Diverticulosis Or Diverticulitis?

What is the difference between these two terms? The most common use of these words is in describing conditions of the colon (large intestine), though they can also apply to other parts of the gastrointestinal tract. Diverticulosis of the colon is a chronic condition, often completely silent, in which small blebs, or bulges/blisters, develop in the intestinal wall. These blebs may exist for many years and never cause any symptoms. On the other hand, diverticulitis is usually acute and potentially dangerous. This is when one of those blebs bursts, allowing bacteria and sometimes fecal material out where they don't belong.…
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Is My Stomach Pain Due To Diverticulitis?

Pain within the digestive tract is something most people experience from time to time in their lives. However, there are more serious conditions than a simple upset stomach. Should you experience persistent or severe pain in your abdomen, you need medical attention, as it could be something more serious such as appendicitis or diverticulitis. What is Diverticulitis? Diverticulosis is when pouches exist in the wall of the colon. If the pouches become infected or inflamed, which can occur due to a bout of constipation with high pressures in the colon or hard waste eroding the protective lining of the colon,…
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Why Do I Need An Ultrasound Every Time I Have A Mammogram?

  The short answer is, you don’t. If you live in Connecticut and 13 other states, if you have dense breasts (lots of white on the mammogram), your radiologist is required by state law to inform you that the mammogram is less sensitive, and that additional screening with breast ultrasound or MRI may be beneficial. Since the Connecticut law went into effect in 2009, many radiology facilities in Connecticut now routinely perform a breast ultrasound in that circumstance, even if it wasn’t ordered by the patient’s doctor. Insurance companies are required to pay for it. Connecticut was the first state…
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Topics: Blog, Breast Reconstruction, General Surgery, Plastic Surgery

Inguinal Hernia Repair: Traditional treatment or Laparoscopic method? Is mesh always needed?

Nowadays, the vast majority of adults with inguinal hernias in the U.S. undergo repair with prosthetic (artificial) mesh because they have a lower chance of recurring. When a laparoscopic repair is performed, the doctor uses a small telescope known as a laparoscope, to place mesh behind the weak point in the abdominal muscle wall. Another repair method is called open repair where the mesh is placed over the weak point. Both of these operations provide an excellent success rate and a very low risk of recurrence. Medical evidence of differences in recurrence rates between the two procedures is conflicting. This…
Doctor with a pen showing a hernia in a skeleton to a patient.
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Do Gallstones Always Require Treatment?

Gallstones are common, and when they are discovered incidentally, such as at the time of a CAT scan or ultrasound, they are often asymptomatic. If you find you have gallstones and there is any question as to whether to treat them, your doctor will most likely want to conduct some simple blood tests. Gallstones can do serious harm without causing symptoms. Your doctor may want the opinion of a general surgeon, the specialist best equipped to determine this possibility. However, truly asymptomatic gallstones can typically be left untreated. Symptoms attributable to gallstones include pain almost anywhere in the torso. The…
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What does a General Surgeon Do?

What does a General Surgeon Do? General surgery is a discipline that spans multiple specialties in medicine and deals with a broad variety of conditions, involving almost all parts of the body. General surgeons can treat hundreds of diseases including benign tumors and cancers of many types, injuries, gastrointestinal problems, and hernias. In addition to having the skills, training and experience to perform operations to treat these conditions, a highly skilled general surgeon must be capable of determining when NOT to operate, and monitoring a patient for signs of relapse. General Surgeons perform a variety of procedures including, but not…
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