Fibroids are noncancerous lumps that grow on the uterus. If a fibroid is not causing symptoms, your doctor may recommend that you watch and wait. However, if you experience bleeding, cramping or difficulty becoming pregnant, you should talk to your doctor about fibroid removal.
"We can prescribe... Read more
The peripheral nervous system (PNS) is the part of your body that allows you to breathe, digest food and move your arms and legs. It is the communicator that connects the central nervous system (your brain and spinal cord) to your limbs and organs.
“When your PNS... Read more
Tonsillitis, a common condition among children, occurs when the tonsils — two masses of tissue at the back of the throat — become inflamed. The main symptoms include:
Throat painLoss of voiceHeadacheDifficulty swallowing or breathing through the mouthSwollen glands
Marc A. Sachs, MD
When tonsillitis is caused by a... Read more
Saint Francis Healthcare System is at the forefront of treating advanced bladder cancer. The Medical Center’s Cancer Institute has been involved in treatments that offer new hope for people who have bladder cancer that has spread to other parts of their body.
Most types of bladder cancer... Read more
From time to time, you may feel like your heart “skips a beat.” In most cases, this is completely harmless. But for some people, this change in rhythm can cause symptoms that could be life-threatening.
Heart arrhythmia is a disruption in your heart’s electrical system that causes... Read more
Iron deficiency anemia is when your body does not have enough healthy red blood cells to deliver oxygen sufficiently to all tissues. It occurs when your cells do not have enough iron.
One of the most common symptoms of iron deficiency anemia is extreme fatigue. “When a... Read more
Alzheimer’s disease affects more than 5 million people in the United States, according to the Alzheimer’s Association. Five percent of those people begin to experience symptoms in their 40s and 50s.
“Memory loss is one of the most commonly understood symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease,” says Sarah A.... Read more
If you have been experiencing heart palpitations or a "flutter" in your chest, talk to your doctor about it right away: You could be at risk for stroke due to atrial fibrillation.
Atrial fibrillation occurs when the heart's upper chambers, the atria, quiver instead of fully contracting... Read more
The state-of-the-art equipment in Saint Francis Medical Center’s Radiology Department has enabled doctors to obtain computed tomography (CT) scans of patients without exposing them to high doses of radiation.
The Siemens Flash CT Scanner is a low-dose scanner that provides detailed images for doctors in a fraction... Read more
Obstetricians and midwives strive to assist all expectant moms in carrying their baby to term — which is at least 39 weeks or later. Once a woman reaches 39 weeks, she has the option to talk to her provider about inducing labor.
“Some patients are opposed to... Read more
One of the most common reasons why a child will see a urologist is because he or she is experiencing recurrent urinary tract infections.
“In most cases, urinary tract infections are easily treated with antibiotics,” says Mitchell L. Ogles, MD, urologist, who practices at Saint Francis Healthcare... Read more
Chronic total occlusion (CTO) is a type of coronary artery blockage that has been present for three months or more. CTOs are difficult to treat and can cause severe chest pain and cardiomyopathy.
Cardiologists at Saint Francis Healthcare System now have state-of-the-art equipment and the expertise to... Read more
Bacterial meningitis is a serious infection that can be fatal if not treated right away. Those who are at highest risk for this infection include babies; people who spend a large amount of time in community settings, such as college students; or people who have traveled... Read more
A primary care physician should be a patient’s first source for diagnoses, prescriptions and lifelong medical guidance. “Saint Francis Healthcare System has partnered with primary care providers across southeastern Missouri to ensure patients have access to quality healthcare close to home,” explains Erica E. Gibson, MD,... Read more
National guidelines regarding Pap smears recently have changed. The United States Preventive Services Task Force now recommends women receive their first Pap smear at age 21, repeating the test every three years until age 29. After age 30, they can drop their frequency of screenings to... Read more
Some pain medications such as opiates can cause side effects such as severe constipation. When it persists, constipation can lead to rectal prolapse, tears in the rectum and fecal impaction, which means the rectum becomes blocked from passing stool.
Wilfred Lee, MD
“The best way to avoid constipation... Read more
Every year, about 13,000 new cases of throat cancer are diagnosed. While researchers cannot determine the exact cause of throat cancer, they have identified several ways in which you can reduce your risk:
Do not smoke. “When you inhale some of the chemicals in tobacco, they... Read more
Terminally ill patients in Scott County, Missouri, now have the option to utilize Saint Francis Healthcare System’s Hospice Services Program. The program recently expanded to include Scott County, in addition to Cape Girardeau, Perry, Bollinger and Stoddard counties.
“Patients who already have been receiving care at Saint... Read more
People with celiac disease experience damage to the lining of their small intestine when they eat foods with gluten, a form of protein found in wheat, barley, rye and oats.
Doctors can make a celiac disease diagnosis after performing an endoscopy when they guide a small tube... Read more
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