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Desert Surgical Associates features fellowship trained surgeons specializing in general surgery, abdominal surgery, gall bladder surgery, hernia surgery, cancer surgery, robotic surgery, breast surgery and more.

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by Desert Surgical Associates on 05/28/18

Don’t kill the messenger, chocolate lovers: this delicious treat may cause more reflux than any other food. Here’s why:

1 – Common ingredients in chocolate, including stimulants caffeine and theobromine may induce reflex.
2 – Chocolate is high in fat.
3 – Chocolate contains cocoa, a bean known to produce a reflux response.

Dark chocolate doesn’t quite produce the same amount of reflux episodes, but the difference is marginal.

What are the different types of surgeons

by Desert Surgical Associates on 05/13/18

What are the different types of surgeons
Trauma surgery
General surgery.
DSA surgeons perform trauma, critical care and general surgery.

Oral and maxillofacial surgery.
Otolaryngology (ENT)
Paediatric surgery.
Plastic surgery.
Orthopaedic surgery.
Cardiothoracic surgery.

The Appendix

by Desert Surgical Associates on 04/01/18

Scientists say the appendix might have been a place for good bacteria to localize in, like a little cul-de-sac away from everything else.

The theory is the appendix serves as a nature reserve for beneficial bacteria in our guts. When we get a severe gut infection such as cholera (which happened often during much of our history and happens often in many regions even today), the beneficial bacteria in our gut are depleted. The appendix allows them to be restored. In essence, Parker sees the appendix as a sanctuary for our tiny mutualist friends, a place where there is always room at the inn. The appendix nurtures beneficial bacteria even as our conscious brains and cultures tell us to kill, kill, kill them with wipes and pills.

Women & Gallstones

by Desert Surgical Associates on 03/18/18

Did you know that women are at increased risk for gallstones?

Gallstones occur in up to 20% of American women by the age of 60. Women between the ages of 20 and 60 years are three times more likely to develop gallstones than men.

Risk Factors for Development of Gallstones

  • Multiple pregnancies
  • Family history of gallstones
  • Hispanic or American Indian heritage
  • Obesity
  • Rapid loss of weight

Colorectal Cancer

by Desert Surgical Associates on 03/04/18

Q:What are the risk factors for Colorectal Cancer?
A: Lifetime risk of colorectal cancer is roughly equal in men and women.
Colorectal cancer is most common after age 50, but it can strike at younger ages. The risk of developing colorectal cancer increases with age.
Q:Who is considered High Risk for Colorectal Cancer?
A:Colonoscopy is recommended for individuals of any age who are at higher than average risk for developing colorectal cancer by virtue of:
Personal history of colorectal cancer or colorectal polyps
A strong family history of the disease
Inherited forms of colorectal polyps or cancer
Predisposing chronic digestive condition such as inflammatory bowel disease (Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis)

Desert Surgical Associates
Desert Surgical Associates 
3196 S Maryland Pkwy  Ste 101A   •  Las Vegas, NV 89109
Phone: 702.369.7152      •      Fax: 702.369.7153
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