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Failed Previous Weight Loss Surgery

We sometimes see patients who have been to medical facilities with less rigorous standards of care or who have undergone procedures that have not stood the test of time. The results can range from simply not losing enough weight to life-threatening circumstances. Our surgeons are highly skilled at revisional surgeries, which correct the problems of ... Read More »

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Comorbidities Associated With Obesity

A comorbidity is a condition that is present at the same time as another disease. The following are comorbidities associated with morbid obesity: High blood pressure/hypertension Type 2 diabetes Sleep apnea, a condition that causes a person to stop breathing repeatedly or breathe too shallowly during sleep   These comorbidities often are resolved through having ... Read More »

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Necrotizing Soft-Tissue Infections

Necrotizing soft-tissue infections are rare, aggressive, fast-moving bacterial infections. The invading bacteria destroy muscle, skin and other body tissues, which is why they are often called flesh-eating bacteria. When these infections do occur, it is usually in people who have had a recent surgery or otherwise have a compromised immune system. They often start under ... Read More »

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Liver Cancer

The liver is a large organ on the right side of the belly that filters blood coming from the digestive tract before it goes to the rest of the body. Liver cancer (also called hepatic cancer) often does not show symptoms in the early stages. Later-stage liver cancer symptoms include belly pain, vomiting, weight loss ... Read More »

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Infected Mesh

During laparoscopic hernia surgery, a mesh is implanted into the body. If the mesh becomes infected, it will need to be managed surgically. Patients who have had mesh implanted should look out for warning signs of infection such as inflammation in the abdominal wall or fever of unknown origin. These symptoms may develop weeks, months ... Read More »

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Recurrent Hernia

Sometimes hernias can return after operation. This can be due to obesity, smoking, excessive activity following hernia surgery, chronic cough or a mesh that is too small or improperly attached during surgery. Laparoscopic repair can allow a larger mesh to be attached to avoid having the hernia return.

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Athletic Pubalgia

Athletic pubalgia, also known as a sports hernia, describes a tear in the muscles of the pubic joint that can result in chronic groin pain.

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Diastasis Recti

Diastasis recti, or abdominal separation, happens when the large abdominal muscles separate. It commonly occurs in women over the age of 35 who have given birth several times or to a large baby, and in obese men. It may appear as a bulge in the abdomen, sometimes only when the abdominal muscles are tensed. Treatment ... Read More »

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Ventral or Incisional Hernia

This describes a hernia that takes place at a site on the body where surgery took place. They can appear much later than the surgery and should be treated right away so they do not widen.

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Femoral Hernia

More common in women, a femoral hernia happens when the intestinal sac dips into the femoral canal, which is a space just below the groin where a vein carries blood up from the leg. This happens due to a weakness in the lower groin area that may happen as a result of giving birth. Femoral ... Read More »

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