Featured Surgeon

  • Joshua M. Aaron, M.D.
    Southern Illinois University
    Medical School:
    Loyola Stritch School of Medicine
    University of Illinois and University of Louisville
    American Board of Surgery and Associate, American College of Surgeons
  • When Should You get a Mammogram?

    Q: I will be 40 years old this year? When should I begin to have mammograms?

    A: This question has been debated among medical experts for years. The majority of organizations concerned with preventing, diagnosing, and treating breast cancer recommend baseline screening at age 40 and mammograms every year or every two years after that. Although breast cancer among women under age 50 is not common, early detection has clearly been shown to be beneficial in saving lives.

  • Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm

    An Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm occurs when a section of the aorta in the abdomen weakens and bulges at the site of an aneurysm, similar to a weak spot that bulges on a worn bicycle tire. Aneurysms can develop slowly over time, often with no symptoms. If an aneurysm expands too quickly, it may leak or rupture and cause life-threatening internal bleeding.

  • Varicose Veins

    Varicose veins are enlarged veins that are visible through the skin and may appear as blue or purple twisted, knot-like cords. Varicose veins can occur anywhere in the body, but are more commonly found on the legs where they often cause a feeling of heaviness, burning or pain.