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Laceration Repair: A Practical Approach - American Family Physician

May 15, 2017 - The goals of laceration repair are to achieve hemostasis and optimal cosmetic results without increasing the risk of infection. Many aspects of laceration repair have not changed over the years, but there is evidence to support some updates to standard management. Studies have been ...

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https://www.aafp.org/afp/2017/0515/p628.html

Ingrown Toenail Management - American Family Physician

Aug 1, 2019 - Ingrown toenails account for approximately 20% of foot problems in primary care. The great toe is most often affected. Ingrown toenails occur most commonly in young men, and nail care habits and footwear are most often contributory factors. No consensus has been reached for the best ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2019/0801/p158.html

Surgical and Nonsurgical Management of Gallstones - American Family Physician

May 15, 2014 - Cholelithiasis, or gallstones, is one of the most common and costly of all the gastrointestinal diseases. The incidence of gallstones increases with age. At-risk populations include persons with diabetes mellitus, persons who are obese, women, rapid weight cyclers, and patients on ...

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https://www.aafp.org/afp/2014/0515/p795.html

Common Questions About Wound Care - American Family Physician

Jan 15, 2015 - Lacerations, abrasions, burns, and puncture wounds are common in the outpatient setting. Because wounds can quickly become infected, the most important aspect of treating a minor wound is irrigation and cleaning. There is no evidence that antiseptic irrigation is superior to sterile ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2015/0115/p86.html

Perioperative Cardiovascular Medication Management in Noncardiac Surgery: Common ...

May 15, 2017 - Several medications have been used perioperatively in patients undergoing noncardiac surgery in an attempt to improve outcomes. Antiplatelet therapy for primary prevention of cardiovascular events should generally be discontinued seven to 10 days before surgery to avoid increasing the ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2017/0515/p645.html

Refractive Eye Surgery: Helping Patients Make Informed Decisions About LASIK - American...

May 15, 2017 - A variety of refractive surgery techniques, which reshape the corneal stroma using laser energy, have been marketed as simple and safe alternatives to glasses or contact lenses. Laser-assisted in-situ keratomileusis (LASIK) is the most common of these procedures. Although there are few ...

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https://www.aafp.org/afp/2017/0515/p637.html

Essentials of Skin Laceration Repair - American Family Physician

Oct 15, 2008 - Skin laceration repair is an important skill in family medicine. Sutures, tissue adhesives, staples, and skin-closure tapes are options in the outpatient setting. Physicians should be familiar with various suturing techniques, including simple, running, and half-buried mattress (corner)...

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https://www.aafp.org/afp/2008/1015/p945.html

Treatment of Adult Obesity with Bariatric Surgery - American Family Physician

Jan 1, 2016 - In 2013, approximately 179,000 bariatric surgery procedures were performed in the United States, including the laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy (42.1%), Roux-en-Y gastric bypass (34.2%), and laparoscopic adjustable gastric banding (14.0%). Choice of procedure depends on the medical ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2016/0101/p31.html

Complications of Adjustable Gastric Banding Surgery for Obesity - American Family ...

May 15, 2014 - Laparoscopic adjustable gastric banding procedures have a favorable risk-benefit profile and are increasingly important as part of the overall management of obesity. These procedures are effective at inducing weight loss and improving comorbid conditions, including diabetes mellitus, ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2014/0515/p813.html

Infiltrative Anesthesia in Office Practice - American Family Physician

Jun 15, 2014 - When choosing an infiltrative anesthetic agent, the type of procedure, the length of time required for anesthesia, and the pharmacodynamics of each medication are important considerations. Distraction techniques and buffering with sodium bicarbonate can be used to decrease the pain ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2014/0615/p956.html

Management of the Ingrown Toenail - American Family Physician

Feb 15, 2009 - Ingrown toenail, or onychocryptosis, most commonly affects the great toenail. Many anatomic and behavioral factors are thought to contribute to ingrown toenails, such as improper trimming, repetitive or inadvertent trauma, genetic predisposition, hyperhidrosis, and poor foot hygiene. ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2009/0215/p303.html

Treatment of Adult Obesity with Bariatric Surgery - American Family Physician

Oct 1, 2011 - Bariatric surgery procedures, including laparoscopic adjustable gastric banding, laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy, and Roux-en-Y gastric bypass, result in an average weight loss of 50 percent of excess body weight. Remission of diabetes mellitus occurs in approximately 80 percent of ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2011/1001/p805.html

Tonsillectomy in Children: AAO-HNS Updates Guideline - Practice Guidelines - American ...

Sep 1, 2019 - The American Academy of Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery (AAO–HNS) has updated its 2011 guideline on tonsillectomy indications and perioperative care in children one to 18 years of age.

American Family Physician : Practice Guidelines

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2019/0901/p316.html

Management of Varicose Veins - American Family Physician

Dec 1, 2008 - Varicose veins are twisted, dilated veins most commonly located on the lower extremities. Risk factors include chronic cough, constipation, family history of venous disease, female sex, obesity, older age, pregnancy, and prolonged standing. The exact pathophysiology is debated, but it ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2008/1201/p1289.html

Chewing Gum for Reducing Post-Cesarean Section Ileus - Medicine by the Numbers - ...

Sep 1, 2018 - Although the current body of literature suggests a need for higher-quality, more robust research, the simplicity, frugality, and safety of chewing gum makes it a viable option to offer women undergoing cesarean section.

American Family Physician : Medicine by the Numbers

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2018/0901/od2.html

Staples vs. Sutures After Cesarean Delivery - FPIN's Help Desk Answers - American ...

Jul 1, 2018 - Patients believe that staples and subcuticular sutures provide similar cosmetic outcomes after cesarean deliveries. However, the risk of wound complications (e.g., infection, separation, hematoma, seroma) is doubled with staples.

American Family Physician : FPIN's Help Desk Answers

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2018/0701/p50.html

Aspirin No Different Than Rivaroxaban for Prevention of VTE After TKA or THA - POEMs - ...

Aug 15, 2018 - Extended prophylaxis with low-dose aspirin is similar in efficacy to rivaroxaban for the prevention of symptomatic VTE following TKA or THA. Aspirin is cheap, widely available, and effective, making it a good alternative to the more costly direct oral anticoagulants.

American Family Physician : POEMs

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2018/0815/p248.html

Ibuprofen and Morphine Provide Similar Post-op Pain Relief in Kids; Ibuprofen Has Fewer...

Mar 15, 2018 - This carefully designed and adequately powered study found no difference in pain reduction between ibuprofen and oral morphine in children with postoperative pain. Adverse effects, however, were much more likely with morphine.

American Family Physician : POEMs

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2018/0315/p408a.html

Bariatric Surgery Improves Quality of Life and Results in More Weight Loss Than ...

Jun 15, 2017 - Bariatric surgery using Roux-en-Y gastric bypass or sleeve gastrectomy was more effective than intensive medical therapy at improving quality of life and helping patients lose weight and reduce the need for medications. Anemia was more common with sleeve gastrectomy, and approximately ...

American Family Physician : POEMs

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2017/0615/p805.html

Chronic Anal Fissures - Clinical Evidence Handbook - American Family Physician

Mar 15, 2016 - What are the effects of surgical treatments for chronic anal fissure?

American Family Physician : Clinical Evidence Handbook

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2016/0315/p498.html

Antibiotics May Equal Surgery for Children with Appendicitis - POEMs - American Family ...

Jun 1, 2017 - Antibiotic treatment appears to be effective for children with uncomplicated appendicitis without evidence of perforation or rupture, with 97% of children discharged without surgery. Approximately one in seven children will eventually have recurrence and require surgery. A couple of ...

American Family Physician : POEMs

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2017/0601/p737.html

Vasectomy: An Update - American Family Physician

Dec 15, 2006 - Vasectomy remains an important option for contraception. Research findings have clarified many questions regarding patient selection, optimal technique, postsurgical follow-up, and risk of long-term complications. Men who receive vasectomies tend to be non-Hispanic whites, well ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2006/1215/p2069.html

Vascular Surgery: An Update - American Family Physician

Jan 1, 2007 - Caring for patients with vascular illnesses has become increasingly more complex and has changed dramatically over the past 10 years, with a widening array of diagnostic and treatment options. Carotid artery stenting has the potential to become a viable alternative to open surgery in ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2007/0101/p85.html

Appendicitis - Clinical Evidence Handbook - American Family Physician

Jan 15, 2016 - What are the effects of surgery compared with antibiotics for acute appendicitis?

American Family Physician : Clinical Evidence Handbook

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2016/0115/p142.html

The Mattress Sutures: Vertical, Horizontal, and Corner Stitch - American Family Physician

Dec 15, 2002 - The interrupted vertical and horizontal mattress suture techniques are two of the most commonly used skin closure methods. These mattress sutures promote wound edge eversion and less prominent scarring. Vertical and horizontal mattress sutures allow for skin edges to be closed under ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2002/1215/p2231.html

Tap Water vs. Sterile Saline for Wound Irrigation - Medicine by the Numbers - American ...

Aug 1, 2015 - Studies show that there was no significant difference and none were harmed by using tap water. Find out more.

American Family Physician : Medicine by the Numbers

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2015/0801/od1.html

Chewing Gum for Postoperative Recovery of Gastrointestinal Function - Cochrane for ...

Dec 1, 2015 - Having patients chew gum reduces the time to first flatus and time to first bowel movement, as well as the length of hospitalization by about half a day.

American Family Physician : Cochrane for Clinicians

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2015/1201/p974.html

Mohs Micrographic Surgery - American Family Physician

Sep 1, 2005 - Mohs micrographic surgery is an approach to skin cancer removal that aims to achieve the highest possible rates of cure and to minimize the size of the wound and consequent distortions at critical sites such as the eyes, ears, nose, and lips. Mohs micrographic surgery is a two-step, ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2005/0901/p845.html

Surgical Treatment for Asymptomatic Cholelithiasis - FPIN's Clinical Inquiries - ...

Mar 15, 2014 - Surgery should not be offered to patients with asymptomatic cholelithiasis. Cholecystectomy may be beneficial for patients who are at high risk of biliary cancer, infection, or other complications, including younger patients and those with choledocholithiasis, sickle cell disease, ...

American Family Physician : FPIN's Clinical Inquiries

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2014/0315/p468.html

Topical Preparations for Wound Healing - FPIN's Clinical Inquiries - American Family ...

Jun 15, 2014 - Topical silver should not be used for treatment of nonburn wounds because it does not hasten healing. Medical-grade topical honey can be used to reduce healing time for partial-thickness burns, but it produces no effect on lacerations, surgical wounds, chronic wounds, or vascular ...

American Family Physician : FPIN's Clinical Inquiries

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2014/0615/p978.html

Regional Anesthesia For Office Procedures: Part I. Head and Neck Surgeries - American ...

Feb 1, 2004 - Although local anesthesia usually is used in surgical procedures, field or nerve blocks can provide more effective anesthesia in some situations. In a field block, local anesthetic is infiltrated around the border of the surgical field, leaving the operative area undisturbed. In field ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2004/0201/p585.html

Perioperative Management of Diabetes - American Family Physician

Jan 1, 2003 - Maintaining glycemic and metabolic control is difficult in diabetic patients who are undergoing surgery. The preoperative evaluation of all patients with diabetes should include careful screening for asymptomatic cardiac or renal disease. Frequent self-monitoring of glucose levels is ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2003/0101/p93.html

Aspirin Is as Safe and Effective as LMWH for Extended Thromboprophylaxis After Total ...

Dec 1, 2013 - Aspirin is as effective as dalteparin for extended thromboprophylaxis in patients who had total hip arthroplasty and had initially received 10 days of dalteparin prophylaxis postoperatively. Because of its relative safety, low cost, and easy administration, aspirin is an attractive ...

American Family Physician : POEMs

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2013/1201/p739.html

Regional Anesthesia For Office Procedures: Part II. Extremity and Inguinal Area ...

Feb 15, 2004 - The hand can be anesthetized effectively with blocks of the median, ulnar, or radial nerve. Each digit is supplied by four digital nerves, which can be blocked with injections on each side of the digit. Anterior or posterior ankle blocks can be used for regional anesthesia for the foot....

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2004/0215/p896.html

When to Operate in Carotid Artery Disease - American Family Physician

Jan 15, 2000 - Carotid endarterectomy has proved to be beneficial in the prevention of stroke in selected patients. The procedure is indicated in symptomatic patients with carotid-territory transient ischemic attacks or minor strokes who have carotid artery stenosis of 70 to 99 percent. With a low ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2000/0115/p400.html

Breast-Conserving Surgery for Breast Cancer - American Family Physician

Dec 15, 2002 - Surgical treatment of breast cancer has changed significantly in recent years. Fine-needle aspirations or core-needle biopsies can be used in the diagnostic process, thus avoiding scarring incisions. The preferred method of treatment for many women with early breast cancer is ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2002/1215/p2271.html

Alvimopan (Entereg) for the Treatment of Postoperative Ileus - STEPS - American Family ...

Apr 15, 2011 - Use of alvimopan should be restricted to patients at a higher risk of postoperative ileus following abdominal surgeries, such as hospitalized patients undergoing bowel resection with primary anastomosis. It is an expensive option with limited indications; head-to-head studies with ...

American Family Physician : STEPS

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2011/0415/p978.html

Surgical Options in the Management of Groin Hernias - American Family Physician

Jan 1, 1999 - Inguinal and femoral hernias are the most common conditions for which primary care physicians refer patients for surgical management. Hernias usually present as swelling accompanied by pain or a dragging sensation in the groin. Most hernias can be diagnosed based on the history and ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/1999/0101/p143.html

Medical Management vs. Surgery for Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease - Cochrane for ...

Aug 1, 2010 - At one to three years, adults with GERD who were treated with laparoscopic fundoplication had more improvement in overall and GERD-specific quality of life scores and less exposure to acid in the lower esophagus compared with patients who use proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) and histamine ...

American Family Physician : Cochrane for Clinicians

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2010/0801/p244.html

Surgical Options in the Management of Groin Hernias - American Family Physician

Feb 15, 1999 - Inguinal and femoral hernias are the most common conditions for which primary care physicians refer patients for surgical management. Hernias usually present as swelling accompanied by pain or a dragging sensation in the groin. Most hernias can be diagnosed based on the history and ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/1999/0215/p893.html

Diabetes: Foot Ulcers and Amputations - Clinical Evidence Handbook - American Family ...

Oct 15, 2009 - What are the effects of interventions to prevent foot ulcers and amputations in persons with diabetes? What are the effects of treatments in persons with diabetes with foot ulceration?

American Family Physician : Clinical Evidence Handbook

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2009/1015/p789.html

Predicting Mortality Risk in Patients Undergoing Bariatric Surgery - Point-of-Care ...

Jan 15, 2008 - Bariatric surgery has become increasingly common in the United States. Recent randomized controlled trials have shown that mortality is modestly reduced 11 years after bariatric surgery (absolute risk = 5.0 versus 6.3 percent; P = .04; number needed to treat = 77).2 The overall ...

American Family Physician : Point-of-Care Guides

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2008/0115/p220.html

Patient-Controlled Analgesia for Postoperative Pain - Cochrane for Clinicians - ...

Dec 1, 2007 - Patient-controlled opioid analgesia is safe and provides a statistically significant improvement in analgesia in postoperative patients, but the clinical significance of the improvement is marginal.

American Family Physician : Cochrane for Clinicians

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2007/1201/p1645.html

Practice Guidelines - May 15, 2006 - American Family Physician

May 15, 2006 - A subcommittee of the American Academy of Neurology (AAN) reviewed articles on carotid endarterectomy to assess the effectiveness of the procedure in preventing stroke in patients with internal carotid artery stenosis.

American Family Physician : Practice Guidelines

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2006/0515/p1847a.html

Practice Guidelines - May 15, 2006 - American Family Physician

May 15, 2006 - The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is investigating an outbreak of mumps that began in Iowa in December 2005. Other cases that were thought to be linked to the Iowa outbreak were being investigated in Illinois, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, and Wisconsin.

American Family Physician : Practice Guidelines

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2006/0515/p1847.html

Follow-up After Surgically Treated Breast Cancer - Cochrane for Clinicians - American ...

Jul 1, 2005 - The best available evidence supports clinical breast examinations every three to six months for five years and annual mammography for asymptomatic breast cancer survivors. More intensive follow-up and subspecialist visits do not improve survival.

American Family Physician : Cochrane for Clinicians

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2005/0701/p77.html

Pharmacologic and Surgical Treatment of Obesity - Practice Guidelines - American Family...

Dec 1, 2004 - The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) has released a new report entitled, Pharmacological and Surgical Treatment of Obesity.

American Family Physician : Practice Guidelines

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2004/1201/p2225.html

Bariatric Surgery: Too Many Unanswered Questions - Editorials - American Family Physician

Apr 15, 2006 - Advertisement << Previous article Next article >> Apr 15, 2006 Issue Editorials Bariatric Surgery: Too Many Unanswered Questions ARTHUR FRANK, M.D., George Washington University, Washington, D.C. Am Fam Physician. 2006 Apr 15;73(8):1335-1336. Related Article One of the obvious...

American Family Physician : Editorials

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2006/0415/p1335.html

Screening and Management of Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm: The Best Evidence - Editorials -...

Apr 1, 2006 - Advertisement << Previous article Next article >> Apr 1, 2006 Issue Editorials Screening and Management of Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm: The Best Evidence CRAIG FLEMING, M.D., Kaiser-Permanente Center for Health Research, Portland, Oregon Am Fam Physician. 2006 Apr 1;73(7):1157-1158....

American Family Physician : Editorials

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2006/0401/p1157.html

Gastroesophageal Reflux: Medical and Surgical Treatment Options - Editorials - American...

Oct 1, 2003 - Advertisement << Previous article Next article >> Oct 1, 2003 Issue Editorials Gastroesophageal Reflux: Medical and Surgical Treatment Options KENNETH R. DEVAULT, M.D., Mayo Clinic, Jacksonville, Florida Am Fam Physician. 2003 Oct 1;68(7):1271-1277. Related Article Symptoms...

American Family Physician : Editorials

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2003/1001/p1271.html

Who Should Operate in Carotid Disease? - Editorials - American Family Physician

Jan 15, 2000 - Advertisement << Previous article Next article >> Jan 15, 2000 Issue Editorials Who Should Operate in Carotid Disease? JAMES R. PERRY, M.D., FRCP(C), Sunnybrook and Women's College Health Science, Centre, Toronto, Ontario Am Fam Physician. 2000 Jan 15;61(2):313-317. Related Article...

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https://www.aafp.org/afp/2000/0115/p313.html

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