Category Archives: Expert Health Advice

Bunions Don’t Have to Be a Bumpy Ride

Posted on: July 7, 2017

Bunions Don’t Have to Be a Bumpy Ride
A bunion is a bump on the inner aspect of the foot at the base of the big toe. If you’ve never experienced a bunion, you might think that this bump is an enlarged bone or even a growth, but it’s not. A bunion is actually a normally-shaped bone that has drifted into an abnormal position. As part of the deformity, the big toe becomes crooked, pointing more and more toward the second toe. Painful bunions can make routine activities like walking or even standing extremely uncomfortable. Here, Dr. Kurt Voellmicke, Director of Foot and Ankle Surgery at the Orthopedic and Spine Institute at Northern Westchester Hospital discusses what causes bunions and empowers you with treatment options for this potentially debilitating foot condition.

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Hernias – What You Need to Know

Posted on: June 21, 2017

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.

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A Treatable Dementia

Posted on: June 16, 2017

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.

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Pain Relief When All Else Fails

Posted on: June 6, 2017

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).

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Rejuvenate with Eyelid Surgery

Posted on: May 4, 2017

Gravity takes its toll on all parts of our body, but one of the first areas to show our age is the sagging skin and puffy bags around the eyes. The area around the eyes is the first place we focus on when meeting new people and engaging in conversation. Here, I’ll explain what you need to know when considering blepharoplasty. By Dr. Douglas A. Roth, Chief of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at Northern Westchester Hospital. 

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