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Are you having back pain with any of the following?

  • Severe pain, weakness or tingling in your leg(s).
  • Difficulty stopping urination or loss of control of bladder or bowels.
  • Unexplained fever, nausea or vomiting.
  • A history of cancer or unexplained weight loss.

We understand that you are experiencing one or more of the health issues that might be impacting your back pain.

We recommend that you discuss these health issues with your doctor before proceeding with this program.

Once you are cleared by your doctor to do this program, we hope it helps you find relief from your back pain.

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Amir Rafii, MD

Head and Neck Surgery

Welcome to My Doctor Online, a web site that my colleagues and I developed to make it easier for you to take care of your healthcare needs. On this site you will find answers to many of your questions about my clinical practice. Also included are several online features that will allow you to e-mail me, check your laboratory results and refill prescriptions. I hope you find its content informative and useful.

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San Rafael
Appt/Advice: 415-444-2233

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Prepare for Your Procedure - Emmi

Topic Tools
Anesthesia What to expect when your child is getting anesthesia for a surgery; covers how to prepare your child and different types of anesthesia used. (25 minutes) Anesthesia for Your Child (Emmi)
Anesthesia What to expect when getting anesthesia for pain during a surgery; covers general, spinal and epidural anesthesia; explains moderate sedation. (20 minutes) Anesthesia for an Adult (Emmi)
Cancer Treatment Covers the basics of getting chemotherapy to treat cancer, including life during treatment, side effects, and common concerns. (25 minutes) Chemotherapy (Emmi)
Cancer Treatment Covers the basics of getting external-beam radiation therapy, including life during treatment and side effects. (25 minutes) Radiation Therapy (Emmi)
Eardrum Surgery What to expect before, during and after this surgery on the eardrum. Covers risks and benefits, and tips on recovery. (20 minutes) Myringotomy (Emmi)
Eyelid Surgery What to expect before, during and after this eyelid surgery. Covers risks and benefits, and tips on recovery. (30 minutes) Blepharoplasty (Emmi)
Nose Surgery What to expect before, during and after nose surgery. Covers risks and benefits, and tips on recovery. (20 minutes) Rhinoplasty or Septorhinoplasty (Emmi)
Nose Surgery What to expect before, during and after nose surgery to straighten the nasal septum. Covers risks and benefits, and tips on recovery. (20 minutes) Septoplasty (Emmi)
Parathyroid Surgery What to expect before, during and after this surgery to remove your parathyroid gland(s). Covers risks and benefits, and tips on recovery. (25 minutes) Parathyroidectomy (Emmi)
Plastic Surgery What to expect before, during and after surgery to tighten sagging skin on your lower face and neck. Covers risks and benefits, and tips on recovery. (20 minutes) Facelift (Emmi)
Sinus Surgery What to expect before, during and after surgery to open up your sinuses. Covers risks and benefits, and tips on recovery. (25 minutes) Endoscopic Sinus Surgery (Emmi)
Sleep Disorder Explains obstructive sleep apnea, testing for this condition, and treatment options that exist. (20 minutes) Sleep Apnea (Emmi)
Thyroid Surgery What to expect before, during and after surgery to remove the thyroid gland. Covers risks and benefits, and tips on recovery. (20 minutes) Thyroidectomy (Emmi)
Tonsil Surgery What to expect before, during and after surgery to remove tissue from the back of a child's throat. Covers risks and benefits, and tips on recovery. (20 minutes) Tonsillectomy with Possible Adenoidectomy (Emmi)
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