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About your ASD/PFO closure: Preparing for your procedure  
Abstract: This handout explains how to prepare and what to expect when scheduled for an ASD/PFO closure at University of Washington Medical Center. It defines a PFO (patent foramen ovale) and an ASD (atrial septal defect), and describes the catheter procedure used for treatment. Sections cover getting ready, what to bring to the hospital, and what happens at the hospital and after discharge.
Author: Cardiac Procedures
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2014
Revised Date: 3/2017
About your radiation treatment: Answers to common questions  
Abstract: This handout answers some of the questions patients may have about their radiation treatment at University of Washington Medical Center.
Author: Radiation Oncology
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2015
Revised Date: 6/2015
About your treatment: Kegel exercises  
Abstract: This handout explains how to do Kegel exercises to improve bladder control. It includes healthy habits to help with bladder control, and a weekly record for keeping track of when you do the exercises.
Author: Men's Health Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2013
Revised Date: 8/2013
After arthroscopic Bankart repair: Helping your recovery  
Abstract: This handout gives guidelines and exercises to follow during recovery after a shoulder surgery called arthroscopic Bankart repair.
Author: Sports Medicine Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2017
Revised Date: 9/2017
What to do after hemorrhoidal banding  
Abstract: This flyer explains what to expect after hemorrhoidal banding, in which special rubber bands are applied to hemorrhoids to cut off their blood supply.
Author: Surgical Specialties Center/Surgical Services
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 1998
Revised Date: 12/2014
After sclerotherapy injections: Instructions for care at home  
Abstract: This handout gives instructions for patients to follow at home after receiving sclerotherapy injections for varicose veins. Included are explanations about Coban bandages, compression stockings, how to manage pain, and when to call the clinic.
Author: Surgical Specialties Center/Surgical Services
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2001
Revised Date: 5/2011
After you immunotherapy: Follow-up visits, self-care, and warning signs  
Abstract: This handout gives important information and instructions for patients who have had immunotherapy at University of Washington Medical Center.
Author: 7NE/8SA Hematology/Oncology
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2017
Revised Date: 7/2017
After your Botox vocal cord injection  
Abstract: This handout explains what symptoms may occur after a Botox vocal cord injection, which is done to treat adductor spasmodic dysphonia.
Author: Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2010
Revised Date: 1/2016
After your egg retrieval: Self-care at home  
Abstract: This handout explains self-care and what to expect after an egg retrieval procedure during in vitro fertilization (IVF). It includes information about activities, medicines, and when to call the doctor.
Author: University Reproductive Care
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2011
Revised Date: 7/2016
After your Essure placement: What you should know  
Abstract: This handout gives self-care instructions after having an Essure device placed for permanent birth control, and tells what symptoms require a call to the doctor or nurse.
Author: Women's Health Care Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2011
Revised Date: 4/2011
After your cardiac catheterization (transradial approach): Self-care after your test  
Abstract: This handout gives care instructions to follow for the first few days after having a cardiac catheterization using the transradial approach. This type of catheteriziation is done through an artery in the patient's wrist.
Author: Cardiac Procedures
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2010
Revised Date: 5/2016
After your implanted port is placed: Self-care at home  
Abstract: This handout gives instructions to follow after you have had an implanted port placed. It includes activity restrictions, guidelines about eating and medicines, and when to call your doctor or nurse.
Author: Patient Care Services
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2012
Revised Date: 2/2012
After your injection: What to do at home  
Abstract: This handout is for patients at UW Medicine Sports & Spine Clinic and the UW Sports Medicine Center at Husky Stadium. It gives instructions to follow after receiving an injection.
Author: Harborview Medical Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2016
Revised Date: 12/2016
After your laparoscopic gastric band is adjusted: Guidelines to follow  
Abstract: This handout gives specific dietary instructions to follow after having a laparoscopic gastric band adjusted. Included are symptoms that require a call to the nurse, eating guidelines for days 1 through 4 after the procedure, and tips for losing weight with a gastric band.
Author: Surgical Specialties Center/Surgical Services
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2012
Revised Date: 12/2014
After your procedure for pain relief: Self-care and what to expect  
Abstract: This handout explains follow-up care after a procedure for pain relief. Includes instructions for medicines, site care, activities, filling out a pain diary, and when to call the Center for Pain Relief.
Author: Center for Pain Relief
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2009
Revised Date: 8/2009
After your radiofrequency ablation: Self-care and what to expect  
Abstract: This handout explains follow-up care after radiofrequency ablation, a procedure that "burns" the nerve that is causing pain. Includes instructions for medicines, site care, activities, filling out a pain diary, and when to call the Center for Pain Relief.
Author: Center for Pain Relief
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2009
Revised Date: 8/2009
After your unneled catheter is placed: Self-care at home  
Abstract: This handout gives instructions to follow after you have had a tunneled catheter placed. It includes activity restrictions, guidelines about eating and medicines, and when to call your doctor or nurse.
Author: Patient Care Services
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2012
Revised Date: 2/2012
AlterG Anti-Gravity Treadmill: Benefits and what to expect  
Abstract: This handout explains the AlterG Anti-Gravity Treadmill, a special exercise machine at the UW Medicine Sports Medicine Center at Husky Stadium.
Author: Sports Medicine Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2015
Revised Date: 10/2015
Anesthesia for your radiology exam or procedure: What to expect and how to prepare  
Abstract: This handout explains general anesthesia, a medicine given for some radiology procedures and exams that might be uncomfortable or cause stress. It explains what to expect, how to prepare, and what to do after having general anesthesia.
Author: Radiology/Imaging Services
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2014
Revised Date: 9/2014
Aneurysm clipping: How to prepare and what to expect  
Abstract: This handout explains aneurysm clipping, a surgery that is done to keep a weak artery from bursting. It includes how to prepare for the surgery, what to expect afterward, and self-care at home.
Author: Harborview Medical Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2016
Revised Date: 9/2016
Aneurysm coiling and stent assisted coiling: How to prepare and what to expect  
Abstract: This handout explains aneurysm coiling and stent assisted coiling, procedures that are done to keep a weak artery from bursting. It includes how to prepare for the surgery, what to expect afterward, and self-care at home.
Author: Harborview Medical Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2016
Revised Date: 9/2016
Transjugular intrahepatic portosystemic shunt (TIPS): About your procedure  
Abstract: This handout describes the transjugular intrahepatic portosystemic shunt (TIPS) procedure, how to prepare, what to expect, and care instructions for after the procedure.
Author: Radiology/Imaging Services
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2003
Revised Date: 5/2017
Vertebroplasty and kyphoplasty  
Abstract: This handout explains vertebroplasty and kyphoplasty, non-surgical treatments to strengthen a broken backbone. It incldues how the treatment works, how it is done, how to prepare for it, and what to expect during the treatment.
Author: Radiology/Imaging Services
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2005
Revised Date: 10/2017
Assisted hatching: What it is and how it may help  
Abstract: This handout explains assisted hatching, a technique that can help embryos implant during in vitro fertilization (IVF). Patients who may benefit from assisted hatching are older than 38 years of age, have eggs with a thicker than normal shell, have had previous IVF cycles that did not result in pregnancy, and are undergoing a frozen embryo thaw cycle.
Author: University Reproductive Care
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2011
Revised Date: 11/2011
Autologous blood injection (ABI): At UW Medicine Sports Medicine Center  
Abstract: This handout explains autologous blood injection (ABI), one way to treat chronic tendon injury. This treatment is done at the UW Medicine Sports Medicine Center at Husky Stadium.
Author: Sports Medicine Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2015
Revised Date: 10/2015
BARRX: After your procedure  
Abstract: This handout gives instructions to follow after treatment of Barrett's esophagus, a gastrointestinal disorder in which the lining of the esophagus is damaged by stomach acid that leaks backward. Included are a list of possible symptoms and medicines that may be prescribed, and when to call the clinic.
Author: Digestive Health Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2009
Revised Date: 9/2009
Bike Fit Program: At UW Medicine Sports Medicine Center  
Abstract: This handout explains the Bike Fit Program at the UW Medicine Sports Medicine Center at Husky Stadium. The program pairs patients with a physical therapist who has special training in bike biomechanics.
Author: Sports Medicine Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2015
Revised Date: 10/2015
Brachytherapy and drug-coated balloon therapy: Treatments for in-stent restinosis  
Abstract: This handout explains brachytherapy and drug-coated balloon therapy. It includes how doctors diagnose and evaluate in-stent restinosis at University of Washington Medical Center.
Author: Cardiac Procedures
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2017
Revised Date: 5/2017
Brain tumor embolization: How to prepare and what to expect  
Abstract: This handout explains embolization for a brain tumor. Embolization is a procedure that blocks or reduces blood flow to cancer cells. The handout includes how to prepare for the procedure at Harborview Medical Center, what to expect during the procedure, and self-care at home afterward.
Author: Harborview Medical Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2016
Revised Date: 12/2016
Brain tumors  
Abstract: Discusses brain tumor types, symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment including surgery, radiation therapy, radiosurgery, and chemotherapy. Addresses living with a brain tumor including how one might be affected in mobility, fatigue, and cognitive deficits. Suggests obtaining help from UWMC's Brain Injury Program or from family and friends. Discusses types of seizures that may occur, safety measures, and first aid during a seizure. Provides UW resources and community organizations including websites.
Author: Radiation Oncology
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2000
Revised Date: 10/2006
Catheter ablation for atrial fibrillation: About radiofrequency and cryo-balloon ablation  
Abstract: This handout describes 2 ablation procedures: radiofrequency and cryo-balloon ablation. These procedures are done to treat atrial fibrillation if other treatments are not working well.
Author: Regional Heart Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2014
Revised Date: 4/2014
Cervical transforaminal nerve block injection: Benefits, risks, what to expect, and how to prepare  
Abstract: This handout explains a cervical nerve block injection, which is done to diagnose and treat pain. It includes benefits, risks, what to expect, and how to prepare.
Author: Center for Pain Relief
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2015
Revised Date: 12/2015
Chemical perfusion of the inner ear: About your treatment  
Abstract: This handout describes chemical perfusion treatment for patients with Meniere's disease, sensorineural hearing loss, autoimmune inner ear disease, and tinnitus. How the treatment works, the treatment methods, expected results, and possible side effects or risks are discussed.
Author: Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2005
Revised Date: 8/2011
Chronic total occlusion (CTO): Causes, symptoms, and treatments  
Abstract: This handout explains chronic total occlusion (CTO) of a coronary artery. It includes how CTO is diagnosed and evaluated, and treatment options at University of Washington Medical Center.
Author: Cardiac Procedures
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2015
Revised Date: 5/2017
Complex percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI): Treatment for blocked heart arteries  
Abstract: This handout explains complex percutaneous intervention (PCI) treatment of a heart artery. It includes how complex coronary disease is diagnosed and evaluated, and treatment options at University of Washington Medical Center.
Author: Cardiac Procedures
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2017
Revised Date: 5/2017
Continuous nerve block: For pain control  
Abstract: This handout explains how a continuous nerve block catheter works. It tells what to expect when it is placed, self-care, side effects, how to remove the catheter, and when to call the clinic.
Author: Harborview Medical Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2017
Revised Date: 1/2017
Controlled ovarian hyperstimulation/intrauterine insemination  
Abstract: This handout is for patients at University Reproductive Care in Seattle. It explains the steps involved in a fertility treatment called "controlled ovarian hyperstimulation/intrauterine insemination."
Author: University Reproductive Care
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2015
Revised Date: 6/2016
Cooling therapy for your baby: For parents of NICU babies  
Abstract: This handout explains cooling therapy (therapeutic hypothermia), which is done to lower a baby's body temperature. This therapy helps protect a baby's brain after periods when less oxygen was able to reach the brain.
Author: Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU)
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2017
Revised Date: 8/2017
Cryoanalgesia: What to expect from your procedure  
Abstract: This handout explains cryoanalgesia, a procedure that "freezes" the nerve that is causing pain. Includes an explanation of the procedure, how to prepare, what results to expect, instructions for medicines, site care, activities, side effects, filling out a pain diary, and when to call the Center for Pain Relief.
Author: Center for Pain Relief
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2009
Revised Date: 8/2009
CT-guided nerve block: About your procedure  
Abstract: This handout explains a CT-guided nerve block procedure to decrease pain. It includes how to prepare, what to expect during and after the procedure, and follow-up care.
Author: Radiology/Imaging Services
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2010
Revised Date: 5/2015
Cystoscopy  
Abstract: This handout describes why a cystoscopy may be done, how it is done, how to prepare for the test, the risk involved, and the follow-up care required. The test is done to look inside the bladder and urethra.
Author: Rehabilitation/8N
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 1999
Revised Date: 8/1999
Desensitization: For patients at Harborview Medical Center  
Abstract: This handout explains desensitization, and how it is used at Harborview Medical Center to help burn and graft patients. Desensitization uses gentle pressure on the skin to teach the nervous system to accept mild touch again after the skin has been damaged.
Author: Harborview Medical Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2015
Revised Date: 12/2015
Embryo cryopreservation: What it is and how it is done  
Abstract: This handout explains embryo cryopreservation and why this option might be chosen. It includes benefits and risks, how embryos are selected, and survival rates.
Author: University Reproductive Care
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2004
Revised Date: 11/2011
Epidural and facet injections: How to prepare for your procedure  
Abstract: This handout describes how to prepare for either an epidural or a facet injection, which are spinal procedures used to treat back pain and sciatica, or for diagnostic or therapeutic reasons.
Author: Radiology/Imaging Services
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2005
Revised Date: 5/2009
Exercises after total knee replacement: Six exercises to speed your recovery  
Abstract: Explains and illustrates 6 exercises for care and strengthening of the knee after surgery. Includes illustrations.
Author: Exercise Training Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 1997
Revised Date: 2/2012
Flow-diverting stent: How to prepare and what to expect  
Abstract: This handout explains a flow-diverting stent, which is placed in an artery to keep blood from entering an aneurysm. It includes how to prepare for the procedure, what to expect, and self-care at home.
Author: Harborview Medical Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2016
Revised Date: 10/2016
Fluoroscopy-guided steroid join injection: How to prepare and what to expect  
Abstract: This handout explains a fluoroscopy-guided steroid joint injection, which is done to help treat arthritis pain. It includes how to prepare, what to expect, what happens after the injection, and how long the pain relief should last.
Author: Radiology/Imaging Services
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2016
Revised Date: 10/2016
Gamma knife CareMap  
Abstract: This CareMap provides a timeline for patients having gamma knife treatments. Sections include Before Treatment, Treatment Day, Home Care, 1 Month After, and Every 2 to 3 Months.
Author: Radiation Oncology
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2013
Revised Date: 7/2013
Golf Performance Program: At UW Medicine Sports Medicine Center  
Abstract: This handout explains the Golf Performance Program at the UW Medicine Sports Medicine Center at Husky Stadium. The program is for those who want to improve their golf game.
Author: Sports Medicine Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2015
Revised Date: 11/2015
High-grade neuro-oncology (neuro-onc) CareMap  
Abstract: This CareMap provides a timeline for patients having high-grade neuro-oncology treatments. Sections include Before Treatment, Treatment Day 1, Week 1, Week 2, Week 3, Week 4, Week 5, Week 6, Home Care, 1 Month After, and Every 2 to 3 Months.
Author: Radiation Oncology
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2013
Revised Date: 7/2013
How to check in for your infusion appointments  
Abstract: This handout is for patients having infusion therapy in the 8-Southeast Infusion Clinic at University of Washington Medical Center. It explains how to check in for the therapy appointment and what you need to bring with you.
Author: 8SE (Cancer Center/Infusion Services)
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2013
Revised Date: 8/2013
Hydrodissection: At UW Medicine Sports Medicine Center  
Abstract: This handout explains hydrodissection, a procedure to treat nerve entrapment syndromes. It tells how to prepare for the procedure and what to expect afterward.
Author: Sports Medicine Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2017
Revised Date: 10/2017
I131 Radioactive Iodine Therapy to Treat Thyroid Cancer  
Abstract: This handout gives instructions for patients who receive radioactive iodine (Iodine-131) therapy to help treat thyroid cancer. It includes precautions to follow after receiving the I131 treatment to avoid exposing others to radiation.
Author: Radiology/Imaging Services
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2005
Revised Date: 4/2017
In vitro fertilization: What to expect  
Abstract: This handout describes how to prepare for and what to expect when you have in vitro fertilization (IVF). It explains the treatment process, including risks, benefits, and alternatives. This information must be read and understood before signing consent forms to have the treatment.
Author: University Reproductive Care
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2010
Revised Date: 7/2017
Injury Prevention and Performance Program: At UW Medicine Sports Medicine center  
Abstract: This handout explains the Injury Prevention and Performance Program at the UW Medicine Sports Medicine Center at Husky Stadium. The program is for athletes who want to reduce their injury risk.
Author: Sports Medicine Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2015
Revised Date: 9/2017
Interstitial breast brachytherapy: A new treatment option for breast cancer being offered  
Abstract: This booklet explains the difference between brachytherapy and standard radiation treatments. Information is given about the procedure, treatment, expected side effects and post-treatment care.
Author: Cancer Center/Department of Radiation Oncology
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2003
Revised Date: 3/2006
Intranasal mupirocin (Bactroban)  
Abstract: This handout explains how to use mupirocin (Bactroban), an ointment that is used to prevent recurring skin infections caused by methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA). It include possible side effects.
Author: Dermatology Center/Med Spec Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2010
Revised Date: 11/2010
IVF egg retrieval: What to expect on the day of your egg retrieval  
Abstract: This handout gives information on what to expect on the day of an egg retrieval, as part of in vitro fertilization (IVF). It includes specific instructions to follow on the day before and day of the procedure, and what wil happen right after the retrieval.
Author: University Reproductive Care
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2011
Revised Date: 12/2016
Labor induction: Helping you understand your procedure  
Abstract: This handout describes labor induction, how the procedure is done, and possible risks and complications.
Author: Maternal and Infant Care Clinic (MICC)
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2011
Revised Date: 2/2011
Laparoscopic adjustable gastric band placement: What to expect and how to prepare  
Abstract: This booklet explains what to expect from laparoscopic adjustable gastric band placement, how to prepare for the operation, and how to plan for recovery. Included are incision care, pain management, how to take medicines and handle constipation, activities to improve recovery, dietary guidelines, and when to call the doctor or nurse.
Author: Surgical Specialties Center/Surgical Services
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2010
Revised Date: 12/2010
Latent tuberculosis treatment: At University of Washington Medical Center  
Abstract: This handout explains how latent tuberculosis (TB) is treated at University of Washington Medical Center (UWMC). This is a 12-week program that involves weekly visits to the hospital, taking medicines, and following other specific dietary instructions.
Author: Transplant Services/4E-4SE/5E
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2012
Revised Date: 8/2012
Low-grade neuro-oncology (neuro-onc) CareMap  
Abstract: This CareMap provides a timeline for patients having low-grade neuro-oncology treatments. Sections include Before Treatment, Treatment Day 1, Week 1, Week 2, Week 3, Week 4, Week 5, Week 6, Home Care, 1 Month After, and Every 2 to 3 Months.
Author: Radiation Oncology
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2013
Revised Date: 7/2013
Lumbar puncture: What to expect and how to prepare  
Abstract: This handout explains a lumbar puncture, also called a spinal tap. It includes how to prepare, what to expect during and after the exam, and how to get the test results.
Author: Radiology/Imaging Services
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2015
Revised Date: 3/2017
Lumbar transforaminal nerve block injection: Benefits, risks, what to expect, and how to prepare  
Abstract: This handout explains a lumbar nerve block injection, which is done to diagnose and treat pain. It includes benefits, risks, what to expect, and how to prepare.
Author: Center for Pain Relief
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2015
Revised Date: 12/2015
Managing pain: If you have an opioid or heroin substance use disorder  
Abstract: This handout for UW Medicine patients explains the methods used for pain control when you are in the hospital and also have an opioid or heroin substance use disorder.
Author: Center for Pain Relief
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2016
Revised Date: 2/2016
Medial branch block: Benefits, risks, what to expect, and how to prepare  
Abstract: This handout explains a medial branch block, an injection that helps your doctor find what is causing your pain.
Author: Harborview Medical Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2015
Revised Date: 12/2015
Metastatic whole brain CareMap  
Abstract: This CareMap provides a timeline for patients having metastatic whole brain treatments. Sections include Before Treatment, Treatment Day 1, Week 1, Week 2, Week 3, Week 4, Week 5, Week 6, Home Care, 1 Month After, and Every 2 to 3 Months.
Author: Radiation Oncology
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2013
Revised Date: 7/2013
Modified albumin dialysis: Treating the signs and symptoms of liver failure  
Abstract: This handout describes modified albumin dialysis, a procedure to treat the symptoms of liver failure. It includes risks, benefits, and other options. This information is given to patients before they sign a consent form to proceed with the treatment.
Author: 4SE (Transplant, Renal, Vascular Surg, Kidney Dialysis)
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2010
Revised Date: 7/2010
Myringotomy with or without tube insertion: How to prepare and what to expect  
Abstract: This brochure explains how to prepare for and what to expect from a myringotomy procedure.
Author: Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2004
Revised Date: 7/2011
Narrowband UBV phototherapy: What to expect and possible risks  
Abstract: This handout explains what to expect when having phototherapy (light treatments) with narrowband UVB (nb-UVB) light at the Dermatology Center at University of Washington Medical Center. It also lists short-term and long-term risks linked with ultraviolet light treatments.
Author: Dermatology Center/Med Spec Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2015
Revised Date: 8/2015
Nipple tattooing: After breast reconstruction  
Abstract: This handout for women who have had breast reconstruction describes how to prepare for nipple tattooing and what to expect afterward.
Author: Reconstructive Surgery
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2010
Revised Date: 3/2017
Non-epidural steroid injection: What to expect from your procedure  
Abstract: This handout explains non-epidural steroid injection, which is given to ease pain. Includes an explanation of the procedure, how to prepare, instructions for medicines, activities, side effects, filling out a pain diary, and follow-up care.
Author: Center for Pain Relief
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2009
Revised Date: 8/2009
Onychomycosis: What it is and how to treat it  
Abstract: This handout explains onychomycosis, the fungus that some people develop under their fingernails or toenails. It discusses treatment options, costs, what to expect when taking the oral medicine, and possible side effects.
Author: Dermatology Center/Med Spec Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2010
Revised Date: 11/2010
Ovulation induction-sequential intrauterine insemination: What to expect  
Abstract: This handout is for patients at University Reproductive Care in Seattle. It explains the steps involved in a fertility treatment called "ovulation induction-sequential/intrauterine insemination."
Author: University Reproductive Care
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2015
Revised Date: 6/2016
Oral ovulation induction/intrauterine insemination: What to expect  
Abstract: This handout is for patients at University Reproductive Care in Seattle. It explains the steps involved in a fertility treatment called "ovulation induction/intrauterine insemination."
Author: University Reproductive Care
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2015
Revised Date: 6/2016
Pain control after reconstructive surgery: What to expect  
Abstract: This handout is for women who have had reconstructive surgery at University of Washington Medical Center. It explains what pain to expect after surgery, how it will be controlled, and when to call the clinic.
Author: Reconstructive Surgery
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2015
Revised Date: 4/2017
Pain management: A guide for patients   Japanese
Abstract: This booklet provides information about controlling pain and communicating with health care providers to find methods that work. Includes the "Tell Us About Your Pain" and "Facts About Opioid Pain Medications" insert. Three examples of pain scales are provided.
Author: Patient Care Services
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2001
Revised Date: 9/2010
Patient discharge instructions: After high dose rate vaginal brachytherapy  
Abstract: This handout details care instructions to follow after receiving high dose rate vaginal brachytherapy.
Author: Cancer Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2004
Revised Date: 9/2004
PCA: Patient controlled analgesia  
Abstract: This handout explains how to use a patient-controlled analgesia (PCA) for patient-controlled pain relief.
Author: Patient Care Services
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2003
Revised Date: 5/2010
Peripheral nerve block: What to expect and self-care  
Abstract: This handout explains a peripheral nerve block injection, which is done to control pain during a hospital stay after surgery. It includes what to expect, how long the injection lasts, and when to call the nurse.
Author: Center for Pain Relief
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2015
Revised Date: 12/2015
Peripheral nerve or joint injection: Benefits, risks, how to prepare, and what to expect  
Abstract: This handout explains injections that are done to diagnose or treat pain.
Author: Harborview Medical Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2017
Revised Date: 5/2017
Photodynamic therapy: Treatment for actinic keratosis  
Abstract: This handout explains photodynamic therapy, a treatment for a skin problem called actinic keratosis. It includes how to prepare for the therapy, what to expect, and possible side effects.
Author: Dermatology Center/Med Spec Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2016
Revised Date: 10/2016
Plasma exchange: Treatment for your condition  
Abstract: This handout explains how a plasma exchange is done, the risks involved, and what symptoms to watch for and report during the procedure. The patient must sign a consent form before getting this treatment.
Author: Neurology Clinic/Med Spec Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2010
Revised Date: 6/2010
Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) injection: At UW Medicine Sports Medicine Center  
Abstract: This handout explains platelet-rich plasma (PRP) injections, one way to treat injuries and help the healing of soft tissues and bone. This treatment is done at the UW Medicine Sports Medicine Center at Husky Stadium.
Author: Sports Medicine Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2015
Revised Date: 10/2015
Polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS): Signs, symptoms, and treatments  
Abstract: This handout explains polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS), a disorder that changes how a woman's hormones work. PCOS can interfere with monthly ovulation, causing problems with getting pregnant. The handout includes possible causes, symptoms, how it is diagnosed, complications, and treatment options.
Author: Nutrition Clinic
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2013
Revised Date: 4/2015
Preparing for your cryopreserved stem cell infusion  
Abstract: This handout covers information about a stem cell infusion, including what happens before, during and after the infusion, as well as possible side effects.
Author: HSCT Transplant/8NE
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2006
Revised Date: 12/2006
Psoriasis: Causes and treatments  
Abstract: This handout describes psoriasis, a chronic inflammation that can affect the skin or the joints (psoriatic arthritis). Treatment options are discussed.
Author: Dermatology Center/Med Spec Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2010
Revised Date: 11/2010
PUVA phototherapy: What to expect and possible risks  
Abstract: This handout explains what to expect and possible risks when having phototherapy (light treatments) with PUVA (psoralen plus UVA).
Author: Dermatology Center/Med Spec Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2017
Revised Date: 7/2017
Quad coughing  
Abstract: This handout explains how to do quad coughing, a way to help clear secretions from the airway. A helper is needed for this exercise.
Author: Rehabilitation/8N
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2004
Revised Date: 2/2012
Radiation effects during angiography: About your procedure and possible risks  
Abstract: This handout explains what angiography is, how it is done, and possible side effects.
Author: Radiology/Imaging Services
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2012
Revised Date: 12/2013
Radiation to the abdomen: What you should know  
Abstract: This handout describes the most common side effects from radiation to the abdomen. It includes guidelines for treating or coping with nausea, diarrhea, fatigue, stomach discomfort, difficulty with urination, and skin reactions.
Author: Radiation Oncology
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2010
Revised Date: 10/2010
Radiofrequency ablation for pain relief: How to prepare and what to expect  
Abstract: This handout explains radiofrequency ablation (RFA), a treatment to reduce pain. RFA uses radio waves to heat a small area of nerve tissue, which decreases or blocks the pain signals from that area.
Author: Center for Pain Relief
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2015
Revised Date: 12/2015
Radiofrequency ablation: What to expect from your procedure  
Abstract: This handout explains radiofrequency ablation, which "burns" the nerve that is causing pain. Includes an explanation of the procedure, how to prepare, what results to expect, instructions for medicines, activities, side effects, filling out a pain diary, and follow-up care.
Author: Center for Pain Relief
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2009
Revised Date: 8/2009
Return to Sport Rehabilitation Program: At UW Medicine Sports Medicine Center  
Abstract: This handout explains the Return to Sport Rehabilitation Program at the UW Medicine Sports Medicine Center at Husky Stadium. This program is for athletes who are returning to activity after surgery or a long-term injury.
Author: Sports Medicine Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2015
Revised Date: 10/2015
Sedation for your radiation treatment  
Abstract: This handout details how to prepare for and what to expect from sedation for radiation therapy, which is needed for some complex radiation treatment.
Author: Cancer Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2004
Revised Date: 12/2004
Self-care after radiofrequency ablation: What to do at home  
Abstract: This handout explains self-care after having radiofrequency ablation. This procedure cauterizes (burns) small areas of the heart to help correct heart arrhythmias.
Author: Regional Heart Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2014
Revised Date: 4/2014
Skin care during radiation therapy  
Abstract: This handout provides care tips for patients who have skin changes as a side effect from radiation treatments.
Author: Radiation Oncology
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 1997
Revised Date: 11/2016
Stereotactic body radiation therapy: What it is and how it works  
Abstract: This handout explains stereotactic body radiation therapy. It describes how this radiation treatment works, and what to expect before, during, and after treatment.
Author: Radiation Oncology
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2011
Revised Date: 4/2011
Stretching exercises for feet: instructions  
Abstract: This handout provides instructions for four stretching exercises for feet including the wall push, the toe jammer, self foot massage, and the towel pull.
Author: Bone and Joint Center/Hand Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2002
Revised Date: 7/2002
Tandem and ring or tandem and ovoid HRD brachytherapy  
Abstract: Tandem and ovoid or tandem and ring HDR are methods of delivering a high dose of radiation to the uterus, cervix, or vagina. This handout explains the treatment, how to prepare for it, and what to expect afterwards.
Author: Cancer Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2004
Revised Date: 3/2008
Tenex treatment: At UW Medicine Sports Medicine Center  
Abstract: This handout explains the Tenex Health TX procedure, one way to treat the pain that often occurs with chronic tendon injuries. Tenex uses ultrasound to break down scar tissue. This treatment is done at the UW Medicine Sports Medicine Center at Husky Stadium.
Author: Sports Medicine Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2015
Revised Date: 10/2015
Therapeutic plasma exchange: Common questions about plasmapheresis  
Abstract: This handout explains therapeutic plasma exchange, also called plasmapheresis, a treatment in which plasma is separated from the blood and removed. It is then replaced with donated fresh frozen plasma, albumin, or other substitute fluids.
Author: Transplant Services/4E-4SE/5E
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2006
Revised Date: 6/2011
Thyroid cancer dosimetry using I131: Information, instructions, and precautions  
Abstract: This handout gives instructions for patients who will receive radioative iodine to help look for thyroid cancer. The information in this document formerly appeared as part of the longer handout, "Receiving Radioactive Iodine for Thyroid Cancer," archived 12/2012.
Author: Radiology/Imaging Services
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2012
Revised Date: 10/2012
Thyroid cancer survey using I123: Information, instructions, and precautions  
Abstract: This handout gives instructions for patients who will receive radioactive iodine to help look for thyroid cancer.
Author: Radiology/Imaging Services
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2005
Revised Date: 11/2017
Transtympanic perfusion therapy: About your procedure  
Abstract: This brochure explains what to expect and how to prepare for the transtympanic perfusion therapy procedure.
Author: Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2004
Revised Date: 7/2011
Ultrasound-guided aspiration of fluid collection: Paracentesis and thoracentesis  
Abstract: This handout explains ultrasound-guided thoracentesis and paracentesis. These procedures use sound waves to guide a needle to remove fluid from the chest or abdomen.
Author: Radiology/Imaging Services
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2010
Revised Date: 8/2015
Ultrasound-guided biopsy: About your procedure  
Abstract: This handout explains ultrasound-guided biopsy. This procedure uses sound waves to guide a needle to remove a small sample of soft tissue, which is then examined in the lab.
Author: Radiology/Imaging Services
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2010
Revised Date: 8/2015
Natural cycle/intrauterine insemination: What to expect  
Abstract: This handout is for patients at University Reproductive Care in Seattle. It explains the steps involved in a fertility treatment called "unstimulated cycle/intrauterine insemination."
Author: University Reproductive Care
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2015
Revised Date: 6/2016
Ointment dressing instructions  
Abstract: This handout explains the use of ointments to help wound healing. It gives tips on wound dressing, steps to apply dressing, types of ointments used (Bacitracin, Polysporin, and Silvadine), and how often to change dressing.
Author: Surgical Specialties Center/Surgical Services
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 1998
Revised Date: 3/2012
Using ultrasound for diagnosis and treatment: At UW Medicine Sports Medicine Center  
Abstract: This handout explains how ultrasound is used for diagnosis and treatment at the UW Medicine Sports Medicine Center at Husky Stadium.
Author: Sports Medicine Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2015
Revised Date: 10/2015
Vaginal dilator: Radiation Oncology  
Abstract: This flyer gives instructions for using a vaginal dilator, which is used to help prevent narrowing of the vagina after radiation treatment.
Author: Radiation Oncology
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2004
Revised Date: 2/2012
Vascular malformations: What they are and how they are treated  
Abstract: This handout explains vascular malformations, which are abnormal blood vessels. These occur when blood vessels do not form normally before birth. The handout includes symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment options.
Author: Surgical Specialties Center/Surgical Services
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2012
Revised Date: 5/2012
Viscosupplementation: At UW Medicine Sports Medicine Center  
Abstract: This handout explains viscosupplementation, also called joint fluid therapy. "Visco injection" is one way to ease pain and restore function in the knee joint. This treatment is done at the UW Medicine Sports Medicine Center at Husky Stadium.
Author: Sports Medicine Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2015
Revised Date: 10/2015
Xofigo therapy: For metastatic prostate cancer  
Abstract: This handout explains how the drug Xofigo is used to treat metastatic prostate cancer. It gives instructions to follow before beginning treatment, on treatment day, and after treatment. It includes a list of side effects, important things to tell your doctor before beginning Xofigo therapy, interactions with other drugs, and precautions.
Author: Radiology/Imaging Services
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2013
Revised Date: 12/2013
Your atrial fibrillation catheter ablation: How to prepare and what to expect  
Abstract: This handout explains how to prepare when having catheter ablation to treat atrial fibrillation at University of Washington Medical Center. It includes what to do before coming to the hospital, and what to expect during your hospital stay, recovery time, and follow-up care.
Author: Regional Heart Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2014
Revised Date: 4/2014
Your Essure placement: How to prepare and what to expect  
Abstract: This handout explains how to prepare and what to expect when having an Essure device implanted as a permanent form of birth control.
Author: Women's Health Care Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2011
Revised Date: 4/2011
Your neuro-oncology team  
Abstract: This handout provides contact information for the Radiation Oncology Clinic, the Neuro-Oncology Clinic, and the Neurosurgery Clinic at UWMC. Spaces are provided for filling in the names of the patient's personal neuro-oncology team.
Author: Radiation Oncology
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2006
Revised Date: 9/2007
Your radiation treatment: Information for patients and families  
Abstract: This handout gives details about UWMC's Cancer Center, members of the radiation care team, and what to expect during a consult, nurse visit, treatment planning visit, and radiation treatments. Includes contact information for questions and concerns, and symptoms that require a call to the radiation nurse.
Author: Radiation Oncology
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2011
Revised Date: 5/2015

 
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