Marilyn Covers The Medical World With a Passion

Peripheral Nerve Blocks for Joint Surgery

It’s’ not exactly a new idea, Peripheral Nerve Block has long been used in obstetrics,  but in the last  8-years this type of anesthesia has grown up, become more sophisticated and that makes it definitely worth talking about –  especially if you’re about to undergo joint replacement surgery of any kind.    In fact, according to the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, nearly 600-thousand Americans undergo total knee replacements every year.  Another 200-thousand receive new hip joints.

The Total Knee Replacement



Orthopedic surgery has always had a brutal and dangerous image. Continue Reading


(Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo – BPPV)  That dizzy feeling We’ve all done it as kids – spinning around and around and then stopping to get that dizzy feeling.  We’d stagger around, fall down, and giggle like crazy because the room kept spinning even though we were standing still.   We didn’t know our self-induced vertigo wasContinue Reading

Get Those Vaccinations

Flu isn’t the only vaccination to consider this fall. Continue Reading

Gallbladder Disease – Stone and/or Inflammation

The attack It’s one of the most uncomfortable feelings I’ve ever experienced.  A kind of gnawing, chewing ache in the upper right part of my abdomen near my rib cage that radiated to my back between my shoulder blades.   I had the most common symptom of gallstones.   Many say it feels like a heart attack.  Continue Reading

Treating Lung Cancer

Stereotactic Body Radiation Therapy Radiation therapy – long the gold standard in the treatment of cancer – has changed for the better.   Instead of blasting a wide area with radiation that can damage surrounding tissues, doctors now use a sophisticated technique that delivers precise high doses of radiation to isolated tumors in the brain, bone,Continue Reading

Bloodless Medicine

What do you mean I need surgery? Like a lot of folks I fortunately sailed through my childhood and young adult years without serious injury, disease, or surgery.  So, I never dreamed I would ever need surgery – until recently.    Trust me, the older you get the more likely you will need an operation ofContinue Reading

Tinnitus, Help and Hope

If you’re among the more than 50-million Americans driven to distraction by Tinnitus, a condition marked by constant ringing, roaring, or static like buzzing in the ears, there is good news for the roughly 12-million severe sufferers.   I’m talking about hearing aids that do more than enhance sound.   Hearing aid manufacturers have been working feverishlyContinue Reading

Diabetes and the Brain

Type 2 diabetes is a bad disease any way you look at it.  When the body becomes resistant to the hormone insulin or when the pancreas stops producing enough insulin, high glucose levels in the blood quietly attack every organ of the body, robbing physical health and eventually life.   According to neurosurgeon Peter Jannetta, doctorsContinue Reading