It’s TMI Tuesday! The Doctors remove the “Do Not Disturb” sign to answer embarrassing health questions that are usually kept behind closed doors.
Awkward Aging Issues
On a recent baby boomers edition of “Ask Our Docs,” The Doctors were joined by a lively, close-knit crew of glamorous golden girls who reside at Trilogy at Glen Ivy, a tranquil resort community for active seniors. The Trilogy troupe is back with more embarrassing, age-related questions!
Keyhole Surgery for Hernias
An hernia occurs when soft tissue, such as fat or part of the small intestine, protrudes through a weak spot or tear in the abdominal wall. Inguinal hernias, which are the most common, occur in the lower abdomen, usually beside the groin. They are more prevalent in men but can also affect women, usually as a result of pregnancy or family history. Premature infants are also at a higher risk for developing an inguinal hernia, due to less time for the inguinal canal to close while in utero.
“The traditional way of fixing a hernia would be through a large incision,” explains general surgeon Dr. Daniel Marcus. “Today, we can do it through small incisions – what’s called minimally invasive or keyhole surgery.”
Treating Male Infertility
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“We were so excited, because we felt like this was our one chance to have a baby,” Margaret says. “But, unfortunately, they called and said I was not pregnant, and that was devastating.”
Justin, 32, has suffered from kidney stones since he was 18 years old. Over the years, he has had 14 surgeries to remove kidney stones. Every time that Justin had a flare-up, a CAT scan was performed, leading him to wonder if radiation exposure could be affecting his fertility.
Board-certified urologist Dr. Aaron Spitz explains that it’s very unlikely that kidney stones are a factor for infertility. Since Justin’s hormone tests came back normal, Dr. Spitz recommends a physical exam.