Surgery and Its Alternatives: How to Make the Right Choice for Your Health


The goal of this book is to explain your surgical disease, both the alternative and traditional approaches for treatment, and then detail an integrative approach should you opt for surgery. The book begins with a preface written by Dr. Bernie Siegel ­ one of the pioneering surgeons to use alternative approaches. Next, background information about and personal statements by the authors. Following is a general discussion of Alternative Medicine, and then detailed descriptions of specific alternative healing ...
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The goal of this book is to explain your surgical disease, both the alternative and traditional approaches for treatment, and then detail an integrative approach should you opt for surgery. The book begins with a preface written by Dr. Bernie Siegel ­ one of the pioneering surgeons to use alternative approaches. Next, background information about and personal statements by the authors. Following is a general discussion of Alternative Medicine, and then detailed descriptions of specific alternative healing techniques. Next, comes a chapter about what questions to have answered by your surgeon, alternative practitioners, and other resources and how to put all this information together to make a decision about surgery. The next section focuses on what to expect during your hospital experience ­ pre-operative, during the surgery itself, and post-op. The bulk of the book considers specific surgical problems such as breast cancer, heart disease, hernias, hemorrhoids, etc. Finally, the authors provide a detailed program they call an Integrated Approach to Surgery. The book has 814 pages and contains more than 1000 references, a section on resources, and an index.

About the Authors

Dr. Sandra McLanahan is a family physician specializing in alternative, complementary, and integrative medicine. Currently, she is the Executive Medical Director of the Integral Health Center in Buckingham, Virginia. Previously, she served as the Director of Stress Management Training for the Preventive Medicine Research Institute, founded by Dr. Dean Ornish and located in Sausalito, California. She lives in Buckingham, Virginia. Sandra provides the information you need to decide if the newer alternative treatment options may replace your recommended operation and how to use alternative and complementary medicine either as a substitute for or as an aid to successful surgery. Should you need surgery, she helps you prepare for it, physically and mentally, with advice about nutrition, vitamin therapies, and stress management techniques to ease post-operative discomfort and speed your recovery. She also discusses how to improve both the hospital environment and the quality of relationship with your surgeon and other hospital personnel. Dr. David McLanahan is a general surgeon with more than 30 years experience. In addition, he has been teaching medical students and surgical residents for the past 25 years. He is a past Chief of General Surgery at Pacific Medical Center in Seattle and Clinical Associate Professor of Surgery at the University of Washington School of Medicine. He lives in Seattle, Washington. From the world of traditional surgery, David explains the pre-operative tests you should have before surgery, lays out the advantages and disadvantages of various anesthetic and surgical options, and provides precise and accessible descriptions of the most common surgical operations. -..
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Sandra McLanahan, a family physician specializing in alternative, complementary and integrative medicine and her brother, David McLanahan, an experienced general surgeon, have combined their knowledge to present a detailed, accessible overview of a variety of illnesses that may or may not be treated surgically. David contributes the surgical perspective for conditions that include many types of cancer, coronary artery disease, varicose veins, gallstones and hernias. In clear language, he describes the surgical techniques available, various anesthetics and preoperative tests. Sandra outlines alternative methods to surgery as well as ways to utilize complementary medical strategies that improve both body and mind when an operation is necessary. For example, she suggests the diet and exercise program established by Dean Ornish as a possible alternative to Coronary Bypass Surgery. In addition, she recommends lifestyle changes that may prevent future surgeries: avoiding tobacco and alcohol, maintaining a low-fat, high-fiber diet and following a program of stress management. This integrative approach is an excellent resource to those contemplating surgery. B&w illus. (July) Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780758202017
  • Publisher: Kensington Publishing Corporation
  • Publication date: 7/1/2002
  • Pages: 624
  • Product dimensions: 7.76 (w) x 9.48 (h) x 2.37 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface - Bernard S. Siegel, MD
This Book is for Everyone
Surgery and the New Non-Surgical Choices
Educating Yourself
Introducing the Authors
Making The Best Use of this Book
Chapter 1. What is Alternative Medicine?
Why "Alternative" Medicine?
Getting in Touch with Your Inner Chocolate
Fundamentals of Alternative Medicine:
The Most Common Alternatives
Scientific Research on Alternatives
Choosing from Among the Alternatives
Protecting Yourself From Unreliable Alternatives
Avoiding Blaming the Victim
Life Support Considerations
The Operating Room of the Future
Alternative/Complementary/Integrative Health Centers
Chapter 2. Specific Alternative Medicine Approaches
Designing An Alternative Program: The First Steps
Stress Management Techniques
Alternative Healing Methods
Quitting Smoking
Getting a Good Night¹s Sleep
Alternative Approaches Instead Of Surgery: Are They Worth It?
Physician, Heal Myself
Alternative Approaches in Addition to Surgery
Chapter 3. How to Make a Decision about Surgery
Making an Informed Decision
Choosing Your Opinions
Choosing Your Surgeon
The Second Surgical Opinion
The Alternative Medicine Third Opinion
Other Sources of Information
Questions To Ask at Your Initial Doctor Visits
Finalizing Your Choice of Surgeon
Choosing Your Hospital
What Can You Do If You Are Restricted in Your Choice of Doctor or Hospital
The Philosophy of Risk Taking
Cure, Quality of Life, and Life Extension
The Special Benefits of the Surgical Approach
The Special Benefits of the Alternative Medicine Approach
Should You Have the Operation? Putting It All Together
Chapter 4. The Operative Period: What to Expect
The Preoperative Period
The Operating Room
Early Post operative Period
Late Postoperative Period
Hospital Discharge
Alternative Medicine Approaches to Convalescence
Adjusting to a New Lifestyle
Chapter 5. Skin
How Your Skin Works
How Skin Disease is Diagnosed
Nonmalignant Growths On and Beneath the Skin
Lipomas and Sebaceous Cysts
Lymph Gland Enlargement
Skin Infections
Pilonidal Cysts
Skin Cancer
Malignant Melanoma
Chapter 6. Breast
Development, Structure, and Function of Your Breasts
Appearance of Your Breasts
Breast Enlargement
Breast Reduction
How Breast Disease is Diagnosed
Fibrocystic Disease and Benign Lumps
Breast Cancer
Chapter 7. Lung
How Your Lungs Work
How Lung Disease is Diagnosed
Collapsed Lung
Lung Cancer
Chapter 8. Heart
How Your Heart Works
Coronary Artery Disease and Atherosclerosis
Chapter 9. Arteries
How Your Arteries Work
Artery Disease
Chapter 10. Veins
How Your Veins Work
Varicose Veins
Chapter 11. Esophagus
How Your Esophagus Works
How Esophageal Disease is Diagnosed
Hiatal Hernia and Esophageal Reflux
Esophageal Cancer
Chapter 12. Stomach
How Your Stomach Works
How Stomach Disease is Diagnosed
Peptic Ulcer Disease
Non Peptic Stomach Ulcer Disease
Stomach Cancer
Chapter Chapter 13. Gallbladder
How Your Gallbladder Works
What Happens After Your Gallbladder Is Removed
Chapter 14. Pancreas
How Your Pancreas Works
How Pancreatic Disease is Diagnosed
Acute Pancreatitis
Chronic Pancreatitis
Pancreatic Cancer
Chapter 15. Colon
How Your Colon Works
Alternative Medicine Approaches to Keeping Your Colon Healthy
How Colon Disease is Diagnosed
Screening for Colorectal Cancer
Diverticular Disease
Inflammatory Colitis (Ulcerative Colitis and Crohn¹s Disease)
Colon Polyps
Colorectal Cancer
Colon Operations
Chapter 16. Appendix
Anatomy of Your Appendix
Surgical Approaches to Appendicitis
Chapter 17. Anus and Rectum
How Your Anus Works
How Anal Disease is Diagnosed
Anal Fissures
Anal Warts
Anal Infections
Chapter 18. Hernia
Groin Hernia
Umbilical Hernia
Ventral and Incisional Hernias
Groin Hernias in Children
Umbilical Hernias in Children
Chapter 19. Female Reproductive System
Structure and Function of the Female Reproductive System
How Disorders of the Female Reproductive System Are Diagnosed
Dysfunctional Uterine Bleeding (DUB)
Adenomyosis of the Uterus
Uterine Fibroids
Cervical Cancer
Uterine Cancer
Ovarian Cysts and Benign Tumors
Ovarian Cancer
Prevention of Ovarian Cancer
Oophorectomy and Salpingectomy Operations
Chapter 20. Male Reproductive System
Structure and Function of the Male Reproductive System
How Disorders of the Male Reproductive System Are Diagnosed
Benign Prostate Enlargement (Hypertrophy)
Prostate Cancer
Specific Prostate Operations
Erectile Dysfunction
Chapter 21. Thyroid
How Your Thyroid Gland Works
How Thyroid Disease is Diagnosed
Thyroid Nodules
Thyroid Cancer
Specific Thyroid Operations
Chapter 22. Back, Neck, and Joints
The Back
How Your Back Works
Back Problems
The Neck
How Your Neck Works
The Knee
How Your Knee Works
Knee Meniscus Injury
Knee Ligaments Injury
Knee Joint Cartilage and Bone Damage
The Hip
How Your Hip Works
Hip Joint Damage
The Wrist
How Your Wrist Works
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Chapter 23. Other Surgical Disorders
Excess Body Fat
Facial Cosmetic Problems
Nasal Disorders
Thinning Hair and Baldness
Tonsils and Adenoids
Kidney Stones
Chapter 24. An Integrated Approach to Your Operation
Getting Ready for Surgery: A Program of Diet, Supplements, and Stress
During Surgery: What your Surgeon can do
After Surgery
Preventing Future Recurrence
Examples of Integrative Surgery
Beyond the Scalpel
For Further Information
Publisher¹s Resource List
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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 17, 2002

    A Beautiful Achievement for People & Health Care

    Just holding this magnificent book is a thrill. It's 800 pages seem like a caress rather than a task as the book's preface writer, Dr. Bernie Seigel, states: ' this book is for everyone'. The McClanahan's have been working on this challenge for over a decade! It is woven like the finest oriental silk rug as each thread comes from life itself and the aesthetics of its design and substance instill the same emotional and intellectual reaction that a great hand made rug has on a prospective buyer. So much knowledge and wisdom are part of this great weaving that I found myself hungry to read sections apart from any given particular interest area simply by virtue of the sweep and grasp of the amazing brother and sister writing team's power. We all experience a terrible deep seated apprehension of our culture's medical care system for it is grounded in the most barbarous preoccupation with profit, innimical to genuine quality health care. Thus the angst embedded in approaching being and getting well, especially when we are assaulted by illness or disease, results in a pain often worse than the reality of our medical/health problem. The crystal clear journey that Doctors Sandra and David take us on is so friendly, so characterized by an ancient sweetness flowing from the edict to 'do no harm'. Theirs is truly an interest in our understanding... not being victimized by the fear of the unknown, the arrogant, the subjugating norm that is so part of our medical service system and culture in America. This book makes a major contribution to empowering all of us as we expose ourselves to the danger of dependence in that speciality of medicine where hybris is at its most menacing. This book is a healing environs, walking us through our anatomy, chapeter by chapter, after setting the context of the path to wellness that we each experience. I think that this new and refreshing volume is a must as a sanctuary inside every family's cupboard of comforting and nourishing essentials.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 22, 2002

    Informative and Deeply Satisfying

    As someone who is very interested in personal health and well-being ¿ and also someone who spends a fair amount of time educating myself about my choices, options and all possible solutions available to me, I am always on the look out for informative and helpful books to add to my library. I picked this book up because I was intrigued by its title, and have found myself truly satisfied with not only the amount of ailments covered, but also the amount of varied information and guidance about each ailment. I was introduced to a wide range of real life choices and actions available to each of us in our pursuit of personal health and also in our support of the body in healing and maintenance before we get to higher levels of sickness and disease. This book gave me a very approachable and understandable set actions, choices and guidance for what we each can do for ourselves and also what resources are available to each of us once a specific disease has been identified. I appreciated the that there were many different areas of information and also that there was a huge level of encouragement for individuals and for doctors to communicate better towards mutual problem solving for holistic health and life options. I recommend this book to anyone who is interested in exploring body and life health, to anyone who is looking to be empowered in the choices they make, and to anyone who is in a position where sickness or disease is present and personal choices are being made.

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