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Category Archives: General Surgery

Is Weight Loss Surgery the Easy Way Out?

March 6, 2020

By Hussain Abbas, MD, FACS, Minimally Invasive Surgeon at MASJax

One of the very common question that I hear from my patients when I ask what delayed them in coming in and seeing me for their excess weight is: “Everybody’s telling me surgery is the easy route out.”

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Bariatric Surgery Tied to Lowered Risk of Colorectal Cancer

February 12, 2020

Please take the time to read a recent article from regarding Bariatric Surgery Tied to Lowered Risk of Colorectal Cancer.

We invite you to learn more about your bariatric treatment options or colon health screening with the MASJax Team.

Do I Need My Large Intestine? Do I Need My Small Intestine?

October 9, 2019

The gastrointestinal tract is a varied and complex bodily system. Two critical components of this system are the large and small intestines. While you may initially think that the large intestine is longer, that’s not the case. Actually, large and small refer to the diameter of the intestines. The small intestine is very long (20 feet!) and thin, while the large intestine is shorter and wide.

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Surgical GERD Treatment: LINX vs. Traditional Fundoplication

September 4, 2019

Gastroesophageal reflux disease, more commonly known by its abbreviation GERD, is an all too common condition. Caused by dysfunction of the Lower Esophageal Sphincter (LES), which controls flow into the top of the stomach from the esophagus, chronic acid reflux can lead to frequent discomfort and long-term damage to the upper GI system. GERD can be difficult to manage with several contributing factors like diet, weight, age, and lifestyle.

Patients often start with lifestyle modifications and oral medication like antacids and Proton Pump Inhibitors (PPIs). These, however, do not treat the dysfunction, only attempt to mitigate the symptoms of the LES failure. Further long-term PPI use may be problematic Surgical treatment is the only true corrective option for GERD. Please read below as we discuss the differences and benefits of the two reflux surgery options.

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Is It a Hemorrhoid or Anal Fissure?

August 21, 2019

If you are experiencing painful passing of stool and noticing bright, red blood during your bowel movements, it is likely you have a hemorrhoid. Hemorrhoids are one of the most common reasons for a visit to a colorectal surgeon, like Dr. Alex Crean at MASJax. While hemorrhoids can be painful and irritating, the good news is they aren’t likely to cause long term damage. They can however be easily confused with anal fissures, cuts or tears in the lining of the anus. How can you tell the difference? With similar symptoms, it can be difficult for patients to determine what is going on. An exam by a trained colorectal physician will help you to get a clear diagnosis of your condition and find the best treatment for you, sooner rather than later.

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