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Dr. Maziar Badii

Dr. Maziar Badii

MD, FRCP
Rheumatologist
Vancouver, BC
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What is congenital scoliosis?

A:

Congenital scoliosis is a type of scoliosis that you are born with. This type of scoliosis accounts for about 15-20% of all scoliosis cases, and can be noticed at the time of birth by a pediatrician or physician, or in some cases may be identified on an ultrasound when the baby is still in utero.

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Diagnosis of Congenital Scoliosis

Dr. Ramesh Sahjpaul

Dr. Ramesh Sahjpaul

MD, MSc, FRCSC
Neurosurgeon
Vancouver, BC
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What is a lumbar discectomy?

A:

A lumbar discectomy is a type of back surgery. The surgery is done using a small incision so that the nerves that are being pressed upon can be exposed and the cause of the pressing (i.e., a disc) can be removed. The surgery has a good success rate and patients are usually able to move around a few hours following the procedure. You can ask your doctor if you have questions about this procedure and your specific back pain.

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What is Lumbar Discectomy and Laminectomy?

Dr. Atul Verma

Dr. Atul Verma

Cardiologist
Newmarket, ON
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When should an atrial fibrillation patient stop taking their blood thinner?

A:

If you are experiencing a bleed from your gut or large volume bleeds are times when you should visit hospital, and at that time your blood thinner may have to be stopped for a short period of time in order to control the bleeding. Minor bleeds such as bruises that you find on your skin or cuts that won’t heal as quickly, or minor oozes for example while you’re brushing your teeth are not reasons to stop taking your blood thinner.

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When Should Patients Seek Medical Help for Bleeding when on Anticoagulants