Removing a Colon Through a Belly Button

Not so long ago, surgeons needed to make a 10- or 15-inch incision in a person’s abdomen to remove a person’s colon. Today, a person’s entire large intestine and rectum (which make up the colon) can be removed leaving only a coin-sized scar hidden in a person’s belly button. In my practice, I remove one … Read More

Going after Myasthenia Gravis through the Chest

Myasthenia gravis (MG) is a neurological disorder.  It causes fatigue, muscle weakness, and drooping eyelid.  Any neurologist will tell you, it’s a difficult disease to treat.  But interestingly, one of the most successful therapies for MG is administered by a thoracic surgeon – the same specialist who performs lung, esophageal or chest wall surgery. The … Read More

Observational Studies: The Good, Bad, and the Ugly

We raised a ruckus the other day with two words.  “Junk science”.  The phrase occurred in a quote from Steven Nissen, MD, chair of Cardiovascular Medicine at Cleveland Clinic. Dr. Nissen was evaluating an observational study that appeared to coffee that people who drank coffee lived longer lives. Dr. Nissen’s issue was how observational studies … Read More

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