Hemorrhoid Treatment Options: What’s Best for Me?

If you’ve ever dealt with hemorrhoids, you’ll know that they are the embodiment of the phrase “pain in the rear.” The stinging, itching pain just doesn’t go away, no matter what you try, and bowel movements? Forget it. In this blog, we’re going to take a look at a few common questions about hemorrhoids: what is the fastest way to heal a hemorrhoid, do hemorrhoids go away on their own, and how long should it take for a hemorrhoid to go away?

6 Signs It May Be Time for Acid Reflux Surgery

Do you suffer from persistent heartburn (also called acid reflux or GERD)? If so, you’ll know that it’s not just annoying – it’s painful and can keep you from doing things you love. Let’s take a brief look at your treatment options for acid reflux, then we’ll answer some common questions about reflux surgery: how do you know if you need surgery for acid reflux, who qualifies for acid reflux surgery, and how much acid reflux is too much?

How Do I Pick A Specialist?

A specialist, as you might imagine, is just a doctor who specializes in a certain type of patient care. There are specialists for every field, and they’re usually grouped by a localized body system. For example, there are cardiac specialists, urology specialists, general surgery specialists, and more.

Here at Suncoast Surgical Associates, our doctors specialize in abdominal, gastrointestinal, colorectal, anorectal, and thoracic (GERD) conditions. In this blog, we’re going to cover some common questions about choosing a specialist: how do patients choose a specialist, how do I find the best specialist, and when should you be referred to a specialist?

Does Smoking Really Cause Cancer?

Now, we know you’ve probably heard all or most of what’s in this blog before; however, we think that a recap is always appropriate – especially for something as important as smoking and its potential to cause life-threatening cancer. In this post, we’ll answer a few common questions, including: how common is it to get cancer from smoking, do all smokers get cancer, and how does smoking lead to cancer?

Is My Gallbladder Working Properly?

If you or a loved one is suffering from generalized abdominal pain and concerned about gallbladder issues, you might have a few of the following questions: what are the symptoms of a low-functioning gallbladder, does gallbladder pain come and go, and how do you test if your gallbladder is working? Here at Suncoast Surgical Associates, we’ve heard all of these questions and more, so let’s dig in and answer some of yours.

Could It Be Colon Cancer?

Like other cancer types, colon cancer is a collection of cells that grow out of control, unregulated by the body. Cancerous tumors generally have a blood supply, and their cells can break off and travel to other parts of the body once they get large enough – this is called metastasis. Colon cancer lives right where you think it might: in the large intestine. Some people will lump colon cancer in with colorectal cancer – they’re the same diagnosis.

Am I Suffering From Acid Reflux?

Do you stress out when it comes to bedtime or going out with friends? Not knowing when a bout of acid reflux is going to hit can be stressful and ruin your evening. Luckily, there are some things you and your doctor can do to help you once a diagnosis is made. But, how do you know it’s acid reflux? What can be mistaken for acid reflux? And, how do you cure acid reflux fast? Let’s dig right in and cover the answers to all of your questions.

Lung Cancer 101: Everything You Need to Know

Lung cancer is definitely a scary diagnosis, and it can be overwhelming trying to navigate what comes next all by yourself. Whether you or a loved one is dealing with this new reality, it’s important to be in the know as you consider all of your options; this naturally leads to many new questions. We’ll answer some of these questions, like what normally is the first symptom of lung cancer, what is the life expectancy of a person with lung cancer, and is cancer in the lungs curable?

Robotic Surgery 101

Have you heard about robotic surgery, also known as robot-assisted surgery? This type of surgery allows highly-trained surgeons to use more precise tools for sensitive jobs. In this post, we’re going to discuss some answers to the following questions: is robotic surgery better than regular surgery, what is the most common robotic surgery, and what are the cons of robotic surgery?