Procedures & Devices

Tests, procedures, devices … what do they all mean? Learning that you will have to undergo a procedure or start using a new piece of medical equipment can be scary and overwhelming. Learn about some of the most common procedures and supplies your doctor may prescribe for you, what they are used for, and how they can help you.

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  • Allergy Shots: Could They Help Your Allergies?

    Allergy shots, or allergen immunotherapy, are a type of treatment to relieve chronic allergy symptoms, such as pollen, mold, or…

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  • Beta-Blockers for Heart Problems

    Beta-blockers are medicine used to treat heart problems and high blood pressure. Learn the benefits and side effects of taking…

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  • Blood Pressure Monitoring at Home

    Measuring your blood pressure at home and keeping a record of the measurements will show you and your doctor how…

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  • Botulinum Toxin Injections: A Treatment for Muscle Spasms

    Learn about the use and side effects of botulinum toxin injections to control muscle spasms.

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  • Breast Cyst Aspiration

    Information about breast cysts and breast cyst aspiration.

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  • Cardioverter-Defibrillator: A Treatment for Arrhythmia

    An implantable cardioverter-defibrillator (ICD) is a type of medical device. It helps treat arrhythmias and prevent cardiac arrest.

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  • Choosing Wisely: Tests and Treatments to Discuss With Your Doctor

    Choosing Wisely is a campaign supported by the American Academy of Family Physicians and other medical societies to encourage conversations…

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  • Colposcopy

    A colposcopy is a women’s health exam that looks closely at the cervix to diagnose problems.

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  • Coronary Artery Disease (CAD) | Stents

    Learn about stents and when they are necessary.

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  • CPAP Devices for Sleep Apnea

    CPAP is a medical device to treat sleep apnea. It includes a mask, tubes, and a fan that forces air…

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  • Electroconvulsive Therapy (ECT)

    Electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) is a procedure that sends electric currents into the brain. It is used to treat severe mental…

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  • Gallbladder Removal: Laparoscopic Method

    Laparoscopic removal of the gallbladder is a less invasive method that results in shorter recovery time and less-noticeable scars.

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  • Hormone Replacement Therapy

    Hormone replacement therapy (HRT) is a type of treatment that involves taking synthetic hormones to prevent or treat certain medical…

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  • How to Use a Metered Dose Inhaler

    A metered-dose inhaler is a hand-held device that contains medicine to open the airways in people with asthma and other…

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  • Insulin Therapy

    Learn about insulin therapy for diabetes.

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  • Joint and Soft Tissue Injections

    Learn about what to expect during a joint or soft-tissue injection and common side effects of the procedure.

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  • Plasma Viral Load Testing

    Learn about plasma viral load testing for HIV and AIDS.

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  • Preparing for Cancer Treatment

    Learn how to prepare yourself and your loved ones for your cancer treatment.

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  • Prostate Cancer | Pros & Cons of PSA Testing

    Learn about the pros and cons of prostate cancer screening, and why some doctors believe it does more harm than…

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  • Screening in Pregnancy

    Information about screening in pregnancy.

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