University Hospitals Division of Thoracic & Esophageal Surgery is dedicated to providing the highest quality of care to patients who suffer from a variety of conditions involving the chest, lungs and esophagus. Our doctors use cutting-edge diagnostic imaging technology and state-of-the-art surgical techniques in their efforts to bring about successful outcomes in patients suffering from these illnesses. Our surgeons also work closely with oncologists and other specialists to devise the best treatment plans for patients suffering from lung and esophagus cancer.
In Dr. Freedman’s opinion, the literature appears split on preventive antibiotic medication before dental treatment to prevent bacterial endocarditis. Although, approximately half the people with lupus have heart valve abnormalities. In this light, patients should consult their physician about whether antibiotics should be taken before any dental treatment that can cause bleeding. This includes regular cleanings, scaling, periodontal procedures, dental implant placement, root canal treatment, and extractions.
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