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What to Expect When You Have a Lipoma Removed May 3rd, 2021

You may not be familiar with the term “lipoma,” but these fatty, rubbery growths are quite common. In fact, an estimated 1 in 1,000 people has one somewhere on their body. They can be present at birth or develop at any age, though they’re most common in people ages 40-60....

Symptoms of Pilonidal Cysts Apr 1st, 2021

It’s usually easy to detect a pilonidal cyst, because they typically appear in the upper crease of the buttocks near the tailbone. This common problem affects more than 70,000 Americans each year, especially men in their 20s. Unfortunately, many people find their symptoms embarrassing, which keeps them from talking to...

What Can Go Wrong With Your Thyroid? Mar 4th, 2021

Most people have heard of the thyroid gland, but few people know much about it until something goes wrong. As a top-ranked surgeon in McKinney, Texas, Scott A. deVilleneuve, MD, sees thyroid disorders on a regular basis at Surgical Associates of North Texas. In this blog, he explains what the...

Minimally Invasive Hernia Surgery: What to Expect Feb 1st, 2021

When you have a hernia, tissue inside your body pushes through a weakened area meant to contain it. This problem can lead to a variety of symptoms, including a noticeable bulge, pain, and nausea. In more serious cases, the herniated tissue can even get deprived of blood. These dangerous situations,...

What Causes Gallbladder Disease? Jan 1st, 2021

Most people rarely think about their gallbladder until it starts causing uncomfortable symptoms, such as pain, nausea, vomiting, or chronic diarrhea. Unfortunately, when these problems arise, they often need surgical intervention.  At Surgical Associates of North Texas in McKinney, Texas, Scott A. deVilleneuve, MD, is an expert in minimally invasive...

How Your Diet Impacts Diverticulitis Dec 6th, 2020

In some people, marble-sized pouches — called diverticula — can form on the outer layer of the digestive tract. This is because the inner layer can push through naturally weak spots in the outer layer. Diverticulitis occurs when these diverticula tear, which can cause inflammation and even infection. This digestive...

How to Avoid a Repeat Hernia Surgery Nov 2nd, 2020

If you have a hernia, your internal organs or other tissues push through an opening in the muscle or soft tissues meant to keep them in place. For example, you have a hernia if your intestine breaks through a hole in your abdominal wall. While hernias usually don’t cause life-threatening...

5 Tips for Easing Your Postoperative Recovery Oct 1st, 2020

The length of your recovery will vary from procedure to procedure. However, they all have one thing in common: the healing process. And because of that, it’s essential to take the right steps after undergoing surgery to help your body recover as smoothly as possible. As a top-ranked general surgeon,...

When Your Diverticulitis Can Benefit From Surgery Sep 15th, 2020

Diverticulitis is a condition in which small, bulging pouches form in the wall or lining of the colon due to natural weaknesses in the tissue. Unfortunately, these pouches can become more common with age. And, if these marble-sized pouches tear, they can cause inflammation, irritation, or infection, and you can...

What Is the Difference Between Laparoscopic and Robotic Surgery? Aug 5th, 2020

In the past, having surgery meant large incisions, a higher risk of infection, and lengthy recovery times. But advancements in surgical techniques have enabled surgeons to see and fix things inside of your body without the need for invasive approaches.  Now, thanks to minimally invasive surgery, you can expect to...

Soft Tissue Masses — What Is This Lump? Jul 6th, 2020

Soft tissue masses — or tumors — are fairly common and can vary significantly depending on their location and type. They can develop nearly anywhere in your body, including within or between ligaments, muscles, blood vessels, and nerves. You can also have soft tissue masses grow around other structures in...

4 Tips to Help Prevent Skin Cancer This Summer Jun 17th, 2020

It can be hard to resist spending as much time in the sun as possible during summer. Unfortunately, exposure to UV radiation not only causes premature aging, but it also significantly increases your risk of developing skin cancer. But, don’t worry, you don’t have to spend the entire summer hiding...

Surgery During the Coronavirus Pandemic Apr 9th, 2020

Everyone seems preoccupied with COVID-19 at the moment, and it’s for a good reason. COVID-19 is an infectious disease caused by a recently discovered coronavirus. When infected, you can experience respiratory symptoms similar to a cold or flu, including fatigue, fever, and dry cough. Your symptoms can range from very...

When to Consider Surgical Scar Removal Mar 4th, 2020

It can be hard to feel your best if you have a noticeable scar, especially if it’s in a highly visible location, such as your face. And, while most scars can fade over time, some can be disfiguring or even impact your ability to move.  Fortunately, Scott deVilleneuve, MD, at...

How Your Job May Contribute to a Pilonidal Cyst Feb 3rd, 2020

Have you noticed a bump near your tailbone in the upper crease of your buttocks? These growths, known as pilonidal cysts, develop when skin in the area fills with dead skin cells, hair, or oil. Sometimes, these cysts are small and painless. But, if they become inflamed or infected, they...

What is the Truth about Hernia Mesh? Jan 1st, 2020

There is a steady stream of late-night infomercials talking about bad mesh.  It probably won’t surprise you to hear that most of those commercials are sponsored and written not by anyone with any medical training, but rather by attorneys trying to scare up clients to add to their class-action lawsuits. ...

It’s Not All Sun Exposure: You Can Develop Melanomas in the Winter, Too Dec 1st, 2019

When it comes to melanomas and other types of skin cancer, you hear a lot about the dangers of sun exposure and UV rays. But it’s not just the harmful rays of sunlight that cause melanoma, and melanomas don’t develop overnight. You might think that now that winter’s here and...

Typical Recovery Following Hernia Repair Surgery Nov 15th, 2019

Although there are many different types of hernias, there are a few basic characteristics that are similar no matter the type of hernia.  A hernia is basically a hole or weakness in the fascia which allows protrusion of what it is normally holding in. Hernias most commonly occur in your...

Life After a Thyroidectomy Oct 18th, 2019

You may be facing a thyroidectomy for several reasons. But, whether you need all of your thyroid removed or just a portion, you’re in safe hands at Surgical Associates of North Texas.  As a top-ranked surgeon in McKinney, Texas, Dr. Scott deVilleneuve uses the most advanced thyroid surgery techniques available,...

10 Signs Indicating You May Have a Hernia Sep 1st, 2019

A hernia can be painful and debilitating. It’s estimated that each year in the United States, 800,000 people are diagnosed with a hernia. Hernias are more common in men than women. About 25% of males and about 2% of females develop an inguinal (groin) hernia in their lifetimes. Most people...

5 Signs You Might Need Gallbladder Surgery Aug 9th, 2019

Your gallbladder is a pear-shaped organ that sits below your liver on the right upper-side of your abdomen. Although it plays an important role in your digestive system, acting as a storage reservoir of bile produced by the liver, it is possible for you to live without it. This is...

What Makes Men More Susceptible to Hernias? Jul 15th, 2019

The disparity between men and women when it comes to hernias, specifically inguinal hernias, is staggering — one quarter of men will develop this type of hernia, while only 2% of women fall prey. The reason for these skewed numbers comes down to a surprisingly small difference in anatomy. Here...

Summertime Tips to Avoid Melanomas and Other Sun-Related Issues Jun 3rd, 2019

Skin cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in the United States, outpacing all other cancers combined. Thankfully, most skin cancers are easily treated, but melanoma presents a more dangerous problem — a problem that grew by 50% in the U.S. in the last 10 years. In fact, experts predict...

How to Relieve Groin Pain after Hernia Repair May 23rd, 2019

While no surgery is routine, an inguinal hernia repair is one of the more common and successful general surgeries performed in the United States, with approximately 800,000 procedures done each year. While the majority of patients do well and have a relatively uneventful recovery, a small percentage (up to 15%...

Can Heavy Lifting Give You a Hernia? Apr 11th, 2019

Whether or not heavy lifting caused your hernia — and it may be an important factor — one thing is certain: After you develop a hernia, heavy lifting may speed up the natural progression of the process and can frequently lead to an increase in symptoms . That’s why the...

Recovering from Hernia Repair Surgery: What You Should Know Mar 1st, 2019

Surgery, no matter how routine, is always accompanied by questions and apprehension. If you need surgery for a hernia -- regardless of location -- you want to know what to expect during your recovery. Here at Surgical Associates of North Texas, we give you complete discharge instructions when you’re released...

5 Different Types of Hernias Explained Feb 7th, 2019

A hernia is a condition where the connective tissue that holds your intestines in place (called the fascia) develops a hole or tear.  This allows the organs that it would normally be holding in to protrude through, causing pain and potentially becoming stuck, or incarcerated.  Because of the potentially severe...

How to Tell If You Are Suffering From a Hernia Jan 11th, 2019

A hernia is a catchall term for any internal organ that protrudes through a weak spot into areas where it doesn’t belong. While most hernias don’t pose an immediate threat, they can get worse and cause obstructions, strangulation of the tissue, as well as a considerable amount of pain and...

What Does Melanoma Removal Entail? Dec 12th, 2018

Cancer can be an uphill battle, where the odds never seem to be in your favor. Thanks to advanced surgical techniques, surgeons like Dr. Scott A. deVilleneuve are fighting back, and the odds are ever in their favor with incredibly high cure rates that figure between 94% and 99%. At...

Top 5 Symptoms of Pilonidal Cysts Nov 30th, 2018

A pilonidal cyst is a frequently painful condition that originates in the skin at the base of your spine/upper gluteal crease.  While often present for years before becoming symptomatic, once they do their treatment can be very problematic for several reasons including their often recurrent nature and difficult “pain in...

The Challenge of Diagnosing Hernias in Women Oct 18th, 2018

Hernias are much more common in men than in women which is why inguinal, or groin pain in a man is often originally suspected to be due to an inguinal hernia.  In women, however, this is often not the case. I is not unusual for a female who has a...

When can I return to work after hernia repair surgery? Sep 14th, 2018

First off, in answering this question, you must determine the type of hernia that you are having repaired.  Second, you need to know the general class (laparoscopic/minimally invasive or open) of repair that you had.  For our purposes here, we will divide the discussion into the two main hernia types,...

What are Sports Hernias and how are they repaired? Aug 23rd, 2018

If you enjoy playing soccer on a weekend or bouncing a basketball around in the evening you might be at risk of a sports hernia.  So, what is a sports hernia? Well, it’s not a hernia in the true sense of the word as there’s no bulge or protrusion through...

What to Do Once You’ve Been Diagnosed with a Hernia Jul 30th, 2018

A hernia diagnosis can cause anxiety as you wonder what’s next. It’s natural to have questions. First, know that hernias are extremely common and easily treatable — every year doctors in the United States repair more than 700,000 hernias. With the right surgical care, you can expect to fully recover...

Considering Scar Removal Surgery: What You Need to Know Jun 18th, 2018

Although scars form as a natural part of the healing process your body uses to repair and close wounds, they’re often an unwelcome reminder of a previous injury or surgical procedure. Many scars are removed for cosmetic reasons, but some require treatment because they interfere with range of motion, such...

Common Types of Hernias That May Cause You Pain May 29th, 2018

When you think of muscles, you probably think of movement, one of their most important functions. Many people are unaware of a secondary role that muscles play in keeping your organs in place. The strength and density of muscle tissue is ideal for holding things where they belong. The dense...

How Do Gallstones Form? Apr 26th, 2018

The gallbladder stores bile, a digestive juice that’s released into the small intestine when you eat fat. Gallstones form when the bile abnormally hardens into small lumps of stone-like material.Gallstones form if the bile contains too much cholesterol or too much bilirubin, which is a fluid that forms after our...

Signs You Might Need Gallbladder Surgery Mar 30th, 2018

Gallbladder symptoms can range from minor and annoying to excruciating and unbearable. In some cases, the symptoms are temporary, and an episode passes quickly. However, it is a frequent problem that the symptoms persist or recur, which indicates that the underlying problem needs to be treated.When gallbladder pain occurs, it’s...