The surgeons at Evansville Surgical Associates are in a unique position to make a difference not only by saving lives with advanced medical procedures, but also by saving lives based on how we manage prescription pain medications like opioids for patients who’ve undergone surgical procedures.
As we’ve celebrated our 50th Anniversary this year, our surgeons and staff at Evansville Surgical Associates have been reflecting on the changes over half-a-century of serving the Tri-State region with compassion, excellence, and state-of-the-art surgical care.
It’s a proven fact that the earlier breast cancer is detected the more successful treatment often is. For that reason, women are strongly encouraged to have regularly scheduled mammograms. In addition, awareness campaigns about breast self-exams do a great job of educating women to check for any lumps in their breasts.
However, there are other symptoms besides lumps that you should be aware of in your vigilance about breast cancer.
No doubt about it, facing a breast cancer diagnosis can be overwhelming and frightening. Understandably, you may feel that you don’t know where to start on this journey that you didn’t ask to take.
Here are some important questions to consider asking your breast cancer surgeon:
For decades, the medical community has debated about exactly when and how often women should have mammograms to screen for breast cancer. What’s not up for debate, however, are two factors physicians and researchers know for sure: Mammograms are the single best way to detect breast cancer.
Being diagnosed with breast cancer is the start of a journey that no one ever hopes to have to take. From understanding the initial diagnosis through surgery and treatment, and then on to long-term recovery, there are many questions to consider every step of the way.
Many people still aren’t aware that smoking doesn’t just affect select parts of your body, like the lungs or the heart. In fact, smoking affects nearly every single system, organ, tissue, and cell in your body. This includes your entire vascular system, of which your arteries and veins play an essential role.
Each year, approximately 200,000 people in the U.S. are diagnosed with an abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA). Typically, most of these abdominal aortic aneurysms don’t cause any obvious symptoms until they rupture. However, once abdominal aortic aneurysms rupture, the estimated death rate is over 50% for those who suffer a rupture before arriving at a hospital.
According to the National Institutes of Health, up to 40% of adults have varicose veins to some degree. Varicose veins are swollen or distended veins that most often appear on the legs and feet. They occur when one-way valves in the veins become too weak to keep blood circulating upwards to the heart. As blood pools in the veins over time, many people notice that certain veins under on their legs or feet look enlarged, twisted, and blueish.
Imagine that your blood vessels are like an intricate system of elastic pipes or tubes made of various sizes. Blood circulates from your heart to every part of your body through this maze of pipes, and then returns back to the heart. Arteries carry blood away from the heart, and veins return blood back to