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Baby bellybuttons: What's that drainage?

February 24, 2017
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Fairly often, I see infants of worried parents in my pediatric surgery office to investigate the cause of bellybutton drainage.  Fortunately, it’s almost always a simple issue, but sometimes it’s the tip of a very interesting iceberg!

U.S. travel ban could hurt health care

February 15, 2017
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President Trump’s travel ban and immigration policy may be an abstraction for some, but for health care they could have profound effects. This video explains what’s happening, what it could mean for health care and what we can all do.

Heart surgery: A competitive runner races back

February 07, 2017
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As a competitive runner, Phil McBride thought he was in the best shape of his life. Then came the “awful run.” Read about his inspiring journey from heart surgery back to running, and his advice for others facing heart surgery.

Could you be a living kidney donor?

November 28, 2016
For many of us, it’s hard to ask for help. So imagine what it would be like to ask a family member or friend for a kidney. Being a living kidney donor is a big decision, but there have been tens of thousands of these donors in the U.S. since 1954, when the first successful living donor transplant was done. Are you a possible donor? Here’s some basic information to get you thinking about it.

Lung Cancer Awareness Month: There's hope

November 09, 2016
Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer deaths worldwide. But there’s hope for people with lung cancer. Here’s where we stand in 2016 and what you can do to help prevent lung cancer, raise awareness of the disease and promote research.

Pilonidal disease: painful, inconvenient and embarrassing

November 03, 2016

Imagine you’re a teenager and your world revolves around trying to be cool. Then you get pilonidal disease, a skin infection near the tailbone that can cause severe pain, discharge and deep embarrassment. Parents who are aware of this disease can help a suffering child.

At Swedish bariatric center, specialists treat an array of health problems

October 10, 2016
People who are obese tend to have other health problems as well. With its Bariatric, Metabolic, Endocrine Center, Swedish brings an array of specialists together in one clinic to provide all aspects of care for people who are trying to lose weight. Watch a video and read about how the center has helped one woman.

Is an umbilical hernia in a newborn cause for concern?

September 28, 2016
Most parents are probably too busy making sure their newborn has 10 fingers, 10 toes and two ears to pay attention to whether their child’s belly button is an innie or an outie. An outie belly button can be caused by an umbilical hernia, which usually is harmless. But sometimes these hernias need to be repaired when a child is older to prevent complications.

Having surgery? How to get FMLA and other forms signed for your employer

July 05, 2016
If you are employed and preparing for surgery – or have just had surgery unexpectedly -- you likely will need your surgeon to complete some sort of medical form or letter for your employer and/or short-term disability carrier. For some patients and families, navigating this process can be confusing. Here’s a step-by-step guide to help.

Structural reasons to postpone newborn circumcision

May 18, 2016
For parents who wish to circumcise their sons shortly after birth, there may occasionally be structural or anatomic reasons to defer the procedure. Here’s a look at some of the urologic reasons it may be best to avoid newborn circumcision and what to expect if circumcision is performed later.