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Breast Surgery

Finding a lump in your breast or having an abnormal mammogram can be a frightening experience. Every year thousands of women consult their physicians with concerns about abnormalities in their breast. Fortunately, most breast lumps turn out to be non-cancerous, or benign. In all cases, however, it is crucial you see your physician to have the lump examined. At Surgical Consultants of Aurora, we provide complete surgical care for conditions of the breast including lumps, fibrocystic change and breast cancer. » More Info

Colon Surgery

There are many disease processes that require surgical intervention in the treatment of colon disease. The most common reasons for surgery are large polyps, tumors, and diverticulitis.

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Gallbladder Disease and Laparoscopic Cholecystectomy

The gallbladder is a small pear shaped organ that lies in the right upper quadrant of the abdomen underneath the liver. It is connected to the common bile duct which carries bile from the liver to the small intestine. Its function is to store the bile made by the liver. During meals a hormone signal causes the gallbladder to contract and empty extra bile into the intestine to help with digestion.

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Hernia

Though a hernia repair is a very common operation, no two people undergoing a hernia repair are alike. The reasons for and the eventual outcome of the operation depend upon your overall health, your age, the severity and size of your hernia, and the strength of your abdominal wall tissues.

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Hiatal Hernia and Heartburn

Your chest is separated from your abdomen by a dome-shaped sheet of muscle called the diaphragm. The esophagus passes through an opening in the diaphragm called the hiatus.

When the tissue around the hiatus weakens, part of the stomach may protrude through the opening into the chest cavity. This is called a hiatal hernia. Weakening of the anchoring tissues of the gastroesophageal junction leads to a hiatal hernia.

Hiatal hernias are very common. The majority of small hernias produce no symptoms.

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Laparoscopic Fundoplication

Gastroesophageal reflux disease can be managed both medically and surgically. If medical management has not been effective, your doctor may recommend surgery to prevent stomach contents from washing up into your esophagus. This surgery is called a fundoplication. A fundoplication makes a new valve in the area where the stomach connects to the esophagus and closes the defect in the diaphragm. Until recently, this surgery had to be done through a long incision in the abdomen and required a week in the hospital and several weeks at home to recover. Now this operation can be done through the use of laparoscopy, so most patients can go home in one day and return to work or normal activities in approximately one or two weeks.

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Laparoscopy

Laparoscopy, or laparoscopic surgery, is a way of performing surgery known as “Minimally Invasive Surgery.” Laparoscopic surgery is performed on organs and structures of the abdominal cavity through small incisions. A camera, or “scope” is inserted through one of these small incisions so that the structures in the abdomen can be seen on a video monitor. Slim instruments are placed through other small incisions so that the surgical procedure can be carried out. Laparoscopy is performed under general anesthesia.

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Melanoma

Melanoma is an aggressive type of skin cancer. The tumor arises in pigmented cells in the skin called melanocytes. For reasons that we do not fully understand, these cells become cancerous. Sun exposure is thought to have a causative role. Despite ongoing public education, the incidence of melanoma continues to increase rapidly. 

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Parathyroid Surgery

Most people have four parathyroid glands located in the neck, in the region of the thyroid gland. Normal parathyroid glands are tiny, about the size of the inside of a sunflower seed. Abnormal parathyroid glands are enlarged, about the size of a grape. These glands produce parathyroid hormone (PTH) which is responsible for controlling calcium metabolism. PTH regulates the deposition of calcium in the bones and excretion of calcium in the urine.

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Pilonidal Cysts and Abscesses

Pilonidal cysts occur in the cleft that exists between the two buttocks. When a pilonidal cyst becomes infected, it is called an abscess. These cysts may be congenital (present at birth) or may result from hairs penetrating the skin and accumulating beneath the skin. This condition occurs in this area because the cleft between the buttocks allows hair to accumulate. There are usually one or more dimples or small holes overlying the cyst called pilonidal sinuses. Often there are hairs protruding from these small openings.

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Thyroid Surgery

The thyroid is a butterfly-shaped gland in the neck that consists of two lobes and a narrow isthmus between them. It lays over the trachea, or windpipe. The gland makes thyroid hormone, an important regulator of metabolism.

Overproduction of thyroid hormone is called hyperthyroidism. Symptoms of hyperthyroidism include nervousness, irritability, heat intolerance, rapid heartbeat, muscle weakness, fatigue, frequent bowel movements, light menstrual periods, weight loss, and hair loss.

Under production is called hypothyroidism. Symptoms of hypothyroidism include decreased energy level, feeling cold, muscle pain, slowed thinking, constipation, long menstrual periods, weight gain, brittle nails and hair, and depression.

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