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Are You at High Risk for Breast Cancer?

September 16, 2019 | By Adrianne Bowen, MD, MBA, FACS

Certain individuals are at a higher risk for development of breast cancer than others. How do you know if you are one of them? And what can you do to lower your risk? There are certain lifestyle modifications that increase…

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Gregory J. Vitas, MD

Do You Know the Warning Signs of Melanoma?

August 12, 2019 | By Gregory Vitas, MD, FACS

Summer is a great time to get outdoors and soak up that sunshine, but make sure to use a broad-spectrum sunscreen with a sun protection factor (SPF) of at least 30. This will protect you against both UVA and UVB…

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Specialists in General Surgery Now Seeing Patients in Plymouth and Minnetonka

July 29, 2019

Physicians with Specialists in General Surgery (SGS), based in Maple Grove, Minn., are now seeing patients in Plymouth and Minnetonka. In Plymouth, the SGS office will be within the Northwest Family Clinics, 1495 County Road 101 North. In Minnetonka, patients…

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Kamrun Jenabzadeh, MD

Is Robotic Surgery Right for You?

July 15, 2019 | By Kamrun Jenabzadeh, MD, FACS

For most of you, the answer to that question will be, “Yes!” Robotic surgery gives surgeons a magnified 3D high-definition view inside your body and enables us to perform precise movements of small instruments. While patient situations may vary, these…

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Jonathan C. Gipson, MD

How to Prepare for Bariatric Surgery

July 1, 2019 | By Jonathan Gipson, MD, FACS

Congratulations! You’ve decided to take a big step toward improving the quality of your life by considering bariatric surgery. Losing significant weight can prevent or cure many life-threatening illnesses, and can help you reduce or eliminate the need for medications…

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rachel tay, MD

Frequently Asked Questions About a Colonoscopy

June 17, 2019 | By Rachel Tay, MD, FACS

Has your doctor recommended a colonoscopy for you? If this is your first one, you probably have a few questions. Maybe we can help. Q. Why did my doctor recommend a colonoscopy? There are several reasons why a physician would…

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Steven J. Kern, MD

Managing Post-Operative Pain

June 3, 2019 | By Steven Kern, MD

Your surgery was a success, and you are well on your way to a complete recovery. But you’re experiencing normal postoperative pain. You want to reduce the pain, but you’re nervous about using opioids. We understand and can help. We…

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Sarah J. Lippert, MD

Pregnancy and Gallbladder Issues

May 27, 2019 | By Sarah Lippert, MD, FACS

Did you know that pregnancy can contribute to gallbladder problems? The increased hormone levels, especially progesterone, while you are pregnant can interfere with the normal function of your gallbladder, leading to gallstones and sometimes liver problems. This is partly because…

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Kourtney L. Kemp, MD

Antacids: Truth or Fiction

May 20, 2019 | By Kourtney Kemp, MD, FACS

Heartburn and diseases of the esophagus affect a large portion of the population. Maybe that includes you! They can cause burning, as well as throat clearing, throat irritation, chronic cough, swallowing difficulties and regurgitation of food and acid. Most people…

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Specialists in General Surgery

SGS/North Memorial Metabolic & Bariatric Program Receives MBSAQUIP Accreditation

May 9, 2016

The results of the Metabolic and Bariatric Accreditation Survey from November 20, 2015, are official. The American College of Surgeons’ Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program (MBSAQIP), in partnership with the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric…

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