Older man standing in front of his house smiling after hernia repair surgery.

Hernia Repair – Advancements in Treatment

By: Meg Irish
Published: November 21, 2019

Hernia surgery is one of the most common non-emergent operations in the U.S. with over 1 million patients undergoing surgery annually. A hernia occurs when an organ pushes through a weak spot in the muscle or tissue that holds it in place. For patients who find out they have a hernia, surgery is not always needed right away unless significant discomfort and pain are present. If left untreated, a hernia will generally increase in size and pain and can lead to more life-threatening complications. If you decide to hold off on surgery, it is important to continue to monitor any pain or progress and notify your doctor of any significant changes.   

Types of Hernias

Most commonly found in the abdomen, hernias may also appear in the upper thigh, belly button, or groin areas.

  • Inguinal – occurs in the groin, most prevalent of all hernias
  • Epigastric – occurs in the upper region of the abdominal wall and is the result of pregnancy and childbirth
  • Umbilical – occurs at the site of the umbilical cord, the belly button, a naturally weakened area of the body, found in men and women
  • Incisional – occurs at the site of a previous surgical incision and can develop weeks, months, or even years after surgery

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Older couple cooking a healthy meal to perserve their healthspan with nutrution.

It’s Not Just Lifespan – Healthspan Matters

By: Meg Irish
Published: November 15, 2019

Many of us have heard of lifespan, but do we know the importance of healthspan? Healthspan is the period of life spent in good health free from chronic diseases and the disability of aging. It is not merely the absence of disease, but health is the state of complete physical, mental, and social well-being. If one is past their healthspan, that means they are chronically sick, typically with a degenerating condition. Unlike the average lifespan, which for Americans is roughly 79-years-old, we don’t have a marker for the average healthspan. Understanding how we age and what we can do to promote healthy aging is the key to building upon our healthspan. Once thought to be unavoidable, consequences of aging are now considered preventable.

People measure health like beauty. One person may feel healthy if their doctor says their vital signs are normal and they are able to take care of their personal needs. Another may feel unhealthy at the same level if they had to give up or restrict some enjoyed activity.

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Dupuytrens Contrapture

Dupuytren’s Contracture Explained

By: Madison Bambini
Published: November 12, 2019

As we age, it’s crucial to stay on top of our health and recognize when there are shifts in our bodies. By identifying these shifts early on, many health risks and diseases can be treated and prevented before they become too severe. One condition that can benefit from early treatment is Dupuytren’s contracture, a hand deformity that may develop as we age. 

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Older couple sitting and laughing, enjoying life without the worry of an enlarged prostate (BPH).

An Overview on Enlarged Prostate (BPH) and One New Minimally Invasive Treatment

By: Meg Irish
Published: November 11, 2019

Enlarged prostate, also called benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH), is one of the most common diseases affecting older men, specifically those older than 50. According to the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, BPH affects about 50% of men between the ages of 51 to 60 and affects up to 90% of men older than 80. The condition refers to a rapid increase of cells, causing the prostate to expand. As the prostate grows, it can place pressure on the urethra resulting in various urinary problems including the decreased force of stream, hesitancy, straining, incomplete bladder emptying, and waking up to urinate several times at night. Read more

Lavanzia Jones

TPMG Expands Health Care Services

Published: October 24, 2019

Local medical group, Tidewater Physicians Multispecialty Group (TPMG), a network of over 220 physicians and advanced clinicians in over 85 offices across the Tidewater area, is excited to announce the expansion of imaging and OB/GYN services, providing more health care options to the Hampton community. 

According to BreastCancer.org, about 1 in 8 women will develop breast cancer in their lifetime, making it essential to detect cancer in its earliest stages. TPMG’s team of radiologists, A. Janae Johnson, MD, Jeffrey A. VandeSand, MD, and Matthew T. Doherty, MD, are dedicated to providing patients with quality, comprehensive care. They are all fellowship trained and board certified by the American Board of Radiology, demonstrating excellence in the field. Read more