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ASC Observes Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Posted by admin on Oct 19, 2017 12:05:47 PM

It’s estimated that more than 250,000 women and 2,470 men in the U.S. will be diagnosed with breast cancer this year.* It is the most common form of cancer in women along with skin cancer. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, in 2014 Connecticut was among the highest state in the nation for incidence rates of breast cancer at 142 per 100,000. 

To celebrate survivors and raise awareness and funding for research, ASC has been commemorating the month for the past seven years. This year was no different and we offered several ways for both our staff and patients to participate, raising nearly $400.

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Topics: General Surgery, Blog

Is My Stomach Pain Due To Diverticulitis?

Posted by admin on Feb 15, 2017 10:27:23 AM

 Pain within the digestive tract is something most people experience from time to time in their lives. However, there are more serious conditions than a simple upset stomach. Should you experience persistent or severe pain in your abdomen, you need medical attention, as it could be something more serious such as appendicitis or diverticulitis. 

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Topics: General Surgery, Blog

Diverticulosis Or Diverticulitis?

Posted by admin on Dec 19, 2014 2:40:07 PM

What is the difference between these two terms? The most common use of these words is in describing conditions of the colon (large intestine), though they can also apply to other parts of the gastrointestinal tract. Diverticulosis of the colon is a chronic condition, often completely silent, in which small blebs, or bulges/blisters, develop in the intestinal wall. These blebs may exist for many years, and never cause any symptoms. On the other hand, diverticulitis is usually acute and potentially dangerous. This is when one of those blebs bursts, allowing bacteria and sometimes fecal material out where they don't belong. Serious infection ensues, and sometimes hospitalization, or even emergency surgery are necessary.

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Topics: General Surgery, Blog

When Your Doctor Recommends A Breast Biopsy

Posted by Advanced Specialty Care on Nov 21, 2014 6:00:00 AM

If you had your mammogram recently, and your doctor tells you that a biopsy is needed, READ THIS!

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Topics: General Surgery, Blog

What Do I Do About My Aging Neck?!

Posted by Advanced Specialty Care on Nov 19, 2014 6:27:00 AM

This is one of the questions I encounter the most in my office. You may be surprised to know that the answer differs widely from patient to patient. It helps to understand what elements are at play in the aging neckline.

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Topics: Cosmetic Surgery, General Surgery, Blog

Tendonitis of the Wrist and Hand

Posted by admin on Oct 24, 2014 9:53:00 AM

Tendonitis is a common disorder in which specific tendons of the hand or wrist are affected. Tendonitis can also occur in any area where a tendon is surrounded by a sheath.

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Topics: General Surgery, Blog, Hand Surgery

Why Do I Need An Ultrasound Every Time I Have A Mammogram?

Posted by Advanced Specialty Care on Oct 22, 2014 11:10:00 AM

The short answer is, you don’t. If you live in Connecticut and 13 other states, if you have dense breasts (lots of white on the mammogram), your radiologist is required by state law to inform you that the mammogram is less sensitive, and that additional screening with breast ultrasound or MRI may be beneficial. Since the Connecticut law went into effect in 2009, many radiology facilities in Connecticut now routinely perform a breast ultrasound in that circumstance, even if it wasn’t ordered by the patient’s doctor. Insurance companies are required to pay for it. Connecticut was the first state in the nation to mandate that radiologists inform patients of their breast density. Several other states have followed suit.

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Topics: General Surgery, Blog

The Options for Non-Surgical Facial Rejuvenation

Posted by Advanced Specialty Care on Oct 17, 2014 9:57:00 AM

There have been many improvements recently in nonsurgical options to restore your face and make it appear younger looking.There is now a nearly overwhelming list of options to choose from. There is also heavy consumer marketing, which can also be confusing. Below is a simplified explanation of these nonsurgical treatments.

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Topics: Skincare & Laser, Cosmetic Surgery, General Surgery, Blog, Dermatology

The Hearing Aids of Today, Not Your Grandfather’s Hearing Aids

Posted by Advanced Specialty Care on Oct 10, 2014 11:27:00 AM

In the United States, 1 out every 6 individuals has a hearing loss that impacts or interferes with their ability to communicate. This causes frustration and isolation, not only for these individuals, but for their families, friends, and acquaintances – many who may not know or understand the difficulties than can accompany hearing loss.

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Topics: Audiology, General Surgery, Blog

If You Think You Have Nail Fungus

Posted by Advanced Specialty Care on Oct 8, 2014 7:58:00 AM

Nail fungus infection, or onychomycosis, (on-ick-co-my-co-sis) commonly affects the toenails but can also affect the fingernails. In most cases, it is caused by the same fungus that causes athlete’s foot. People who tend to get athlete’s foot infections have a higher risk of toenail fungus. About 10% of people have nail fungus, but it is more common in older people and rare in children. Other risk factors include injuries to the toes, diabetes, psoriasis or other autoimmune diseases, and poor circulation in the feet and hands.

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Topics: Cosmetic Surgery, General Surgery, Blog, Hand Surgery, Dermatology