Jun 14

Take a walk

Every good doctor wants to encourage the concept of “wellness.”  Wellness is more than the absence of illness. It is an active process of making healthy choices about the way we live and care for ourselves and others. It means taking active measures to build and maintain good health. You can start this on your …

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Jun 12

Where Does Florida Rank?

If you tuned in Monday, you know that we promised to tell you where Florida ranked in the “Most Obese States” list. Our State comes in at number 35, meaning that 34 states are more obese than Florida! I guess that we can be relatively happy about this until we recall that, at 27% of …

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Jun 10

A Spreading Problem

Weight loss surgeons and physicians in bariatric clinics continue to fight against the epidemic of obesity and obesity-related diseases that is overtaking the United States. We have commented several times that if this trend is not contained soon, it will threaten the entire healthcare system of our nation. Here is what the latest CDC (Centers …

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Jun 07

Doctor-patient communication

There is more to being a good doctor or surgeon than technical skill. It is also important to communicate accurately and openly with patients. Doctor-patient communication is critical to good health care. We understand this and try hard to maintain excellent communication through several means. Please look at: Our Website Our Facebook Page Our Blog …

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Jun 05

Bariatric Support Group Meeting

If you are seriously overweight, please consider attending our Monthly Bariatric Support Group Meeting. This meeting is held on the 3rd Thursday of each month at 5 PM, located in Dr. Birkedal’s Office at 305 Memorial Medical Pkwy, #205 (the AdventHealth Medical Center). This month, the meeting will be Thursday June 20th. If you, a friend …

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Jun 03

Seniors and Surgery

No matter how skilled the surgeon and the hospital staff, the chance that surgery will result in complications increases with a patient’s age. In many situations, the increased chance of side effects in older patients is quite small and well worth the risk. In 2015, the National Institutes of Health (the NIH) published a study …

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May 31

Surgery and Seniors

When considering any kind of elective surgery, the patient’s age must be a factor. Sometimes, surgery is absolutely demanded, but there are many medical situations in which treatment alternatives that do not require surgery are available. A paper published in the Journal of the American College of Surgery put it this way, “…increasing age itself …

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May 29

What in Heaven is Ghrelin?

Ghrelin (it sort of rhymes with heaven) is a hormone produced by the human endocrine system. Ghrelin is produced in cells located in the stomach, especially in an area called the fundus. When the stomach is empty (not stretched), ghrelin production increases, telling your brain that it is time to eat. Slowly, doctors are beginning …

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May 27

We Honor Memorial Day

Today is Memorial Day, and most professional offices will be closed. Our entire staff will be thinking of the sacrifices made by Americans who not only served, but that paid the ultimate cost so that we can remain free. The true meaning of Memorial Day is more than the start of summer fun. It calls …

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May 24

The End of Antibiotics?

Ecoli Bacteria

Several times, we have mentioned the concern that is developing about antibiotic resistant bacteria (see our past article, “Doctors Are Afraid of Bugs”). Modern laparoscopic surgery techniques have dramatically lowered the risk of infection during surgery procedures. However, there is still some risk of contamination any time a patient sustains a wound, including surgical wounds. …

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