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Appendectomy

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? […]

Cholecystectomy

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 […]

Splenectomy

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 […]

Tarlov Cyst Disease: What are Tarlov Cysts & What are Tarlov Cyst Treatments?

Tarlov cysts, also referred to as perineural or sacral nerve root cysts, are cerebrospinal-fluid filled sacs that occur as dilatations of nerve root sheaths at the dorsal root ganglion. They commonly occur at the sacral spine especially around S1, S3. However, they can occur at any level of the spine. In fact, approximately 11% of […]

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. […]

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