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These 5 Factors Increase Your Risk of Breast Cancer Oct 1st, 2019

Breast cancer is one of the most common cancers that affect American women. Based on what we now know, about 12% of women born in the United States today will develop breast cancer at some point in their lives.  Because your health is our priority, the team of doctors here...

Signs You Might Need Thyroid Surgery Sep 1st, 2019

It’s hard to believe that something as small as your thyroid can play such an important role in your body. But, even though it’s only the size of your thumb, your thyroid produces hormones triiodothyronine (T3) and thyroxine (T4). T3 and T4 reach almost every cell in your system and...

When Should You Start Getting Colonoscopies? Aug 7th, 2019

In 2019, doctors saw more than 100,000 new cases of colon cancer and nearly 50,000 new cases of rectal cancer. Sadly, colon and rectal cancer combined (often referred to as colorectal cancer) are expected to cause more than 50,000 deaths in 2019.  Many may laugh at or shrug off the...

Tips for Avoiding a Hernia Jul 16th, 2019

You may have heard about hernia pain from a colleague or friend who’s had one. Knowing it’s a condition that may require an operation, you want to do what you can to avoid developing a hernia. The good news is that there’s a lot you can do to avoid a...

What Causes Gallstones? Jun 20th, 2019

Pain in your upper abdominal area sent you to the doctor. You’ve been diagnosed with gallstones, and your physician at Desert West Surgery says the gallbladder needs to come out, so you’re scheduling surgery. At the same time, you may want to know more about gallstones and why they developed....

Different Surgery Options for Hernia Repair May 9th, 2019

You’ve been diagnosed with a hernia. A noticeable lump and/or pain in your groin, abdomen, or stomach sent you to the doctor. Your physician at Desert West Surgery explains that internal tissue or even an organ has broken through an opening in a weak muscular wall that keeps your body...

When You May Need to Consider Removing Your Colon Apr 19th, 2019

In an ideal scenario, every component in your body goes the distance with you, serving you well for a lifetime. But life can have different plans, and disease or illness may require that you make a sacrifice for your greater good. This can be true of your colon, and the...

3 Super Helpful Tips To Prevent Discomfort Post Gallbladder Surgery Mar 4th, 2019

If you’re having your gallbladder removed, you may be focused on the procedure itself and on preparing for it. But knowing how to take care of yourself after your operation is just as important. Here at Desert West Surgery in Las Vegas, we’ll do everything we can to minimize your...

Most Common Reasons To Visit The Emergency Room Oct 15th, 2018

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, migraines are far more common and more painful. For some,...

Key Points of a Lumpectomy Sep 26th, 2018

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 know everything you need to and can feel at ease...

Gallbladder Surgery: When Gallstones Become Too Painful Sep 14th, 2018

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 intestine or become stuck in the biliary duct it can cause pain. Gallstones also can become trapped in the neck of the gallbladder, which...

Desert West Surgeons choose robotic surgery over traditional methods Aug 14th, 2018

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 da Vinci Surgical System was approved by the Food and Drug Administration...

Better Outcomes for Geriatric Surgery Patients Jul 11th, 2018

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...

June is Hernia Awareness Month – The Causes of Hernias Jun 15th, 2018

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 occurs in the...

General Surgery Trends: Real Surgery Becomes Virtual Apr 15th, 2018

Real Surgery Becomes Virtual 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 reality devices are...

Nutrition Helps with Recovery Mar 15th, 2018

Make Your Life More Palatable 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 National Nutrition Month. Just a few weeks...

Signs Your Upper Abdominal Pain May Be an Emergency Feb 21st, 2018

Upper abdominal pain can be serious enough to merit a trip to the emergency room. Here are symptoms to take seriously and could be a reason to ER. Sweating. One of an ER physician’s red flag for danger can be sweating. If you are suffering pain that causes you to sweat...

Robotics May Be the Future of Surgery Feb 21st, 2018

The future of surgery may very well look like something out of the Matrix, where minute robots roam a human body diagnosing, medicating, and mending from the inside out. State of the art robotics are best exemplified by the da Vinci Surgical System when addressing minimally invasive procedures. “Study the...

February is American Heart Month – Spread the Word & Know the Symptoms Feb 15th, 2018

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 cardiac health. All through this month, there are awareness...

Combating Opioid Addiction After Surgery with Proper Pain Management Jan 15th, 2018

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 on medication. Proper pain management starts immediately after surgery...

Opioids Post Surgery Dec 12th, 2017

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 an announced “war” against it by...

October Is Breast Cancer Awareness Month: Mastectomy vs. Lumpectomy Oct 23rd, 2017

Mastectomy vs. Lumpectomy – Which is a better option? Women who are diagnosed with breast cancer are almost immediately recommended to make major treatment choices. Two of the most common options given to patients with breast cancer, are to either remove the cancerous tissue in the breast or to remove...

August is Gastroparesis Awareness Month – Spread the Word Aug 15th, 2017

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. What is Gastroparesis? Gastroparesis is a medical condition consisting of a paresis (partial paralysis) of the stomach, resulting in food remaining in...

Are You Suffering from Grave’s Disease? Jul 15th, 2017

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 hormone. This condition is one of the most commonly reported forms of...

Hernias: Signs, Causes and Treatments Jun 15th, 2017

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. Hernias generally develop in the abdominal area, but it...

May is Melanoma/Skin Cancer Detection and Prevention Month May 1st, 2017

Melanoma is one of the deadliest forms of skin cancer due to multiple reasons. One of the main reasons is the fact that suspicious moles and brown spots go unchecked for many years. Without early detection, the cancerous cells accelerate their growth and destroy healthy skin cells. Melanoma is often...

Gallbladder Surgery – Intraoperative Cholangiogram Apr 25th, 2017

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 bile duct from the gallbladder. The common bile duct is...

A Liver Biopsy Fully Explained Apr 11th, 2017

A liver biopsy is a procedure that is performed to remove a sample of the liver tissue. This is done by inserting a needle between two right lower ribs. The tissue sample that is taken is then sent to the lab and looked at under a microscope to detect if...

Hernia Repair: Know The Facts Mar 20th, 2017

Laparoscopic hernia repair is carried out just like any other laparoscopic procedure. General anesthesia is given first, after which a small incision is made just below or at the navel. The abdomen is then inflated with air to facilitate the surgeon to be able to see all the abdominal organs...

Colorectal Cancer Surgery – What You Need To Know Mar 10th, 2017

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. There are a number of different types of surgical procedures that are...

Hydration: Tips on Water Before and After Surgery Feb 21st, 2017

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. Fasting is one of the most important criteria before a...

September is Atrial Fibrillation Awareness Month Feb 21st, 2017

National Atrial Fibrillation Awareness Month For many Americans, Atrial Fibrillation or AFib is an unknown health condition that affects millions of Americans. Unfortunately many Americans are unaware of this serious health condition that is responsible for nearly 350,000 hospitalizations a year. Today, over 5 million people in America live with AFib,...

Prostate Cancer – Know Your Treatment Options Feb 21st, 2017

Treatment Options For Prostate Cancer Prostate cancer is a complex disease that demands comprehensive care. After the disease has been properly diagnosed, treatment options will be chosen based on the stage of the cancer, the age of the patient, lifespan, and personal opinions. Some of the treatment options for prostate...

Lymph Node Biopsy – Best Way to Check for Cancer Dec 5th, 2016

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. We have a profound and committed oncological surgeon, Wydell...

Tips to Prevent GERD During the Holidays Nov 19th, 2016

It’s not surprising that the week of Thanksgiving was chosen as GERD awareness week, especially with our tendency to indulge in a little too much pumpkin pie, stuffing, and yams! GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disease) is a common disease that affects millions of Americans. Everyone has heartburn on occasion, but there...

VIDEO: da Vinci Robotic Surgery in Process Sep 20th, 2016

Robotic Surgery Demonstration Using da Vinci Surgical System 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. As a result, da Vinci enables your surgeon...

Top 10 Post-Surgery Foods Feb 21st, 2016

Do you have an upcoming surgery? Are you thinking of a post-surgery diet to follow while recuperating after your surgery? Eating the right foods can help you recover more quickly. They can help in speeding up the healing process, minimizing the bruising, inflammation, and swelling that often come with a...

Surgical Oncology For Cancer Patients Feb 21st, 2016

Oncological Surgery Oncological surgery is used to diagnose, stage and treat cancer, and certain cancer-related symptoms. At Desert West Surgery, our experienced surgeon Wydell L. Williams Jr., M.D., F.A.C.S. has performed thousands of procedures and will discuss the surgical options that are best suited to your individual needs. Dr. Williams is Board Certified...

5 Reasons Why Desert West Surgery Chooses Robotic Surgery Feb 21st, 2016

Robotic surgery is always performed by our experienced surgeons at Desert West Surgery The da Vinci Si is a surgical platform that uses small, precise, minimally invasive tools entirely controlled by specially trained surgeons. This system offers the surgeon more exact movements and a far wider range of motion within...

Watch the da Vinci Surgical System in Action Feb 21st, 2016

The da Vinci Surgical System is used to stitch a grape back together. The same technology that can be used to suture a tiny grape is designed to help perform delicate, minimally invasive surgery.

Benefits of Davinci Robotic Surgery System Feb 21st, 2016

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. You should find out which are the least invasive, most effective surgical treatments available for your condition....

Preparing for a Successful Surgery Feb 21st, 2016

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. Thankfully for many Americans, surgery can be planned and is...