Apr 17

“First in War, First in Peace…”

That famous quote came from a eulogy written about George Washington. It has been applied to many of the good people and good qualities of Americans in general, but we are also first in some other things. In which of these categories do you think Americans lead the world? Number of books read each year …

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Apr 15

How much do you know about hernias?

Here is a pop quiz: True or False. Both men and women can get a hernia. True or False. Hernia surgery is the only permanent remedy for this condition. A hernia does not get better over time, and it will not go away by itself. True or False. It is usually easy to recognize a …

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Apr 12

As If We Did Not Know

Doctors are like all people; we like to read or hear about new evidence that supports our old beliefs.  Sometimes this is a bad thing, because it strengthens misconceptions or outright fallacies; at other times, it serves a good purpose. There was a great example of serving good purposes In the March Edition of the …

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Apr 10

The revolutionary laparoscope

The laparoscope has brought about a revolution in many surgical procedures. Operations that once required large incisions are now done through small “keyholes.”  Pain, scarring, infection risk and hospital recovery time have all been reduced.  For example, cholecystectomy (gallbladder removal surgery) once required an open incision in the patient’s abdomen and at least several days …

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Apr 08

The path to weight loss success

Many patients seeking bariatric surgery are depressed and skeptical about weight loss programs in general; often they have tried multiple diets that simply do not work.  While weight loss surgery may be the best (or the only) alternative open to some patients, our practice does not assume that this is true. Instead, we sit down …

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Apr 05

IORT, an alternative to post-surgical radiation

If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with breast cancer, you need to carefully consider all of your options. Wherever possible, lumpectomy has replaced mastectomy as surgical treatment for breast cancer. Lumpectomy is a surgical procedure in which only a part of the breast is removed. Thanks to early detection programs, many women …

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Apr 03

Are you insured for weight loss surgery?

Did you know that since 2006, in many cases Medicare has offered coverage for weight loss surgery? This makes good sense when you consider that obesity-related disease is consuming more and more of the Medicare budget. Diseases like type-2 diabetes, heart failure and vascular disease are often harder on seniors than on younger patients. The …

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Apr 01

Pay No Attention to Your Health (April Fools!)

We hope you have not been the victim of any bad jokes today. No one knows for certain how the custom of joke playing became associated with the first day of April, but one of the more popular theories dates all the way back to the 1500’s. Before 1582, calendars began the New Year on …

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Mar 29

Informed consent

Patients should understand the benefits, risks and consequences of any surgery or medical procedure before they agree to it. Lawyers call this “informed consent,” and it is an important part of any doctor-patient relationship. Doctors understand this too, but sometimes the vocabulary they use can get in the way of effective communication. Medical school and …

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Mar 27

Before Weight Loss Surgery

Psychological factors have a huge impact on every person’s physical health. Nowhere is that more true than it is in the field of weight control. We know that people eat for many reasons, some healthy and others not. “Binge Eating Disorder” (BED)  is a serious eating disorder in which patients frequently consume very large amounts …

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