Joshua Adams 2 359x359Being on the cutting edge is always a top priority at Jefferson Surgical Clinic. When Dr. Joshua Adams joined our team, he brought a wealth of knowledge about minimally invasive surgery and aortic aneurysms.

In a recent interview with WSLS, Dr. Adams discussed the transition from traditional surgical techniques to ones that are more minimally invasive. These procedures have shorter recovery times, allow patients to leave the hospital sooner, have a lower risk of complications, and produce the same long-term results as traditional methods. They are also ideal for patients who are too ill for open surgical options.

Minimally invasive vascular surgeries are performed with surgeons accessing the arterial tree through arteries in the groin and arms. Once inside, doctors can perform procedures to treat multiple issues including aortic aneurysms.

Fotolia 165189605 Subscription Monthly XLWhile summer is a great opportunity for many people to enjoy the outdoors, it can be a painful time – both physically and emotionally – for those with varicose veins.

Varicose veins occur when one-way valves are unable to pump blood to the heart and the blood pools at the bottom of the vein. Warm weather and exercise can cause these veins to increase in size and appearance, as well as become very painful.

Here are some tips to help reduce these symptoms this summer:

JSC Mini Face OH 2017 WebsiteFacial rejuvenation surgery is a great way to restore your youthful appearance and take years off your appearance. On Thursday, July 13 at 6pm, Dr. Steven G. Harris of Jefferson Surgical Clinic will be holding an open house at his office at 1924 Braeburn Circle; Salem VA 24153. This is a great opportunity for patients to learn about facial rejuvenation and ask any questions they may have about the procedure.

“This is an opportunity for patients to meet me in a very fun, friendly situation without any pressure to make a decision about surgery,” said Dr. Harris. “I’ll stay around for an hour or even two hours after the open house to answer everyone’s questions.”

If you’re interested in attending the Open House, please RSVP for the event.


Steven G. HarrisAs you age, your upper and lower eyelids often begin to droop and appear puffy due to weakened muscles and excess fat. In addition to making you look older and tired, these sagging eyelids can also affect your peripheral vision.

Blepharoplasty is a surgical procedure that can improve the appearance of your eyelids and enhance your field of vision.

During this outpatient surgery, surgeons will create an incision where there is a natural crease in your eyelid and remove excess fat and skin to help improve the firmness of your eyelids. This extra firmness will help you look younger and more alert.

healthy Mouth Healthy Life JSCYou can learn a lot about a person by their smile. In fact, you may even be able to tell how healthy they are.

That’s because doctors have discovered that good oral health is often linked to better health overall. When dentists come across problems inside your mouth, it can often mean there is a problem deeper within body.

 "It’s over 130, I think, different systemic diseases that have some sort of oral sign or symptom,” said Dr. Joe Dill of Delta Dental. “It can be dry mouth, red spots, white spots, lumps, bumps, things like that. So dentists are really sort of the first line of seeing the results of something bigger going on in your body.”

Hearing loss may seem like an inconvenience, but the impact it can have on your health is much more serious than you may think. That is why Jefferson Surgical Clinic is holding an Audiology Open House on Wednesday, June 7, 2017 at 2 p.m. The event will be held at the Salem office at 1924 Braeburn Circle, Salem, VA.

Dr. Kim Lower is a licensed audiologist at JSC and will lead a discussion about the options you have for improving your hearing health, types of hearing aids that are offered at JSC, and what you can expect when you come in for a visit. Here is a preview of what Dr. Lower will be discussing:

March of Dimes

March of DimesThe staff at Jefferson Surgical Clinic in Roanoke, VA will be participating in the March of Dimes, March for Babies on Saturday, May 13, 2017. The March of Dimes funds lifesaving research and programs and works to end premature birth, birth defects, and infant mortality.

This year’s route is 3.5 miles and it starts at 10:00 a.m. at Elmwood Park (700 S Jefferson Street, Roanoke, VA 24011).

Last year was JSC’s first year to participate in the March of Dimes, March for Babies event. JSC was motivated to participate by a few of the staffs’ personal experiences with premature births and chromosomal abnormalities. In 2016, JSC raised over $2,000 and had 30+ staff participants in the March for Babies walk. These contributions were combined with the larger Roanoke March of Dimes fundraising effort. The money raised was donated to the local chapter for their use in research and education.

JSC Mini Face OH 2017 May WebsiteLooking older doesn’t have to be part of the aging process. Attend an informative event on Thursday, May 4, 2017 at 6 p.m. to learn how facial rejuvenation can restore your youthful appearance. Jefferson Surgical Clinic’s Dr. Steven Harris will go over what facial rejuvenation is, what it involves and how it can make you look younger. The event will be held at Dr. Harris’ office at 1924 Braeburn Circle; Salem, VA 24153

Dr. Harris is a board-certified plastic surgeon who received his Doctor of Medicine degree at Duke University in 1984. He has been at Jefferson Surgical Clinic since 2006. Dr. Harris specializes in mini facelifts, brow lifts, blepharoplasty, and abdominal reconstruction and enhancement. Register today if you are interested in attending this event and learning how to restore your youthful appearance.

William Z. HDoubler blog1Carotid Artery Surgery is commonly done to reduce the risk of stroke in patients who show signs of plaque buildup in the carotid artery. While this surgery can be lifesaving, it requires an incision which can leave a scar on the neck. 

Using ultrasound technology, those scars can now be reduced.

Dr. William H’Doubler, a vascular surgeon at Jefferson Surgical Clinic, has implemented a technique to reduce this scar by up to 50 percent. Using ultrasound prior to surgery, Dr. H’Doubler localizes the site of blockage and is able to make a more strategically placed incision. Often this will reduce the length of the scar from four inches to around two inches. Ultimately this makes the surgery less invasive and less traumatic for patients. Of course, safety is of paramount importance and the incision length is always made to ensure safe conduct of the procedure.

NCAA Basketball BracketHaving a vasectomy is something no guy likes to talk about. The very thought of having a doctor preform work “down there” will make most men start to squirm. But for couples who have decided they are done having children, this is the route many decide to take.

Thanks to March Madness, many men have decided March is the perfect time to take off for ball and, well, surgery. This gives guys the perfect excuse to stay on the couch and watch college basketball for hours at a time without feeling guilty about it.

doctor with heartHeart disease should be a concern for all Americans and especially for those who have a history of heart disease in their family. That’s why everyone—regardless of age—can benefit from healthy lifestyle and medical care choices. You’re never too old or too young!

In your 20s

During your first decade of adulthood, you probably feel pretty great and might not worry about what you eat or how often you exercise. But this is an important time to establish good habits.

heart attackIntense chest pain is the symptom most people think of when they think of a heart attack. That’s what you see in the movies, right?

In real life, a heart attack can begin with milder symptoms and leave you unsure about what’s wrong.

Dr. Molly Rutherford, a board-certified cardiologist at Jefferson Surgical Clinic, teaches patients the other signs of heart attack:

JSC Mini Facelift

Getting older doesn’t necessarily mean you have to look older. If you feel it's time for a change, come to our informative seminar with Jefferson Surgical Clinic surgeon Dr. Steven Harris, where he’ll discuss procedures that can restore your youth, including the mini-facelift. Get all the information you need about these safe, effective, minimally invasive procedures and meet members of our premiere staff.

Fall AllergiesSeasonal allergies, including fall allergies, affect more than 35 million people every year. Characterized by a runny nose, itchy eyes and scratchy throat, allergies are nothing to sneeze at – they cost the U.S. economy about $7 billion in lost productivity annually.

While others are enjoying football and pumpkin carving this fall, allergy sufferers are thinking about their ragweed misery.  Read on to learn more about autumn allergens, how to protect yourself and when to seek help.

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