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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:

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.”

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:

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.

Hearing TestWe hear a lot about the smells and sights of fall, from pumpkin spice to brilliantly colored foliage. But what about the sounds like crunching leaves and a crackling fire?

Your hearing is an integral part of how you experience seasonal changes – and life around you.

Since October is National Audiology Awareness Month, the team at Jefferson Surgical Clinic wants to stress the importance of healthy hearing, and encourage you to use hearing protection and get regular hearing screenings.

Healthy Aging JSCSeptember is Healthy Aging Month, and it began the perfect time to get started on better health practices. For those of us 45 and older, improving our physical, mental and social well-being has never been more important – or more attainable. 

Think about tackling a lifestyle change this fall by remembering the positive aspects of aging.

Follow these 3 tips to reinvent yourself for healthy aging:

JSC Varicose VeinsEach summer, thousands of Virginians brave the heat for hiking, swimming and fun in the sun. But, those who suffer from varicose veins can be acutely affected in the summer, both physically and emotionally, due to exacerbated symptoms and increased self-consciousness. 

Varicose veins form when one-way valves in the leg veins fail to keep blood moving to the heart. When the valves become damaged, blood pools in the bottom of the vein. This causes a bluish, swollen appearance, and the increased pressure in the affected veins can feel achy or painful. 

Widex UniqueAt our Audiology Open House last month, Kim Lower, AUD, audiology specialist at Jefferson Surgical Clinic in Roanoke, VA, demonstrated exciting new hearing aid technology. Among others, we featured the Widex Unique.

So, what makes Widex Unique hearing technology so innovative?

AllergiesOne often equates red eyes, runny noses and tissue boxes with the spring and autumn allergy seasons. Allergy sufferers know all too well that the end of spring does not usher in the end of discomfort – season changes just bring a shift of allergy symptoms.

That’s because allergy culprits vary from season to season. As summer goes on, most of the vegetation dies and conditions become drier. Coupled with high humidity levels, this produces an ideal environment for mold and fungi – which grow on dead leaves and grass – to form.

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