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Health Articles Category: Surgery

Surgery at Saint Francis

A physician performs surgery in an operating room at Saint Francis. The Operating Room (OR) is a unique setting in healthcare. It depends on teamwork, communication and surgical conscience (ethics/morality) for anyone who chooses the OR as a career. Besides the obvious goal of providing repairs to bodies, another is to keep Saint Francis Healthcare System patients... Read more

Gallstones Could Lead to a Cholecystectomy

The gallbladder is the pear-shaped organ that sits just below the liver on the right side of the abdomen. It collects and stores bile, a digestive fluid produced in the liver. If a patient needs his gallbladder removed, a cholecystectomy is performed. A cholecystectomy is necessary if there is pain from gallstones that... Read more

Keep an Eye on Benign Tumors

A benign tumor is a tumor that is not cancerous. In many cases, these masses do not pose any danger. But, if the tumor is pressing on a blood vessel or a nerve, it needs to be removed or reduced. “Cancer cells can multiply and spread to surrounding tissues,... Read more

Hernia Surgery Repair Using Laparoscopic Surgery 

An inguinal hernia occurs when tissue bulges through a weak point in the groin muscle. To prevent complications from developing, surgery is the most common treatment for such types of hernia. “Three decades ago, hernia repair surgery was an open procedure that required weeks of recovery,” says... Read more

Schedule Surgery Close to Home 

When you schedule your surgery at Saint Francis Medical Center, you know you will receive expert care from the top specialists in the region – and you will not have to travel hours for it. “In recent years, patients have been returning home after surgeries much sooner... Read more

Surgeon Joins Trauma Service

When others ask him to name his favorite hobby, Joseph M. McClain, MD, MS, FACS, trauma surgeon, Saint Francis Medical Partner does not hesitate. “I always say my job is my favorite hobby,” says McClain, who recently came to Saint Francis. “At the end of the... Read more

Home Health Helps Patient Recover

After undergoing total knee replacement surgery, Jacob Eaker required additional assistance to help him recover. Saint Francis Home Health was just what he needed, providing a nurse and physical therapist to help him care for his wound and gain strength in his knee and leg. Eaker, 71,... Read more

A Team Approach to Spinal Fusion

There are many different treatments for severe back pain, including medication and physical therapy. In some situations, however, surgery is the best option to relieve the pain. One common type of back surgery is fusion, a procedure that permanently connects two or more vertebrae in the... Read more

Joint Replacement Program Worth the Drive

Even before he underwent a hip replacement in December, Tom Rozier knew much more than the average person about joint surgery. Through his job in medical sales, he has worked with physicians in dozens of hospitals across Southeast Missouri. When it came time to plan his own... Read more

Prevent Infections

Infections can be a big problem for patients who have recently undergone surgery. Saint Francis Medical Center provides a video for patients detailing what they can expect before surgery and how they can best care for their surgical sites. “Washing hands is key,” says Charles Edward LaValle III,... Read more

Minimally Invasive Lesion Removal 

When a person has an unusually large or cancerous lesion in his colon or another part of his gastrointestinal tract, endoscopic mucosal resection (EMR) can be an effective, minimally invasive method to remove that lesion. “While a colonoscopy or polypectomy can be used to remove small polyps,... Read more

Prepare for Your Surgery

Surgery is never stress-free. But if you know what to expect and are prepared for your procedure, you can make it as easy as possible for you and your loved ones. “Make sure you understand exactly what the surgery involves,” says William Ray Silliman, MD, FACS, general... Read more

ACL Tears Are a Risk For Some Athletes

An ACL (anterior cruciate ligament) tear in the knee is one of the most well-known sports injuries, primarily because it is very common and can bench an athlete for the rest of the season. The ACL is one of the two stabilizing ligaments in the center... Read more

Mobi-C Device Helps Patients With Neck Pain

Patients who have bulging or damaged discs in their necks have a new option for treatment at Saint Francis Medical Center: the Mobi-C® Cervical Disc. Doctors can now use this artificial disc to treat an even larger range of neck problems. The bones that form the spine... Read more

Knee Replacements

Over the last 10 years, total knee replacements have become more tailored to the individual patient. This means that regardless of your gender, body type or age, there is an artificial knee that is just right for you. "The better you can re-establish the anatomy that was... Read more

Reverse Diabetes With Surgery

If you are obese (BMI greater than 35) and suffer from type 2 diabetes, weight loss surgery may be your best option. A recent Cleveland Clinic study found that many patients no longer had a need for insulin and medication after undergoing bariatric surgery. "While diet, exercise... Read more

Minimally Invasive Spinal Surgeries

Years ago, patients who needed surgery for a herniated disk in their back faced a long recovery period. Now, there are several minimally invasive options for spinal surgery that result in less pain and a faster recovery. The bones that form the spine are cushioned by round,... Read more

Minimally Invasive Hysterectomies: Less Scarring, Fewer Scares

Historically, many women have approached their hysterectomies with fear. Thanks to newer, less invasive options like the da Vinci® S HDTM Surgical System, however, women today need not be so afraid. Kimberly K. Roos, MD, FACOG, obstetrician/gynecologist at Saint Francis Medical Center, uses the da Vinci Surgical System... Read more

Couple Sheds 235 Pounds With Weight Loss Solutions

For Nancy Mulvaney, the past year has been about enjoying all the aspects of life that many people take for granted – taking a hike, being able to fit easily into amusement park rides and having enough energy to manage her two full-time healthcare jobs. Thanks to... Read more

Avoiding Hip Fractures

Hip fractures are a common injury in our aging population. Because they can be devastating for a person who already has several other health problems, it is best to take steps to avoid fractures. "In the older population, you have to be very honest with yourselves... Read more


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