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What is a Gastrointestinal Stent?

Esophageal, Colonic, and Enteric Stenting A gastrointestinal stent is an expandable, tubular support that is placed inside a segment of a gastrointestinal organ like the esophagus, colon, or intestine. It is used for treatment and palliation of an obstruction in the gastrointestinal tract due to various diseases. A stent is generally small (about the size […]

What is a Gastroscopy?

Gastroscopy: Examination of the Upper Gastrointestinal Tract Gastroscopy is a special procedure that is used by gastroenterologists to examine the condition of the walls and the lining of the upper gastrointestinal (GI) tract. This means that the procedure can check if your esophagus (a tube that serves a passageway, bringing food from mouth to the stomach), […]

What is an Endoscopy?

WHAT IS AN ENDOSCOPY? Endoscopy is a diagnostic procedure (can also be used for treatment) that allows your doctor to view the digestive/gastrointestinal tract using a sophisticated instrument called an endoscope. WHAT IS AN ENDOSCOPE? An endoscope is a flexible instrument with advanced imaging capabilities and specialized features that can also be used for advanced […]

What is a Colonoscopy?

COLONOSCOPY: Examination of the Large Intestine and Rectum Colonoscopy is a procedure that is performed by using a colonoscope – a flexible, long, narrow tube with a tiny camera and light to look inside the colon or large intestine and the rectum. This procedure can reveal problems inside the intestine such as swelling, irritation, masses, […]

Minimally Invasive Foot Surgeries

In the last few decades, the medical community has witnessed a significant development in new surgical methods to improve an even better patient care. With an increasing number of diseases, certain conditions, injuries, and various medical problems, we were prompted to expand and redefine surgical treatment techniques. Foot surgeries are no different, with many patients’ […]

Osteoarthritis of the Hand

How Do I Know if I Have it? Osteoarthritis is one of the most common conditions that affect the aging population. It is by far, the most common disease that affects the joints, causing stiffness and pain. Although it may affect the joints of the knees and the back, the wrists and the hands are […]

5 Most Common Surgeries for Football Injury

Football is one of the most common team sports that is played on nearly every continent. Along with the increasing number of new players, the number of reported injuries increase as well. In the United States, almost 30 million kids and teenagers participate in some form of team sports, and more than 11.67% of the […]

Can Sinus Surgery Help?

Asthma, Sinusitis, and Allergies: Can Sinus Surgery Help? In the recent years, there has been increasing cases of allergies, asthma, and sinus problems. While its primary cause is still unknown, many health professionals suspect that it might be due to the environment that is getting more and more polluted. Some, however, debate that these conditions have […]


What is the Appendix? The human appendix is a small, 3 to 4-inch tube attached to the cecum – the junction that connects the small bowel (intestine) to the large intestine. It is a worm-like appendage (hence the term appendix), that is also termed as ‘cecal appendix’ or ‘vermiform appendix.’ Do I Need My Appendix? […]


What is the Gallbladder? The human gallbladder is a small pear-shaped organ located at the upper-right side of the abdomen hiding under the liver. It stores a combination of fluids, some fats, cholesterol, and the bile. How Does the Gallbladder Work? The gallbladder’s principal function is to store bile, a substance that helps the digestive […]


What is the Spleen? The spleen is a lymphatic organ situated behind the lower ribs at the upper left side of the abdomen. It lies near the tail (tip) of the pancreas, beneath our diaphragm and at the back of the stomach. Do I Need My Spleen? The spleen plays a vital role as an […]

Tarlov Cysts: Could Cysts Be Causing Your Sciatica?

An estimated 1 to 10% of the population have sciatica. In fact, many individuals have been affected by it. Aside from worrisome pain that radiates from the back to the leg, sciatica can cause sleep disturbance, difficulty with work or exercise, and interruption of normal activities. What Is Sciatica? Sciatica is a medical condition that […]

Hernia Repair Surgery

Hernia Repair Surgery: Types and Recovery Hernia occurs when a weak part in the connective tissue or surrounding muscle causes an individual’s intestine to protrude. These hernias are common and may cause certain issues and discomfort. Oftentimes, they are perceived as a bulge, but there are cases that hernias may go unnoticed until it is […]

Gallbladder Removal

Gallbladder Removal: Purpose, Risks, and Procedure Gallbladder stones are very common and surgical intervention is usually advised to treat this problem. Cholecystectomy is the surgical removal of the inflamed or problematic gallbladder. To understand the purpose, risks, and the procedure, let us review the following information on the gallbladder, gallstones, and the procedure itself. About […]

4 Questions to Ask If You’ve Been Diagnosed with Tarlov Cysts

Tarlov cysts were first discovered and named in 1938. Approximately 5 – 9 percent of our US population is diagnosed with Tarlov cysts by MRI imaging of the spine. Tarlov (meningeal) cysts may or may not cause symptoms right away. Whether you have physical symptoms or not, you may want to become more informed by […]

Low Back Pain? It Might Be Tarlov Cysts!

Symptomatic Tarlov cysts (sacral meningeal cysts) are a rare cause of low back pain. However, it is possible. In the US, there is a small percentage of patients with low back pain whose MRI imaging study results showed the presence of Tarlov cysts in the sacral nerve roots. So, What Are Tarlov Cysts? Tarlov cysts […]

How to Combat Allergies in Dallas

Did you know that more than 50 million Americans suffer from nasal allergies? Allergies are a common condition. They are triggered by allergens that invade the mucosal surfaces in our noses. Our bodies then mount immune responses that result in characteristically uncomfortable symptoms of itchiness and sneezing. Most people associate allergies with spring and summer. […]

Knee Replacement Surgery

Knee replacement, also known as knee arthroplasty, is a form of surgery that is performed to replace the weight-bearing surfaces of a degenerated knee joint in a bid to reduce pain and increase mobility. There are several conditions and factors that can lead to the damage of the articular surfaces of the knee, arthritis being [...]

The Basics of Sports Medicine

Sports Medicine is a specific branch of medicine that deals with the prevention and treatment of sports-related injuries. It also involves the application of scientific study methods to optimize health and athletic performance. Increased participation in sporting activities by amateurs (or so-called “weekend warriors”) has resulted in the need to not only prevent and treat [...]

Total and Partial Hip Replacement

About Hip Replacement Hip replacement is a very common type of surgical procedure in which a damaged hip is replaced by a prosthesis (an artificial hip). The procedure is usually conducted to relieve pain caused by arthritis or correct fractures. Usually, hip replacements are done when all other forms of treatment have failed to reduce […]

General Bone Fracture Care

When a bone experiences an impact that results in a crack or break in the length of the bone, it is called fracture. Fractures can either be a complete fracture or incomplete fracture. Fractures are grouped into open and closed fractures. An open fracture is as a result of heavy or profound wound which leaves […]

Common Throat Disorders

Your throat serves as a medium for transporting food to your esophagus, and air into your larynx and windpipe. This makes the throat a vital part of the human body. Technically, the name given to the throat is called pharynx. Throat problems are common and you have probably suffered from a sore throat at some […]

Common Nose Disorders

It is well said that your nose is very crucial to your health. It filters the air you breathe, removing dust, germs, and irritants. It warms and moistens the air to keep your lungs and tubes that lead to them from drying out. The common cold can disrupt your natural flow of air in and […]

Common Ear Disorders

Balancing in humans is aided by the ear, and any abnormal condition can have a chronic and lasting effect. The ear, which is divided into three segments (the external, the middle and the inner), can be affected by CED’s which results in fluid buildup in the ear or inflammation, both that can affect balance. Permanent […]

Carpal Tunnel Release Surgery

Carpal tunnel surgery, also medically referred to as carpal tunnel release (CTR) and carpal tunnel decompression surgery, constitutes surgeries in which the transverse carpal ligament, found in the wrist, is divided. This surgery is the standard course of treatment for patients that have Carpal Tunnel Syndrome. Carpal tunnel syndrome is defined as a condition in […]

Procedures to Treat Foot and Ankle Conditions

Ankle Fusion Also termed as ankle arthrodesis, ankle fusion involves surgery to fuse ankle bones into one bone. The goal of this treatment option is to eliminate extraneous motion of the ankles. Ankle fusion is performed in the operating room with patients that are sedated so that the patient does not feel the pain from […]

Treatment for Foot Neuromas

The anatomy of the human foot is quite complicated. Other important structures lie beneath the skin which includes the muscles, blood vessels, bones, joints, ligaments, tendons, and nerves. Foot neuromas affect the nerves – the bundle of axons (like electrical cables) serving as communication channels between any part of the body and the brain. Nerves […]

Causes and Symptoms of Burning Feet

Burning feet cases have been reported and reviewed for approximately more than two centuries. Described subjectively by patients as “feet that are like on fire” or “feet burning like red pepper,” this condition draws similar characteristics and parallels with different underlying conditions. What Causes Burning Feet? Various causes of burning feet include: Vitamin B Deficiency […]

Clubfoot in Adults

Clubfoot, medically known as talipes equinovarus is an inborn foot deformity that causes significant changes in the feet’s normal alignment and flexibility. It can cause problems to one or both feet and can be mild or severe. Typically, clubfoot is treated few weeks after birth while the tendons, bones, ligaments, muscles, and other feet structures […]

Common Types of Toe Conditions

Bunions Very common and described as a bump on the side of the big toe, but anatomically, a bunion is a visible bump that reflects deviations from the usual bony framework on the feet. What happens is that the big toe leans in the direction of the other toes instead of pointing straight. This toe […]

Common Types of Foot Conditions

Diabetic Foot The feet of a diabetic individual is prone to different problems. Pathologic consequences of diabetes may include ulceration of the foot, tissue destruction, infection, loss of sensation, and varying degrees of vascular disease. Ulceration of the foot secondary to diabetes usually occurs due to unperceived trauma in the presence of a peripheral vascular […]

Common Types of Ankle Conditions

Achilles Tendonitis and Tendinosis Achilles tendonitis is an inflammatory condition affecting the Achilles tendon, otherwise known as the “heel cord”.  It is the thick, connective tissue that connects the muscles of the heel to the calf. The Achilles tendon, which is considered as the strongest and the largest tendon, works as a shock absorber of […]

When should you see an ENT (Ear, Nose, and Throat) doctor?

An ENT specialist is a doctor who is an expert in both surgical and medical management of Ear, Nose, and Throat issues. They typically see patients who have conditions related to the: Ears: Patients that have ear infections, tinnitus, general ear pain, hearing impairments, conditions caused by the ear such as vertigo, and congenital ear […]

Suffering from allergies in Dallas? You’re not alone.

Sneezing, itchy/watery eyes, headaches, and congestion are just a few of the symptoms that allergy sufferers experience. Most people will experience some allergy symptoms at least a few times in their life, but many suffer from allergies chronically. More often than not, if these symptoms are persistent and just won’t go away, you may more […]

Pine Creek Medical Center is a dedicated to technology and patient satisfaction

Pine Creek Medical Center is dedicated to state-of-the-art medical technology in all forms Pine Creek Medical Center is truly a center of medical excellence. The private hospital has a unique environment that mimics a relaxing and sophisticated spa-like setting, designed with patient comfort in mind. At Pine Creek, our short-stay inpatient hospital proudly serves the […]

What is the difference between an Orthopedic surgeon and Sports Medicine physician and how do I know if I need one?

Physicians who specialize in sports medicine have a significant amount of training in the prevention and treatment of an illness or injury regarding the musculoskeletal system. The musculoskeletal system includes joints, nerves, tendons, bones, ligaments, and muscles. These specialized physicians treat their patients to maximize function and minimize further disability and downtime from everyday activities, […]

Pine Creek Medical Center

Pine Creek Medical Center is a physician owned, Dallas medical facility. Our hospital provides health care services to more than three million people in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex. It is our goal to provide our patients with care that goes beyond the typical hospital, with a sophisticated environment, advanced technology and a highly trained staff that strives to […]

Get the Facts: Chronic Sinusitis

Sinusitis is inflammation in the mucous membranes of the nose, sinuses and throat. Swelling blocks the sinus openings, causing fluid to build up in the sinuses, preventing normal drainage and allowing germs to grow in the sinuses and cause an infection. When sinusitis symptoms last 12 weeks or longer, the condition can be characterized as chronic […]

Treat Nasal Allergies or Sinusitis with Balloon Sinuplasty

Sneezing. Congestion. Sinus pain. Headaches. These are all symptoms of nasal allergies or sinusitis. If you are suffering from these symptoms, you aren’t alone in your misery. But you don’t have to stay miserable either. An estimated 37 million Americans suffer from acute and chronic sinus problems. Symptoms may be the result of any single […]

MAKOplasty® Partial Knee Resurfacing vs. Total Knee Replacement

Are you suffering from osteoarthritis? Do you find it difficult to perform daily activities due to a stiff, painful knee? Have you found other treatments such as physical therapy and medication no longer provide relief? If your answer to any or all of those questions is yes, you may benefit from orthopedic surgery on your knee. Patients […]

Osteoarthritis: Signs and Symptoms of the Painful Joint Condition

Osteoarthritis is considered the most common joint disorder. With age, the body experiences normal wear and tear. Osteoarthritis is normal wear and tear in the joints. With osteoarthritis, the cartilage cushioning the bones at the joints begins to break down, allowing the bones to rub together. This results in joint pain, stiffness and swelling. Bone spurs may […]

MAKOplasty Partial Knee Resurfacing: An Innovative Orthopedic Surgery Option

If you suffer from joint degeneration due to osteoarthritis, you’re not alone. According to the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, nearly 15 million people suffer from osteoarthritis of the knee. Osteoarthritis is a painful condition, resulting in loss of range of motion and is the leading cause of disability worldwide. A total knee replacement is […]

MAKOplasty Knee and Hip Orthopedic Surgery at Pine Creek Medical Center

Are you suffering from debilitating pain in the knee or hip? Have you been told you may need a total hip replacement or knee resurfacing to ease your pain? Orthopedic surgery can be major surgery, and many patients may avoid the surgery they need for fear something will go wrong. At Pine Creek Medical Center in Dallas, […]

Pine Creek Medical Center Medical Tourism Services

If you are seeking access to the US healthcare system and highly-skilled top physicians without the burden of high costs, Pine Creek Medical Center is your Answer! PCMC facilitates procedures where you can find low cost access to state-of-the-art US healthcare and technology for domestic and international patients in the heart of the major metropolitan […]

Dr. Giri discusses Back pain treatment options and when spine surgery is appropriate


After more than a year of meticulous planning and high-tech construction, Pine Creek Medical Center has opened the highly anticipated ‘North’ wing of its Dallas Hospital Included in the new facility are 3 Operating Rooms, 5 Post Anesthesia Care Units and 8 Observation beds bringing the hospital’s total to: 9 Operating rooms, 1 Procedure room, […]

Pine Creek Medical Center to offer MAKOPlasty® Partial Knee Resurfacing

Minimally invasive procedure for early to mid-stage osteoarthritis may provide quicker recovery and more natural feeling knee post-surgery Dallas – April 10, 2013 – Long walks and memorable hunting trips seemed like only a memory of the past for Jack Metcalf. But now, just weeks after receiving partial knee restoration with MAKO robotic navigation at […]

Pine Creek Medical Center welcomes Dr. Frank Feigenbaum, Visionary Neurosurgeon

Dallas, Texas – May 2012 – Pine Creek Medical Center recently welcomed – Frank Feigenbaum M.D, a Board- Certified Neurosurgeon from Kansas City, with extensive experience treating Tarlov Cyst patients. Specializing in minimally invasive spine-procedures, Dr. Feigenbaum has been instrumental in developing and teaching the techniques used by spine surgeons worldwide. One of only three […]

HealthGrades 2011 Bariatric Surgery Trends in American Hospitals

Bariatric surgery (weight‐loss surgery) is the only option that effectively treats morbid obesity in people for whom more conservative measures, such as diet, exercise, and medication have failed. The long‐term benefits of bariatric surgery include significant and sustainable long‐term weight loss, resolution of diabetes, reduction in cardiovascular disease risk, and decreased mortality.1 While the benefits [...]