Recent Posts

Brain Health Center
Inpatient Psychiatric Care
May 25, 2017 By admin

Inpatient Psychiatric CareFinding compassionate inpatient psychiatric care for mental and behavioral health conditions is every bit as important as finding a health provider for your physical health. Yet, because there’s a stigma surrounding mental health conditions, we often neglect ourselves the care we deserve. Even if you’ve never experienced symptoms personally, chances are you know someone who has. One in five adults in our country has dealt with mental illness, and one in 25 experiences a serious mental condition at some point in their life. These serious mental conditions sometimes require temporary hospitalization. At Emory University Hospital at Wesley Woods, we provide empathetic inpatient psychiatric care for mental and behavioral health conditions.

When is Inpatient Psychiatric Care Needed?

Inpatient psychiatric care may be needed if you or a loved one have:
  • Acute behavioral disorder, such as paranoia, delusions, hallucinations or schizophrenia
  • Co-occurring conditions, such as substance abuse
  • Mental illness that has temporarily worsened
  • Suicidal thoughts or the potential to harm others
A safe and supportive environment is essential. One where you or your loved [...]

Read More | (0)
Cosmetic Medicine
Tummy Tuck without Drains
May 24, 2017 By Felmont Eaves, III, MD, FACS

Tummy Tuck without Drains Tummy tucks (abdominoplasty) have increased in popularity over the past two decades. And, according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, more than 130,000 are performed yearly. Certainly, today’s emphasis on fitness plays a role. One of biggest procedural breakthroughs is the elimination of tummy tuck without drains. No-drain tummy tucks translate to a speedier — and easier — recovery.

What are drains?

Surgical drains are soft plastic tubes used to remove fluids that can build up after a surgical procedure. A section of the tube (drain) stays inside your body at the surgical site and comes out through a small incision. The fluids empty through the drain into a collection bulb. In traditional abdominoplasty, one or two drains are used and must stay in place anywhere from three days to two weeks or more. If you have drains after a tummy tuck, they require care — you’ll need to empty the bulb and record the amount of drainage.

What then instead of drains?

In some instances, drains may still be necessary. But, for many people, a newer technique called Progressive Tension Sutures (PTS) can be used instead. This technique is similar to standard [...]

Read More | (0)
Transplant
Organ Donation Awareness – 4 Your Life 5K
May 22, 2017 By Emory Transplant Center

Emory 5K for organ donation awareness

L–R: Dr. Wedd, Rachel P., Jennifer G.

Emory Transplant Center contributed to organ donation awareness on Sunday, April 23rd by participating in Donate Life of Georgia's 4th annual Run, 4 Your Life 5K at Piedmont Park. The morning started off cloudy with the threat of rain, but that didn’t prevent Emory's team of physicians, researchers, and nurses from participating in this important event. The rain held off as the over 250 registrants crossed the finish line to raise awareness of organ donation and celebrate those who have given the precious gift of life to another. The Emory Transplant team consisted of 15 employees who helped support the cause. They represented clinicians and staff from our liver transplant, kidney transplant, and lung transplant programs, as well as our team of clinical researchers.

Comradery, Awareness, and Passion

Rachel Patzer, Ph.D., MPH, a clinical researcher in Emory’s Division of Transplantation and the Emory Transplant Center, served as captain of the Emory Transplant team. She wanted to pull together a team to build comradery among the Transplant Center staff, as well as raise money for organ donation awareness efforts, something [...]

Read More | (0)
Orthopedics, Spine & Sports Medicine
The 4 Most Common Causes of Shoulder Pain
May 19, 2017 By Emory Orthopaedics & Spine Center

Causes of shoulder pain Whether you’re throwing a football, unloading the dishwasher or scratching your back, shoulder pain can compromise even the most basic daily activity. Here’s how to identify and treat the biggest instigators of shoulder pain, which include:

  • Arthritis
  • Fracture (broken bone)
  • Instability
  • Tendon inflammation and tears
The shoulder is made up of tendons, muscles and bones. Its main purpose is to position your hand for your everyday tasks and movements. Since the shoulder is such a mobile joint, it’s more prone to instability or impingement in its soft tissues. This can lead to acute (sudden) or chronic pain.

1. Arthritis

Arthritis is a frequent cause of shoulder pain. The most common form of arthritis in the shoulder is osteoarthritis, which is known as “wear and tear” arthritis and may crop up as you age. Many people respond to arthritis pain by reducing their shoulder movements, but this can backfire and cause tightness or stiffness in the soft tissues of the shoulder joint. It can also lead to significant pain when moving the shoulder. Osteoarthritis is often caused by chronic movements, inflammation of the joint lining from rheumatoid [...]

Read More | (0)
Cosmetic Medicine
Target Stubborn Fat with Liposuction
May 8, 2017 By Gabriele C. Miotto, MD, MEd

miotto-gabriele-caceres-liposuctionYou cleared out the bulky sweaters and brought in shorts and flip-flops with a smile. But did you hesitate before you put your favorite bikini back in the closet? The truth is you may be at a healthy weight — downright skinny even — and still have areas of localized fat that won’t go away no matter how hard you work out. Those stubborn fat deposits that don’t respond to diet and exercise are ideal target areas for treatment with liposuction.

What is liposuction?

Liposuction (also called lipoplasty or lipectomy) is a safe and proven procedure that allows your surgeon to permanently remove unwanted fat from your innermost layer of skin and sculpt a slimmer, curvier physique. During the procedure, your surgeon will insert a hollow instrument (cannula) through small incisions. With a controlled back-and-forth motion, the excess fat is dislodged and removed from your body. Different surgical techniques are available and use slightly different methods for removing the fat once it’s loosened. Your surgeon may use traditional vacuum-assisted, power-assisted or ultrasound-assisted liposuction. Only a surgeon can help you decide which technique is right for [...]

Read More | (0)
Orthopedics, Spine & Sports Medicine
Should You Use Heat or Ice to Treat an Injury?
May 8, 2017 By Emory Orthopaedics & Spine Center

Should You Use Heat or Ice to Treat an Injury?Whether you have arthritis pain, a sprained ankle or a pulled muscle, it’s important to know when to use—and when not to use—heat or ice to treat an injury. Heat and ice—also known as temperature therapy—are very effective complements to medication and self-care when treating an injury at home. While both therapies can reduce pain, inflammation, and swelling, they aren’t appropriate for every injury.

When to Use Cold Therapy

It’s best to use cold therapy for acute or sudden pain caused by a recent injury that’s sensitive, red or inflamed. Inflammation is a normal bodily response to an injury, but it can be quite painful. Here are some of the most common acute injuries that benefit from cold therapy:
  • Ankle sprain
  • Inflammatory arthritis flare-ups
  • Muscle or joint sprain
  • Red, hot or swollen body part
  • Sudden intense pain after exercise
A joint or muscle sprain damages the blood vessels in the injured part of the body, which causes swelling. Applying something cold—such as an ice pack wrapped in a towel—helps constrict those blood vessels, which can reduce bruising and swelling. Cold therapy is also beneficial for treating soreness or [...]

Read More | (0)
Brain Health Center
Adult Autism: Beyond the School Years
Apr 26, 2017 By Emory Brain Health Center

Adult Autism ImageMost people think of high school graduation as an exciting new beginning. But to parents of children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), it’s often a time of confusion, stress and flat-out fear. They must confront the reality and challenges of their kid’s adult autism. Depending on the state, educational supports and services received under the federal Individuals with Disabilities Education Act will disappear. Dr. Cubells, Director of Medical and Adult Services at Emory Autism Center, says “What now?” is one of the most common questions that he hears.

Loss of Supports with Adult Autism

In the U.S., federal laws such as the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) ensure that children with ASD (and other disabilities) receive school-based supports to help them succeed. Supports may include speech or occupational therapy, a personal aide in the classroom and other interventions. Unfortunately, once school ends, so do these added supports. Leaving the school system can be the beginning of an arduous journey as families try to navigate their way through the adult world. The loss of support and services for young adults with ASD leaving high school is [...]

Read More | (0)
Cosmetic Medicine
Types of Dermal Fillers – Benefits and Risks
Apr 21, 2017 By Dr. Anita Sethna

Dermal FillersThe world of facial injectable treatments can be overwhelming with all the options seen in print and TV ads. New injectable materials seem to come out almost weekly. Here is a run-down of the dermal fillers we most often use, where we use them, and some common side effects.

Hyaluronic Acid (HA)

The most frequently used dermal fillers are made of a material called hyaluronic acid (HA). Hyaluronic acid is a chemical structure found in our bodies — so most individuals tolerate the filler well, without side effects. The chemical structure of the molecule can be processed in different ways, giving us the ability to manipulate the thickness, the amount of volume and the longevity of the effects on your skin. This versatility is important because, depending on your particular area of concern, you may desire one benefit of the treatment over another. For example, you may desire additional volume and want the treatment to last a long time, but not need fine lines to be treated. On the other hand, you may desire smoker’s lines around the mouth to be improved, but not want a lot of volume or swelling in the mouth area. Hyaluronic acid fillers come packaged in a variety of [...]

Read More | (0)
Transplant
Organ Donation Hits Close to Home – A Thankful Mother’s Story
Apr 20, 2017 By Emory Transplant Center

Organ Donation Hits Close to Home

D’Sean Bray, Heart Transplant Recipient

In December 2014, Renita Hylton, one of Emory Healthcare’s own, had to quickly familiarize herself with the subject of organ donation. She received the devastating news that her 17-year-old son, D’Sean Bray, was diagnosed with Dilated Cardiomyopathy that would require a lifesaving heart transplant. “I knew something was wrong. He was always very active, and then he began sleeping a lot. When he was admitted, his heart was only functioning at seven percent,” she recalls. D’Sean needed immediate open-heart surgery to save his life until a new heart would become available. He was quickly placed on the pediatric transplant list. D’Sean was receiving care from the pediatric cardiology team at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta at Egleston when the family received news that a heart was available. “I was in disbelief,” says Renita. “I was happy, but at the same time sad knowing how we were getting the heart.” The donor was 14-year-old who lost his life in a traffic accident. The donor’s family made the selfless decision to have their son’s heart donated. “We met the donor’s family a few months after [...]

Read More | (0)
Orthopedics, Spine & Sports Medicine
Total Ankle Replacement – Valerie's Story
Apr 13, 2017 By admin

Valerie's total ankle replacement

Valerie on Mount Kilimanjaro

After an accident in 1979 that resulted in an ankle injury, Valerie underwent surgery on her left ankle to repair the joint. At the time, total ankle replacement was in its infancy and regarded as an experimental procedure. It wasn’t until the late 80s and early 90s that advancements in design made total ankle replacement a viable option for patients. Initially, the ankle surgery worked, but after five years, Valerie began to experience constant pain at her ankle. Being resilient, she didn’t let the pain stop her from living her life, so she carried on without realizing that she had changed her gait to compensate for the pain. Valerie walked on the tips of her toes for 25 years! She didn’t anticipate the arthritic damage caused by changing her body’s natural movement or the pain it would cause in other areas of her body. After her husband’s successful knee surgery in 2010, she decided that there was still hope for her ankle. Valerie started to research and educate herself on treatment options for total ankle replacement. It was during this time that the years of walking on her toes finally caught up with her. Physical therapy [...]

Read More | (0)