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Hearing Aid Open House

Better hearing starts here, with Jefferson Surgical and Starkey Hearing. Join us for a Starkey Hearing Aid Open House on November 12, 2015 at 5:00pm in Roanoke to learn about new hearing aid technology that can improve your life. Light refreshments will be served and you’ll have an opportunity to speak with a Starkey representative and the Jefferson Surgical Audiologists to discuss any questions you may have. Click here to reserve your seat, or call 540-283-6000 to RSVP.      

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Welcome Dr. Reynolds

  You could say medicine runs in the family of Dr. Chris Reynolds, the new urologic surgeon at Jefferson Surgical Clinic. His twin brother Austin is an emergency room doctor in northern Virginia and his sister Erin is a VP for a children’s hospital. Dr. Reynolds knew early in life that he wanted to combine his love of science with a career helping people. It was during work at the V.A. Hospital in Salem as a medical student that he first got to know the Roanoke area and “loved the vibe of the region.” A surgical opening a JSC brought…

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Prostate Cancer Screenings

 Early detection of prostate cancer—even before an individual shows any symptoms—allows for earlier treatment and easier cure of the disease. Diagnosis of prostate cancer is done using simple procedures that allow your condition to be rated and assessed by a pathologist and your physician. ScreeningEarly detection tests look for warning signs of cancer. One way is to conduct blood tests of prostate-specific antigen (PSA) levels. A digital rectal exam (DRE) can also reveal signs of prostate cancer. In this test, the doctor inserts a gloved finger in the rectum to feel for bumps or hard areas on the prostate. Whether…

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Facial Rejuvenation: Is It Right For You?

You’ve tried the magic skin creams and facial exercise gizmos, and you’re still struggling with tired, sagging skin. But you don’t have to! Our facial rejuvenation services can tighten the skin on your face and take years off your look, with very little downtime. Learn more about our minimally invasive facial rejuvenation procedures, including our Mini Facelift and Browlift, at our Open House on October 1st at the new Jefferson Surgical Clinic location – 1924 Braeburn Circle in Salem, VA. Dr. Steven Harris, our board-certified plastic surgeon, will review our facial rejuvenation services in detail, and answer any questions you…

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Ureteral Stones

You are probably familiar with the painful condition known as kidney stones. When a kidney stone is stuck in the ureter, it is called a ureteral stone. The ureters are tubes leading from the kidneys to the bladder. The kidneys can form stones when high levels of dissolved minerals and salts are present in the urine. When stones are small they can pass through the ureter and bladder with no symptoms. If a stone is trapped in the ureter, it can block urine flow and cause great discomfort and pain. Fortunately, updated imaging methods, medications and treatments are improving our…

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Your Food and Your Colon

Wouldn’t it be great if you could do something to reduce your risk of colon cancer? A recent study published in the March 9, 2015 online edition of JAMA Internal Medicine indicates that a vegetarian diet, especially one including fish, can significantly reduce your risk of colorectal cancer. While researchers aren’t able to pinpoint whether eating meat is harmful or if eating vegetables is protective, the study of 77,000 adults shows that a healthy vegetarian diet is associated with a 22 percent lower risk of colon and rectal cancers. The vegetarians also ate less sugar and junk food, and consumed…

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The Link Between Breast and Prostate Cancer

Breast and prostate cancers would seem to be unrelated. Different anatomy, different functions. However, both are known to be affected by hormones. Estrogen can stimulate breast cancer growth and androgens can stimulate prostate cancer. Now a study indicates that family medical histories link the two cancers. The study, published in March 2015 in the journal Cancer, investigated whether a woman’s risk of breast cancer was related to a family history of prostate cancer. Using data from more than 78 thousand women in the Women’s Health Initiative Observational Study (1993-1998), the study showed that a woman’s risk of breast cancer increased 14%…

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Colonoscopy

Has your doctor recommended a colonoscopy? This procedure is used as both a screening tool for colon cancer and as a diagnostic tool for conditions like diverticulitis.  In this safe procedure, the doctor uses a small, flexible tube with a light and miniature camera to look inside the colon. If necessary, material is collected for biopsy and potentially precancerous polyps can be removed and evaluated. Colonoscopy can also be used for surveillance after colon surgery.  Before the Procedure Preparation for colonoscopy begins 1-2 days before the procedure. Your doctor will prescribe a diet of clear liquids and special cleansing solutions…

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Hearing Aid Styles

A variety of hearing aid types have been developed to suit individual needs and preferences. While all hearing aids use the same essential components—a microphone, amplifier, receiver and battery chamber—they vary in size and effectiveness. The four types of hearing aids are in the canal (ITC), completely in the canal (CIC), behind the ear (BTE) and in the ear (ITE) instruments. Understanding how each type functions will help you work with hearing and audiology specialists to select and fit the type that will give you the best results. ITC: In the canal This is the smallest type of hearing aid.…

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Hearling Loss and Dementia

Recent studies show a link between hearing loss and cognitive impairment in older adults, according to the AARP. In one study, participants were tracked for 12 to 18 years. Those with moderate hearing loss were shown to have a three times greater risk of dementia than those with normal hearing. There are several possible reasons for this link, says researcher Frank Lin, an otologist and epidemiologist at Johns Hopkins University. Common physiological factors, cognitive overload and brain structure changes due to hearing loss are three possible mechanisms. The social isolation created by hearing loss is also believed to be a…

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May Cardiology Open House

Learn to love your heart! Join us at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 14th for a free presentation about congestive heart failure. Dr. Molly Rutherford, MD, FACC, will lead the discussion, explaining what congestive heart failure is and why it happens. Dr. Rutherford, our board certified cardiologist, will explain how medications can be used to prevent congestive heart failure and discuss ways to keep yourself out of the hospital. The open house will be at Jefferson Surgical Clinic’s main office in Roanoke, Virginia, at 1234 Franklin Rd. SW. Please RSVP using this form or call 540-283-6000 to make your reservation. Our…

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Cardiology Open House

Learn to love your heart! Join us at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 14th for a free presentation about congestive heart failure. Dr. Molly Rutherford, MD, FACC, will lead the discussion, explaining what congestive heart failure is and why it happens. Dr. Rutherford, our board certified cardiologist, will explain how medications can be used to prevent congestive heart failure and discuss ways to keep yourself out of the hospital. The open house will be at Jefferson Surgical Clinic’s main office in Roanoke, Virginia, at 1234 Franklin Rd. SW. Please RSVP using this formthis form or call 540-283-6000 to make your…

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Hearing Aids: What’s the Return on Investment?

  Research collected by the Better Hearing Institute shows that if you have hearing loss, professionally fitted hearing aids can have a return on investment (ROI) in almost every area of your life: More money: Studies have found that untreated hearing loss can cost up to $30,000 in lost income annually. Keep your brain healthy: Dementia is known to be associated with hearing loss, and many experts suspect that treating hearing loss can prevent or delay memory problems. Keep your balance: People in middle age (40-69) with even mild hearing loss are nearly three times more likely to have a…

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Diagnostic Hearing Tests

  Hearing problems can stem from a variety of causes with different parts of the ear. Our tests can help determine the cause for hearing difficulties and help to decide on the best way to address them. Otoacoustic Emissions Test  This test measures the response of the inner ear to a sound. This test can be used to evaluate newborns and other patients who can’t respond to other hearing tests. A tiny probe is inserted into the ear canal, and then tones or clicks are produced. The echo response is recorded and measured. Pure Tone Testing  For this test, the…

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Hypertension

Hypertension, or high blood pressure, affects about 70 million adults and 2 million teens and children in the United States. It often has no symptoms and is usually found through routine screenings at the doctor’s office. Contact InformationMolly Rutherford, M.D., FACC Jefferson Surgical Clinic1234 Franklin Rd. S.W.Roanoke, VA 24016 Phone: (540) 283-6000 Be Aware of these Symptoms Contact your doctor if you have any of the following symptoms, which can indicate dangerously high blood pressure: Severe headaches Fatigue or confusion Dizziness Nausea Problems with vision Chest pains Breathing problems Irregular heartbeat Blood in the urine When blood pressure is high,…

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