Category Archives: General Surgery
Patient Spotlight – Natalie
Not all the patients that we see are here for elective surgery. In fact, as part of his privileges, Dr. Tsuda must be on call at the hospital periodically. When we get the call, it’s usually something urgent. In fact, Natalie arrived at the hospital with potentially life-threatening diaphragm and […]
3 Myths About Gallstones
If you’ve had gallstones at some point in your life, you’re not alone! Between 10-15 percent of Americans have experienced gallstones – almost one million people are diagnosed a year. Gallstones occur when your digestive fluids harden into a stone-like formation and deposit in your gallbladder. They can vary in […]
Don’t Ignore Abdominal Pain
Pain in the abdomen can be interpreted as being caused by several things. Whether you think you ate too much that last meal or it is that time of the month and you think you have cramps – we tend to guess and brush off the cause of stomach pain. […]
How Do I Know My Abdominal Pain Is from Gallbladder Disease
How Do I Know It’s My Gallbladder? Gallbladder disease can manifest with many symptoms, some relatively minor and others much more debilitating. Because of the location of the gallbladder, however, these symptoms can be confused for other unrelated diseases and conditions. In this blog, we are going to explore some […]
Is A Hernia Ever an Emergency?
With elective surgeries curtailed or completely halted in most hospitals throughout the country, there is some question amongst patients as to what exactly constitutes an emergency procedure – especially in general surgery – where many procedures are considered elective or semi-elective. We have discussed the urgency of hernias before and […]
To Shave or Not Shave – Preoperative Preparation
Whether it’s on TV or experience from your own surgery years ago, common (and now proven incorrect) knowledge tells us that shaving the surgical area makes surgery easier and minimizes impediments. Recent research, over the past 10 or 20 years, has determined that there are specific rules we should follow […]
What You Can Do to Minimize the Risks of Surgery
Any surgical procedure has risks associated with it. You are putting trust in your physicians to place you under anesthetic, and to incise your skin and organs, remove things from your body, place things into your body, and perform any number of maneuvers to help better your health. But with […]
Is It Possible to Prevent A Hernia?
With almost 1,000,000 surgical repairs every year in the United States, hernias are an extremely common condition affecting Americans. However, hernias are only repaired when they become symptomatic, so we can extrapolate that many millions more have hernias that they don’t even know about. But, is it possible to avoid […]
Athletic Pubalgia – When a “Hernia” Is Not Really a Hernia
Most men have been admonished their entire lives…don’t lift too much, don’t push too hard – you’ll get a hernia. While this may be true, and upwards of 25% of all men will develop an inguinal hernia, the diagnosis is not always straightforward. You’re playing sports, most likely something that […]
When Does Reflux Become GERD?
Acid reflux is a very common and usually transient condition that affects virtually everybody once in a while. Also known as gastroesophageal reflux or GER, occasional reflexes nothing to be concerned about and if anything tells us what to avoid and how much to eat. At this stage, conservative options […]