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When Your Diverticulitis May Benefit From Surgery Oct 4th, 2020

Your intestines are a continuous tube connecting your stomach to your anus. The small intestine is about 20 feet long and the large intestine is 5 feet long.  Intestines are an important part of your digestive system because most of the nutrients from the foods and beverages you consume are...

Rectus Diastasis: A Hazard of Pregnancy Sep 7th, 2020

About two-thirds of pregnant women develop rectus diastasis, a separation of the abdominal muscles. Also called diastasis recti, this common condition is the result of increased pressure on your abdominal wall during pregnancy. The abdominal muscles, called the rectus abdominis, are six vertical muscles that connect down the center of...

The 3 Most Common Hernias Aug 9th, 2020

About 1 million hernia repairs are performed annually in the United States. Hernias are an incredibly common medical condition, and they can affect men, women, and children.  Hernias develop when internal organs or tissue push through the muscle wall of your abdomen. It can happen when there’s a weak spot...

5 Signs You May Have a Thyroid Problem Jul 7th, 2020

Thyroid disorders are common, but up to 60% of people with thyroid problems aren’t aware of their condition. Thyroid disorders develop when the gland either makes too much or too little of certain thyroid hormones. Hypothyroidism is diagnosed when you don’t have enough thyroid hormone, while hyperthyroidism occurs when you...

Stomach Aches You Shouldn't Ignore Jun 23rd, 2020

No one enjoys a stomach ache. Most of the time, stomach aches are caused by overindulging, gas, or even a temporary viral infection. While unpleasant, these types of stomach aches often resolve on their own. But sometimes a stomach ache signals something more serious. Pain that lasts for several days...

4 Benefits of Robotic Surgery May 5th, 2020

At the mention of robotic surgery, many people wonder if it’s safe. Is a doctor in the room? What happens if something goes wrong? These are just a few questions that might pop into your mind. The truth is that robotic surgery isn’t just safe, it offers a host of...

Signs of a Hernia Apr 9th, 2020

A hernia is a medical condition in which an organ protrudes through the muscle wall, creating a bulge outside the muscle. Anyone can get a hernia, but certain factors may make it more likely.  Lifting heavy objects and other types of straining are a leading cause of hernia. Men are...

What to Expect from an Appendectomy Mar 5th, 2020

Even though one in 20 people in the United States will get appendicitis at some point in their lives, most of us never give our appendix a second thought. That is, until something goes wrong and we require an appendectomy to surgically remove that small pouch attached to the large...

Know the Warning Signs of Skin Cancer Feb 1st, 2020

Skin cancer is more common in the U.S. than all other forms of cancer combined, and the number of cases is only growing. Most skin cancer starts when the ultraviolet (UV) rays of the sun damage your skin cells by causing a tan or a sunburn. Tanning beds and sun...

Foods to Avoid If You Suffer From GERD Jan 1st, 2020

Surgery can be necessary in severe cases of GERD, but you can avoid the need for invasive procedures by controlling your gastroesophageal reflux disease with conservative treatments. One of the best ways to keep symptoms of GERD under control is to avoid dietary triggers. This, however, assumes you know what...

What Is da Vinci Surgery? Dec 1st, 2019

Are you preparing for surgery? Perhaps you haven’t heard of the da Vinci method, which is a state-of-the-art innovation in robotic surgery. Once you learn more about this surgical option, we are confident that you will find it to be an efficient and impressive choice for your upcoming surgical procedure. ...

When Should I Start Getting Colonoscopies? Nov 1st, 2019

No one looks forward to getting a colonoscopy, an internal exam of your colon. But colon cancer kills 51,000 people in the U.S. every year. And periodic colonoscopies can detect abnormal cells in your colon early, cutting your chances of getting and dying from colon cancer. When should you get...

Most Common Causes of Abdominal Pain Oct 1st, 2019

Your abdomen is the area between your chest and pelvis. Many of your major organs are located in your abdomen, which is one reason that chronic abdominal pain is a serious concern. Your abdominal organs include:  Stomach Intestines Kidneys Gallbladder Spleen Pancreas Liver Appendix There are some conditions that can...

5 Signs That Pain is Is Your Appendix Sep 1st, 2019

The medical community has never really come to a conclusion about the function of this 3½ inch tube, and you can certainly live without it. However, if something is blocking it, the appendix often causes an emergency situation. In fact, 1 in 20 people in the United States get appendicitis...

Do Hernias Always Need to be Repaired? Aug 14th, 2019

A hernia is an organ or tissue protrusion through your abdominal wall. It’s caused by muscle weakness and strain, often a result of damage from injury or surgery, age, lifting heavy weights, or pregnancy.  Hernias can develop quickly or over a long period of time. Most of the time, hernias...

Robot-Assisted Surgery: All Your Questions Answered Jul 23rd, 2019

If you’ve been told you need surgery to treat gallbladder disease or repair a hernia, or you have another health condition requiring surgical intervention, you may have heard about the great success patients have with robot-assisted surgery. At the same time, you probably have many questions about this relatively new...