Specialized Skin-Cancer Surgery

Certain cases of skin cancer pose difficulties because they are recurrent or located in cosmetically sensitive areas with little surrounding skin, such as the upper lip, nose, eyelids or ears. These cases lend themselves to the special type of surgery known as Moh's micrographic surgery. This outpatient procedure involves the removal of a thin horizontal disc of tissue that is deemed to be the smallest amount that could possibly remove the tumor. The piece of tissue is then examined under the microscope to look for the evidence of tumor cells on the edges of the sample. If any are found, another thin layer of tissue is removed and examined. This procedure is repeated until no evidence of cancer can be detected.

Moh's micrographic surgery is one of a number of techniques available for removing skin cancers. In the cases in which this skin-sparing procedure is indicated and can adequately remove all the cancer, it may take the place of more radical surgery that might have caused severe scarring and disfigurement. If you notice any new skin growths or changes in existing growths, have them checked by your doctor.

6 Ways to Manage High Blood Pressure

High blood pressure (hypertension) is called the silent killer because many people who have it don't know it. Normal blood pressure is less than 120/80. Know your blood pressure and remember to check it regularly. Doing so can save your life. Here are some things you can do to help control your blood pressure.

Case Study

Ms Nicole Cantik, a Singaporean, had been suffering from chronic neck pain for six months. She tried medication and physiotherapy but they only gave her temporary relief from her neck pain. Ms Cantik was also unable to exercise without feeling pain after each workout.

Her MRI scan showed that she had a contained disc herniation at the C5/6 cervical disc. Two weeks after Nucleoplasty was performed on her, Ms Cantik's neck pain is completely gone.

As a result, she is now able to swim regularly and has thus regained her figure.

Courtesy By:
SANDRA SURBRUGG M.D.

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