Adrenal Fatigue For Dummies
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The physiological part of your body — the systems that help your heart beat, lungs breathe, stomach digest, glands drain, and nerves feel — is a complicated system that involves several hundred working parts. And, much like a beloved, well-worn car, it requires repair from time to time. Thanks to the modern miracle of laser and scope surgeries and procedures, many fixes can take place in a doctor’s office or outpatient setting. Some, though, are more complex.

Here’s a look at just a few of the physio fixes you might encounter in your medical career:

  • Belsey Mark V: Transthoracic hiatus hernia repair

  • Bischof: Longitudinal incision of spinal cord for treatment of spasticity of lower extremities

  • Dexamethasone suppression test: Blood test to assess adrenal gland function, measures how cortisol levels change in response to a dexamethasone injection; to diagnose Cushing’s syndrome

  • Eloesser window thoracostomy: To treat pleural empyema, creation of small, permanent opening in chest wall to allow long-term drainage of empyema

  • Fluid deprivation test: Used to diagnose diabetes insipidus, patient deprived of fluids for a prolonged period of time to determine cause of thirst

  • Fontan: A palliative procedure used in children with complex congenital heart defects

  • Frazier-Spiller: Destruction (rhizotomy) of the trigeminal nerve to relieve neuralgia

  • Hofmeister: Gastrectomy with portion of stomach removed and retrocolic gastrojejunostomy constructed

  • Overholt: Named after Dr. Richard Overholt, a thoracic surgeon who performed the first successful removal of a lung in a cancer patient, and America’s anti-smoking pioneer

  • Ransohoff: Making numerous cross incisions through the pulmonary pleura to relieve empyema

  • Sestamibi parathyroid scintigraphy: Nuclear medicine procedure to localize a parathyroid adenoma

  • Torkildsen: Cranial ventricular shunt procedure in patient with noncommunicating hydrocephalus

  • Vineberg: Implantation of the internal mammary artery into the left ventricle for relief of myocardial ischemia

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Rich Snyder, DO, is board-certified in both internal medicine and nephrology. He teaches, lectures, and works with PA students, medical students, and medical residents. Wendy Jo Peterson MS, RDN, enhances the nutrition of her clients, ranging from elite athletes to pediatric patients, and teaches culinary arts at San Diego Mesa College.

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