DR. AVANI KANNEGANTI: A believer in the power of prevention
- Written by Devon Dams-O'Connor
The reasons why Dr. Avani Kanneganti became a doctor in the first place are the same reasons why she still loves her job today: By connecting an intricate set of symptoms and information, she can help patients avoid serious illness later.
Dr. Kanneganti enjoys the complexity and diversity of medicine. As a primary care physician, she concentrates on all the systems of the body, combining careful observation, patient concerns, vital statistics, and medical histories to address medical issues before they become catastrophic. She is diligent about catching warning signs of cancer early while it’s still treatable, controlling diabetes before medication is required, or lowering blood pressure so it doesn’t become a heart attack. Dr. Kanneganti says healthy habits are a huge part of prevention and include exercising for at least 30 minutes most days (if not every day), focusing food on produce and lean protein, and cutting back or quitting smoking – a change that patients have to be willing and ready to make on their own.
When it comes to lifestyle choices aimed at disease prevention, Dr. Kanneganti practices what she preaches – and truly enjoys her healthy habits. She likes cooking from scratch and is most comfortable preparing the Indian recipes she grew up with. She spends as much time outdoors as possible, especially in the summer, and loves to work out with a combination of cardio and strength training. To save time and money – a tip she shares with patients – Dr. Kanneganti opts to sweat it out at home rather than joining a gym.
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Music to Soothe Surgical Stress
- Written by Max Paterson
Music and medicine may not be a combination that typically comes to mind for patients. In fact, music selection is probably not high atop the list of any considerations whirling around one’s head when preparing for surgery or a medical procedure.
Anxiety is a universal experience when undergoing any procedure and is not limited to surgery. Anyone who's undergone an MRI exam, medical testing, or visits the dentist knows this. A certain level of stress can be present when someone is using tools or instruments to poke around your body. Many surgeons understand this and frequently play music during operations when the patient is fully unconscious.
Dr. Paul Paterson, a "think outside-of-the-box" orthopedic hand surgeon, employs music to reduce anxiety for Carpal Tunnel syndrome patients. He understands their stress when they come to see him, and is not going for any ordinary surgical experience. Instead, he refers to his Carpal Tunnel Release and Relief procedure as a "spa-like" environment. He routinely utilizes personalized music selections during the Release and Relief procedure as a tool to optimize relaxation and get his patients back to doing what they love.
Dr. Paterson's Carpal Tunnel Release and Relief procedure is performed under nothing more than local anesthesia. The minimally invasive procedure requires such a small incision that an operating room is unnecessary, and the patient is wide awake. The key theme - less is more. The less anesthetic used means fewer complications. In addition, it makes it easier on the patient because less preparation is required for the procedure.
You don't need to plan for a ride home afterward, and you don't have to worry about not eating the morning of the procedure. All in all, your concerns diminish substantially, and the risk of complications during the carpal tunnel are greatly reduced. In fact, Dr. Paterson also has a text messaging system that provides you with all the updates and answers you need before, the day of and after the Release and Relief. Another tool to reduce stress.
So, where does the music come into play? Music is the added “extra” measure to increase relaxation and diminish anxiety during the procedure. You are awake during Release and Relief; the local anesthesia will make it so that you feel nothing. And, studies show that music takes your mind off preoccupations, lowering your body's automatic response to stressors. As a result, lower heart rates and blood pressure – both great for surgical and non-surgical procedures. And that means an easier recovery, thus getting you back to your life as soon as possible.
Music is just one of the ways Dr. Paterson aims to optimize the space for a procedure that does not need to be so complex or involved. Less time, less equipment, and patient satisfaction are the goals of the endeavor.
So, when you arrive at General Physician PC Orthopedics for your Carpal Tunnel Release and Relief, make sure you have your favorite music or band in mind. Then let Dr. Paterson and his expert team take care of the rest.
For more information about the Carpal Tunnel Release and Relief procedure visit: https://www.gppconline.com/paul-paterson-md/dr-paterson-carpal-tunnel
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LINDA FULLER: A dedicated nurse practitioner
- Written by Devon Dams-O'Connor
Linda Fuller, ANP-BC, CDCES, has been taking care of people for about two-thirds of her life. She became a registered nurse in 1982 and has worked as a visiting nurse and in doctors’ offices and hospitals throughout Chautauqua County for her whole career.
The more Linda works with her patients, the more she wants to be able to help them. Since the ’80s she had seen an increasing number of people coming in with severe diabetes that affects every aspect of their lives, so in 2008, she studied to become a Certified Diabetes Care and Education Specialist.
In this role, she works one-on-one with each patient to manage their individual diabetes risk factors and symptoms to reduce the effects of the disease. But as a nurse without a prescribing license, Linda wasn’t able to help manage her patients’ medications – an important part of controlling diabetes for many. She went back to school to become an Adult Nurse Practitioner, which now allows her to meet all of her patients’ diabetes and overall health needs.
Born and raised in Randolph, Linda is a country person who comes from a farming family and firmly believes that a day out in the fresh air and sunshine is some of the best medicine. She’s an avid crafter who makes most of the gifts she gives to friends and family (whether they like it or not, she jokes). She’s kept company by her two dogs – an 11-pound Yorkipoo and a 145-pound St. Weiler (a cross between a St. Bernard and a Rottweiler).
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