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Video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery (VATS) is a type of surgery for diagnosing and treating a variety of conditions involving the chest area (thorax).

If a person has severe hearing loss, a cochlear implant may help. A cochlear implant is different from a hearing aid. A hearing aid makes sounds louder and helps someone who has some hearing loss. But a cochlear implant can help a person with very little or no hearing (partial or complete deafness).

An ear tube insertion is when a tiny tube is placed in the eardrum to let fluid leave the middle ear. Read on to learn all about this procedure.

A brachioplasty is a surgery that reshapes the back part of your upper arm, from your arm to your elbow. It's also called an arm lift. It gets rid of extra skin and tissue. It makes your upper arm look smoother.

A vitrectomy is a type of eye surgery to treat problems with the retina and vitreous. During the surgery, your surgeon removes the vitreous and replaces it with another solution.

A blood transfusion is when blood is put into the body. During a blood transfusion, you receive donated blood through 1 of your blood vessels. Read on to learn details about this procedure.

A blood transfusion is when blood is put into the body. During a blood transfusion, your child receives donated blood through one of their blood vessels.

Chlorhexidine gluconate (CHG) is a cleaning product that kills germs. Daily baths with CHG reduce the spread of infections in hospitals. CHG baths are especially helpful in intensive care units (ICUs).

Corneal ring implantation is a type of surgery to place a ring of plastic into the middle layer of your cornea to correct your vision.

Corneal transplantation is a surgery that replaces your poorly functioning cornea with a new donated one.

A dacryocystorhinostomy (DCR) is a type of surgery to create a new tear drain between your eyes and nose. You may need this surgery if your own tear duct has become blocked.

A bedside swallow exam is a test to see if you might have dysphagia. When you have dysphagia, you have trouble swallowing. This condition can sometimes lead to serious problems.

A fiberoptic evaluation of swallowing (FEES) test is a procedure used to assess how well you swallow. During the procedure, a speech-language pathologist (SLP) passes a thin, flexible instrument through your nose. Then the SLP views parts of your throat as you swallow.

A gallium scan is a medical imaging test. Your healthcare provider may recommend it to look for and help treat certain health conditions. It is a type of nuclear medicine scan.

Hospital discharge is when you are allowed to leave a hospital after treatment. It involves working with a discharge planner who will help you understand the next steps and how to care for yourself at home.

Laser photocoagulation is a type of laser surgery used to treat age-related macular degeneration (AMD). AMD is a condition that can lead to vision loss.

A Meckel’s scan is an imaging test used to find a Meckel’s diverticulum. This is a small, abnormal pocket that forms in the wall of your child’s large intestine.

Magnetic resonance enterography is an imaging test that lets your healthcare provider see detailed pictures of your small intestine. It can pinpoint inflammation, bleeding, and other problems. It is also called MR enterography.

Nasal endoscopy is a procedure to look at the nasal and sinus passages. It's done with a thin, flexible tube with a tiny camera and a light. An ear, nose, and throat doctor (ENT or otolaryngologist) will often do this procedure in their office.

Photodynamic therapy uses lasers and a special medicine that works when exposed to a type of light. It is done to treat age-related macular degeneration (AMD).

Pneumatic retinopexy is a procedure to correct a detached retina and restore vision. It can be done in an office setting.

Procedural sedation is used to calm a person before a medical procedure. It involves giving you sedatives or pain pills to ease discomfort, pain, and anxiety.

Scleral buckling is a type of eye surgery to fix a detached retina and restore vision.

Larynx-closure exercises can help you swallow better. With practice, they may help strengthen the muscles of your larynx.

Tongue-strengthening exercises can help improve your swallowing. Learn more about them here.

Larynx-lifting exercises help you increase the strength and mobility of the muscles of your larynx (voice box) over time. This may improve your ability to swallow.

Lip-closure exercises help increase lip strength and mobility over time. This may help the ability to swallow.

A thyroid fine needle aspiration biopsy is a procedure that removes a small sample of tissue from your thyroid gland. Cells are removed through a small, hollow needle. The sample is sent to the lab for analysis.

Trabeculectomy is a type of surgery done in the front part of your eye to treat glaucoma. It lowers the pressure in your eye.

Negative pressure wound therapy (NPWT) is a type of therapy to help wounds heal.

During viscosupplementation treatment for arthritis, your healthcare provider injects hyaluronic acid into your joint. This thick fluid may help reduce pain and swelling in your arthritic joint (most often, your knee).

Medical nutrition therapy is a type of treatment for people who are overweight. It's also for people with certain health conditions. During treatment, you will work with a registered dietitian to make a nutrition plan just for you.

The home Epley maneuver is a type of exercise help that helps to treat the symptoms of benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV). You can do this exercise at home.

Intensive behavioral therapy is a treatment for obesity. Through this treatment, you learn how to change your eating and exercise habits. This helps you lose weight.

Body contouring is a type of surgery that improves how you look. It's done after you lose a large amount of weight. This type of surgery gets rid of extra skin folds and other surrounding tissue. This gives your body smoother contours. Read on for details about this procedure, and what to expect.

A belt lipectomy is a type of surgery. It's done to remove the loose skin and fat around your waist or belt line. This is also called an abdominal lipectomy, tummy tuck, and panniculectomy. Read on to learn what to expect before, during, and after the procedure.

A detailed look at cataract surgery, including possible risks, what to expect during the procedure, and recovery afterward.