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Minimally Invasive Brain Surgery

Area residents have a safe, minimally invasive option for brain surgery and carotid artery surgery, thanks to endovascular neurosurgery at Saint Francis Medical Center. Endovascular neurosurgery is the minimally invasive treatment of neurovascular diseases affecting the brain and spinal cord, such as cerebral aneurysms, carotid artery stenosis, stroke and... 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

Minimally Invasive Knee Surgery Brings Relief

If you suffer from knee arthritis, there are many treatment options to help you avoid or delay total joint replacement. One of the most successful minimally invasive treatments is the Subchondroplasty® (SCP) procedure, an outpatient surgery that treats bone defects associated with chronic bone marrow lesions. "Chronic... 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

Minimally Invasive Procedure Gives Grandma Energy Again

A year ago, Brenda Richardson was having difficulty living her life. She felt tired all the time, and even the smallest exertion left her gasping for breath. Richardson suffered from aortic valve stenosis, a condition in which the heart's aortic valve narrows, obstructing blood flow to the... Read more

Minimally Invasive Procedure to Treat BPH

As a man grows older, his prostate becomes bigger—a condition known as benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH). As this occurs, the prostate can block the flow of urine out of the bladder, and the man may experience urinary problems such as a slow stream, incomplete emptying, the... 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 Surgery for Cancer

People who have precancerous stomach, colon or esophageal lesions – or who may have limited early stage cancer – now have a minimally invasive alternative to traditional surgery. The procedure is called endoscopic muscosal resection, and it involves using an endoscope to remove cancerous or abnormal... Read more

Minimally Invasive Treatment for Abdominal Pain

If you are experiencing persistent abdominal pain, your doctor may order an endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatogram (ERCP), a test that uses a flexible scope and X-ray images to examine the tubes that drain your gallbladder, liver and pancreas. “ERCP is a minimally invasive way to remove stones... Read more

Minimally Invasive Wrist Surgery

If you have been experiencing constant wrist pain for more than a month, it is time to see a doctor. There are many different causes of wrist pain, including arthritis, fractures, torn ligaments and long-term chronic pain resulting from childhood injuries. “When you have a wrist problem,... 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

Moms Deliver Vaginal Births After C-sections

Women who previously had a cesarean section (C-section) may be able to have a vaginal birth in subsequent pregnancies. Research shows that 60 to 80 percent of women who attempt a vaginal birth after a cesarean (VBAC) are successful. “Whether a VBAC can work depends on a... Read more

More Comfort in Chemotherapy

Years ago, chemotherapy caused much suffering among cancer patients. Today, however, most types of chemotherapy are not nearly as uncomfortable as they used to be. “A lot of people are concerned about chemotherapy, but their concerns are based on old information,” says Prem Sobti, MD, medical... Read more

Mother Grateful for Nearby Neonatal Care

When Kylie Bahr’s water broke during her 24th week of pregnancy, she feared the worst. “I was so scared I was going to lose my son,” she says. Thanks to the expert care of neonatologists and specialized nurses at Saint Francis Medical Center’s Level III Neonatal Intensive... Read more

Mothers’ Milk Bank Helps Mothers and Babies

Babies need breast milk – especially the premature and critically ill babies in Saint Francis Medical Center’s Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). The World Health Organization, American Academy of Pediatrics and numerous other healthcare experts agree that breastfeeding is the best food source for... Read more

Moving Blood Clots Bring Danger

Blood clots prevent you from losing too much blood when you hurt yourself. However, when a blood clot forms inside one of your veins and does not dissolve on its own, called deep vein thrombosis, it could be very dangerous. “Generally, blood clots are focal where they... Read more

Nasal Irrigation Systems Can Help Clear Sinuses

Nasal irrigation systems such as a Neti pot are a natural treatment for short-term and long-term sinus infections and allergies. With these devices, a user sprays or pours a mixture of salt and water into one nostril, through the nasal cavity and out the other nostril.... Read more

Nasal Obstruction

Your nose serves the important functions of warming, filtering and humidifying air and smelling. When you have a nasal obstruction that blocks those functions, it can affect your daily life. The simplest reason for a nasal obstruction is congestion of the mucosa, or specialized lining of the... Read more

National Senior Health & Fitness Day 

WANTED: individuals 50 years and older. Join us for two hours of fun activities at Fitness Plus for National Senior Health & Fitness Day. Get ready to kick up your heels and have some fun on Tuesday, May 5, from 10 am to noon. The event... Read more


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