Monthly Archive: February 2018

Feb 28

Take a look at our laparoscopic surgery videos

There are still many misconceptions about modern general surgery. A great many surgeries that once required open incisions are now done with the surgical laparoscope.  You can see videos of actual laparoscopic surgeries by clicking on the link.

Feb 26

Misconceptions About Bariatric Surgery

Surgery for weight loss (bariatric surgery) has become well accepted by professionals in academic medicine, public health and medical insurance. These experts know that weight loss surgery has demonstrated effectiveness in reducing obesity-related disease. Insurance companies recognize that the cost of weight loss surgery is recovered by lowering future medical expenses. This is good news …

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Feb 23

How to treat Varicose Veins

Varicose veins and spider veins often present cosmetic concerns and can sometimes be a medical problem. Our office offers treatment for these common conditions. You can see videos of Spider and Varicose Vein Treatment and read a more detailed explanation here: Varicose Vein Treatment.

Feb 21

What is General Surgery?

You know pretty well what a pediatrician or a family practice doctor does, but what does a general surgeon do, how are they trained and what does the term, “Board Certified” say about a physician?  Find out by reading “What Does General Surgery Mean?

Feb 20

Take a look at the February Newsletter

Our February 2018 Newsletter is now available.

Feb 20

What’s Inside a Laparoscopic Surgery Suite? A Room Full of Miracles!

If you live on Florida’s East Coast or in Central Florida, you might have been lucky enough to personally witness the February 6th launch event from Cape Canaveral. If not, the Falcon Heavy liftoff and landing is on many YouTube sites and is well worth watching. It seems like a miracle that the Falcon could …

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Feb 19

How Well Are We Doing?

The number of weight loss surgeries performed in the United States has grown steadily over the past six or seven years. Bariatric surgeons and doctors in bariatric clinics may be congratulating themselves, but how well are we really doing? While the growth in procedures like gastric sleeve surgery and gastric bypass surgery has been impressive, …

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Feb 16

What to know about bariatric surgery

Many people are confused about the subject of bariatric surgery, fearful because of misinformation or lack of understanding. This can be made worse by well-meaning friends or relatives who spread this misinformation, or by internet and television commercials that intentionally mislead people. The ‘web’ is full of cure-all remedies for obesity that have no proven …

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Feb 14

Happy Valentine’s Day

Happy Valentine’s to all! Enjoy your day! From Dr. Birkedal and Staff

Feb 14

Do I need thyroid surgery?


General surgeons sometimes do procedures on the thyroid gland. What do you know about thyroid surgery, your thyroid gland and the way it affects your health? Did you know that there are two general types of thyroid malfunction that can cause problems? Find out about hypothyroidism and hyperthyroidism by reading “Thyroid Disease and Treatment.”

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