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Dialysis Access

Who needs dialysis access? People who need dialysis access have renal disease. This can be acute or chronic. Often times acute renal failure will improve and does not need long term dialysis access. Most people with chronic kidney disease are followed by a kidney doctor. As a patient’s renal function decreases they are often referred…

Medication Compliance

The importance of patient medication compliance! Physicians prescribe medications to treat and prevent medical conditions. While you may receive medications from several different physicians, it is important that every physician know exactly which medications in what doses and supplements you are taking to prevent medical interactions and overdoses.   Do I really need to take…

Appendicitis

What are the signs and symptoms of appendicitis? Approximately 9 of every 10,000 people in the United States are diagnosed with appendicitis every year. Patients often present with abdominal pain. The pain can be localized to the belly button and move to the right lower abdomen. However, often times patients present with just right-sided pain…

Being a Compliant Patient

  When patients come to Florida Surgical Clinic they usually have a specific problem. In order to figure out how to fix that problem, we need to learn about our patient. As physicians, we have the unique privilege of learning everything about a patient. There are many aspects of a patient’s life that may not…

Venous Disease

What are the symptoms of venous disease? Patients complain of heaviness at the end of the day. They may also have ulcerations, often on the inner calf right above the ankle. Many people have visible, rope-like, varicose veins. Other people have smaller, reddish or bluish veins that may or may not be sore at the…

Stroke Awareness

May is stroke awareness month. Each year almost 800,000 people have a stroke. Seventy five percent of strokes are first time strokes. This is one stroke every four seconds. More than fifteen percent of these strokes result in patient deaths. These numbers are alarming. Stroke is the leading preventable cause of disability according to the…

Limb Loss Awareness

April is limb loss awareness month.  More than 180,000 people will have an amputation this year. That means more than 500 people per day will undergo an amputation. Vascular surgeons, wound care specialists, plastic surgeons, podiatrists, and primary care physicians all provide valuable services to the wound care team to prevent limb loss. However, there…

IVC Filter

  Many people are afraid of IVC filters due to their recent bad press. Like most medical interventions, there is a time and place for these procedures and if done for the right reasons and safely, they can have minimal side effects and complications.   What is an IVC filter? An IVC (inferior vena cava)…

Carotid Artery Disease

What is carotid artery disease? Disease of the carotid arteries involves the build up of plaque (atherosclerosis) in the arteries that provide blood to the brain. This plaque is similar to what can occur in the heart and other arteries. This usually occurs over the course of many years as the result of medical problems,…

Post Operative Care

Most patients after surgery or a procedure are very concerned about recovery. It is important to follow your physician’s recommendations to ensure an expedient return to normal activities. This advice is meant as a generality and your particular physician or case may require different care so always check with your physician first.   Laparoscopic Procedures…