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Article Archives March 2006 Issue
Ask the Plastic Surgeon Question: I am 34 years old and have three children. I have a C-section scar and loose skin around my belly button. Even though I am the weight I was prior to having children and work out at least twice a week, I can’t seem to tighten my tummy. I’m not going to have any more children and would really like to get my figure back. I’ve thought about having a tummy tuck, but my husband thinks that if I exercise more I should be able to return to my pre-baby shape. Is surgery a good option for me?
We're fed up. We don't need another magazine ranking telling us we're fat any more than we need another world-famous corned beef sandwich. (Actually, we do need to do something about those corned beef sandwiches.) But instead of letting it get under our skin, we looked under our skin, and found our fat cells thriving, our favorite foods add to the problem and some local experts have recipes for fat reduction that could compete with Jenny Craig. So get off your adipose (that's fat) backside and get moving toward a healthier you.
There's a scene in "Supersize Me" when Morgan Spurlock, the firm's director and bemused star, meets a guy who only eats McDonald's Big Macs - vanquishing more than 19,000 of them in his lifetime. He's just an eccentric guy who loves Big Macs as much as, or maybe more than, he loves his wife. My story isn't quite that bad.
It's solid advice. We hear it all the time when it comes to our health.
Our doctor knows which drug will make us better, which surgery will fix us and which lifestyle choices will help us live our best lives possible. When our doctors talk, we listen. We take their advice on just about everything - even what doctors we should see next.
The truth is there are many outstanding doctors in Northeast Ohio. The medical journals and popular press abound with stories about the strides they've made in research and patient care. But when you're just one patient, looking for just the right doctor for you, it?s easy to go wanting in a land of plenty.
We have published the Best Doctors list this year to highlight 589 of our area's best physicians in 35 specialties. All of them made the list because their peers voted for them. (Consider it a big referral list.) The six we profile in the following pages possess the qualities that make a good healer - tremendous clinical skills, a caring bedside manner and a deep dedication to their profession.
They are models for why "Talk to your doctor" is such good advice - and the reason we recommend you take it.