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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,” ...
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Avoid Anemia During Pregnancy

When a woman is pregnant, her blood volume increases by 40 percent to supply blood to the baby and placenta. This can lead to anemia, a condition in which the red blood cells are low, leading to fatigue. “Almost all pregnant women will experience anemia at ...
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Bronchial Thermoplasty Treats Asthma

People who suffer from severe asthma symptoms that significantly impact their quality of life may benefit from bronchial thermoplasty (BT) treatment at Saint Francis Medical Center. BT is a minimally invasive procedure that has been clinically proven to reduce asthma exacerbations. “Most people with asthma are ...
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Support Group Talks to Bariatric Patients

Weight-loss surgery is a major lifetime commitment and requires support long after the initial procedure. Saint Francis Healthcare System’s Weight Loss Solutions offers a monthly support group for patients who are considering bariatric surgery, preparing for it or already have undergone it. “Our patients work very ...
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Colonoscopies Save Lives 

Colonoscopies may not be at the top of anybody’s fun things-to-do list, but they do save lives. As the most effective test for finding polyps, colonoscopies can find those polyps that lead to colorectal cancer. And, colorectal cancer is the second-leading cause of cancer deaths, right ...
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Heart Hospital Receives National Recognition for Its Heart Attack Care

Saint Francis Healthcare System’s Heart Hospital has been named one of the best hospitals in the nation for treating patients who have had a heart attack. Saint Francis Medical Center received the ACTION Registry-Get With The Guidelines Platinum Performance Achievement Award from the American College of ...
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Weight-Loss Surgery Helps Health

For some people, weight-loss surgery can be the gateway to a healthier, more active lifestyle. But bariatric surgery is not for everyone. Before considering this big step, talk to your doctor about whether it is the best choice for you. “Just like any major surgery, weight-loss ...
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Relax With Lomi Lomi Massage 

The relaxing, rhythmic Lomi Lomi massage, popular in Hawaii, has now come to the region. Licensed massage therapist Ashley Shaw at Fitness Plus is offering the specialized treatment at Saint Francis Medical Center after waiting several years for the opportunity to undergo certification. She is ...
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Siblings All Graduated From Level III NICU

After watching all three of her babies struggle in their first weeks of life, Blair Feldner can attest that a Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) is a sick newborn’s best chance at thriving. Blair, who lives in Paducah, Ky., first came to Saint Francis ...
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Get Screened for Diabetes

Type 2 diabetes is a serious disease that often goes undiagnosed. Last year, the United States Preventive Services Task Force released guidelines that indicate when doctors should screen for diabetes. Under the guidelines, people who are overweight or obese and between the ages of 40 and ...
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