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March 2019
Post-Operative Stretching

Post-Operative Stretching

My name is Josh Wageman and I’m a physical therapist. Most people do not need a formal course of physical therapy after an inguinal hernia repair, ventral hernia repair, or other abdominal procedure. However, after the structural problem has been fixed, some lingering tightness and soreness can persist, particularly in the adductor (inner thigh and groin) and hip flexor (front of the thigh) muscle groups.
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February 2019
Can You Burp or Vomit After a GERD (or fundoplication) Surgery?

Can You Burp or Vomit After a GERD (or fundoplication) Surgery?

Many surgeons will tell their patients that after a fundoplication surgery for GERD or hiatal hernia repair that they will never be able to vomit or belch again. For myself, it would scare me to think that if I had food poisoning or the stomach flu, that I could no longer be able to regurgitate.
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Do I Have to Have Mesh Placed to Fix my Hernia?

Do I Have to Have Mesh Placed to Fix my Hernia?

First of all, not all hernias require mesh to be repaired and resolved. However, mesh is an invaluable tool which has allowed surgeons to be able to reliably repair hernias which in the past were not possible to repair. Not all hernias are the same and not all meshes are the same. Mesh is a tool and a good surgeon will understand the limitations of the mesh, which mesh is best for which type of hernia, what complications the mesh product could possibly bring into the equation for the patient, an...
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January 2019
The Best Diet for GERD Issues

The Best Diet for GERD Issues

Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD) is a condition that arises when stomach acid backflows into the esophagus causing a burning sensation in the chest and the back of the throat. The medical term “REFLUX” just means fluid flowing in an abnormal direction. For instance, venous reflux is the condition of blood being pulled away from the heart, as in varicose veins in the leg, where blood being pulled downward by gravity instead of returning normally to the heart. Esophageal reflux is the cond...
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Is Hernia Mesh Bad?

Is Hernia Mesh Bad?

But, mesh does have its limitations and certainly, there can be complications of hernia mesh. It is these complications that have been publicized and given mesh a bad name in some people’s minds. For me, individually, I do not believe that all hernias require mesh for repair and I strongly believe that if mesh is not needed, it should not be used. Hernia mesh is a tool.
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December 2018
When Moles Become Dangerous: 4 Warning Signs

When Moles Become Dangerous: 4 Warning Signs

Many people have moles (or nevi), which are areas of skin pigmentation that can exist from birth or develop later in life. Not to be confused with freckles, moles can be on any area of the body from scalp to toe. Most moles are harmless. But there are times to address moles when they are suspicious for cancer. Melanoma is a lethal cancer that has been on the increase.
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What Causes Hernias?

What Causes Hernias?

A hernia is an abnormal protrusion through a muscular wall. As we have previously discussed, a hernia is most often caused by a hole within the fascia. The fascia is the tough wrapper around our muscles which holds our muscle fibers in place as a bundle. When we eat meat, we might encounter the fascia as ‘gristle’, the tough part which is hard to chew.
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November 2018
Do I Have to Change the Way I Eat After Gallbladder Surgery?

Do I Have to Change the Way I Eat After Gallbladder Surgery?

Most people who have their gallbladders removed do not have to alter their diet at all. Perhaps this is not always a good thing however?
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What Causes Gallstones?

What Causes Gallstones?

This is not a new question! People have suffered and wondered about the causes of gallstones for more than a thousand years. Egyptian mummies have been found with gallstones. 10-20% of people will develop gallstones at some point in their lives. Gallstones are either cholesterol gallstones or pigmented gallstones. The pigmented stones are created by crystallization of bilirubin, which is a substance in our bile. Cholesterol stones develop when there is abnormal metabolism of cholesterol for some...
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October 2018
Do You Need Your Gallbladder?

Do You Need Your Gallbladder?

The gallbladder does have a function within our body. Unlike the appendix, which has only been theorized to have had a function in the past, the gallbladder does aid in digestion. The gallbladder mostly serves as a reservoir. It reserves some of the bile that is made within the liver. Our bile is a greenish yellow fluid that flows from the liver down the bile ducts and into the intestine. Bile is necessary in order for us to digest any fat which we eat.
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