Ulcerative colitis (UC) is an inflammatory disease that can cause permanent damage to your colon. Many people benefit from conservative treatment, but it’s not always practical. Here’s when surgery may be a better option.
A goiter is a problem with your thyroid gland, the butterfly-shaped gland in your neck. Like other thyroid problems, goiters require proper medical care to avoid problems. Here’s why goiters happen and how we can help.
Gallbladder problems are common; unfortunately, most problems don’t clear up independently. The only long-term solution for most problems is surgery. Here’s how to tell if it’s the right solution for you.
Many thyroid problems can be managed with medication, but there are times when thyroid surgery is necessary. In this post, you’ll learn about when surgery is recommended, along with the primary types of surgery used to treat thyroid problems.
Crohn’s is a chronic disease that requires ongoing management to keep it under control. Surgery can help — but it can’t provide a cure. If you have Crohn’s disease, here’s how surgery could play a role in helping you stay healthy.
Gallbladder surgery is one of the most common surgical procedures in the United States, but not all surgeries are the same. There are two basic approaches to gallbladder removal. Here’s how they compare.
Hernias affect millions of Americans, causing painful symptoms and interfering with many activities. Some hernias are hard to identify at first, but knowing about these five common hernias can help you seek care right away.
Gallbladder surgery is very common, but it can still be nerve-racking, especially if you don’t know what happens afterward. This post gives a quick overview of what to expect during your recovery period.
Ulcerative colitis can take a huge toll on your life, both physically and emotionally. But there are some things you can do to help manage your symptoms and their effect on your well-being. Here are five to consider.
Thyroid problems like hyperthyroidism aren’t uncommon — but subtle symptoms mean they can be challenging to detect. Here are five signs of overactive thyroid you should know about, so you can seek treatment as early as possible.
Pancreatitis happens when your pancreas gets inflamed — a problem that’s more common than most people realize. Here’s why pancreatitis occurs and how to tell if your symptoms might be related to this crucial digestive organ.
Most people associate hernias with groin pain and swelling, but actually, hernias can happen in different areas. Here’s what you should know about the most common types of hernias and how they’re treated.
For many people with ulcerative colitis, medication is effective in managing the symptoms and controlling its progression. But for others, conservative treatment doesn’t do enough. Colon surgery provides another option.
Millions of Americans suffer from gallstones, along with the painful symptoms they can cause. If you have gallbladder problems, here’s how to tell when it’s time to consider having surgery to get relief finally.
Most people know computer technology plays a significant role in their medical care — but robots? Robotic surgery is used in many areas of medicine — and it offers significant advantages for patients and doctors. Here are some of the most important ones.
Some types of thyroid disease respond well to medication. Other thyroid issues require a surgical solution. Here’s when thyroid surgery is typically recommended, along with a quick overview of the primary types of thyroid surgery.
Millions of Americans have gallbladder disease, and for many, that means pain and other symptoms right after eating. While gallbladder surgery is necessary for some people, cutting these nine foods can reduce symptoms in others.
More than a million people suffer from hernias every year. Thankfully, hernias can be treated. The key is getting treatment as early as possible. Here’s what signs and symptoms you should be looking for.
Diverticulitis can cause a lot of painful symptoms. While medical interventions can certainly be helpful, many patients find relief with just a few simple changes in their eating habits. Here’s what to do if you’ve been diagnosed with diverticulitis.
While breast cancer may not be preventable, early detection can be the difference between life and death. Learn more about the risk factors of breast cancer and best practices for identifying and treating it.
If you’re having a problem with your gallbladder, you may need urgent care and possibly surgery. Learn more about the symptoms of a gallbladder attack and which type of removal surgery is right for you.
A hernia won’t go away over time on its own or with medication and requires surgical repair. If you’re a candidate for hernia surgery, learn more about how minimally invasive robotic surgery can benefit you.
It may seem odd that an inflamed gallbladder could be causing pain in your shoulder, but it is actually a common sign that you may have gallstones. Read on to learn more about what your shoulder pain is saying about your gut.
Are you planning to undergo surgery in the near future? You’ve heard of rehabilitation, but do you know about prehabilitation? Find out how prehabilitation can lead to faster rehabilitation and get you back to your normal self and routines quickly.
Are you experiencing sudden pain that’s especially worse on your left side and grows worse with touch? Nausea? Chills? Fever? Bloating? These symptoms are general, however, if you’re over 40, these symptoms may indicate diverticulitis.
A woman born in the United States today has about a 1 in 8 chance of developing breast cancer in her lifetime. And certain factors can increase breast cancer risk. Read on to learn more about five risk factors for breast cancer.
Having a thyroid issue—even a growth—doesn’t always mean you need surgery. But, some conditions can benefit from surgical solutions. We can help you identify the best treatment options if you have thyroid issues.
Your risk of colon and rectal cancer increases the older you get, yet millions of American adults go without timely screenings. Keep reading to learn when you should start getting colonoscopies and how often you need them.
Gallstones affect about 25 million people in the United States each year — about 10-15% of the population. They’re painful and sometimes require surgery. Knowing the risk factors can inform your prevention efforts.
You may have hurt yourself shoveling snow or lifting weights, and now you have a hernia. Hernias don’t repair themselves; you’re looking at surgery. Knowing about different surgery options helps you know what to expect.
As many as 300,000 men and women have their gallbladder removed every year in the United States. While the procedure is fairly common and routine, it’s important to take good care of yourself after your procedure to prevent unnecessary discomfort.
There are over 130 million emergency room visits each year.
With over 130 million emergency room visits each year, here the the most common reasons.
• Migraines and/or severe headaches.For most of us, headaches can be common in our lifetime; however, migr
When you are learning about breast cancer, you may be overwhelmed by the different surgical options presented before you. At Desert West Surgery, we ensure that you are provided with all important information about different breast surgeries so that you k
One of the most common causes of gallbladder pain is gallstones (also called gallstone disease, or cholelithiasis). Gallstones occur when cholesterol and other substances found in bile form stones. When the stone passes from the gallbladder into the small
Robotic surgery is an innovative way to make surgical procedures more precise and effective. At Desert West Surgery, surgeons are well versed and trained in using the da Vinci robotic surgical equipment. Robotic surgery or assisted robotic surgery with the
If we are fortunate, we will all grow old enough to worry about it feels like to be old. Around the age of thirty most of us realize that things aren’t as they once were. That’s great if you had a misspent youth, but it becomes concerning as you get the fi
A hernia is a condition that occurs as a result of bodily organs pushing through the cavity that contains them. Organs are prone to wander from their appointed cavities if your muscles in that area are weak or if you strain to hard. The most common type oc
Just when we were ready to go to war with our kids over their habit-forming video gaming obsessions, the medical field may have given them the perfect comeback. Over the last few years it appears that the video gaming industry’s hugely popular virtual real
In this country we are always finding excuses to celebrate something by naming a month in the year The National (Fill-In-The-Blank) Month. There are some truly vital things to remember and celebrate, like the month of March as
Heart disease is a silent creeper. A person who seems perfectly healthy one day, might suddenly be diagnosed with cardiac problems the next.
That is why the American Heart Association has made February, American Heart Month, to help spread awareness about
Anyone who has ever through surgery is all too familiar with the excruciating pain that follows most procedures. Post-surgical pain is inevitable, but there are means to mitigate and manage the pain to make it less debilitating, and reduce the dependence o
Over the last year a bright light was focused on a health epidemic that had been brewing under the radar across the country. Opioid addiction has been a quiet but devastating problem for many years. Thanks to elevated attention by the national media, and a
Did you know that Gastroparesis was officially included in the National Health Observances Calendar in the year 2016? This day is celebrated to raise and spread awareness of this common gastrointestinal disorder.
In honor of Grave’s disease awareness month, we at Desert West Surgery want to share the signs, symptoms, and treatments of this disease. Grave’s disease is an autoimmune disorder whereby your thyroid gland begins to produce excess amounts of thyroid hormo
A hernia is a physiological condition whereby an organ in your body pushes through an opening in the tissue or/and muscle holding it in place. For example, the intestines may push through a part of the abdominal wall that has become weakened.
During a cholecystectomy, which is a surgical procedure for removing the gallbladder, you may have a procedure known as intraoperative cholangiogram. In this procedure, a catheter is placed in the cystic duct, which helps in draining bile into the common b
Patients with potentially curable colorectal cancer can gain shining results with a properly performed surgery. In the majority of such cases, a surgical operation involves removal, or resection, of the primary cancer and the lymph nodes surrounding it.
If you are someone you know has gone through surgery, you should be aware of the basic instructions that need to be followed both pre- and post-surgery. For those that have an upcoming surgery, follow the pre-op instructions from your doctor.
If you find a lump in your breast or suspect that you may have breast cancer, one of your best options is to come to Desert West Surgery and receive a lymph node biopsy to check if your lump is cancerous.
With the da Vinci Surgical System, surgeons operate through just a few small cuts or incisions. The da Vinci System offers a magnified 3D high-definition vision system and tiny wristed instruments that bend and rotate far greater than the human hand.
When you or someone you love has been diagnosed with a serious ailment that may need immediate surgical intervention, you should make sure that you understand about all of the available medical options.
Millions of Americans undergo surgery every year for many reasons whether elective or in an emergency or necessity. For many of us, the thought of surgery can fearful and nerve-racking to say the least, fraught with questions, doubts and uncertainties.