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  • General Health

    With a Robot’s Assistance, Gallbladder Removal Surgery Improves

    Amanda Turbeville, MD
    McLeod Loris Seacoast Surgery – Little River
    20 MAY 2019

    Most people don’t know where their gallbladder is located or what it does…until they suffer from painful gallstones. McLeod Surgeon Amanda Turbeville, MD, talks about new developments in removing the troubling gallbladder with robotic-assisted surgery.

  • General Health

    Robotic-Assisted Hernia Repair Surgery

    Amanda Turbeville, MD
    McLeod Loris Seacoast Surgery – Little River
    15 MAY 2019

    With the assistance of a robot guided by a surgeon’s trained hands, hernia repair can now be accomplished with less pain and faster recovery.

  • General Health

    Parkinson’s 10 Early Warning Signs

    Deborah L. Kirby, MD
    McLeod Neurological Associates
    11 MAY 2019

    Trembling in hands, legs and face combined with stiffness and slowness of movement, leading to poor balance and coordination. These signs may mark the beginning of Parkinson’s Disease, caused when nerve cells in the brain fail to produce enough of the chemical dopamine. Symptoms may worsen into sleep problems and trouble swallowing but a variety of medicines can radically reduce the symptoms.

  • General Health

    Are Probiotics and a Vegetarian Diet for You?

    Veeral M. Oza, MD
    McLeod Digestive Health Center
    29 APRIL 2019

    Addressing a Women’s Health Panel in Florence, McLeod Gastroenterologist Veeral Oza, MD, talked about the potential benefits of taking probiotics and a vegetarian diet.

  • General Health

    Learn the Truth Behind Four Common Hospice Myths

    Vipul I. Shah, MD
    McLeod Palliative Medicine Associates
    11 FEBRUARY 2019

    It is difficult, even painful, for patients and families to make the decision about turning to hospice care. Despite continual growth in awareness and access, society still harbors many myths about hospice and the care it provides.

  • General Health

    The Promise of Robotic-Assisted Surgery

    Michael R. Rose, MD
    American Anesthesiology
    07 FEBRUARY 2019

    For decades, the art and science of surgery has advanced from large incisions with big scars to smaller incisions, then tinier incisions using instruments the surgeon controls. Now with the introduction and use of robotic-assisted surgery.

  • General Health

    Diverticulitis, a Long Word for Small Troublesome Pouches in Your Colon

    Terri L. Jaggers, MD
    McLeod Digestive Health Center
    29 JANUARY 2019

    As they age, most people develop small pouches in their colon wall, called diverticuli. Many people spend their lives without ever noticing a problem, but when the diverticuli become infected problems result.

  • General Health

    GERD, That Awful Feeling From Esophageal Reflux

    Terri L. Jaggers, MD
    McLeod Digestive Health Center
    21 JANUARY 2019

    Everyone has an episode of acid reflux now and then after overeating or eating too many spicy foods. McLeod Gastroenterologist Terri Jaggers, MD, describes when you need to see a doctor about GastroEsophageal Reflux Disease (GERD) and what you can do.

  • General Health

    Outdoors How-To: Avoid Tick-Born Illnesses

    Frank Moskos, MD
    McLeod Family Medicine Center
    16 JANUARY 2019

    The weather calls us all outside most of the year. Whether hunting or just enjoying the outdoors, here’s some tips on avoiding tick- or mosquito-borne illnesses.