Normal Thyroid

Obesity linked to more advanced and aggressive thyroid cancer

Obese patients are more likely than normal-weight patients to have advanced, aggressive forms of papillary thyroid cancer, according to a new study. The researchers found that high body-mass index (BMI) was associated with more advanced cancer at the time of diagnosis. Obese and morbidly obese patients were more likely to have stage 3 or stage Continue Reading >>
Dr. Siamak Tabib

Colonoscopy and colon cancer screening

Colon cancer develops from growths within the wall of the intestine, such as polyps or tumors. Several methods, either alone or together, may be used to screen for colon cancer. The first method is a stool test that checks your bowel movements for blood. The second method is a sigmoidoscopy exam, which looks at the Continue Reading >>
Dr. Babak Larian, MD, FACS

Minimally invasive parathyroidectomy

About 97% of patients with parathyroid disease have just one bad parathyroid. Minimally invasive parathyroidectomy (MIP) consists of identifying that single abnormal gland and removing it, without identification of the remaining normal parathyroid glands. MIP is typically performed through a smaller incision than the bilateral exploration, usually 1-3 cm. This technique allows for a much Continue Reading >>

Treating hemorrhoids before pregnancy is key

As you may or may not know, hemorrhoids can be itchy and mildly uncomfortable – or downright painful. Pregnancy can be uncomfortable and painful as well, which is why it is important to remove hemorrhoids before the pregnancy in order to minimize discomfort. Hemorrhoids occur in up to 50% of the adult population. They are Continue Reading >>

Non Cosmetic Uses for Botox

Botulinum toxin, popularly known as Botox, is used for various cosmetic and medical procedures. Most people know about Botox because of its ability to create more youthful faces, but few people realize that there is much more to it. The use of Botox has been studied and documented for over 20 years, and its unique Continue Reading >>

New FDA Approved Erectile Dysfunction Tablet

There is new hope for the 30 million men in the United States, who suffer from erectile dysfunction (ED).  On April 27, 2012 VIVUS, Inc. announced that the FDA has approved Stendra (avanfill) tablets for the treatment of erectile dysfunction.  The FDA approval marks the first new prescription drug to treat ED in nearly ten Continue Reading >>

Dr. Parks Helps Patients in Guam

La Peer Health Systems ophthalmologist, Dr. David Parks, often travels to Guam and Micronesia to help patients who would otherwise be unable to see a retinal specialist. Since 1999, Dr. Parks has practiced in Guam, making an average of 3 trips per year to the territory.

Holistic Gastroenterology

Traditionally, medicine is problem-focused.  Doctors tend to focus on a specific problem and will try to find a cure for it. Under an integrative holistic approach, La Peer gastroenterologist Dr. Farshid Sam Rahbar, will take the entire person and their environment into consideration when diagnosing and treating gastrointestinal problems.  He looks at multiple aspects of Continue Reading >>

Benefits of Going to a Surgery Center Rather Than a Hospital

  Surgery is difficult, however, choosing the proper facility shouldn’t be.  The benefits of having your surgery done at a surgery center are far greater than that of a hospital. A surgery center is specifically designed for one thing – surgery.  From the design of the building, to the comfort of the chairs in the Continue Reading >>

Why Can’t I Eat Before Receiving Anesthesia?

Many of La Peer’s patients wonder why they can’t eat or drink anything hours before receiving anesthesia and going into surgery. The reason your doctor tells you not to eat or drink anything before surgery is to prevent aspiration. Aspiration occurs when food or stomach acids enter the lungs while you under anesthesia, which can be Continue Reading >>


Overview  PAGE DEPARTMENT OF OPHTHALMOLOGY Ophthalmology is the branch of medicine that deals with eye physiology, anatomy and diseases. A specialist in this branch of medicine is called an ophthalmologist. The Department of Ophthalmology at La Peer not only offers breakthrough eye surgeries but rather a medical program beginning with consultation, moving through diagnosis and Continue Reading >>

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