March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month and colorectal cancer expert, Steven Esser, MD,a colorectal surgeon at Jefferson Hospital, is speaking out with advice for consumers on this potentially life-threatening disease. “Colorectal cancer is the second leading cause of cancer deaths in the United States, with over 56,000 people expected to die from this disease each year,” Dr. Esser explains. “However, it is a preventable and very curable disease if caught early.”
“Because there are often no symptoms when it is first developing, colorectal cancer can only be caught early through regular screenings. “The benefits of early detection and treatment are dramatic,” Dr. Esser says. “The possibility of curing patients after symptoms develop is only 50%, but if colorectal cancer is found and treated at an early stage before symptoms develop, the opportunity to cure it is 80% or better.”
Are you or a loved one affected by obesity? Are you looking for help? Your answer could be right here in your own community. At Jefferson Hills Surgical Specialists along with Hope Bariatrics, Dr. Tunc Aksehirli is here to answer your questions and help you control the biggest fight of your life – your weight.
Some people think finding an experienced surgeon means fighting traffic to get to a hospital downtown. But with Jefferson Hills Surgical Specialists, the reality is you already have six experts in their related fields – right in your own backyard.
The group has been growing and evolving under the direction of Dr. Charles Cline since 1988 and now includes Drs. Mark Gannon, Arnold Fingeret, Peter Kummant, Steven Esser and, more recently, Dr. Tunc Aksehirli. The practice has a combined 110 years of experience with expertise ranging from common general surgery procedures such as gall bladder removal, hernia repair and endoscopy (“scopes”) to more involved comprehensive breast care, cancer surgery, colorectal surgery and bariatric (weight loss) surgery.
PINK IS ALWAYS “IN” AT JEFFERSON HILLS SURGICAL SPECIALISTS
The month of October is an exciting month that celebrates the advances made in the treatment of breast cancer. Cure rates for early stage breast cancer are over 90 percent. Pink ribbons, hats, shoes and more are a daily reminder that there is much support for this cancer which affects one in eight women over the course of their lifetime. Despite all the positives, when a woman is faced with the reality of a breast cancer diagnosis, her thoughts often turn fearful: How am I going to get through all of this? Where can I turn? Am I going to live or die?
Fortunately, having a comprehensive breast program close to home can help ease that anxiety tremendously. Led by Dr. Mark Gannon of Jefferson Hills Surgical Specialists, the breast program provides a comprehensive, multi-disciplinary, well-coordinated approach for the care of breast health and breast cancer patients. The emphasis is on moving women (and sometimes men) through their diagnostic imaging, biopsy, surgery and further treatments as efficiently as possible.
by Steven Esser, MD, FACS, FASCRS
What seemed like science fiction just 20 years ago is now reality. Robotics has entered the field of medicine. Intuitive Surgical released the first daVinci robot to assist with surgery in 1999. Over the last 14 years, it has become widely used for procedures such as prostatectomy, hysterectomy, cardiac bypass surgery, cholecystectomy (removal of the gallbladder), and colectomy (removal of the colon). Below I will briefly describe how the robot works and what some of the advantages of it are.
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