Professional hypochondriacs are busy women. We don’t have time to waste, and we can’t be out of commission for long. So when it’s time for a medical or beauty procedure, we want to do it as efficiently as possible.
That’s why you should know about several office-based procedures in which you’re in and out without skipping a beat. Today’s trend in office-based medical procedures means you can return from lunch sterilized, treat a common foot ailment, even have your teeth whitened.
These outpatient procedures have several benefits, including minimal to no anesthesia, shorter recovery, convenience and cost. And — with such little time off — nobody knows you’ve had anything done, so your business stays with you.
Get sterilized in your doctor’s office without sedation. Essure is an FDA-approved, permanent technique in which specially trained doctors insert spring-like coils, called micro-inserts, through the vagina and into the fallopian tubes. The coil has a small fiber that causes the fallopian tube to develop scar tissue.
Once the scar tissue forms, sperm can no longer reach the egg. During the first 3 months following the procedure, you’ll need to use another form of birth control. The procedure takes just a few minutes and doctors use a local block to numb the entrance to the cervix. Over-the-counter painkillers can be used before and after the procedure. An X-ray 3 months later confirms the fallopian tubes are blocked.
Treat a common foot ailment. A neuroma is a swollen nerve in the ball of the foot that can cause burning, cramping, numbness or pain while standing and walking. Surgery has traditionally been used to remove the neuroma and required weeks of recovery. But neurolytic injections can reduce or eliminate the neuroma in many cases without surgery.
The doctor injects a small amount of an alcohol/local anesthetic solution around the nerve to chemically dissolve the neuroma. Anywhere from 3 to 9 injections are given at 2-week intervals.
Brighten your teeth. All it takes is 1 hour to flash pearly whites. BriteSmile whitens teeth an average of 8 shades in 60 minutes with very few side effects like sensitivity. With BriteSmile, hydrogen peroxide gel is applied to the teeth and activated by blue high-intensity light. You’ll notice significant whitening immediately. How long the treatment lasts depends on what’s consumed afterwards. You should avoid smoking and drinking coffee and red wine.