Dec 12

An Unwelcome Holiday Visitor

We are well into the season of holiday merry-making and often over indulgence; the medical staff members in hospitals and emergency rooms sometimes see the results. Of course, the first thing to come to mind is traffic accidents. The Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays are often the heaviest travel days of the year, and combined with …

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Dec 11

Evidence Supporting Weight Loss Surgery Mounts

Several months ago we wrote an article about “evidence-based medicine,” sometimes called “evidence-based practice.” These terms mean that doctors base their decisions on objective facts gathered by trained professionals who are not biased about the results. If the evidence shows that a certain drug was not effective, or produced unacceptable side effects, then evidenced-based practice …

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Dec 10

A Common Surgery

How many cholecystectomies (gallbladder removal surgeries) do you think are done each year in the United States? Is it more than 200,000? More than 300,000? 400,000? Here is a clue – gallbladder removal surgery is one of the most common of all surgical procedures done in American hospitals. Years ago, gallbladder disease was associated mainly …

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Dec 05

Obesity and Healthcare Costs

Everyone is worried about managing health care costs. This issue is a growing concern to hospitals, the health insurance industry, public health officials and doctors; it especially worries politicians. The fact is that a very large part of this problem is related to human behavior, not to any natural force like infection. Depending on your …

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Dec 03

What do you know about hernias?

Hernia repair is one of the most common surgical procedures performed in the United States. Each year, 600,000 to 700,000 inguinal hernia surgeries are done in the United States, making it one of the most common surgical procedures. Today, most hernia surgeries are laparoscopic, one-day procedures (patients visit a surgery center, have the procedure and …

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Nov 30

A daily walk can do wonders

“The Best Things in Life Are Free,” or so goes the familiar old saying. When it comes to fitness, weight control and your general health, the habit of a daily walk can do wonders for people of all fitness levels. Surgeons are doctors first, and every good doctor wants to encourage the concept of “wellness.” …

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Nov 28

Breast Cancer and Early Detection

This past October was 2108’s Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and we were remiss for not mentioning it more prominently. Breast cancer awareness month is a yearly campaign intended to educate people about the importance of early screening and testing. This campaign starts on October 1st and ends on October 31st of each year. When a …

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Nov 26

A common misconception about weight loss surgery

There is a common misconception about weight loss surgery that says, “Most weight loss surgery patients will regain the weight they lose over years to come.” Numerous studies have now demonstrated that this is not the case. The effectiveness of bariatric surgery in long term weight control has been repeatedly confirmed. The medical profession and …

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Nov 23

Insurance Coverage

Lack of insurance coverage sometimes discourages patients from even investigating medical treatment, especially for procedures like bariatric surgery. In many cases, patients are surprised to find that their carrier will cover some or all of the cost. The only way to find out with certainty is to work it through the insurance office in your …

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Nov 21

Happy Thanksgiving Day

Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving from Dr Birkedal and staff.

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