Monthly Archive: December 2018

Dec 31

Happy New Year

Happy new year

Like most people, we will be celebrating the coming of a new year tonight. I can tell you that this day holds special meaning for many surgeons. All surgical residents have spent several New Year’s Eves in the emergency room, the operating room or on call in the hospital. It is part of the job. …

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Dec 28

A community resource for health and wellness

Our website has often published articles advocating the proven value of exercise in maintaining health and wellness. If you want to Commit to Exercising Every Day, there are several choices. You might want to Walk for Wellness or consider the Value of Yoga. Our residents here in the Volusia-Flagler and Central Florida areas are fortunate …

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Dec 26

Holiday Surgery

Most people do not consider the holidays as the perfect time for undergoing a surgery of any kind. They would rather be spending time with friends and family than lying in a hospital bed or recovering at home while everyone else is having fun. However, there may be good reasons to consider having surgery over …

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Dec 24

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from Dr. Birkedal and Staff

From our practice and staff, we wish all a “Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.” Doctors, nurses and medical professionals are very much like all people; this is a time of the year when we want to be with our family and friends, relax a little and be thankful for the good things we …

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Dec 21

Holiday weight gain

Christmas is only a few days away and our office and staff wishes you and your family the happiest of holidays. Holiday meals, gatherings and parties are an important part of Christmas, Hanukkah, New Year’s and the entire holiday season. There is a chance to overeat or overindulge many times in the weeks between Thanksgiving …

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Dec 19

Diabetic Neuropathy

Bariatric surgeons see a good many patients who are obese and also suffer from obesity-related conditions like heart disease or diabetes. In turn, these patients often develop problems related to those conditions. For diabetics, one of the most common results is “diabetic neuropathy” or “diabetic peripheral neuropathy.” Because diabetes damages the tiny blood vessels that …

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Dec 17

A room full of miracles

Medical practice advances every day. In the specialty of General Surgery, we are using knowledge, training, technology and skills that did not even exist a decade ago. A laparoscopy operating room suite is literally a room filled with miracles, devices that surgeons of the past could only dream about. (See “What’s Inside a Laparoscopic Surgery …

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Dec 14

Insurance and Weight Loss Surgery

bariatric surgeryThere many misconceptions about bariatric surgery, including the mistaken idea that it is exclusively a cosmetic procedure. Because of that notion, patients may think that medical insurance will not pay for weight loss surgery. This is not the case; our office works with many, many health insurance organizations. We accept Medicare, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, …

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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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