Navigating the End-of-Year Rush in Healthcare with Patience

Recently, a patient’s loved one lashed out at me after I had given them a devastating cancer diagnosis. While it’s never easy to be on the receiving end, I have experienced similar outbursts when I lost my parents and I know these emotions are a result of immense fear, stress, and love. As if the […]

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Robotic Surgery and the Fight Against the Opioid Epidemic

Dr. Cynthia Geocaris of Surgical Associates of Neenah was one of the earliest adopters ofrobotic surgery when she began performing these types of surgeries in 2004. She hasperformed thousands of surgeries and teaches robotic-assisted surgery across the country.Robotic-assisted surgery allows surgeons to perform complex surgeries in a minimally invasive fashion using small incisions and in […]

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Breast Cancer Screenings

October is breast cancer awareness month and many people think October is the time to schedule an annual mammogram; however, it is important to set up your breast cancer screening whenever you are due.  Studies show that women who delay their mammograms a few months are more likely to skip a year or two, leaving […]

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Providing Care Beyond the Mask

I like to think that I do a good job with my patients.  I really try to ensure I’ve addressed all of their concerns, and that they have understood what I am explaining.  A few weeks ago, I apparently got it wrong.  What I had thought was an uneventful visit, surgery and follow up was […]

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Top Questions to Ask Your Surgeon

It’s the end of the year, your deductible is met and it’s time to have that procedure you have been putting off.  The struggle is real.  You need surgery, the office is packed, the surgeon may seem rushed, you don’t know if this is the right surgeon or if you should even do it.  My […]

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Christmas Toy Troubles

You may wonder why I am writing about children’s toys.  Well, it turns out that one of my many responsibilities on call is to remove them from children’s stomachs. When I relayed this to my family, they were fascinated by this. Children are naturally curious and tend to put objects in their mouths.  Interestingly, about […]

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What really happens in the OR?

With all of the controversy around masks these days, people often assume that it’s pretty easy for me as I wear a mask in the OR most of the day.  The truth is, I don’t think it’s easy for any of us to wear a mask all day.  I’m pretty used to it though. The OR […]

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5 ways to make your mammogram better

October is breast cancer awareness month, and my message is get your mammograms!  Mammograms are important and are the most effective tool we have for early detection of breast cancer.  Breast cancer affects 1 in 7 women in the US, and is the second most common cancer in women. Mammograms save lives! My sister hates her […]

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Lessons from a 7 year old

Last week, I had the pleasure of taking care of a beautiful seven year old girl.  During a planned sleepover at her grandmother’s, she was bit by the neighbor’s dog.  I was the trauma surgeon that day and was asked to fix her up. This is an easy thing for me to do.  However, most seven […]

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