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Median Arcuate Ligament Syndrome

What is Median Arcuate Ligament Syndrome? Median arcuate ligament syndrome occurs when the celiac artery is kinked or compressed by the median arcuate ligament which is part of the muscles of the diaphragm. Initial testing uses duplex ultrasound. During inspiration the artery is straight. During expiration the artery becomes kinked which decreased blood flow to…

Leg Pain?

Why do patients get leg pain? Leg pain is a very common complaint among patients. The reasons behind it can be almost innumerable. Some patients have leg pain from overuse after exercise. Other patients have neuropathy from diabetes or other medical problems causing their pain and numbness. Other patients have pain or discomfort after a…

Preventive Medicine

Many patients ask what they can do to prevent future vascular problems especially atherosclerosis which presents usually as a blockage of arteries. The number one thing patients can do is stop smoking and using all types of tobacco. Some people believe vaping is less dangerous. In reality, any form of tobacco can worsen vascular problems,…

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

October is breast cancer awareness month. Breast cancer affects both men and women, although according to the American Cancer Society men are about 100 times less likely than women to get breast cancer. About 2600 men will get breast cancer this year while breast cancer will affect 246,660 women this year. Breast cancer diagnoses account…

Where was my surgeon during Hurricane Irma?

You need to ask, “Where was my surgeon during Hurricane Irma?” FSC’s own Vascular and General surgeon, Dr. Jenna Kazil, was supporting the community working around the clock throughout the hurricane at Blake Medical Center. Procedures were performed and lives were saved. On Friday, 8th Sept, FSC staff prepped for Hurricane Irma. (Thank you Robert!)…

Hurricane Irma Practice Update

In preparation for Hurricane Irma, Florida Surgical Clinic has enacted it’s Hurricane Preparedness Plan. All Florida Surgical Clinic’s (Dr. Jenna Kazil’s) patients who need emergency general surgery and vascular surgery will have to immediately go to their nearest Hospital Emergency Room Department. Dr. Jenna Kazil will be supporting the community by working around the clock…

Physicians Despise Dialysis Catheters

Why do physicians despise dialysis catheters? It seems easy enough. A patient needs dialysis. There is no permanent access placed. A dialysis catheter is placed. The patient goes home and receives dialysis as an out patient. At some point the patient gets a fever. Maybe antibiotics are given in dialysis. Regardless, the fever gets worse…

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…