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 6 Signs It's Time to Consider Hemorrhoid Treatment

 6 Signs It's Time to Consider Hemorrhoid Treatment

Half of adults over the age of 50 have hemorrhoids. While these inflamed anal or rectal veins often resolve with conservative self-care, some persist or get worse. Here are six signs it’s time to consider specialist care for your hemorrhoids. 
Feb 8th, 2024

What Can I Do About a Torn Earlobe?

Multiple close piercings, heavy earrings, a baby’s tight grip, and a snagging sweater are just a few of the factors that can lead to a torn earlobe. Earlobe reconstruction can help you repair this unsightly problem in no time flat.
Dec 5th, 2023

Understanding Two of the Most Common Types of Cysts

Finding a small, soft, pliable lump growing just beneath your skin is worrisome, but it’s even more concerning if that unusual bump is painful, inflamed, or oozing pus. Learn more about two of the most common cysts and their treatment.
Nov 9th, 2023
Will I Have Side Effects Once My Gallbladder Is Removed?

Will I Have Side Effects Once My Gallbladder Is Removed?

Your gallbladder stores bile, a digestive fluid that helps break down the fats in your diet. When we remove this non-essential organ to treat gallbladder disease, your digestive system goes through a period of adjustment. Here’s what to expect.  
Oct 5th, 2023
Why Do I Have Skin Tags and What Can Be Done About Them?

Why Do I Have Skin Tags and What Can Be Done About Them?

You may not give a second thought to pimples, freckles, or ordinary moles, but another common epidermal lesion — skin tags — might make you wonder why you’ve developed hanging clusters of skin, and what you can do about them. Find out here.
Aug 8th, 2023
Why Do My Leg Veins Itch?

Why Do My Leg Veins Itch?

Varicose veins aren’t the only consequence of venous insufficiency, or poor lower extremity circulation. Learn how this common vascular disease can lead to swollen, itchy skin, and find out why treatment is so important.
Jul 10th, 2023
Understanding Your Risk Factors for Venous Disease

Understanding Your Risk Factors for Venous Disease

Varicose veins are one of the first outward signs of venous disease, also known as chronic venous insufficiency (CVI). Get to know your personal risk factors for CVI and varicose veins, and find out how you can protect your vascular health.
May 15th, 2023
5 Encouraging Facts About Hernias

5 Encouraging Facts About Hernias

Learning that “pulled muscle” is actually a hernia can leave you with a lot of questions and concerns. Here, hernia repair specialist Dr. Johnny Serrano offers a few encouraging facts about hernias to help put your mind at ease.
Apr 2nd, 2023
When Is a Phlebectomy the Best Option for Varicose Veins?

When Is a Phlebectomy the Best Option for Varicose Veins?

Do you have a painful, prominent, or otherwise unwanted varicose vein that you’d like to get rid of? Here, we take a closer look at a minimally invasive, maximally effective vein removal treatment called a phlebectomy.
Mar 13th, 2023
Help! My Lipoma Is Growing

Help! My Lipoma Is Growing

A lipoma is a harmless fatty growth just beneath the skin. While most lipomas are small and stable, some lipomas grow — and keep growing — larger. Fortunately, your board-certified general surgeon in Glendale, Arizona, can help.
Feb 15th, 2023
When Does a Cyst Require Medical Intervention?

When Does a Cyst Require Medical Intervention?

Most cysts that grow just beneath the skin are small, painless, and harmless. But when a cyst gets too big, impinges on nerves or blood vessels, or becomes infected, it can be problematic. Learn more about when a cyst may require treatment.
Nov 8th, 2022
4 Reasons to Consider Varicose Vein Treatment

4 Reasons to Consider Varicose Vein Treatment

When varicose veins become prominent, painful, or problematic, they can be difficult to live with. Luckily, you don’t have to. There are several reasons to consider varicose vein treatment — here are four of the most common ones.
Oct 10th, 2022
6 Tips for Choosing a General Surgeon

6 Tips for Choosing a General Surgeon

If surgical treatment is the right way to improve or restore your health, you want to know you’re in the best hands possible. Here’s how to find the best general surgeon for you — one who matches your needs and exceeds your expectations.
Jul 1st, 2022
5 Tips for Avoiding Discomfort After Gallbladder Removal

5 Tips for Avoiding Discomfort After Gallbladder Removal

While you can lead a normal, healthy life without your gallbladder, your digestive system may go through a period of adjustment in the days and weeks following surgery. Here’s how you can avoid discomfort and make the process easier.
Jun 1st, 2022
The Difference Between a Pilonidal and Sebaceous Cyst

The Difference Between a Pilonidal and Sebaceous Cyst

While most cysts are small, inconspicuous, and completely harmless, some types of cysts are prone to infection, inflammation, and recurrence. Learn the difference between pilonidal and sebaceous cysts, and find out which cysts require treatment.
May 10th, 2022
Understanding the Different Types of Hernias

Understanding the Different Types of Hernias

Inguinal hernias, the kind that cause a small, abnormal bulge in the groin, account for 75% of all hernia diagnoses. They may be the most common type, but they’re not the only type. Learn about the different kinds of hernias and how they’re treated.
Apr 7th, 2022
9 Tips to Reduce Your Risk of Varicose Veins

9 Tips to Reduce Your Risk of Varicose Veins

Certain varicose vein risk factors are out of your control, including age, gender, and family history. Luckily, there are plenty of other risk factors you can mitigate. Explore nine simple strategies that can help you protect against varicose veins.
Mar 7th, 2022
Do Hernias Always Need to be Repaired?

Do Hernias Always Need to be Repaired?

No matter where it’s located or how it developed, a hernia won’t get better over time or resolve on its own — surgery is the only way to repair it. Even so, prompt surgical repair isn’t necessary in every case. Here’s what you should know.
Feb 8th, 2022
Signs You Have a Lipoma

Signs You Have a Lipoma

If you’ve developed an abnormal lump beneath your skin, you’re not alone — soft tissue growths are common, especially among middle-aged and older adults. Explore the characteristics of a lipoma, one of the most frequent benign tumors.
Jan 18th, 2022
Check your Moles Using the ABCDE Method

Check your Moles Using the ABCDE Method

Skin cancer is almost always curable when it’s caught early and treated promptly. Luckily, it’s also easy to detect — if you know what you’re looking for. Learn the simple ABCDE technique for spotting atypical moles.
Dec 7th, 2021
5 Signs You Might Need Gallbladder Surgery

5 Signs You Might Need Gallbladder Surgery

Gallstones don’t always cause problems, but when they do, you’ll know it. From upper abdominal pain, indigestion, and nausea to fever, chills, and jaundice, learn about the most common signs and symptoms of gallbladder disease.
Nov 4th, 2021
What Are Skin Tags?

What Are Skin Tags?

Dermal tissues are prone to developing a wide range of harmless growths, including skin tags. Learn how these small clusters of hanging skin emerge and find out why some people opt to have them removed by a qualified physician.
Oct 5th, 2021
Varicose Vein Removal: What are my Options?

Varicose Vein Removal: What are my Options?

For many people who develop them, varicose veins are unattractive, uncomfortable, and unwanted. Luckily, they’re also highly treatable — here’s how the right minimally invasive solution can help you get rid of bothersome veins for good.
Sep 12th, 2021

What are Cysts and Lipomas?

Cysts and lipomas are two of the most common benign (noncancerous) growths that develop just beneath the skin. But what exactly are these “harmless” lumps and bumps, and what — if anything — should you do about them? Here’s what you should know.
Jul 2nd, 2021

Life After Gallbladder Removal

It’s a good thing you don’t need your gallbladder to live since it’s estimated that surgeons remove about 700,000 of them a year. And for good reason. A malfunctioning gallbladder is often quite painful. Life after gallbladder removal, however, may not be
Jun 22nd, 2021

There’s Help and Healing for Hemorrhoids

Nearly three in four adults experience hemorrhoids at some point in their lives. Hemorrhoids may be common, but they’re also highly treatable: from at-home care and minimally invasive treatments to surgery, we can help you resolve yours for good.
Apr 1st, 2021

Are Lipomas Serious?

Finding an abnormal growth on your body can be worrisome, but not all lumps and bumps are cause for concern. In fact, the most common soft tissue tumors — lipomas — also happen to be completely harmless. Here’s what you should know.
Mar 1st, 2021

Are You a Candidate for a No-Scalpel Vasectomy?

A vasectomy is nearly 100% effective at preventing pregnancy, but is it right for you? Explore the main reasons that men choose to have a vasectomy, and find out why a minimally invasive no-scalpel vasectomy (NSV) is always the best way to go.
Feb 3rd, 2021

The Difference Between a Lumpectomy and a Mastectomy

Many women rely on a combination of therapies to treat invasive breast cancer. In most cases, breast surgery — or tumor removal via a lumpectomy or a mastectomy — is a key component of care. Here’s how these two common treatment options compare.
Jan 1st, 2021

Do I Need To Worry About My Lipoma?

Lipomas are fatty noncancerous growths that typically develop just under the skin. While the average lipoma is small and completely harmless, some are prominent or bothersome. Find out when surgical removal is the right course of action.
Dec 14th, 2020

When Moles Are More Than Just a Cosmetic Concern

Most moles are harmless, but moles can also change over time. Learning how to spot atypical moles is one of your best defenses against melanoma, a fast-growing form of skin cancer that’s easy to take care of when it’s caught early.
Nov 1st, 2020

Can I Live Without My Gallbladder?

Your gallbladder has one purpose: to store, concentrate, and release bile for optimal digestion. While it’s certainly beneficial, it isn’t necessarily vital — here’s when removing your gallbladder can be better for your health than keeping it.
Sep 30th, 2020

4 Effective Treatments for Getting Rid of Unsightly Veins

Varicose veins can be hard to live with, especially if they’re large, eye-catching, irritating, or all of the above. Find out how advanced, minimally invasive vein removal techniques can help you erase unsightly veins for good.
Jul 20th, 2020

Do I Have a Hernia? Common Signs and Solutions

If you feel pain or pressure in your groin every time you cough, bend down, or lift something heavy, you may have a hernia. Learn about the warning signs for this common problem, and find out why surgical repair is the best solution.
Jun 22nd, 2020

What Causes Varicose Veins?

More than one in five adults in the United States have varicose veins, and many more people have smaller spider or reticular veins. Find out how varicose veins develop, and what kind of risk factors make you more likely to develop them.
May 26th, 2020

Your Best Options for Removing Those Pesky Skin Tags

Skin tags are harmless, benign growths that can cause discomfort or make you feel self-conscious about their appearance. If you want to remove a skin tag quickly and safely, it’s best to seek medical care. Here are some options for skin tag removal.
Apr 1st, 2020

Why Some People Get Varicose Veins and Others Don't

Are you genetically predisposed to varicose veins? Are your profession and lifestyle contributing factors? Discover why some people get varicose veins and others don’t, and what you can do to prevent these unsightly veins from forming.
Mar 1st, 2020

Lifestyle Changes to Make After Hernia Surgery

Having surgery to repair a hernia means relief from discomfort and other symptoms, but it’s not the end of your journey. After recovery, you’ll want to take steps to avoid a hernia recurrence. Lifestyle changes can make a big difference.
Jan 24th, 2020

What Is a Sebaceous Cyst?

When you find out that ugly lump on your face, chest, or back isn’t cancer, you’re understandably relieved. But even if it’s just a benign sebaceous cyst, you might want it removed since it can grow and become infected. So what is a sebaceous cyst?
Jan 1st, 2020

Varicose Veins Aren't Just a Cosmetic Issue

Varicose veins may be unsightly, but they aren’t just a cosmetic issue. Continue reading to learn about the hidden complications of varicose veins and what we can do to help you with yours.
Dec 9th, 2019

Telehealth: The Advantages of Telemedicine

Struggles to get to the clinic? Trying to reduce your exposure to COVID-19, as well as other contagious illnesses, and still need to see your doctor? Telehealth is safe and easy — receive quality care from anywhere.
Feb 20th, 2024

What Are Varicose Veins?

You’ve seen them before – squiggly lines spread over the legs like tiny lines on a roadmap.
Sep 3rd, 2019

How to Get Your Best Summer Legs

While warmer weather means the rest of the country is gearing up for ocean visits, picnics, and outdoor runs, we in Arizona are bracing ourselves for the scorching summertime heat.
Sep 3rd, 2019