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Weight Loss Surgery

  1. Will The LAP-BAND® Affect Any Physical Activities?

    The LAP-BAND® procedure should not affect your regular physical activity, as long as you have fully recovered and healed form the surgery, which typically takes between four to six weeks.

    If you are interested in learning more about LAP-BAND® and exercise, call our offices at (855) 690-0565 and one of our helpful medical staff will be happy to address any questions or concerns you may have.

  2. Will I need to exercise and diet after getting the LAP-BAND®?

    A LAP-BAND® procedure isn’t a cure-all or a quick fix, but it is a uniquely powerful tool for weight loss that’s meant to work in combination with a good diet and exercise plan, in order to achieve and maintain a healthier lifestyle. Our site, nutritionists, and bariatric surgeons can assist you in outlining a healthy, balanced, yet fulfilling diet to suite your healthy lifestyle for the long term. Additionally, exercise has benefits beyond weight-loss. Some form of regular exercise adds to your overall health and fitness, in addition to helping you maintain a healthy weight.

    For more information about LAP-BAND® exercise and diet programs, as well as the services we offer at West Medical, please call our offices at (855) 690-0565.

  3. Will I need plastic surgery due to weight loss after the LAP-BAND® procedure?

    A cosmetic plastic surgery procedure may be applied to remove excess skin folds after significant weight loss. However, it's essential to allow one to two years to pass following your weight loss surgery in order to allow your skin reshape around your new figure.

    For more information about plastic surgery following LAP-BAND® surgery, please call West Medical offices at (855) 690-0565, and we will be happy to answer any additional questions you may have.

Plastic Surgery

  1. Am I a good candidate for plastic surgery?

    At your initial consultation, your doctor will ask you a number of questions to determine whether you are a good candidate for plastic surgery. The truth is that not everyone is suited for plastic surgery, and depending on the procedure you want, there are different requirements you must meet based on age, physical health, and lifestyle.

    No matter the kind of procedure you choose, you must be in reasonably good health. Certain health problems will probably bar you from plastic surgery if it increases the rate of complications. A plastic surgeon will never recommend that a patient should have a cosmetic procedure if there is a high risk of complications which outweigh the expected benefit. Your detailed medical history and medication use will be covered during your first consultation, and your surgeon will determine if you are in a high risk category. Certain conditions which place you at higher risk include high blood pressure, heart disease, obesity, diabetes and others.

    You must be psychologically stable to undergo plastic surgery. This means you must have realistic expectations and discuss what you hope your surgery can achieve. Your surgeon will give you an honest assessment of what you can expect from your face or body procedure, and remind you that you should not seek perfection, but improvement. If you go into plastic surgery with unrealistic hopes, you will probably be dissatisfied with your results.

    Your lifestyle is another factor which will determine whether you are a good candidate for surgery. For example, smoking compromises your candidacy for plastic surgery, and you will have to quit smoking for at least 3 weeks before your procedure because smokers are at higher risk for complications from anesthesia and poor blood flow. Smokers have constricted blood vessels, putting them at increased risk of poor blood supply to the skin and deeper tissues. Also, smoking during your recovery will result in a longer recovery period, increased risk of unfavorable scarring and infection. Smoking can also diminish your results more quickly. If you are a smoker, your doctor will discuss how you can quit so you will be a better candidate for plastic surgery.

    In order to be a good candidate for plastic surgery, you must be totally honest with your doctor regarding your medical history, medication use and lifestyle. If you are not honest with your doctor, you put yourself at unnecessary risk for complications and unfavorable results.

    To learn more about our plastic surgery services in Los Angeles and Southern California, please call West Medical offices at (855) 690-0565.

  2. How Can I Finance My Procedure(s)?

    Because most procedures are not covered by health insurance, financing your plastic surgery is an important consideration. Fortunately, you have options when it comes to making your chosen procedure affordable with a payment plan.

    To learn more about the cost of plastic surgery, please call our West Medical insurance experts at (855) 690-0565 for more information.

Gynecology

  1. What are obstetricians and gynecologists?

    Also called OB/GYN doctors, obstetricians and gynecologists specialize in medical care of women, and in particular they care for the reproductive system of women. They receive four years of specialized residency training and learn about women’s general health, including care for the female reproductive organs, breasts and women’s sexual function. Gynecology is also concerned with managing hormonal disorders, infections, and surgical care for pelvic organ and urinary tract problems. OB/GYN care is necessary both for general women's wellness and preventive care of the reproductive system, and women’s health in relation to pregnancy, labor and delivery. The newborn baby is then cared for by a pediatrician.

    For more information about West Medical gynecological services available in Los Angeles and Southern California, please call (855) 690-0565.

  2. How do I know if my menstrual periods are abnormal?

    You may decide to be seen by a gynecologist if you have abnormal menstruation. Usually, there is an underlying cause that makes the woman’s periods abnormal, which can be corrected with treatment. Signs you have menstrual problems include:

    • Periods occurring less than 21 days apart or more than 35 days apart.
    • Missing three periods or more in a row, called amenorrhea.
    • Menstrual flow much lighter or much heavier than usual. Signs of unusually heavy bleeding including soaking through a sanitary pad or tampon every hour for two to three hours, or having large blood clots in menstrual flow).
    • Foul-smelling discharge with menstrual blood.
    • Periods lasting longer than 7 days.
    • Periods are painful and are accompanied by cramping, nausea and vomiting.
    • Bleeding or spotting happening between period or following sexual contact.

    For more information about menstrual periods, as well as other gynecological services available at West Medical, please call our offices at (855) 690-0565.

  3. What Are Obstetricians And Gynecologists?

    Also called OB/GYN doctors, obstetricians and gynecologists specialize in medical care of women, and in particular they care for the reproductive system of women. They receive four years of specialized residency training and learn about women’s general health, including care for the female reproductive organs, breasts and women’s sexual function.

    Gynecology is also concerned with managing hormonal disorders, infections, and surgical care for pelvic organ and urinary tract problems. OB/GYN care is necessary both for general women's wellness and preventive care of the reproductive system, and women’s health in relation to pregnancy, labor and delivery. The newborn baby is then cared for by a pediatrician.

  4. How Do I Know If My Menstrual Periods Are Abnormal?

    You may decide to be seen by a gynecologist if you have abnormal menstruation. Usually, there is an underlying cause that makes the woman’s periods abnormal, which can be corrected with treatment. Signs you have menstrual problems include:

    • Periods occurring less than 21 days apart or more than 35 days apart.
    • Missing three periods or more in a row, called amenorrhea.
    • Menstrual flow much lighter or much heavier than usual. Signs of unusually heavy bleeding including soaking through a sanitary pad or tampon every hour for two to three hours, or having large blood clots in menstrual flow).
    • Foul-smelling discharge with menstrual blood.
    • Periods lasting longer than 7 days.
    • Periods are painful and are accompanied by cramping, nausea and vomiting.
    • Bleeding or spotting happening between period or following sexual contact.
  5. Do I Need To Have Regular Pap Smears?
    Pap smears are routine tests done at the time of a pelvic exam and are meant to check for cervical cancer, by collecting cervical cells that are examined under a microscope for abnormalities. Generally, women are recommended to receive Pap smear testing at age 21, or after becoming sexually active, and then every two or three years. After age 30, women should have a Pap smear every 3 years, or every 5 if done in combination with an HPV test. Women who are considered higher risk for gynecological cancers should be tested more frequently. Women who have had a total hysterectomy do not need to have Pap smears, and neither do women who are older than age 65 if they have had regular screenings with normal results.
  6. What If My Pap Smear Tests Are Abnormal?

    You may be asked to return for an additional Pap smear to determine the reason for the abnormal results, called a colposcopy. This magnifies the cervical tissues, so the gynecologist can examine the tissues to detect abnormalities. If there is suspicious tissue present, your doctor may take a small tissue sample to take to the lab for analysis.

    After a biopsy is performed, you doctor will contact you to discuss the next steps to be taken, if it is determined you have HPV or cervical cancer.

  7. Who Should Get The HPV Vaccine?

    Girls and women between the ages of 9 and 26 years of age are recommended to have the HPV vaccine, which works by making the body produce antibodies against the sexually-transmitted disease that leads to cervical cancer if left untreated.

    A series of three injections at set intervals protects the woman from various cancers of her reproductive system, but the vaccine does not replace the need for routine preventive care such as pap smears, as it does not eliminate the possibility of getting HPV, which is known to progress into cervical cancer when left untreated.

  8. Which Form Of Birth Control Is Best For Me?

    Fortunately, many options of birth control are available for women, from natural family planning to over-the-counter methods to prescriptions and surgical procedures. This can make it difficult to decide which option would be best for you, and which is the most effective.

    You should know that if you do not use any form of birth control and you are sexually active, within a year you will have an 85% chance of conceiving. Using contraception can drastically reduce the chance of pregnancy and contracting a sexually transmitted disease (STD). Note: only condoms can protect against STDs.

  9. How Long Does It Take To Get Pregnant?

    This answer varies based on the age, health and frequency of sexual intercourse between couples. However, in general, 85% of healthy couples where the woman is of childbearing age, who do not use any form of birth control, will conceive within a year.

    The odds of conceiving are higher if the woman tracks when she is most fertile and has sexual contact within that time frame. Couples who are unable to conceive after trying for a year, while not using birth control, should consider seeing an OB/GYN or a fertility specialist who can provide help in starting a family.

  10. How Much Weight Should I Gain During Pregnancy?

    Women who plan to “eat for two” during pregnancy should consider that the average woman only gains 25-35 pounds during her pregnancy. In fact, although a woman needs extra calories while pregnant, she should only eat 300 healthy extra calories per day while pregnant, or the equivalent of an extra two glasses of low-fat milk.

    The weight a woman should gain during her pregnancy varies based on her body mass index (BMI) at the time of conception. For example, women of normal weight should gain approximately 30 pounds, while underweight women should gain 28 to 40 pounds. Overweight women should gain no more than 10-15 pounds. Some OB/GYN doctors will recommend that obese women should not gain weight during pregnancy.

    The extra pregnancy weight comes from the following:

    • Baby: 5 to 10 lbs.
    • Placenta: 2 to 3 lbs.
    • Amniotic fluid: 2 to 3 lbs.
    • Breast tissue: 2 to 3 lbs.
    • Stored fat: 5 to 9 lbs.
    • Larger uterus: 2-5 lbs.
    • Total = 25-35 pounds

Orthopedic

  1. What is the difference between a podiatrist and an orthopedic foot and ankle specialist?

    While podiatry focuses specifically on both the foot and ankle, an orthopedic foot and ankle specialist is trained to treat the entire musculoskeletal system, with an emphasis on the structure of the foot and ankle.

    After earning a medical degree and a residency program, orthopedic foot and ankle specialists must complete a fellowship concentrating on the foot and ankle.

  2. What is an orthopedic surgeon?
    Orthopedic surgeons are trained in the prevention, diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation of diseases or injuries involving the musculoskeletal system, including the bones, joints, muscles, ligaments, tendons and cartilage.
  3. When should I seek medical attention for knee pain?

    Call our orthopedic specialists if you experience any of the following symptoms:

    • Inability to put any weight on the knees
    • Knee swelling
    • Cannot extend or flex the knee
    • Knee giving out and subsequent falling
  4. What is osteoarthritis?

    Osteoarthritis, also known as degenerative joint disease, is a particular form of arthritis. The majority of seniors will eventually have some level of wear and tear on their joints, including the hips and knees. The reason this develops is because the bone’s cartilage wears down gradually over time. The cartilage’s shock-absorbing effect is no longer adequate and no longer provides a smooth surface in the joints. This causes bone grinding against other bone, leading to pain, inflammation, and eventual disability.

ENT-Sinus

  1. What causes snoring?

    Snoring, a common disorder, develops when throat tissues vibrate while inhaling, causing a blockage in airflow.

    If snoring isn’t severe, in most cases, it does not require treatment. However, an examination by our ENT specialists can tell whether your snoring is potentially dangerous to your health.

  2. What is sleep apnea?

    A patient who has obstructed airflow can stop breathing entirely if air cannot pass the blockage. This disrupted breathing leads to a significant drop in oxygen levels in the blood, which, in turn, changes pulse and blood pressure, causing the patient to wake up, gasping for air.

    Sleep apnea symptoms may include:

    • Loud snoring
    • Sleepiness
    • Weight gain
    • Depression
    • Irritability
  3. What are the sinuses?

    The sinuses are small chambers that surround the bones of the nose. The sinuses can be found below the eyes, between the nose and eyes, in the forehead, and beneath the pituitary gland. The sinuses serve various functions, and when blocked due to fluid buildup, congestion and sinus headaches may develop.

  4. What is sinusitis and how is it treated?

    Sinusitis occurs when the sinuses became inflamed. Patients commonly feel pain, pressure, or develop headaches. This inflammation may be a short-term issue, or a chronic problem which may require more than just medication.

    Nonsurgical treatment options for sinusitis include nasal irrigation or nasal sprays. If chronic sinusitis is diagnosed by our ENT specialists, nasal treatment is may be utilized in order to open the sinuses in order to drain the fluid and help resume normal breathing.

  5. What is an allergy?

    The function of the immune system is to protect patients from dangerous, foreign substances. An allergy develops when the immune system treats harmless particles like they were a hazardous substance.

Varicose Veins

  1. What Causes Varicose Veins?

    There are a numerous causes and contributors to the development of varicose veins, including:

    • Gender
    • Pregnancy
    • Heredity
    • Age
    • Obesity
    • Constipation
    • Excessive Standing / Sitting
  2. Do Men Get Varicose Veins?

    Although women have a higher risk of varicose vein and spider vein development, men can still suffer from venous disorders.

  3. Will Varicose and Spider Veins Reappear After Treatment?

    During most varicose vein removal procedures, the treatment will only address the troublesome veins that are noticeable on the surface of the skin. Please note that even if you do undergo varicose vein treatment, it doesn’t prevent further varicose vein development.

  4. How is EVLT® Performed?

    Endovenous laser treatment (EVLT®) is the gold standard for the minimally invasive treatment of varicose veins. Unlike other procedures, EVLT® utilizes laser energy to close and seal venous disorder. EVLT® requires local anesthetics and, in most cases, patients can resume physical activity the same day.

  5. Why Do Varicose Veins Appear On Legs?

    Nearly 75% of the blood in your body is located in the legs. Although there is a possibility for every vein in the body to become varicose, the legs’ veins undergo the most pressure when circulating the blood back to the heart. Along with holding the weight of the body and weight, the veins in the legs are the likeliest place for varicose vein development.

Podiatry

  1. How should I treat a sprained ankle?

    Among the most effective home treatments is “RICE”:

    • Rest
    • Ice
    • Compression
    • Elevation
  2. How long is the recovery from bunion surgery?

    The recovery time following bunion surgery varies and is dependent on various factors, which include:

    • The procedure chosen for treatment
    • The patient’s age
    • The current medical status of the patient

    Bunion surgery is an out-patient procedure, and while patients can leave the medical center afterwards, it is highly recommended to rest and elevate their foot during the majority of the first week following surgery. Patients will also be asked to wear a surgical boot to ensure adequate healing.

  3. Are fungal nail infections common?

    Yes. Nearly 36 million Americans have discolored or disfigured toenails due to a form of a fungal infection.

  4. Who should I consult for my foot and ankle problems - A podiatrist or an orthopedist?

    Over the past 10 years or so, medical care has transformed into something incredibly specialized. Our board-certified podiatrists can provide expert treatment for all issues relating to the lower leg, foot, and ankle.

  5. What is a podiatrist?

    A podiatrist is a doctor that specializes in the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of foot disorders. Your feet have an incredibly complex relation with the rest of the body, sometimes showing signs of serious diseases and disorders, such as diabetes, before anywhere else. Due to this relation, your podiatrist can be a key component to diagnosing serious ailments.

Urology

  1. What is a urologist?

    Urologists are doctors who specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of disorders of the urinary tract and male reproductive organs. Among the disorders our urologists treat are erectile dysfunction, testicular cancer, and prostate cancer.

  2. When should I see a urologist?

    A patient should consult a urologist if they experience blood in their urine, chronic urinary tract infections, lack of bladder control, difficulty urinating; or if they show symptoms of kidney stones. A man should contact a urologist if they are experiencing sexual dysfunction or if they are interested in a vasectomy.

  3. What causes kidney stones?

    Kidney stones develop as a result of a concentration of minerals and substances in the urine, causing them to crystallize and form stones. This can be due to dehydration, metabolic disorders, or bowel disease. Other contributors of kidney stone formation can include heredity, diet, and chronic urinary tract infections.

  4. How can I urinate less frequently at night?

    Urinating frequently during the night can be due to various reasons, including:

    • A problem with storing urine in your bladder
    • A problem with completely emptying the bladder
    • Certain medications
    • Urinary tract infection
  5. What could be the cause of blood in my urine?

    Blood in the urine can be a symptom of either an easily treatable issue or a serious condition. In most cases, blood in your urine can be due to a urinary tract infection. However, more severe diseases, such as kidney stones or cancer may be the cause. If you are experiencing blood in your urine, it is incredibly important to contact our urologists for a thorough evaluation and diagnosis.

Gastroenterology

  1. What is a gastroenterologist?

    A gastroenterologist is a doctor who specializes in the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of diseases of the stomach, intestines, and liver.

  2. What are the symptoms of colon cancer?

    Although some symptoms of colon cancer never develop, some of them include:

    • Blood in urine
    • Abdominal pain
    • Unexplained weight loss
    • Bloating
    • Onset of a change in bowel habits
  3. How often do I need a colonoscopy?

    The frequency of colonoscopies varies, and is determined by a patient's risk for colon cancer. This risk is influenced by the development of colon polyps, as well family history of colon cancer.

Spine

  1. What is scoliosis?
    Scoliosis is an abnormal, sideways curvature of your spine. Scoliosis can effect patients of any age, however, it is most common in children in their early teens.
  2. What causes scoliosis?

    Unfortunately, in most cases, there is no known contributor to scoliosis. However, in others, doctors can diagnose the disorder due to a disease, infection, injury, or birth defect.

  3. What causes osteoporosis?

    Bones in the human body are always being rebuilt. However, as we age, our bodies lose more bone than they replace, causing the porous bones of osteoporosis.

  4. What are the risk factors of osteoporosis?

    Osteoporosis risk factors and contributors may include:

    • Gender - Women are at a higher risk of developing osteoporosis than men.
    • Age -The older you get, the higher the chances are of osteoporosis.
    • Race - Those of White or Asian descent have a great risk.
    • Family History - Having a parent or sibling struggling with osteoporosis increases the risk of development.
    • Frame Size - Those adults with smaller body frames tend to have a greater chance of developing osteoporosis because they have less bone mass.

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