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General Questions

Questions And Answers

What is a BMI?

A BMI stands for a Body Mass Index, which is a calculation between your height and weight. The calculation can be determined by the following:
BMI = Weight in pounds x 704.5
 Height in inches x 2

18.5-25 = Normal Weight
25-30  =  Overweight
30+  =  Obesity
40+  =  Morbid Obesity

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What do you do if you have a lump in your breast?

What do you do if you have a lump in your breast?
DO NOT PANIC. The majority of breast lumps are benign (not cancer).
Have your doctor check it out, get a mammogram/ultrasound.
If the lump is a cyst (fluid filled sac), it will be drained.
If it is solid, then a biopsy has to be done.

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What is a hernia?

Basically a hernia is organ or fatty tissue pushing through a weak spot or hole in muscle or fascia.

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What are symptoms of hernia?

Pain, swelling or burning, a bulge or you may have no symptoms

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What is peripheral arterial disease?

Peripheral arterial disease or PAD is a common circulatory problem that affects millions of people. PAD is generally caused by atherosclerosis or build-up of plaque within the arteries. This condition can occur anywhere in the body but frequently occurs in the heart, neck and leg arteries.

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What is appendicitis?

Appendicitis occurs when the appendix, a part of the large intestine, becomes infected and inflamed. This is caused when the opening of the appendix is blocked by a small object, such as a hard piece of stool or intestinal worms. Bacteria then grows in the appendix and causes an infection. Appendicitis is diagnosed with a physical examination to determine your symptoms, blood tests to look for signs of infection, and sometimes a CT scan or ultrasound to verify whether the appendix is inflamed. The only treatment for appendicitis is to remove the appendix and perform an appendectomy.  If surgery is not performed in a timely matter, the appendix can rupture and spread infection into the abdomen. There are two ways to perform an appendectomy- laparoscopic or traditional. Laparoscopic surgery uses three to four small cuts or incisions in the belly to remove the appendix with the help of a tool called a laparoscope. During traditional surgery, one larger incision is used over the appendix to remove it.  If the appendix has burst, antibiotics are given to the patient, and a radiologist may place a drain in the belly to help remove the infection before having surgery. Surgery to remove the burst appendix is more complicated. After the surgery, a drain may be placed within the wound to help drain any infection that is left.

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