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Parathyroid Surgery

What are the parathyroid glands? The parathyroid glands are located in the neck, behind the thyroid gland . There are usually four parathyroid glands (two on each side), and they are very small - each usually about the size of...

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Gallbladder Removal: Laparoscopic Cholecystectomy

What is the gallbladder? The gallbladder is a small pear shaped sac attached to the underside of the liver. It is in the upper right hand side of the belly, underneath the ribs. It is a storage area for a...

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Surgery for Lung Cancer

Lung cancer is usually diagnosed by finding a "spot" on the lung on a chest x-ray or other type of x-ray study. Sometimes a patient with lung cancer has symptoms of cough, chest pain, shortness of breath, pneumonia, weight loss...

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About Melanoma

Usually we realize that someone has a melanoma because a mole has been removed or biopsied. This is usually done because the appearance of the mole is worrisome, or has been changing. When a mole is biopsied, it is sent...

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Breast Cancer Diagnosis and Treatment

The diagnosis and treatment of breast cancer has undergone many changes since the 1970's. The diagnosis of breast cancer is now often made on abnormalities seen on mammogram which are not noticeable on physical exam. These abnormalities can be biopsied...

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Thyroid Surgery

What is the Thyroid Gland? The thyroid gland is located on the front of the neck between the "Adams apple" (larynx) and the top of the breast bone. It has a right and left lobe connected by a small bridge...

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Esophagectomy for Cancer

About esophageal cancer The esophagus is the swallowing tube that goes from the throat to the stomach. When it becomes involved with cancer the most common symptom is difficulty swallowing. Occasionally the tumor can bleed as well. Surgical removal of...

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Surgery for Colon Cancer

The large intestine is also called the colon. This is the final portion of the digestive tract. The function of the colon is to remove water from the stool. The most common reasons to remove all or part of the...

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New Minimally Invasive Treatment For Varicose Veins

New Minimally Invasive Treatment For Varicose Veins   Twenty-four million Americans suffer from varicose veins, yet few seek treatment because they fear that the surgery may be worse than the condition. Not anymore thanks to new minimally invasive surgical technology....

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Surgical Removal of Melanoma

About melanoma Melanoma is a term used to describe a certain type of skin cancer. This type of skin cancer does have the ability to spread elsewhere in the body and must be treated aggressively when it is first discovered....

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