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Is Breast Surgery Needed for Fibrocystic Disease?

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Finding a lump in your breast can be a scary experience. However, studies show that over half of all women will develop lumps in one or both breasts. This condition is known as fibrocystic breast disease, also known as fibrocystic breast condition and fibrocystic changes. It is most commonly found in women between 30 and 50 years old, and is not malignant (non-cancerous). Symptoms can be uncomfortable and sometimes painful, but there are many treatments that can help with these side-effects. The problem with diagnosing fibrocystic disease is that symptoms can vary from person to person and may require a biopsy to make sure it is not breast cancer.

What Causes Fibrocystic Disease?

Hormones produced by the ovaries can fluctuate greatly during your menstrual cycle, which leads to discomfort, increased sensitivity, and lumpy breast tissue that feel swollen and sore. Symptoms of fibrocystic disease tends to increase before you start your menstrual cycle and decreases after your period begins. You can also experience symptoms throughout the month as well. The lumps are caused by swollen breast lobules and cysts.

Symptoms of Fibrocystic Disease

Here are some of the most common signs and symptoms of this condition:

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Colorectal Surgery for Colon Cancer

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Research has shown that early treatment can greatly improve treatment outcomes and survival rates for colon cancer and colon disease. Yet, many Americans suffer from these diseases and never get treatment because they either don't understand its symptoms, or because they are embarrassed to see a doctor. That's why it's important to find a specialist who is experienced and knows how to deal with personal and sensitive matters such as this. The Colorectal Surgery team at Benrus Surgery Center St. Charles has been providing the community with excellent health care for over 50 years and continues to stay on the forefront of treating cancer and other diseases of the rectum, colon, and anus.

 

Symptoms of Colon Cancer

 

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What is a Ventral Hernia, and How is it Treated?

 

When tissues bulge through a weak opening in your abdomen, that’s referred to as a ventral hernia.  Any point on your abdominal wall can be a candidate for this to happen.

You are at risk of a hernia any time you lift a heavy object, but increased risk comes from pregnancy, obesity, prior hernias, abdominal surgeries, bowel injuries, and a family hernia history.  Many people are also born with a congenital defect that will cause the abdominal wall to be thin from birth.

Symptoms of a ventral hernia can take time to occur and may in fact never show.  Symptoms that do present include mild abdominal discomfort, full-on abdominal pain, skin and tissue bulging outward in the abdominal area, vomiting and nausea.

These may increase when standing or lifting heavy objects and you may see a bulging growth in the abdomen that feels painful to touch.

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What is Gallbladder Surgery

Benrus Surgical performs gallbladder surgery on patients. The gallbladder stores bile, which is a fluid in your body that helps you to digest food. If there are problems with the gallbladder, you can get hard fragments called gallstones built up in the organ that can be anywhere from the size of a grain of rice to a golf ball. These hard formations...
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What Is a Femoral Hernia

  If you see a painful lump in the inner thigh or groin area, you may have a femoral hernia. It can often be simply pushed in or disappears when lying down. Any cough or muscle strain can cause it to appear. A femoral hernia is often caused by strain on the tummy, such as straining on the toilet due to constipation, or carrying heavy weights. ...
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Colonoscopies in St. Charles

  Benrus Surgical performs Colonoscopies at our surgery centers in St. Louis, St. Charles, St. Peters, and O'Fallon. A Colonoscopy is an exam that we use to find changes or issues with the large intestine (colon) and rectum.  The colonoscope, a long, flexible tube is placed into the rectum, and a tiny video camera mounted at the tip of th...
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Ostomy Support Group Monthly Meetings

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The Ostomy Support Group is meeting on a monthly basis the third Tuesday of every month

Barnes Jewish St. Peters Hospital Medical Office Bldg #1

6 Jungermann Circle,  St. Peters, MO 63376

6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

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Additional Location Expanding to Five Days A Week

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As of October 5, 2015, Benrus Surgical is expanding office hours at the Progress West location to five days a week, Monday through Friday. Schedule your appointment today by calling 636-916-7100.

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