Surgery

May 18, 2020

A Clinical Success: Bringing Cutting-edge Medicine to Our Community

By Robert A. Poarch Charles Franks, a 69-year-old retired factory worker and auto body technician living in Pisgah Forest, tries to go fishing and bow hunting as often as he can. He had to limit these activities about a year ago, because his legs were giving him a lot of pain when he walked. Franks […]

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May 6, 2020

A Beautiful Mind: New Techniques and Technology Are Improving Stroke Patient Outcomes

By Ronnie Musselwhite “Decades ago, treatment of strokes was ‘Take two aspirin and call me in the morning,’ and then it transitioned into acute treatment where we had options within the first few hours,” said Alexander Schneider, MD, a stroke neurologist and Chief of Neuroscience with Mission Hospital. “Now, we’re able to treat out to […]

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February 20, 2020

Do You Have a “Leaky Heart”? What You Need to Know about Mitral Valve Regurgitation

 By Robert A. Poarch Our heart works hard, beating more than 100,000 times and pumping about 2,000 gallons of blood each day. During the day, we don’t think much about our heart. Until it starts to give us problems, such as a “leaky heart.” What it means to have a leaky heart valve. “A ‘leaky’ […]

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January 13, 2020

Cervical Cancer: One of the Most Preventable Cancers

By Carolyn Comeau October’s pink ribbons signify Breast Cancer Awareness Month, but many aren’t aware that January is Cervical Cancer Awareness Month. It may get less press, but cervical cancer, which occurs when cells grow abnormally in the cervix, is a disease every woman should be mindful of. Prevention Is Key — and Easy Brian […]

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January 2, 2020

Rare Disease, Rare Specialist: Peggy Burns Finds Help Close to Home for Her Sarcoma

By Deanna Thompson Peggy Burns had a nagging pain above her right knee that gradually got worse. She saw doctors and tried physical therapy, but nothing brought lasting relief. “It got so bad I could not lift my kids,” the former special education teacher said, referring to her students. “It was hard even to walk […]

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December 19, 2019

Ask the Doctor: Robotic Surgery with Joseph Buell, MD

Joseph Buell, MD, a General Surgeon with Mission Surgery, answers some questions about robotic surgery. Q: What benefits does robotic surgery offer surgeons and doctors? A: Robotic-surgery technology enables surgeons to perform complex surgical procedures with enhanced vision, precision, dexterity and control. Therefore, patients recover quicker and have lower rates of infection. Q: What kinds […]

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August 29, 2019

Pedaling On: Robotic Precision Gets Longtime Biker Back into the Race after Two Knee Surgeries

By Cherry Odom, BSN, RN-BC Seasoned triathlete and retired Mars Hill University sociology professor Tom Plaut knew nine years ago that the pain in his left knee meant his many years of running, biking and swimming had taken a toll on his body. “The wear and tear on my knee resulted in bone landing on […]

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July 16, 2019

Are You Tired of Being Tired? It Could Be an Elevated Calcium Level

By Andrew Rhodes, DO With the way our lives pull us in different directions, it can be difficult to take the time to listen to what our bodies are telling us. Perhaps you have experienced overwhelming fatigue over the last several months that’s caused you to not be yourself. Perhaps you have developed unexplained kidney […]

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July 12, 2019

4 Ways to Keep Joints Healthy as You Age

Head, shoulders, knees and toes – knees and toes! Why don’t they sing about our joints – the cartilage between the bone that provides a “cushion” and allows the bones to glide over each other? What happens when this cushion wears away? It is not uncommon to have joint issues be the limiting factor for […]

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July 1, 2019

Is Meat Destroying Your Colon? The Link between Meat and Colorectal Cancer

Years ago, cigarettes were put on notice as we decided to eschew the nostalgia of the Marlboro Man and the James Dean cool of a smoke. We accepted the direct link of cigarettes to both vascular disease and lung cancer, and the need to avoid inhaling a strong carcinogen. As a result, lung cancer deaths are […]

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