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Dr. Steven Williams in Boise, Idaho

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June 2019
What Is Outpatient Surgery?

What Is Outpatient Surgery?

Outpatient surgery is when the patient can leave after surgery on the same day. Outpatient surgery excludes hospital admission, reduces the number of drugs used, & uses both the doctor’s & patient’s time more efficiently. Learn more about outpatient surgery & inpatient surgery on Steven Williams.
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May 2019
Enhanced Recovery After Surgery Protocols: E.R.A.S

Enhanced Recovery After Surgery Protocols: E.R.A.S

Enhanced Recovery After Surgery (ERAS) are programs that are being created to help with quicker recovery and reduced complications after surgery. Surgical facilities hope ERAS reduces the patient’s stress response, improves their physiologic function, and expedites their postoperative recovery.
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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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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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March 2017
Don't Ignore Your Gallbladder

Don't Ignore Your Gallbladder

Emergency surgery is risky business. Once health issues reach a point of urgency, they often involve complications that can be life-threatening. Gallbladder problems are sometimes easy to ignore altogether or attribute to indigestion.
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Choosing a Surgeon

Choosing a Surgeon

Your surgeon should be supremely concerned about your recovery and getting you back to normal  function or as close to that as possible. How do you find that person?
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Reasons to Call Your Surgeon's Office Post-Op

Reasons to Call Your Surgeon's Office Post-Op

For most people, the time after a surgical procedure is filled with resting and getting the body back to the way that it was before the surgery took place. Most of the time, there aren't any setbacks that would require a visit to the doctor in the days immediately after surgery, but there are a few things that you want to look for that could be a concern.
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February 2017
Men & Varicose Veins

Men & Varicose Veins

Varicose veins are genetic and affect both men and women. Daily activities can also contribute to the problem. Sitting or standing for long lengths of time interferes with normal circulation and could cause vascular damage. Varicose veins might also appear after an injury. The risk of developing vein issues increases with age secondary to the loss of muscle mass and tone along with weakening of blood vessel walls.
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Could It Be A Hernia?

Could It Be A Hernia?

A hernia is a little bulging organ or tissue that goes through an abnormal opening. This could happen for many reasons, including carrying something that is a little too heavy.
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January 2017
Is Your Pain Gallstones?

Is Your Pain Gallstones?

Gallstones are simply hard deposits that settle in the gallbladder. Sometimes, you don't even know that they are there, but at other times, one can become dislodged and try to travel through the duct, which can cause severe pain.
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