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Breast Care

Posted by on Jul 3, 2014 in Blog | 0 comments

Breast Care

Questions: I found a lump in my breast. What do I do? Answer: If you find a lump in your breast contact your primary care physician or OB/GYN, who will order tests such as a mammogram, an ultrasound or a biopsy. When the results are received the course of treatment is discussed and you may be referred to a Surgeon. You should choose a physician specializing in breast care, who can educate you on the many options and treatments available to you. If you have breast cancer you have a choice in the specialists you see. The treatment of breast cancer is advancing and changing continuously so choose physicians who are well educated, interested in breast cancer and compassionate to your individual situation. Ideally your surgeon will develop a treatment plan in conjunction with the St. Charles Breast Cancer Center and you. You should thoroughly understand your options before proceeding with definitive...

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Fecal Incontinence

Posted by on Jul 3, 2014 in Blog | 0 comments

Fecal Incontinence

Questions: What treatments are available for Accidental Bowel Leakage? Answer: Accidental Bowel Leakage(ABL) also known as Fecal Incontinence is not a part of the aging process. Many common causes include inappropriate diet, frequent diarrhea/constipation or damage to the rectum or surrounding nerves. ABL is a complex medical issue and there area a variety of therapy options available to help. Typically, treatment begins with conservative therapy. Dietary changes such as adding fiber or avoiding coffee, tea, and chocolate can help regulate the digestive tract. Medications can be taken to assist in regulating bowel movements. There are also bowel training exercises such as biofeedback as well as Kegel or pelvic floor exercises that may be tried. If conservative therapy is mildly effective or ineffective, there is now a bulking agent called Solesta that can be injected into the anal walls to thicken the tissues and prevent stool from passing through unintentionally. This is a painless procedure that can be done in the office without anesthesia. It is a safe option to surgical intervention. Surgery should be reserved for patients with ABL when other conservative treatments have failed. Fecal Incontinence is not a natural part of life. Don’t let ABL control your life. Call your doctor today to ask about...

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Gallbladder

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Gallbladder

Questions: How do I know if I’m having a gallbladder attack? Answer: The gallbladder sits below the rib cage to the right of the abdomen on the underside of the liver. The gallbladder collects and concentrates digestive liquid called bile and releases the bile through bile tubes into the small intestine to aid in digestion. A “gallbladder attack” can be caused by a stone making its way down the biliary duct or bile tube toward the small intestine. An attack can also be caused by a backup of bile in the gallbladder causing the gallbladder swell. An attack may also be caused by an infection of the gallbladder known as cholecystitis. Symptoms of a “gallbladder attack” include upper abdominal pain that radiates between the middle of the shoulder blades or on the right shoulder blade. This pain can be constant or may come and go like colic. The pain can be dull, sharp or excruciating in severity and may cause nausea and vomiting. The pain may take your breath away and you may not be able to walk in an upright position. Gallbladder attacks typically occur at night and can last from 1 hour to several days. It can be very difficult or impossible to make these symptoms go away. See your primary doctor or the ER for care and administration of pain meds to get the pain under...

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Colonoscopy

Posted by on Jul 3, 2014 in Blog | 0 comments

Colonoscopy

Questions: Why a colonoscopy? Answer: Colon cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in both men and women in the United States today. A colonoscopy is the primary preventative tool used by doctors to detect colon cancer, and is highly recommended because this is one cancer that screening not only detects but helps prevent colon cancer. Colon cancer is a fast growing cancer and early detection inhibits this deadly cancer from becoming untreatable. A lighted camera called a colonoscope, is use to visually examine the patient’s color and rectum. During a colonoscopy, removal of cancerous and non-cancerous polyps, diagnosis of diseases such as inflammatory bowel disease, biopsies of tissues and repair of abnormalities such as gastrointestinal bleeding are also performed. If you are 50 or older, contact your primary care physician and ask to be referred to our office. The message is clear: COLONOSCOPIES SAVE...

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Acid Reflux

Posted by on Jun 26, 2014 in Blog | 0 comments

Acid Reflux

Questions: Are there any foods that help Acid Reflux? Answer: Researchers have been unable to determine why certain people get acid reflux. Certain foods have been shown to ease acid reflux while others have been shown to increase acid. FOODS TO ADD: Pineapple and Papaya – Enzymes help break down proteins to aid in digestion. Iodized salt – Low iodine causes the thyroid to slow which increases the acid in the stomach. Water – Water dilutes acid in your system. Apple – Decreases acid in the stomach. Ginger – Absorbs acid and calms the nerves. Apple Cider Vinegar – Contains enzymes that prevent acid reflux. Probiotics – Brings the digestive system back into balance. FOODS TO AVOID: Spicy food – Spices irritate the esophageal sphincter muscle(LES). Trans/High fat foods – High fat foods are digested more slowly and require more acid to digest. Mint & chocolate – Stimulate the production of acid and relax the LES. Tomato/Citrus fruit – Very acidic which adds acid to the stomach. Alcohol, coffee, tea & carbonated beverages – irritates the lining of the stomach. It is estimated that 33% of Americans suffer from Acid Reflux. Each person has their own trigger foods. When acid reflux occurs keep track of the foods eaten and make a list of foods to...

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