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Diverticular Disease, a Common Problem

Do you have “tics” in your colon? If you have significant abdominal pain,  seek the advice of Dr. Fall. Diverticula are sac-like protrusions of the wall of the colon (large bowel). Causes of this condition probably are related to a low fiber diet and altered motility of the colon. There has been a dramatic increase in this disease over the past fifty years and is much more common in industrialized nations. Diverticulosis is rare below age 35 but affects 65% of our  population by age 80. The natural history of diverticular disease includes no symptoms or may progress from

The Gall of It All

The Gallbladder - Function, Anatomy, and Disease States The gallbladder is a small pear-shaped organ located in the right upper quadrant of the abdomen. Its function is to store, concentrate, and secrete bile in response to eating (particularly a fatty meal). The likelihood of gallbladder disease may be increased with a family history, pregnancy, race (Native Americans), and perhaps with equated serum cholesterol. Though gallbladder disease is most common in the middle age group, it also can be seen in children and in the aged. Fall General Surgery has removed the gallbladder in patients as young

Cancer of the Colon

New, less-invasive surgical options are offered to patients with Colon Cancer Colorectal cancer is the third most common cancer of men and women in the United States. Approximately 150,000 new cases are diagnosed each year. About 60,000 people die of this disease annually. Risk factors include aging, a diet high in meat and fat, physical inactivity, alcohol and nicotine consumption, family history, and a personal history of polyps or inflammatory bowel disease. Surgery is the initial mainstay of treatment. Recently, Fall General Surgery has been offering, to some patients, a hand assisted laparoscopic partial colectomy. Using

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