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Here's What Causes Gallstones

Gallstones affect as many as 15% of people in the United States, especially women and people who are overweight or obese. Find out what causes gallstones and what you can do about them.

Nov 1st, 2019
Are Hemorrhoids Normal?

Although hemorrhoids are common, they’re not a normal, inevitable part of life. Here’s what you need to know about the causes of hemorrhoids and the treatment options available for relieving your hemorrhoid symptoms.

Oct 1st, 2019
When Should I Start Getting Colonoscopies?

It’s tempting to put off having a colonoscopy. But this procedure could save your life by detecting colorectal cancer and precancerous polyps. Learn when you should start having this important test.

Sep 1st, 2019
How Often Does Breast Cancer Require Surgery?

If you’ve been diagnosed with breast cancer, you’re probably wondering whether you must have surgery. In most cases, surgery may be the best and most effective way to remove diseased tissue. Here’s what you need to know about surgical options.

Aug 1st, 2019
Can Heavy Lifting Really Cause a Hernia?

You may have heard that heavy lifting can cause a hernia, a condition in which an internal organ bulges through a section of weak muscle. Find out whether heavy lifting really can contribute to the development of a hernia.

Jul 10th, 2019
5 Tips for Avoiding Discomfort After Gallbladder Removal

Gallbladder removal is one of the most common surgical procedures. If you require gallbladder surgery, you don’t always have time to prepare, but following these five tips can help you feel more comfortable after the procedure.

Apr 8th, 2019
Does a Hernia Always Require Surgery?

Some 5 million Americans sustain an abdominal hernia annually, but only about 700,000 seek medical care. Yet, left untreated, a hernia can lead to serious health conditions. Read on to learn when a hernia requires surgery and if it ever doesn’t.

Mar 3rd, 2019
5 Symptoms That Could Signal Appendicitis

Appendicitis is a potentially life-threatening medical condition that comes on suddenly. Know the five symptoms that could signal appendicitis, and seek medical care immediately if you think you may the condition.

Jan 16th, 2019
What Is Causing the Pain in My Breasts?

Pain, soreness, tenderness, swelling, and other breast discomforts are typically caused by hormonal changes. But don’t ignore breast pain, because it could be a sign of breast cysts or other problems.

Dec 7th, 2018
How to Prepare for Your First Colonoscopy

A colonoscopy is no fun, but it’s important because it can find signs of colorectal cancer, the second-leading cause of cancer-related deaths in the United States. Here’s what you need to know about this crucial procedure.

Nov 28th, 2018
What Hemorrhoids Are, and What They Aren’t

Many of us are familiar with the pain, itching, and bleeding of hemorrhoids. And yet few really know what hemorrhoids are or how they’re treated. Here’s a look at what hemorrhoids are, and what they are not.

Sep 11th, 2018
Who Should Seek BRCA Testing?

Having certain genetic mutations can significantly increase your risk of developing breast cancer. Should you seek genetic testing for BRCA mutations? Here are some guidelines to help determine whether testing is the right step for you.

Aug 1st, 2018
How to Prepare for a Colonoscopy

Preparing for a colonoscopy is no fun, but it’s necessary. Learn how to prepare correctly so your doctor can get a clear view of your colon and rectum — and maybe even save your life.

Jul 6th, 2018
Do Women Get Hernias?

Being female doesn’t get you off the hook for developing a hernia, but men are much more likely to have one than women. Find out which type you’re more prone to develop and the treatment Dr. Palafox prefers for repairing hernias.

Jun 4th, 2018
What is “Hidden Scar” Breast Cancer Surgery?

There are many issues to consider when you’re facing breast cancer surgery and its aftermath. But thanks to the Hidden Scar™ technique, you won’t have to live with an obvious surgical scar daily reminder of how cancer has affected your life.

May 10th, 2018
Who's at Risk for Appendicitis?

Appendicitis is a painful condition and, if left untreated, it can quickly turn into a life-threatening situation. Read on to learn the symptoms of appendicitis and whether you’re at risk.

Apr 18th, 2018
Life After Gallbladder Removal

It’s a good thing you don’t need your gallbladder to live since it’s estimated that surgeons remove about 700,000 of them a year. And for good reason. A malfunctioning gallbladder is often quite painful.

Apr 4th, 2018
Can Lifting Heavy Objects Give You a Hernia?

Hernia repair surgery is the most common surgical procedure in the world. Heavy lifting can possibly be a reason you might need this treatment, but it’s not the only cause of a hernia.

Feb 28th, 2018
Does Breast Pain Mean I Have Cancer?

Breast cancer can be a scary thought, and unexplained breast pain can put you on edge. In most cases, however, breast pain does not mean breast cancer; in fact, breast pain typically has very benign causes.

Jan 31st, 2018