Terminology

Terminology 

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We hope to help enable you to understand the terminology that will assist you in achieving a successful experience.

Abdominoplasty (commonly known as a tummy tuck) removes excess skin and fat around the stomach, while also tightening the abdominal wall

Adjustable Gastric Band:  Lap Band – (Laparoscopic Adjustable Gastric Banding)

 

Bio Dentistry:  Bio-Dentistry is a less toxic, more personalized and more environmentally friendly form of dentistry.

BMI:  Body Mass Index

BPD/DS:  Biliopancreatic Diversion with Duodenal Switch (Duodenal Switch)

Breast Augmentation:  Augmentation mammoplasty, or breast augmentation is a surgical procedure to increase the size, shape or fullness of a woman’s breasts

Breast Reduction:  Also known as reduction mammaplasty, breast reduction surgery removes excess breast fat, glandular tissue and skin to achieve a breast size in proportion with your body and to alleviate the discomfort associated with overly large breasts

 

Chelation: For heavy metal detoxification and circulatory system cleansing.  It is highly recommended after all dental mercury/metal is removed.

Combination surgery (in weight loss) Gastric Bypass, BPD/DS or Duodenal Switch), this combines both restrictive and malabsorptive properties to weight loss. Commonly referred to as malabsorptive

Com-minuted fracture:  where the bone has broken into several pieces

Compound or open fracture:  a complicated break with damage to the surrounding skin

Crown:  A crown is a permanent cap – or toque for a tooth

 

DDS:  Doctor of Dental Surgery

Dental bonding:  Quick cosmetic ‘fix’ for small tooth defects

Dental implant:  Permanent new tooth that is not attached to other teeth

Dental surgery:  Dental or Oral surgery surgery to your mouth/teeth

DMD:  Doctor of Medicine in Dentistry or Doctor of Dental Medicine (same degree)  DDS and DMD have the same education

Duodenal Switch (BPD/DS): Weight loss surgery, when you are looking for a higher percentage of weight loss (full explanation and animated video here)

Duodenum:  The top part of the small intestine where most chemical digestion occurs

Dyslipidemia:  Abnormal amount of lipids in the blood

 

Euglycemic:  maintaining normal blood sugar

EWL:  Excess Weight Loss

Eyelid Surgery:  Eyelid surgery (called blepharoplasty or eyelid lift) is a cosmetic surgery procedure designed to get rid of crepey eye skin, drooping eyelids, puffy bags and dark circles under the eyes

 

Femor: end of thigh bone or femur

Female Breast Reduction:  Also known as reduction mammaplasty, breast reduction surgery removes excess breast fat, glandular tissue and skin to achieve a breast size in proportion with your body and to alleviate the discomfort associated with overly large breasts

Filling:  Material placed into a tooth where decay has been removed. Restores most of the tooth’s original strength

Full mouth restoration/reconstruction:  Restorative dentistry restores your healthy vibrant smile

Full mouth implants:  Permanent dentures is the easiest way to describe this process

 

 

 

Gastric Bypass:  the most commonly performed weight loss surgery worldwide and considered to be the ‘gold standard’ of weight loss surgery (full explanation and animated video here)

Gastric Sleeve: Weight loss surgery, leaving you with a smaller stomach – no diversion of intestines (full explanation and animated video here)

Gastric Dumping Syndrome (GDS): Early dumping occurs within 15-30 minutes of the  meal and shows up with symptoms like nausea, vomiting, bloating, cramping, diarrhea, dizziness and fatigue.Late dumping occurs approximately 3 hours after eating and symptoms show up as weakness, sweating and dizziness

GERD:  Gastroesophageal reflux disease

Gynecomastia:  fatty breast tissue that has developed in men

 

Hyperlipidermia:  abnormally high concentration of fats or lipids in the blood

Hypertensive heart disease: is the No. 1 cause of death associated with high blood pressure.  A group of disorders that includes heart failure, ischemic heart disease, hypertensive heart disease, and left ventricular hypertrophy (excessive thickening of the heart muscle).

Humerus:  the bone between the shoulder and elbow

Hairline fracture:  a minor crack to the bone which only shows up faintly on X-ray

Hyperlipidemia:  Elevation of fats in the bloodstream

Hypercholesterolemia:  high blood cholesterol

Hypertriglyceridemia:  High blood triglycerides

Hair transplantation:  is a surgical technique that moves individual hair follicles from a part of the body called the ‘donor site’ to bald or balding part of the body known as the ‘recipient site’. It is primarily used to treat male pattern baldness

 

IBD:  Inflammatory bowel disease

IBS:  Irritable bowel syndrome

Immediate Denture:  An immediate denture is a complete or partial denture inserted on the same day, immediately following the removal of natural teeth

 

Knee arthroplasty:  An artificial knee replacement

 

Lap Band:  Laparoscopic Adjustable Gastric Banding (full explanation and animated video here)

Liposuction:  a technique in cosmetic surgery for removing excess fat from under the skin by suction

Lipodystrophy syndrome:  lipid (fat) metabolism disturbance in which there is too much fat in some parts of the body and partial or total absence of fat in other parts. Sometimes a side effect of some HIV medications

Lipoma:  a benign fatty tumor

Malabsorptive:  Remove part of the digestive system which limits the amount of calories and nutrients your body absorbs.  These surgeries result in the fastest weight loss and the most complications

Meyers ‘Cocktail’ IV Drip:  Vitamin-Mineral combination for liver detox to help boost immunity, decrease duration of illness, kill viruses, improve energy levels, help with migraine and headach and allergy relief

NASHA:  non-animal stabilized hyaluronic acid. as injection used for fine lines and wrinkles in the cosmetics world

 

PA:  Professional Association

Patella: back of knee cap

Prosthesis:  a mechanical device used to replace a biological part of the body

PRP (Platelet Rich Plasma):  A form of ProloTherapy – blood is draw, put into a centrifuge and the platelets are injected into your problem areas.  It’s used for anti-aging (face, hands etc), regeneration of soft tissues and joints.  Especially helpful when used during dental surgeries

ProloTherapy:  There are different types of ProloTherapy, overall it is used for promoting enhanced healing of damaged joints and tissues by using your own growth factors.   (NOTE: ensure that whomever is performing your ProloTherapy is guided using ultrasound)

Pulpotomy:  when the inflamed pulp chamber, usually on a baby molar, is removed, the area is sterilized, and the chamber is sealed. It is sometimes called a baby tooth root canal, but it’s not really a root canal and it can be done is some cases in permanent teeth

 

Rapid Gastric Emptying:  ingested foods bypass the stomach too quickly and enter the small intestine virtually undigested

  • Early dumping occurs within 15-30 minutes of the  meal and shows up with symptoms like nausea, vomiting, bloating, cramping, diarrhea, dizziness and fatigue.
  • Late dumping occurs approximately 3 hours after eating and symptoms show up as weakness, sweating and dizziness

Radius on your arm:  the bone between the elbow and wrist (thumb side of the arm)

Restrictive (Lap Band/Adjustable gastric Banding, Gastric Sleeve):  Shrinks the size of the stomach, reducing the amount of food it can hold. Makes you feel full sooner

Root Canal:  Other than a term we have all heard paired with some sort of horror story, a root canal is simply removing the infected internal tooth pulp and replacing it with a rubber-like bio-compatible material to help prevent further contamination of the tooth.  This procedure is one that is controversial in the bio-dentistry world

Rhinoplasty:  Plastic surgery performed on the nose

Simple or closed fracture:  an easily treated break with little damage to the surrounding tissue

Sleeve Gastrectomy:  The full name is Laparoscopic Sleeve Gastrectomy – referred to as ‘The Sleeve

Surgical Face-Lift:  Technically known as a rhytidectomy, the process can help reverse the effects of age, gravity, genetics and sun damage, among others

 

Tibia:  top surface of tibia or lower leg bone

Thermometry:  This technology works by taking precise measurements of the body’s Autonomic Nervous System, taken from 120 points on the surface of the skin, and reflecting the relative health or dis-ease of the internal organ, glands and lymph. The information (patient data sent) is then fed into an advanced computer database that interprets the data to instantly deliver an accurate whole body report in plain language and graphic images

 

Ulna:  the bone between the elbow and wrist (little-finger side of the arm)

 

 

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