According to The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 200,000 hernias are diagnosed each year in the U.S. A hernia is an opening within muscles or connective tissue called fascia, through which intestines or fat protrudes. Hernias tend to occur in the belly through previous incisions, or most commonly in the groin, which is known as an inguinal hernia. A hernia can develop at any age, from birth onward. They may grow over time or come on suddenly; they can result from strenuous activity, heavy lifting, pregnancy, or even from a fit of coughing. You’ll recognize the symptoms of a hernia as a bulge that may be accompanied by a burning or aching sensation. Here, I’ll tell you everything you need to know about hernias from diagnosis to treatment. By Dr. Amanda Messina, Chief of General Surgery at Northern Westchester Hospital.
With the aging of the population, there is a dramatic rise in the prevalence of age-related cognitive decline or dementia. While many people fear the dementia associated with Alzheimer’s, there’s considerable hope for patients with dementia related to normal pressure hydrocephalus (NPH), the only form of dementia that currently has the capacity for real reversal. By Deborah L. Benzil, MD, FACS, FAANS, Director of the Spine Radiosurgery Program at Northern Westchester Hospital.
If you or someone you love suffers from chronic severe pain and no methods have brought relief, you need to know about a surgical procedure that can significantly reduce or even eliminate pain. Here, I inform you about spinal cord stimulation for chronic pain. The procedure could change your life. By Dr. Alain C. J. de Lotbinière, CM, FACS, FRCSC, Medical Director of the Cancer Treatment & Wellness Center and Co-Medical Director of the Gamma Knife Center, Northern Westchester Hospital (NWH).
Suddenly, with no warning, you feel terrible pain shooting from the base of your neck, through your shoulder, down your arm and into your fingers. You’re not aware of doing anything to set it off. What’s happening? By Dr. John M. Abrahams, FAANS, Chief of Neurosurgery and Co-Director of the Spine Surgery Section of the Orthopedic and Spine Institute, Northern Westchester Hospital.
While everything from flowers to trees are coming alive, so are springtime allergies. As plants begin to release pollen, nearly 50 million people in the U.S who suffer from seasonal allergies start sneezing, sniffling and coughing. This is the time of year when it’s especially important to put thought and energy into protecting and preserving your voice, as any type of inflammation could lead to vocal issues. Often we don’t realize how important our voice is, or how much we need it, until we lose it. Here, I’ll explain the four components of your voice, the importance of caring for it, and tips to prevent the risk of permanent damage. By Veronica Cea, M.S, CCC/SLP, Speech Language Pathologist at Northern Westchester Hospital.