Monthly Archive: May 2019

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.

May 10

Doctors Fear Bugs!

About a year ago, our blog published an article about the growing menace of antibiotic resistant bacteria (see “Doctors Are Afraid of Bugs”). Surgeons are very concerned about this problem; we do not want patients to contract any infection at all after surgery, and if that infection turns out to be antibiotic-resistant, it complicates the …

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May 08

Politician Gets It (Almost) Right!

Last week, one of the many Democrats running for President made a startling (to many people) statement. In a town hall in New Hampshire, Congressman Tim Ryan commented that, “Half the country today has either diabetes or prediabetes.” Most people will write this off as political overkill, but the American Diabetes Association says that Congressman …

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May 06

Do you need a thyroidectomy?

Thyroid surgery (thyroidectomy) involves removing part or all of the thyroid gland. Although not the most common treatment, thyroid surgery is the only way to immediately cure hyperthyroidism, a thyroid gland that is overactive. The first line treatment for hyperthyroidism is usually drug therapy, but there are some circumstances in which thyroid surgery is strongly …

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May 03

Breast cancer and IORT

The cure rate for breast cancer is much higher today than ever before. Early detection via mammogram programs combined with improved drugs, radiation therapy and surgery, especially minimally invasive breast surgery, have made cure rates for breast cancer much higher. In the past, radiation therapy has been routinely recommended after many breast cancer operations, but …

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May 01

Summer Is Almost Here

Today is May 1st, not quite summer according to the calendar, but in Florida that is close enough. If you have not been taking advantage of our “Sunshine State” status, now is a great time to start. Water aerobics offers an alternative way to exercise for people who might otherwise have difficulty. It reduces the …

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