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    1. How to Plan for Recovery at Home After Surgery

      You can make your recovery at home go a lot smoother if you take a little time to plan ahead. Ask your doctor what you won't be able to do at first while you're healing up, and get help from friends and family to prepare your living space. This depends on the kind of operation you have. If it's a co

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    2. 7 Tips to Help Decide if Surgery Is Right for You

      If you're not sure whether to go ahead with surgery, think about the pros and cons. It may seem like a daunting task, but with your doctor's help, you can lay out the risks and benefits.  These simple steps can make it easier to reach a decision. Ask your surgeon to get specific about how an operati

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    3. What to Ask Your Surgeon Before an Operation

      Getting nervous as the big day approaches? You'll feel more relaxed if you meet with your surgeon beforehand to get your questions answered. He can tell you what to expect and explain how to prepare. Most surgeries used to happen at hospitals, says Frederick L. Greene, MD, FACS, a medical director a

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    4. How to Support Your Loved One's Physical Therapy

      When he decided to give snowboarding a try, 51-year-old Kris Bickell wasn't worried about the challenge. He was already a decent skier. As predicted, it went great -- until he moved off the chairlift. "One foot got stuck in the snow, while the other kept sliding down the slope on the snowboard," Bic

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    5. How to Pay for Physical or Occupational Therapy

      Addie Morgan, a software account executive and part-time wedding planner in Atlanta, has a problem that some women would love to have -- she can only walk in high heels. But it's not because she thinks she's the next Beyonce. It's because of an inflamed Achilles tendon. Morgan went to her doctor abo

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    6. New Trends in Physical Therapy

      When it comes to rehab from surgery or an injury, it's a whole new ball game these days. Gone are long stretches of bed rest and weeks off from work. Today, doctors want you going right away with a round of physical therapy. That's because research suggests it's safe and leads to a speedier, better

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    7. What to Do If It's Hard to Chew or Swallow

      Not long after Debbie McClure was diagnosed with Sjogren’s syndrome, an immune system disorder that causes dry mouth, she sat down to a roast beef dinner. She was still adjusting to her condition. So she didn’t fully realize how not having enough saliva, which helps move food from the mouth and down

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    8. How to Find Out About Your Hospital's Performance

      Before you make a big purchase, you probably do a lot of research. Is it the best product out there? How are the customer reviews? Picking the right hospital shouldn't be any different. When you have an emergency, of course, it's a no-brainer -- you head to the nearest one. But for surgery that you

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    9. What to Expect When You're Sent Home After Surgery

      Your doctor tells you it's time to say goodbye to the hospital and head back home. You're excited, of course, but also maybe a little worried about the road ahead. You can ease your fears if you take a moment to learn what will happen on the day you get sprung. How will my doctor decide when I can l

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    10. How to Handle the Emotions of Hearing Loss

      People who start to lose their hearing know that it can have a big impact on life, but they may not have expected the way it can affect their emotions. They might feel helpless or depressed, and get angry or frustrated. The same is true for parents of a child who has hearing loss. All are normal rea

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