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What Are the Most Common Types of Hernia, and How Are They Treated?

A hernia occurs when pressure in the abdomen pushes an organ or tissue through an opening or weak spot in muscle or fascia (connective tissue). The most common types of hernias occur in the inner groin, outer groin, upper stomach, belly button, or near an incision. Causes of Hernia Anything that creates increased pressure in…

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Vasectomy or Tubal Ligation? How to Choose the Right Permanent Birth Control Option is Right for Your Family

There are a number of effective contraception options for preventing pregnancy, including birth control pills, IUDs, condoms, and more. For couples who are finished building their family or who have decided to not have children, it can make sense to consider a more permanent, reliable birth control option. These choices include tubal ligation for women…

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When to See a Doctor About Heartburn

For many people, heartburn (medically termed gastroesophageal reflux, GERD, or just ‘reflux’) is an annoyance that can be managed through a change in diet, reduction of stress, or the use of over-the-counter medicines such as omeprazole (e.g., Prilosec) or lansoprazole (e.g., Prevacid). Some people experience chronic cough but don’t realize it can be sign of…

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Recognizing the Signs and Symptoms of a Gallbladder Attack

The gallbladder is an organ that most of us rarely think about, located below the liver in the upper-right part of the abdomen. The gallbladder stores bile, which helps the body break down fat and vitamins from food by delivering bile (a combination of fluids, fat, and cholesterol) to the small intestine.   Potential gallbladder problems…

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What is endoscopy?

Endoscopy is a nonsurgical procedure that allows a doctor to examine and repair internal organs by inserting a flexible tube through the mouth, other opening, or a small incision. The tube, or endoscope, is equipped with a camera and light. Endoscopy is most commonly used to diagnose and treat issues with the digestive tract. Endoscopy offers the significant…

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Is Tubal Ligation Right For You?

Birth control, contraception, family planning…however you describe it, choosing which method is best for you is a personal decision. There’s no right or wrong answer that meets every person’s needs. Permanent methods of preventing pregnancy, such as ‘having your tubes tied’ or vasectomy, can be worth considering if you’re sure you don’t want to become…

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Know the Warning Signs of Colon Cancer

Tragically, colorectal cancer (often referred to as ‘colon cancer’) is the third most common cause of cancer-related deaths in the US, even though treatments can be very successful when found early. When colon cancer is found early, before it spreads, the survival rate is very high. If the cancer is detected later and has a…

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Cash-Bundled Programs Take the Surprise Out of Surgery Costs

Typically after a medical procedure such as surgery, the bills come trickling in from the hospital, the surgeon, the anesthesiologist, the physical therapist…and the list goes on. It can be difficult to accurately plan for what your total out-of-pocket costs will be, once all is said and done. With bundled payments, the patient pays a single, all-inclusive bill…

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Enhance your Post-Surgery Recovery

Steps to Take to Speed Post-Surgery Healing In most cases, surgery isn’t the final stop on your road to recovery from injury or illness. What you do before and after surgery can also be critical to your long-term prognosis. Your body needs time to adjust after surgery, and will do much of the healing work itself. But the…

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What is Diverticulitis?

Diverticulitis is an infection or inflammation of pouches that can form in the wall of the colon. Diverticulitis can lead to serious complications, including massive infection or perforation of the bowel, or intestinal obstruction. Signs and Symptoms Most people with diverticulitis don’t have symptoms or problems. When symptoms or issues do present themselves, doctors diagnose…

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