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Telehealth: The Advantages of Telemedicine Nov 11th, 2021

The COVID-19 pandemic has triggered dramatic changes throughout everyday life — and in the medical community as well. Not only are providers across the country postponing elective procedures, but many are also encouraging people to avoid in-office appointments to reduce their risk of exposure to this highly contagious coronavirus.But what...

5 Signs You Might Need Gallbladder Surgery Nov 4th, 2021

Gallstones are extremely common, affecting up to 15% of adults in the United States — or nearly 25 million men and women — at any given time. In many cases, these hardened deposits of cholesterol and bile are small enough to remain asymptomatic and unproblematic.  But for the hundreds of...

What Are Skin Tags? Oct 5th, 2021

From ordinary moles, freckles, and liver spots to subcutaneous lipomas and cysts, human skin is prone to developing a wide range of benign (noncancerous) growths. Harmless skin growths are exceptionally common, and virtually everyone develops them to some degree as they get older.   For an estimated one in two adults,...

Varicose Vein Removal: What are my Options? Sep 12th, 2021

Varicose veins are incredibly common, affecting more than one-third of adults in the United States. For many people who develop them, varicose veins are unattractive, uncomfortable, unwanted, or all the above. Luckily, varicose veins are also highly treatable — at Precision Surgery and Advanced Vein Therapy, board-certified general surgeon Johnny...

Hernia Repair Has Never Been Simpler, Thanks to Laparoscopic Surgery Aug 11th, 2021

A hernia can occur anywhere on your abdominal wall, but most appear in the lower abdomen, or groin. Known as an inguinal hernia, this small, painless lump can quickly become a large, uncomfortable bulge that causes shooting pain every time you cough, bend, or lift something heavy.    Because inguinal hernias...

What are Cysts and Lipomas? Jul 2nd, 2021

It can be a huge relief to find out that the abnormal lump beneath your skin is a benign growth rather than a cancerous tumor. Being diagnosed with a harmless cyst or lipoma may be a bit of welcome news, but it may also leave you wondering: what are these...

Life After Gallbladder Removal Jun 22nd, 2021

Many people who’ve experienced the severe pain that’s possible with gallbladder problems are happy to consider surgical removal if that’s what it takes to ease their discomfort. And sometimes removal is the only effective treatment when this tiny organ, which partners with your liver to help digest fatty foods, malfunctions....

There’s Help and Healing for Hemorrhoids Apr 1st, 2021

If you’ve got hemorrhoids, you’re not alone — in the United States, nearly three in four adults develop mild hemorrhoids from time to time, and approximately one in two adults past the age of 50 experience persistent hemorrhoids.  Hemorrhoids may be common, but they’re also highly treatable. As a board-certified...

Are Lipomas Serious? Mar 1st, 2021

It can be disconcerting to find an abnormal lump growing just beneath the surface of your skin, even if it’s not very large or painful. Fortunately, newly developed bumps aren’t always a sign of cancer — in fact, plenty of irregular growths turn out to be completely harmless.  Lipomas are...

Are You a Candidate for a No-Scalpel Vasectomy? Feb 3rd, 2021

Permanent male birth control — also known as a vasectomy — is the contraceptive method of choice for more than 50 million men in the United States. An additional 500,000 American men decide to have vasectomies each year.  A vasectomy is nearly 100% effective at preventing pregnancy, making it one...

The Difference Between a Lumpectomy and a Mastectomy Jan 1st, 2021

With more than a quarter of a million new cases each year, breast cancer is the most frequent cancer diagnosis in the United States. Statistically, this means one in eight American women — or about 13% of females — will develop the disease at some point in their lives.  Breast...

Do I Need To Worry About My Lipoma? Dec 14th, 2020

A lipoma is an abnormal fatty bump that typically develops within the subcutaneous layer of fat just beneath the skin. As one of the most common benign soft tissue growths, lipomas are not cancerous and aren’t likely to become malignant as time goes on.    Given that most lipomas are small,...

When Moles Are More Than Just a Cosmetic Concern Nov 1st, 2020

Most babies aren’t born with moles, but most people have a few — or even dozens — of these small pigmented spots by the time they’re adults. As the most common skin lesion, moles often emerge during childhood; people with fairer skin tend to develop more moles as time goes...

Spider Veins Can Be Spookier Than Halloween — Get Rid of Them Oct 15th, 2020

Large, bulging varicose veins may be common — about one in four adults in the United States has one — but sprawling networks of smaller spider veins are even more prevalent: as many as four in five Americans develop these distinct surface veins somewhere along their legs.  If unwanted spider...

Can I Live Without My Gallbladder? Sep 30th, 2020

Every organ in your body has its own unique function and purpose, but not all of them are vital to your continued health or survival. In fact, plenty of people lose non-vital organs to disease or injury without suffering ill health consequences.  You can live without one of your lungs...

Not Your Father’s Vasectomy: The Benefits of a No-Scalpel Vasectomy (NSV) Aug 18th, 2020

If you’re considering having a vasectomy, you’re in good company — every year, over half a million men in the United States opt to take total control of their reproductive health with this permanent and highly effective form of male contraception.   And if you’re like most men, you’d prefer your...

4 Effective Treatments for Getting Rid of Unsightly Veins Jul 20th, 2020

Protruding blue varicose veins and sprawling red spider veins are incredibly common, affecting tens of millions of adults in the United States at any given time. Prominent veins can be hard to live with, especially if they’re large, eye-catching, irritating, or all of the above.   Luckily, you don’t have to...

Do I Have a Hernia? Common Signs and Solutions Jun 22nd, 2020

Maybe you were lifting something heavy the first time you felt a sharp pain in your groin, or perhaps you were just bending down to tie your shoes. If you’re like most people, you probably thought you merely pulled a muscle.  In most cases, this symptom is actually the tell-tale...

What Causes Varicose Veins? May 26th, 2020

If a vein in your leg is a prominent dark blue color, if it bulges against the surface of your skin, or if it looks swollen, twisted, or rope-like, it may have become varicose.  Varicose veins are common, affecting more than one in five adults (23%) in the United States...

Your Best Options for Removing Those Pesky Skin Tags Apr 1st, 2020

Skin tags are harmless, benign growths that seem to pop up in the most inconvenient areas of your body, such as your neck, armpits, and eyelids. Although they’re not usually cause for alarm, they may bother you for cosmetic reasons or because of discomfort, especially if they easily rub on...

Why Some People Get Varicose Veins and Others Don't Mar 1st, 2020

If you have unsightly varicose veins in your legs, you might be wondering why you have them, but friends and family members don’t. Experts aren’t completely sure why the walls of some people’s veins stretch, or why the valves in particular veins become faulty, causing blood to pool and veins...

Lifestyle Changes to Make After Hernia Surgery Jan 24th, 2020

Hernias don’t go away on their own; surgery is the only way to correct the problem. And, once you’ve had hernia surgery, you’ll want to take steps to prevent another one from occurring. In many cases, lifestyle changes go a long way in helping you avoid another hernia surgery in...

What Is a Sebaceous Cyst? Jan 1st, 2020

After you notice a small, moveable, dome-shaped growth on your skin, you first make sure it isn’t cancer or another serious condition by getting it evaluated by a physician. When you learn that the growth is something called a sebaceous cyst, you’re happy that you’re cancer free, but you now...

Varicose Veins Aren't Just a Cosmetic Issue Dec 9th, 2019

Not a fan of the bulging, blue veins on your legs? You’re not alone. About 20 percent of all adults experience the discomfort and embarrassment of varicose veins at some point in their lives. Varicose veins aren’t just a cosmetic concern though. In fact, untreated varicose veins can increase your...

What Are Varicose Veins? Sep 3rd, 2019

You’ve seen them before – squiggly lines spread over the legs like tiny lines on a roadmap. To most people they’re known as spider veins, but, in the medical community, we call them varicose veins. So the next question obviously is, what are varicose veins? Varicose veins are a common...

How to Get Your Best Summer Legs Sep 3rd, 2019

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. With an abundance of sunshine, staying cool becomes a battle of man versus nature. Quick trips outside suddenly turn into...

Varicose Vein Treatment: What to Expect Sep 3rd, 2019

Here at Advanced Varicose Vein Treatment Center, we know that physical improvement has become a common occurrence in the 21st century. From hitting the gym to going under the knife, building your self-confidence can be easy, and having healthy, younger looking legs can play a key part. At our center,...