What is a Hernia?

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A hernia is a condition in which an internal organ or tissue bulges through a weak area of muscle, (fascia) most often occurring in the abdomen. A combination of muscle weakness and straining contribute to the development of a hernia (such as heavy lifting, severe diarrhea or constipation, or persistent coughing or sneezing). There are several types of hernias, including: inguinal (groin), umbilical (abdomen), incisional (related to scar tissue), hiatal (upper stomach), femoral (leg), and congenital diaphragmatic (a birth defect requiring surgery).

Though the majority of hernias are not immediately life threatening, they will not go away on their own and will require surgical correction to prevent potentially dangerous complications.

Colonoscopy Procedure

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One of the most common procedures performed by our specialists is a colonoscopy. This procedure utilizes a long, flexible, narrow tube with a light and tiny camera on one end, called a colonoscope or scope, to look inside your rectum and colon. Colonoscopy can show irritated and swollen tissue, ulcers, polyps, and cancer. A colonoscopy can help a doctor find the cause of unexplained symptoms, such as:

  • changes in your bowel activity
  • abdominal pain
  • bleeding from your anus
  • unexplained weight loss.

Learn More About Reflux (GERD)

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Reflux is a term used to describe the backward flow or return flow of fluid in the body. There are several types of reflux including: esophageal reflux, gastroesophageal reflux, hepatojugular reflux , intrarenal reflux, and vesicoureteral reflux.

Reflux most often used in reference to GERD, or gastroesophageal reflux disease, a very common condition. GERD results from the relaxation of the muscles around the entrance to the stomach, which allows a back flow of food, stomach acid and digestive enzymes up into the esophagus. This is called acid reflux.

The term reflux can also refer to vesicoureteral reflux (VUR), a less common condition. In vesicoureteral reflux the flow of urine is abnormal.

What is General Surgery?

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General Surgery is a specialized field of surgery that includes a broad range of procedures involving the neck, chest, abdomen and extremities.

iStock_000054793456_LargeSome of the most common procedures performed by Dr. Gregory Hall at Lakeside Surgical Specialists include:

  • Appendix Removal
  • Breast Surgery
  • Gallbladder & Biliary Tract Surgery
  • Hemorrhoid Surgery
  • Liver Biopsy and Surgery
  • Thyroid Surgery
  • Tumor Removal
  • Breast Cancer
  • Colostomy & Ileostomy
  • Gastrointestinal Surgery
  • Hernia Surgery
  • Skin Cancer Removal
  • Trauma