April 22, 2013
This sounds a bit like the punch line of a bad joke, doesn’t it? But believe it or not, it’s true. Dizziness can be caused by loose crystals called “otoconia” in your inner ear, which is known as BPPV. Benign paroxysmal positional vertigo, or BPPV, is the most common cause of vertigo, and is also the most common vestibular (inner ear) disorder. BPPV occurs when tiny calcium crystals are displaced from either one or both of the otolith organs of the inner ear and fall down into one of the semicircular canals, disrupting the flow of the fluid of that canal. What results from that disruption of fluid is essentially a false sense of motion. People with BPPV will most often report experiencing short episodes of severe vertigo with change in head and/or body position, such as turning over in bed or getting up and out of bed, tilting their head back in the shower to wash their hair, or turning their head from side to side while driving. The onset of vertigo can be ver...
April 14, 2013
In recent years, there has been a surge in the popularity of robotic surgery. This is an exciting new technology that is being actively used by many specialists here at Swedish. In General Surgery, we have been using a minimally invasive approach called laparoscopy for many years. This allows us to use smaller incisions, giving the patient much less pain and a quicker recovery. Robotic surgery is very similar. Here are the answers to some frequently asked questions about robotic surgery: Are incisions smaller with robotic surgery than with laparoscopy? No. The incisions are pretty much the same. As a patient, you might not be able to tell much of a difference from the surface. Do the robotic instruments allow the surgeon to perform a better operation?