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Dr. John Watterson

Dr. John Watterson

MD, FRCPC,
Rheumatologist
Victoria, BC
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What is lupus disease?

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Lupus disease affects the autoimmune system, and basically causes the body to attack itself by increasing inflammation in the organs and throughout the body. Lupus and can range in severity as well as the symptoms it causes in those affected. The most common effect of lupus is skin conditions and sun sensitivity. Lupus can be difficult to diagnose so speak with your physician if you feel you should be screened for lupus.

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What is Lupus?

Dr. Richard Bebb

Dr. Richard Bebb

MD, ABIM, FRCPC
Endocrinologist
Victoria, BC
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How does lack of sleep affect food choices?

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Sleep deprivation, or lack of sleep, can impact the choices you make when fuelling your body with food. Studies have shown that people tend to eat more the day after a sleepless night, and tend to choose less healthy foods. Since sleep issues have been linked to weight gain and obesity, you should have any sleep disturbances checked by your family doctor.

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Sleep Disorders & Obesity

Dr. Bassam Masri

Dr. Bassam Masri

MD, FRCSC
Orthopaedic Surgeon
Vancouver, BC
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Are there conditions that could lead to greater risk with knee replacement surgery?

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There are certain conditions that might lead to poorer outcomes with knee replacement surgery. If your weight can be classified as severe obesity, weight loss might be necessary before knee surgery. Also, if you the bones in your knee are very stiff, or the skin is not optimal around your knee, your chances of a successful surgery might be reduced. Your surgeon will be able to tell you if there are any concerns with going ahead with your knee replacement.

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Alternative Treatments for Knee Replacement Surgery

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