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  • Veterans' Painkiller Abuse Can Raise Odds for Heroin Use

    Posted: 08/30/2016

    Veterans' Painkiller Abuse Can Raise Odds for Heroin Use TUESDAY, Aug. 23, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Veterans who misuse narcotic painkillers may be at high risk for heroin use, a new study cautions. The research included nearly 3,400 U.S. veterans who had never misused painkillers or used heroin. Their health was followed for 10 years. During that time, 500 of them began using heroin. Of those, 77 percent misused opioid painkillers before they started using heroin. Other risk factors for heroin use incl...

  • Ventricular Septal Defect Transcatheter Repair

    Posted: 08/25/2016

    Ventricular Septal Defect Transcatheter Repair What is VSD transcatheter repair? Ventricular septal defect (VSD) transcatheter repair is a type of heart procedure. It fixes a hole between the left and right ventricles of the heart, without making an incision in the chest wall. The heart has 4 chambers: 2 upper (atria) and 2 lower (ventricles). Blood that is high in oxygen flows from the left atrium to the left ventricle and out to the body, where the vital organs use the oxygen. Blood with less oxygen f...

  • Ventricular Septal Defect Surgery

    Posted: 08/25/2016

    Ventricular Septal Defect Surgery What is ventricular septal defect surgery? Ventricular septal defect (VSD) surgery is a type of heart surgery. It fixes a hole between the left and right ventricles of the heart. The heart has 4 chambers: 2 upper (atria) and 2 lower (ventricles). Blood that is high in oxygen flows from the left atrium to the left ventricle and out to the body, where the vital organs use the oxygen. Blood with less oxygen flows from the right atrium to the right ventricle and out to the ...

  • Von Willebrand Disease (VWD)

    Posted: 08/25/2016

    Von Willebrand Disease (VWD) What is VWD? Von Willebrand disease (VWD) is an inherited disorder that affects the blood's ability to clot. What causes VWD? VWD is almost always inherited. This means it is passed from parents to children. People with the disorder may have low levels of a blood protein called von Willebrand factor. It helps the platelets in blood stick together to stop bleeding. Sometimes von Willebrand factor is present, but not working well. VWD may also cause problems with another clott...

  • Video-Assisted Thorascopic Surgery

    Posted: 08/25/2016

    Video-Assisted Thorascopic Surgery What is VATS? Video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery (VATS) is a type of surgery for diagnosing and treating a variety of conditions involving the chest area (thorax). It uses a special video camera called a thoracoscope. It is a type of minimally invasive surgery. That means it uses smaller cuts (incisions) than traditional open surgery. One common reason to do VATS is to remove part of a lung because of cancer. You have two lungs: a right lung and a left lung. These lu...

  • Vacuum-Assisted Closure of a Wound

    Posted: 08/25/2016

    Vacuum-Assisted Closure of a Wound What is vacuum-assisted closure of a wound? Vacuum-assisted closure of a wound is a type of therapy to help wounds heal. It’s also known as wound VAC. During the treatment, a device decreases air pressure on the wound. This can help the wound heal more quickly. The gases in the air around us put pressure on the surface of our bodies. A wound vacuum device removes this pressure over the area of the wound. This can help a wound heal in several ways. It can gently pull fl...

  • Varicocele Embolization

    Posted: 08/25/2016

    Varicocele Embolization What is varicocele embolization? Varicocele embolization is a type of medical procedure. It diverts blood away from an enlarged vein in your scrotum. Such a vein is called a varicocele. It can cause pain and swelling. A health care provider uses a long thin tube, or catheter, to ease these symptoms. He or she inserts the tube into a blood vessel to block (or embolize) the vein. Your scrotum is the sac that contains your testes, blood vessels, and part of your spermatic cord. Sper...

  • Viscosupplementation Treatment for Arthritis

    Posted: 08/25/2016

    Viscosupplementation Treatment for Arthritis What is viscosupplementation treatment for arthritis? During viscosupplementation treatment for arthritis, your doctor injects hyaluronic acid into your joint. This thick fluid may help reduce pain and swelling in your arthritic joint (most commonly, your knee). The bones that make up your joints usually have a cap of cartilage on their ends. This cartilage helps ensure that your bones move smoothly against each other. This cartilage has a fluid coating that ...

  • Vitrectomy

    Posted: 08/25/2016

    Vitrectomy What is vitrectomy? A vitrectomy is a type of eye surgery to treat various problems with the retina and vitreous. During the surgery, your surgeon removes the vitreous and replaces it with another solution. The retina is a layer of cells at the back of your eye. These cells use light to send visual information to your brain. The vitreous is a gel-like substance that fills the middle portion of your eye. Normally, the vitreous should be clear, so light can pass through your eye and reach your ...

  • Vertebroplasty

    Posted: 08/25/2016

    Vertebroplasty What is vertebroplasty? Vertebroplasty is a procedure used to treat fractures or breaks in the vertebrae. The vertebrae are the bones in your back that are stacked on top of each other to make your spine. Your spine supports your weight, allows you to move, and protects your spinal cord and nerves. AMuscsk_20140310_v0_005 In vertebroplasty, your doctor injects a special thick cement mixture into a fractured vertebra. When vertebroplasty is successful, the cement mixture stabilizes the ver...