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.

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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