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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 pie to the fall 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.

JSC Colon Cancer Awareness 1Are you 50 years old—or older—and putting off colorectal cancer screening? March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness month and a good time to learn about this disease. What are your risks and why should you be screened?

Colorectal cancer is preventable and yet it is the second leading cause of cancer-related deaths in the United States. Experts believe that 40,000 lives could be saved each year by widespread adoption of screening and early treatment.

JSC Hearing LossWhile hearing loss is common—one out of three Americans over the age of 65 have some degree of hearing loss—it’s a topic that is often avoided. Learning about this condition can help you manage symptoms and improve your ability to work, learn, and enjoy life. Types of hearing loss are:

Conductive Hearing Loss

When sound isn’t properly transferred to the eardrum and the middle ear, the condition is called conductive hearing loss. Symptoms include reduced sound levels and the inability to hear faint sounds. Medical and surgical techniques can sometimes correct this type of hearing loss. Causes of conductive hearing loss include injury, infection, allergies, benign growths and structural problems.

pic2There is nothing like talking directly with the expert! On January 14, Dr. Steven Harris hosted a Facial Rejuvenation open house at Jefferson Surgical Clinic.

In addition to explaining treatment options—ranging from the forehead to the neck—Dr. Harris spent time with each visitor. He discussed the potential benefits of surgery for each individual, as well as explored whether they are a good candidate for such procedures.

Of course, you don’t have to wait for the next open house to benefit from Dr. Harris’s expertise as a board-certified plastic surgeon. To learn how safe, simple procedures, including the mini facelift can restore your look, contact Jefferson Surgical Clinic. Facial rejuvenation can be done more quickly and with less downtime than you might imagine.

Winter AllergiesWhere Do Winter Allergies Come From? When you think about seasonal allergies, do you focus on the

high-pollen counts of spring and fall? While cooler temperatures often mean relief from outdoor allergies, some individuals face increased exposure to the indoor allergens that plague them.

More Time Indoors

In the winter, we spend more time indoors, where dust mites, insect particles, mold and pet shedding become more concentrated in the air. The dust you see on your furniture will make anyone sneeze, but some of the component parts can also cause ongoing problems for those with allergic sensitivity.

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