Monthly Archive: May 2019

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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May 22

Pancreatic Surgery

How much do you know about your pancreas? In fact, the pancreas is an important organ in both the digestive and the endocrine system. Pancreatic surgery may be needed because of several serious medical conditions. Modern laparoscopic surgery techniques have made pancreatic surgery much better tolerated than it was in the past. The use of …

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May 20

Binge Eating Disorder Facts

Binge eating disorder isn’t the same as occasional overeating. Plenty of people eat too much occasionally. True binge eating disorder is relatively rare in the general population, but it is far more common among patients who seek weight loss surgery. Among patients who are concerned enough to seek bariatric surgery, the incidence may be as …

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May 17

Overeating During Vacation

School is almost out, and vacation time is coming! For many people this means travel, eating and drinking in restaurants and overindulging. The news about vacation weight gain is both good and bad. Most people do not gain the three to five pounds they think they do during vacations.  A 2016 study at the University …

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May 15

Are You Thinking About Medical School?

If you or a young person you know is considering going to medical school, we salute you! The medical profession has long been seen as one of the most desirable fields of service and work. It is likely that this will continue in the future; however, before you commit to pursuing medicine as a career, …

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May 13

Weight loss surgery should not be the first option

Bariatric surgery procedures like the gastric bypass and the gastric sleeve are a big part of our general surgery practice. These procedures have demonstrated their efficacy in producing significant, long-term weight loss and in reducing the incidence of obesity-related medical conditions like type-2 diabetes and heart disease. However, weight loss surgery is never performed if …

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May 12

Happy Mother’s Day

Mother's Day

Dr. Birkedal and staff would like to wish all mom’s a happy Mother’s Day.

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