. Minimally invasive spine surgery is a game-changer. Its benefits include:
  • Smaller incision
  • Less injury to muscles around the spine
  • Less bleeding
  • Less pain
  • Shorter hospital stay (an average two to three days)
  • Faster recovery

Am I a Candidate for Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery?

Minimally invasive spine surgery is typically used when doctors can pinpoint the damaged area of the spine, such as with a herniated disc or lumbar stenosis. This procedure may be right for you if you have a condition like this.

How Does Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery Work?

Your surgeon makes a 1-to 2-inch incision (ideally the length of a small [...]

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Create a Personal Fundraising Page
Jun 22, 2016 By Emory Healthcare

Personal Giving Page ImageYour support is vital to everything that we do here at Emory. That’s why Emory Healthcare is excited to announce the inception of Personal Giving Pages. Personal Giving Pages are a fun and easy way to support Emory’s groundbreaking research, patient care, and professional education. With just a few clicks, you’ll be able to create your own Personal Giving Page. After you’ve created your page, you’ll be able to invite family and friends to join you in supporting Emory Healthcare. We’ve already created special fundraising messages for birthdays, in honor or memorial of someone special, holidays, or any day that may be important to you. Personal Giving Pages are a great way to both promote good health and help others get involved in the effort to put an end to serious diseases. These pages are a fun and easy way to do just that. With your support and the support of others like you, there’s no telling what we’ll be able to accomplish. We’re so proud to have the opportunity to serve you and our community. If you’d like to know more about how to create your own Personal Giving Page, please click here. cta-learn-blue [...]

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Heart & Vascular
Takeaways: Varicose Vein Live Chat
Jun 20, 2016 By Emory Healthcare

vv-chat-emailOn Tuesday, June 14 many joined vascular surgeon, Dr. Mark Rheudasil as he discussed varicose vein pain prevention, non-surgical vs. surgical treatment options, differences between varicose and spider veins, and more. During this interactive web chat, participants were able to ask questions and get real-time answers from our Emory Healthcare professional. Thanks to such a great turnout, we were able to answer quite a few questions that were submitted both prior to and during the chat. Below are some highlights from the live chat. View the full chat transcript here. Question: Can you give a quick explanation of varicose veins? What causes them and what can I do if I am not wanting to have surgery? Dr. Rheudasil: Most large varicose veins are caused by incompetent valves in the veins of the legs. Treatment though now rarely requires surgery. Most veins are treated with minor procedures done in the office. Question: What are the possible treatments for varicose veins? Dr. Rheudasil: Good question! The way you treat varicose veins is to get rid of them, and that can involve closing them with solutions that we inject into the vein or with heat or on occasion [...]

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Cosmetic Medicine
How Do I Choose a Plastic Surgeon?
Jun 17, 2016 By Felmont Eaves, III, MD, FACS

Choosing the right plastic surgeon is the most crucial step in getting the results you want. Do you know who’s trained to do your surgery?You may be surprised to learn that any doctor with a medical license can legally perform cosmetic (aesthetic) surgery. They aren’t legally required to have any specialized training in that area. So, if you’re considering cosmetic surgery, you need to do your homework to find the plastic surgeon who’s best qualified to perform your procedure. It only makes sense to choose someone who’s highly trained and experienced. But how can you know who’s the best doctor for the job?

Who’s Trained in Cosmetic Surgery?

The specialists listed below are trained in cosmetic surgery. It’s a good idea to get familiar with what specific procedures each specialist is trained to perform. Medical specialists who receive cosmetic surgery training include:
  • Dermatologic surgeons – trained for surgery of the skin
  • Ophthalmologists/oculoplastic surgeons – trained for surgery around the eyes
  • Otolaryngologists/facial plastic surgeons – trained for surgery on the face and neck
  • Plastic surgeons – trained for surgery in all areas of the face and body

What Type of Certification Should I Look for in a Plastic Surgeon?

Surgeons trained in the United States receive [...]

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Orthopedics, Spine & Sports Medicine
What To Expect Before and After Spine Surgery
Jun 16, 2016 By John Rhee, MD

Anxious about spine surgery? Here’s the scoop on what to expect before and after spine surgery.Does your doctor’s spine surgery recommendation have you feeling anxious? Emory's spine surgeons want you to know what you can expect before and after surgery.

What to Expect Before Spine Surgery

Before surgery, your doctor will talk to you about the risks and benefits of spine surgery, the likelihood of success and what you need to do to prepare for surgery . This discussion is very important to balance the daily impact of your symptoms with the likelihood of improvement or worsening and the risk of complications. Specifically, it’s important to understand the likelihood of improvement of back (or neck) pain versus leg (or arm) pain as the expectation may be different for each. You will have pre-admission testing, which typically includes:
  • Blood screening
  • Meeting with the anesthesiologist (the doctor who helps keep you safe and pain-free during surgery)
  • Physical exam rechecking your neurologic function (strength, sensation)
  • EKG (electrocardiogram) and/or a chest X-ray, if needed
Your surgeon's office will call you a few days before surgery to tell you about your exact scheduled surgery time and what time you need to arrive on the day of [...]

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Jun 13, 2016 By admin

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Transplant
Hidden Gems: Emory Transplant Faculty & Staff Spotlight
Jun 10, 2016 By Emory Transplant Center

Emory Transplant Center would like to showcase our hidden gems – the faculty and staff that have made an impact in the field of transplantation. Rachel Patzer, PhD, MPH, is an epidemiologist researcher in Emory's Division of Transplantation and the Emory Transplant Center. Her research focus has been on health disparities and access to solid organ transplant. She is currently the principal investigator of a major National Institutes of Minority Health and Health Disparities study, RaDIANT (Reducing Disparities in Access to Kidney Transplantation) Community Study in Georgia that we featured in a previous blog post. Rachel’s work in transplantation is her passion. She has had family members that have been touched by transplant, and understands the power of organ donation and how it can save a life. “I think I want my legacy to be just that I made some difference in peoples lives,” says Dr. Patzer. “The patients who are willing to donate a kidney to help save a life are truly amazing individuals – I think it is so inspirational.” Watch this video to hear from Rachel and how working in the field transplantation affects her. [...]

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Brain Health Center
Alzheimer's Disease: Learn More and Join the Fight
Jun 10, 2016 By Emory Brain Health Center

June is Alzheimer's & Brain Awareness Month. Learn more about brain health and Alzheimer's disease from experts at Emory Brain Health Center.The Fight Against Alzheimer's Disease

Alzheimer's disease doesn’t discriminate: We’re all at risk regardless of our education or income level. As we age, our risk of Alzheimer’s and other dementias grows. The Emory Brain Health Center team is working to help us better recognize, understand and fight this devastating disease. June is Alzheimer's & Brain Awareness Month. Find out more about the most common form of dementia, and how you can join the fight.

What is Alzheimer's Disease?

Alzheimer's disease is a fatal, degenerative brain disease and the most common form of dementia. It affects more than 47 million people around the globe. Alzheimer's disease leads to problems with:
  • Memory
  • Problem solving
  • Daily tasks
  • Speaking
  • Writing
  • Vision
  • Understanding time or place
  • Work
  • Socializing
  • Decision-making
  • Mood or personality

Can Anything Stop or Slow Alzheimer's Disease?

Right now, there is no prevention, cure or proven method to stop the progression of Alzheimer’s. However, certain medicines can improve or slow down symptoms temporarily. And, these lifestyle practices may delay its onset:
  • Regular exercise
  • Mental stimulation A
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Orthopedics, Spine & Sports Medicine
Emory University Orthopedics and Spine Hospital Applies for Magnet Designation
Jun 10, 2016 By Emory Healthcare

euosh-300x213Emory University Orthopedics and Spine Hospital has applied to the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) for the prestigious designation of Magnet. The Magnet designation recognizes excellence in nursing services. You can learn more about our application to the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) for the prestigious designation of Magnet by viewing the Public Notice of Application. [...]

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