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Proposed Redistricting for Liver Transplant Sharing Negatively Impacts Georgia and Southeast
Oct 19, 2016 By Emory Transplant Center

liver-250x250A proposed redistricting policy in the regional structure for liver transplant distribution may have a negative impact on the state of Georgia and the region. Currently, the demand for liver transplants exceeds the supply of liver donations nationwide, and many patients with liver disease will die while on the waitlist to have this life-saving surgery. To decrease the disparity in wait times for liver transplantation in the U.S., the United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS), with the support of the Scientific Registry of Transplant Recipients (SRTR), is proposing to change the current liver allocation distribution. This plan proposes to share donor organs more broadly in an attempt to reduce geographic disparities. But experts at the Emory Transplant Center say the proposed changes would:

  • Drive up costs.
  • Decrease survival rates.
  • Lower the quality of donated organs because of a longer travel time to the intended recipient.
  • Extend the recovery period for the patient.
  • Exacerbate disparities in health care suffered by minority and rural communities.
The Southeast already faces substantial health-related disparities, including less insured patients, fewer [...]

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Cosmetic Medicine
‘Brazilian Butt Lift’: What Exactly Is It?
Oct 19, 2016 By Gabriele C. Miotto, MD, MEd

Learn about the different options available for buttock augmentation, such as the Brazilian butt lift, at Emory Aesthetic Center.In Brazil, the female derriere has long been appreciated and buttock cosmetic surgery is very popular. Several techniques, often referred to as a Brazilian butt lift, currently used worldwide for buttock enhancement were developed or refined by Brazilian plastic surgeons. “Brazilian butt lift” is a popular search term on Google, but it isn’t just one procedure. It’s a common name for several different procedures that can result in a shapelier, firmer backside. More technical terms are “buttock augmentation” or even “gluteoplasty” — which both simply mean aesthetic improvement of the buttock area.

Buttock Enhancement Options

The best option for you depends on your anatomy, shape and desired results: Liposuction with or without fat grafting Liposuction of the back and hip area alone (sometimes called “liposculpture”), can sculpt the body in a way that enhances the buttock without surgery. Fat from liposuction can also be used as a filler to reshape the buttock in a procedure called fat grafting or fat transfer. Fat grafting or a fat transfer involves taking fatty tissue from another area of the body using liposuction, such as the stomach, hips, [...]

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Orthopedics, Spine & Sports Medicine
Back Surgery: Should You or Shouldn’t you?
Oct 13, 2016 By Emory Orthopaedics & Spine Center

Learn when back surgery is a good idea and what your surgical and nonsurgical options might be, from an Emory specialist.If you’re like most Americans, you’re no stranger to back pain. When the pain interferes with your life, it’s time for treatment. But is it time for back surgery? Today’s surgical techniques are safer and often less invasive than in years past. But any surgery carries some risks, such as infection, bleeding, blood loss or nerve damage. Always get a second opinion from a qualified spine specialist before you have back surgery. And, try other treatments first, such as physical therapy, cortisone shots or medication. “Even surgeons don’t always agree on whether to operate or what type of surgery to perform. Back and leg pain can be complex,” explained Emory spine specialist Dheera Ananthakrishnan, MD. “At Emory, we take a team approach and we consider your goals and preferences as priority.” Back surgery options might include:

  • Discectomy: Removal of the herniated portion of a disk to relieve pressure and pain.
  • Laminectomy: Removal of the bone overlying the spinal canal to relieve nerve pressure from spinal stenosis.
  • Fusion: Connection of two or more bones in your spine to make your back more stable and prevent painful motion between the

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Cosmetic Medicine
Injectables: When’s the Right Time Start?
Oct 7, 2016 By Dr. Anita Sethna

Emory Aesthetic Center helps you determine the proper time to start Botox© or fillers based on your age. Prevent and treat signs of aging with injectables.How young is ‘too young’ to start injectable treatments for your face? When are you ‘too old’ to benefit from injectables? The truth is, if you’re not happy with what you see in the mirror, it never hurts to talk to an expert about your options. As for clear-cut parameters regarding age, they rarely exist. Whether you’re 25 or 85, cosmetic injectable and filler treatments can have excellent results. The key is to use the proper treatments at the proper time.

Preventing and treating fine lines with injectables

Botox© can be very helpful, even at an early age (late 20s up to mid-30s), to prevent and treat the finer lines that come with repeated contraction of facial muscles. These lines are often found between your eyebrows, on your forehead or around your mouth and eyes. If lines are present even when your facial muscles are at rest, it may be time to consider treatment. With consistent Botox injections, deep lines fade into finer lines, and fine lines may disappear completely! With just a few injections, you’ll notice subtle lifting that makes you look bright and refreshed. Younger patients usually need injections two to three times a year. If you’re [...]

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Orthopedics, Spine & Sports Medicine
5 Ways to Treat Arthritis, from an Emory Specialist
Oct 6, 2016 By Emory Healthcare

Learn five ways to treat arthritis, from physical therapy to surgery, from an Emory specialist.Millions of Americans have osteoarthritis, caused when the cushion between bones in a joint wears away. But you don’t have to live with daily pain, swelling and stiffness. Today’s arthritis treatments can offer dramatic, even long-term relief. Here are 5 ways to treat arthritis, from Emory sports medicine physician, Ken Mautner, MD.

  1. Physical therapy and occupational therapy. A physical therapist can help improve mobility in painful joints and increase overall strength. An occupational therapist can help you find ways to perform your daily activities.
  2. Cortisone injections. Cortisone, a powerful anti-inflammatory medicine, can be injected directly into a painful joint. Relief usually starts within a couple of days and can last for weeks or longer. Most people can get cortisone shots three or four times a year, at least six weeks apart. There are negative effects of too much cortisone so you should ask your physician if it is safe to have these injections performed.
  3. Stem cell injections. This innovative treatment, also called regenerative medicine, is available at only a few clinics nationwide, including Emory Healthcare. It can often provide significant pain

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Brain Health Center
Break the Stigma: Let’s Talk About Mental Illness
Oct 5, 2016 By Emory Brain Health Center

1 in 5 Americans suffer from a mental illness. Break the silence and seek treatment for a healthier you from the experts at Emory.The words mental illness often bring specific ideas or images to mind. But, the reality is that mental illness affects far more people than you imagine. According to the National Alliance for Mental Illness (NAMI), approximately 1 in 5 Americans suffer from a mental illness. Those are friends, family members, colleagues and neighbors, or it could be you. Many factors can contribute to the development of a mental illness such as our genetics (inherited characteristics), our environment and certain life events. While we all experience fear, anxiety and stress from time to time, mental illness is something more — causing disruption to our everyday lives and lasting longer than a typical emotional reaction.

Know the Signs of Mental Illness

Since there are many types of mental illness and since each person is affected differently, it can be hard to recognize the signs. But here are few things to watch for:
  • Changes in work or school performance
  • Excessive worry, fear or sadness
  • Extreme mood changes
  • Inability to handle daily stress
  • Avoiding family, friends and social situations
  • Irritability or aggression
  • Hyperactivity
  • Significant changes in sleeping

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Emory Healthcare offers Medicare Information Helpline
Oct 3, 2016 By Emory Healthcare

medicare-250x250Medicare open enrollment for 2017 starts Oct. 15, which is just a few weeks away. This is an annual period when Medicare recipients can enroll in or change their Medicare coverage. But for many, choosing a Medicare plan is confusing.

  • Should you go with traditional Medicare?
  • Do you need a supplemental plan to cover your costs?
  • What is Medicare Advantage and how is it different from traditional Medicare?
  • What’s the difference between Medicare parts A, B, C and D?
To help our patients and their families sort through these questions, Emory Healthcare, in partnership with MedicareCompareUSA, has launched a Medicare Information Helpline. This free, unbiased resource is available Mondays through Fridays from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. by calling 1-(855) 256-1501. MedicareCompareUSA is an independent insurance agency. That is not affiliated with the federal Medicare program. The helpline connects you with professionals who can help you understand Emory Healthcare’s Medicare resources, and help you: [...]

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What our Transplant Patients and Families are Saying
Sep 30, 2016 By Emory Transplant Center

patients-wordsEmory Transplant Center is dedicated to partnering with our patients and their families to provide a quality and caring experience. One of the ways in which we track the patient experience is by regularly surveying our patients about the care they received at our facilities. Emory Healthcare works with Press Ganey to conduct a nationally benchmarked, objective patient satisfaction survey. We are proud to share with you some of the gracious remarks we have received. Our physicians and staff continue to work to improve patient satisfaction and the care experience. Our goal is to respect our patients and visitors, value them as special people, and care about their overall wellbeing. Below are some of the comments Emory Transplant Center has received from our patients:

  • [We are] always greeted by the front desk staff with a smile and “hello.” They are very professional.
  • I’ve been coming to Emory probably over 10 years. [I was] hesitant about coming to a big city hospital at first, but I’ve found Emory to be the best of the best overall. Love my doctor, James Spivey, and my whole [liver] transplant team is terrific.
  • HUGE improvement in the promptness of the

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Orthopedics, Spine & Sports Medicine
Knee Injuries in Young Athletes Live Chat Takeaways
Sep 29, 2016 By Emory Healthcare

We hosted a live chat with Dr. John Xerogeanes where he answered questions regarding knee injuries and the treatment of them.Knee injuries in young athletes continues to be on the rise. One of the most common sports injuries, an ACL tear, could end a young athlete’s career aspirations in sports before it even begins. Twist your knee sharply or extend it beyond its normal range during play, and you may hear the telltale “pop.” Whether your child participates in football, soccer, basketball or track, their drive for the game may be setting the stage for a serious injury. We hosted a live chat with Dr. John Xerogeanes, Chief of Sports Medicine at Emory Orthopaedics & Spine Center, on Wednesday, September 28 where he answered questions regarding how to reduce the risk of knee injury, exercises for strengthening the knee, warning signs, what to do following an ACL injury, and the rehabilitation process. Below are some highlights from the live chat, and you can read the full chat transcript here.   Question:  What are the signs that I have injured my ACL? Dr. Xerogeanes: You will usually land from a jump or twist the knee. You will often feel a "pop" in the knee or even hear a pop. Most of the time one will also feel the knee bend in in an abnormal manner.   Question: Is it [...]

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Treatment for Multiple Myeloma at Emory - Real Patient Story
Sep 28, 2016 By Emory Healthcare

Meet these real-life Multiple myeloma patients and learn about treatment for Multiple Myeloma at EmoryWhen Cathy Mooney was first diagnosed with multiple myeloma, the myeloma program at Winship was just beginning to take off. Today, the center provides treatment for multiple myeloma to 400 to 500 new patients a year, with about 1,600 multiple myeloma patients overall. More than 200 Winship patients participate in the Phase I Clinical Trials Unit directed by Donald Harvey. “That’s a huge group that we are able to see in one city,” says Ajay Nooka, assistant professor of hematology and medical oncology and part of the hematology care team at Winship. In addition to caring for patients, Nooka, who specializes in cancer epidemiology, structures and oversees many of Winship’s clinical trials and assesses their outcomes. The large patient population and high rate of clinical trial enrollment is a gold mine of data for researchers. “The ultimate goal is to see where we stand in terms of treatment for multiple myeloma progress and what changes we can make to further improvements in patient outcomes," Nooka says. Another advantage for Winship’s multiple myeloma team is Atlanta’s large population of African Americans, who are twice as likely as the white [...]

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