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Congratulations to Emory’s 2017 Atlanta Top Doctors
Jun 23, 2017 By Emory Healthcare

2017 Top Doctors AtlantaAs our Emory Healthcare family continues to grow, so too does our ability to provide Atlanta and Georgia residents access to more top health care providers. Atlanta magazine’s July 2017 Top Doctors 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 half of the doctors – 50% of 2017 Atlanta Top Doctors to be exact. These physicians include those who practice at one of our six hospitals and over 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 2017 Atlanta Top Doctors—and their amazing care teams—for providing outstanding care to our patients and families, and for truly making patient- and family-centered care their priority each day. Congratulations to you all! And with our expanding footprint, communities all over Georgia have access to more Emory top doctors. Big or small, major or minor, if you have a reason to seek medical care, there is an Emory Healthcare facility and an Emory Healthcare Network physician close to [...]

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Cosmetic Medicine
Upper Body Lift: Getting Rid of Love Handles and Back Rolls
Jun 22, 2017 By Emory Aesthetic Center

Upper Back LiftIn the world of body contouring, most of the focus over the years has been on the tummy and breasts. This makes sense since these areas tend to change the most as we age. But recently, people have been noticing the issues affecting the back of their bodies as well. I’m sure you’ve heard about lower body lifts and buttock enhancement, but are you aware of one of the most powerful and dramatic body contouring techniques available — the upper body lift?

What causes back rolls and bulges?

Due to age, weight fluctuations or genetics, many people develop laxity (sagging or loose skin) in their upper body. Sometimes the laxity occurs between the bottom of the breasts and the upper tummy, but it tends to be most obvious on the back. This laxity (and some associated fatty deposits) leads to those annoying back rolls near and under the shoulder blades. It also contributes to the "bra roll" that can be present in both men and women.

How can I get a sleek upper body?

Liposuction has been the primary strategy used to treat bulges, rolls and love handles. While liposuction makes a significant difference in the fullness of the rolls, it often does not fully address the underlying [...]

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Transplant
Kidney Transplant Disparities
Jun 16, 2017 By Emory Transplant Center

Kidney Transplant DisparitiesA new transplant allocation system designed to reduce kidney transplant disparities for ethnic patients on the waitlist. According to a research study just published in the June 2017 issue of Health Affairs, a kidney transplant allocation system that was implemented in 2014 by the United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS) led to reduced imbalance in national kidney transplant disparities among whites, blacks, and Hispanics who were on the transplant waitlist. This new system resulted in a substantial increase in the kidney transplant rate for blacks and Hispanics in the months following implementation. The research was conducted by an Emory team of investigators, with lead author Taylor Melanson, from Emory's Laney Graduate School, and senior author Rachel Patzer, Ph.D., MPH, assistant professor of surgery at the Emory University School of Medicine and researcher at the Emory Transplant Center.

Kidney Transplant Allocation System

The new UNOS allocation system aimed to address the primary factor for determining a patient's priority level on the kidney transplant deceased donor wait list; in other words, how long they have been waiting for a transplant. Minorities, on [...]

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Cosmetic Medicine
Enhancing Your Lips: Lip Fillers or Lip Augmentation
Jun 13, 2017 By Gabriele C. Miotto, MD, MEd

lip-augmentation-imageYour lips are as unique as your face. Lip shape and volume play an important role in overall facial aesthetics. Today, full, sensual lips are considered the aesthetic ideal, hence the popularity of lip augmentation procedures. But even if you have naturally full lips now, they will change as you age – making it a concern for most women at some point in their lives. When we’re young, our lips are full, edges are crisp and only the tiniest lines are evident when we smile or frown. As we age, our lips tend to get thinner, the edges soften and permanent vertical lines are set. Lip augmentation (aka, lip enhancement) procedures are very popular and are designed to highlight original lip features or to improve the shape, the volume and the hydration of the lips. The vertical lines that appear on the skin around the lips can also be erased without changing the lip volume.

Injectable dermal fillers for lip augmentation

Hyaluronic acid fillers and fat are the most commonly used products to enhance the lips and surrounding skin. These products are injected with precision and the results look very natural — providing instant volume and contour to lips that lasts for [...]

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Orthopedics, Spine & Sports Medicine
Preparing for Summer Road Races
Jun 13, 2017 By admin

Live Q&A Today – Summer Road Race Prep

Road race runnersHave you been training hard getting ready for summer races or events like the AJC Peachtree Road Race? Join us here from noon–1:00 p.m. EST when Emory sports medicine physician Amadeus Mason, MD and Emory sports cardiologist, and Peachtree Road Race Medical Director, Jonathan Kim, MD, will answer your questions about how to prevent injuries, discuss when and how to stretch and provide treatment options that are right for your injuries, and more. [...]

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Orthopedics, Spine & Sports Medicine
The Best Treatment for an Achilles Tendon Injury
May 27, 2017 By Emory Orthopaedics & Spine Center

Achilles Tendon InjuryAn Achilles tendon injury can affect your ability to perform the activities you enjoy and even your ability to walk. That’s why it’s important to talk to your doctor if you experience significant pain in your Achilles tendon, which connects the muscles on the back of your calf to your heel bone.

Types of Achilles Tendon Injuries

There are two common types of Achilles tendon injuries:
  • Achilles tendinitis: A gradual onset of pain, often from overuse. It can usually be treated with rest and rehabilitation.
  • Achilles tendon tear or rupture: A sudden injury that may feel as though you were hit or kicked in the back of the ankle. It usually affects your ability to walk properly and may require surgery to repair the rupture.
It’s crucial to know which type of Achilles tendon injury you have because treatment is very different for each form. If you suspect you have a torn Achilles tendon, seek treatment from a doctor specializing in sports medicine or orthopaedic surgery.

Achilles Tendon Injury Diagnosis

Your doctor will likely be able to tell if you have an Achilles tendon rupture from a physical exam by feeling the gap in your tendon. To know more about the [...]

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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 [...]

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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 [...]

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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 [...]

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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 [...]

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