Posts By Sydney Whalen

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I am a former teacher, current resident of Colorado, and new mom. When I’m not writing and chilling with my son, I’m gaming, watching movies, doing yoga, eating out, taking pictures, and harassing my cats. I love words.

Skin Grafting

Some skin grafts come from other species, namely pigs, but these are typically temporary. When skin grafts heal, new blood vessel connections form to make the skin part of your body. The healing process is lengthy and it’s important to adhere to proper wound care. What is a skin graft? Skin grafts and skin transplants are medical procedures that involve…

Treacher Collins syndrome

Treacher Collins Syndrome is not necessarily a hereditary condition. Complications include hearing and vision loss. Researchers are working on a way to prevent the condition. What is Treacher Collins Syndrome? Treacher Collins Syndrome is a medical disorder caused by a genetic mutation, but it’s not necessarily hereditary.  It will affect approximately 1 in every 50,000 babies. There is usually no…

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

We now know there’s a genetic component to developing carpal tunnel syndrome. If your case is bad enough, surgery may be your only option. The most reliable treatment is known as carpal tunnel release. Recovery time from this procedure is long but worth it. What is the carpal tunnel? The carpal tunnel is a physical space in your wrist that…

Arthritis in hands

Surgery for hand arthritis is often a last resort when other treatment options have failed. Many surgical options eliminate arthritis pain at the expense of hand function. The type of surgery available to you depends on the type of arthritis you have. Approximately 54.4 million adults in the United States were diagnosed with some form of arthritis from 2013 to…

brachial plexus

Brachial plexus injuries can go away in a matter of days or can require major surgery. Don’t wait to see a doctor. Untreated severe brachial plexus injuries can lead to permanent disability. Full recovery from brachial plexus surgery takes several months to several years. What is the brachial plexus? Take your hand and press it to the side of your…

Pixie ears are a tell-tale sign of having had a facelift. This defect occurs when too much tension is placed on the ear after the procedure. Surgeons have developed numerous methods over the years to address pixie ears. In rare cases, pixie ears can be congenital. Like bunny lines and trout pouts, the pixie ear is another in a long…

Bentonite Clay

Calcium bentonite healing clay, referred to by some manufacturers as “Indian” or “Aztec” healing clay, is often billed as the world’s most powerful facial. The clay has a negative charge which is said to draw positively-charged toxins from the skin. The clay does help control the production of certain oils on the skin, making it useful for those who are…

diabetic dermopathy

The exact cause of diabetic dermopathy is unknown, although it’s been linked to a variety of diabetic complications. Despite the link between the two conditions, you don’t have to have diabetes to get diabetic dermopathy. Diabetic dermopathy may be easily confused for similar looking skin diseases, so be sure to seek out a professional diagnosis. Although the condition often clears…

Jaw Widener

Palate expanders are most successful in children. Adults might be able to get their palates expanded, but the process is difficult and unreliable. Expanding your palate could change your smile in a favorable way. There are a wide variety of palate expanders, some of which can be removed for certain activities such as eating and swimming. For adults, the roof…

Surgical scars

If you’re turning to plastic surgery to look younger and prettier, you might be disappointed to learn that many procedures leave a scar. Though many often don’t think of cosmetic surgery as "true surgery," certain procedures can be rather invasive and may leave several scars. Lucky for you, there are things that you can do to minimize scarring after surgery.…

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