The average lipoma is harmless and inconspicuous — and most people simply live with them as they are. Here’s when you might consider consulting a doctor or seeking medical treatment for this round, fatty growth.
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.
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.
Gallbladder removal surgery is the treatment of choice for painful gallstones. Here, we offer four ways you can minimize postoperative pain, accelerate the healing process, and ensure a strong recovery after your procedure.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Gallbladder removal surgery (cholecystectomy) is the go-to treatment solution for gallstones that cause pain, inflammation, or infection. Here’s what you can expect when recovering from minimally invasive laparoscopic gallbladder surgery.
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.
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.
If you’ve been advised to have corrective surgery for your hernia, you probably have plenty of questions you’d like to ask ahead of time. Here are four important ones to include on your list to bring to a consult with your general surgeon.
Lipomas are round, noncancerous growths that rarely require treatment. Still, you may opt to have the fatty bulge removed if it’s irritating, painful, or prominent. Here’s what you should know if you’re contemplating lipoma removal surgery.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Surgery is the only way to repair a bothersome inguinal hernia. Luckily, minimally invasive laparoscopic techniques have made the procedure easier, gentler, and more precise than ever before. Here’s what you should know.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
You may not be able to prevent spider veins, but you certainly don’t have to live with them — find out how a simple and highly effective vein treatment called sclerotherapy can help you get rid of unwanted spider veins in no time flat.
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.
If you’re thinking about having a vasectomy, you’ve got options. Find out how the minimally invasive, no-scalpel vasectomy (NSV) achieves the same results as a conventional vasectomy, but with less discomfort, faster healing, and no scars.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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