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California Urologic Oncologist Raises the Bar in Prostate Cancer Care

Surgeon Spotlight: Thomas Ahlering, MD “Prostate cancer is the most common cancer in men, other than skin cancer,” says urologic oncologist and surgeon Thomas E. Ahlering, MD. “To get the best possible outcome, it is critical for men to get diagnosed early, and to get the cancer treated early.” Providing Expert Care for Prostate Cancer…

6 Factors About Prostatectomy You Should Know

Robotic prostatectomy gives an already skilled urologic surgeon greater visibility, hand acuity and surgery precision, with a lowered risk of experiencing the 6 factors of prostatectomy. Urologists on staff at miVIP have received awards for their work in prostate cancer treatment. Call (855) 516-4847 to schedule an evaluation with a top urologic surgeon at miVIP…

miVIP Featured in Article on ASC Robotic Surgery Trends

In an article on TRENDS IN ASC ROBOTICS in the June/July issue of ASC Focus magazine, writer Robert Kurtz examines the state of robotic surgical technologies in outpatient settings. The Ambulatory Surgery Center (ASC) robotics market appears primed for rapid growth, says Kurtz. He interviewed several robotic surgeons at multiple facilities for the article, including Bobby Bhasker-Rao,…

Surgeon Becomes Patient, Donating His Bone Marrow to Save a Child’s Life

Like most doctors, Rafael Lemus-Rangel, MD, a board-certified robotic surgeon at miVIP Surgery Centers in Southern California, went into medicine because he wanted to help people. Dr. Lemus-Rangel took this desire to help a step further. He signed up to become a bone marrow donor through “Be The Match,” a national bone marrow program. The…

Fibroids and Abdominal Pain More Common in African American Women

The Doctor Blog, miVIP Surgery Centers Contributor: Board certified gynecologist and surgeon, Mel Kurtulus, MD Fibroids and associated symptoms like abdominal pain and heavy or irregular bleeding affect women of all races, but African American women are 2 to 3 times more likely to develop uterine fibroids than other women, and at younger ages—often when…

Foot Pain: Recommendations from a Top Podiatrist

The Doctor Blog, miVIP Surgery Centers Contributor: Board certified podiatrist and foot surgeon, Jonathan Bennett, MD Is foot pain preventing you from enjoying sports, outdoor walks, or even daily activities? Foot pain, like many common foot problems, can be caused by wearing the wrong shoes. It may sound simple, but switching to the right shoes…

Sleep Apnea Negatively Impacts Your Health, Not Just Your Sleep

The Doctor Blog, miVIP Surgery Centers Contributor: Board-certified otolaryngologist, Behrad Brad Aynehchi, MD If you are waking up several times a night, and feeling tired and sluggish during the day, you may have sleep apnea — a sleep disorder that causes a person’s breathing to be disrupted during sleep. People who have sleep apnea may…

Sex After Robotic Prostatectomy: What You Should Know

The Doctor Blog, miVIP Surgery Centers Contributor: Board-certified urologist and prostate specialist, Sanjay Razdan, MD Erectile function after robotic prostatectomy. This is an overwhelming concern of the majority of men who have to undergo a robotic prostatectomy. Another big concern is the possibility of urinary incontinence after surgery. While these are potential risks with any…

Bladder Problems? Surgical Urinary Incontinence Treatments

The Doctor Blog, miVIP Surgery Centers Contributor: Board-certified urologist and urologic surgeon, Angelo Gousse, MD If you are frequently racing to the bathroom due to urinary leaks or a loss of bladder control, you are not alone. Urinary incontinence affects an estimated 12 million adults in the United States. It is more prevalent among women,…

miVIP Surgery Center in California Celebrates 1,200 Robotic Surgeries

Premier ASC in Southern California Completes More Than 1,000 Robotic-Assisted Procedures with da Vinci® TUSTIN, Calif. – MAY 1, 2019 – The miVIP Orange County Multispecialty Surgery Center, part of a network of independent ambulatory surgery facilities providing minimally invasive surgery paired with VIP-level patient services, has completed over 1,000 robotic surgeries as of May…

Get the Facts on Uterine Fibroids from a Top Gynecologist

Uterine Fibroids: Facts From an Expert Medical Reviewer: Board-certified gynecologist, Iris Orbuch, MD Uterine fibroids, also known as leiomyomas or myomas, are non-cancerous fibrous tissue formations that grow in the wall of the uterus. Fibroids vary in size and quantity. By age 50, 70% of white women and 80% of African-American women will develop fibroids….

How Surgery Can Treat Sleep Apnea and Stop Snoring

The Doctor Blog, miVIP Surgery Centers Contributor: Board-certified otolaryngologist, Terrance Kwiatkowski, MD Surgery can be a great way to treat sleep apnea and snoring — and eliminate a CPAP mask — for the right patient candidates. A number of sleep apnea patients do well with minimally invasive sleep apnea surgery, though it is important to…

End Your Endo Pain: Get the Real Facts on Endometriosis

Endometriosis: Facts From an Expert Medical Reviewer: Board-certified gynecologist and endometriosis specialist, Iris Orbuch, MD Do you suffer from severe abdominal pain, heavy bleeding, difficult menstrual periods, and intestinal symptoms? You may be one of the 176 million women around the world who suffer from endometriosis, also known as “Endo.” Endometriosis is a painful condition…

Why is GERD Surgery Better than Acid Blocking Medication?

The Doctor Blog, miVIP Surgery Centers Contributor: Board-certified general surgeon, Heidi Ryan, MD If you suffer from frequent heartburn or acid reflux, you may have gastroesophageal reflux disease, or GERD. When GERD is not controlled, it can damage your esophagus and increase your risk of developing esophageal cancer. According to the American Cancer Society, more…

Addressing Patients’ Concerns About Surgical Mesh in Hernia Repair

It is estimated that more than 1 million abdominal and groin hernia repairs are performed in the United States each year. Surgical mesh — the prosthetic material frequently used to cover and reinforce the herniated area during surgery — has been around more than 50 years, and has long been regarded as the “gold standard”…

First Use of Robotic Surgery Stapler at miVIP for Sleeve Gastrectomy

First Application of High-Precision Stapler in Minimally Invasive Weight Loss SurgeryTUSTIN, Calif. – FEBRUARY 21, 2019 – miVIP Surgery Centers, a network of independent ambulatory surgery facilities providing minimally invasive surgery, is the first outpatient facility in the world to use the SureForm 60™ Stapler from Intuitive Surgical. Bobby Bhasker-Rao, MD, a general and bariatric…

After Gastric Sleeve, Fashion Designer Loves Her Body

Twenty-six-year-old fashion designer, Tatty Hovannesya, lost 110 pounds after gastric sleeve surgery, which has helped her love her body and embrace a healthier lifestyle. She once weighed 250 pounds and felt too embarrassed to go out with her friends. In fact, going out gave her anxiety, and she particularly hated eating in public.Currently weighing a…

Robots Not Likely to Replace Skilled Surgeons Anytime Soon

It is predicted that artificial intelligence (AI) may one day replace clinicians — doctors who meet with patients, evaluate them, make a diagnosis, order lab tests and prescribe medicine. Why? Computers and robots are being developed to gather information and to read lab results and radiology scans faster, better and cheaper than human physicians or lab…

Weight-Loss Surgery: Is It Right for You?

People who have tried losing weight through diet and exercise, but are still more than 50 pounds overweight, may consider weight-loss surgery as a solution. Weight-loss surgery such as gastric sleeve, gastric band, or gastric bypass, can be beneficial to people whose weight is causing related problems like diabetes, high blood pressure, sleep apnea, joint…

Weight-Loss Surgery vs. Diet & Exercise: Which Way Is Best?

Is weight-loss surgery better than dieting for fast, dramatic, and lasting results? If past attempts to lose weight have failed and obesity is impacting your health, you may be considering bariatric surgery. Should you do it?Like many people, you may have achieved moderate weight loss in the past through diet, but the pounds crept back on….

miVIP Surgery Centers Open New Florida Location

HOLLYWOOD, Fla. – November 7, 2018 – miVIP, the leading network of independent state-of-the-art outpatient surgery centers in America, will open its third South Florida location in Hollywood at 3475 Sheridan Street, Suite 104. In celebration of the latest surgery center, the company will host an exclusive grand opening event on Thursday, November 15, 2018 at…

Endometriosis Causes Severe Abdominal Pain for 1 in 6 Women

Endometriosis is a chronic disorder in which cell tissue that normally lines the uterus grows outside of it, causing cysts or extra tissue to grow in other parts of the body. These growths can lead to painful periods, painful sex and fertility problems.Most women don’t realize that endometriosis is the source of their severe menstrual cramps…

After Years of Chronic Acid Reflux, Surgery Turned My Life Around

I suffered from chronic heartburn for years. I tried every over-the-counter antacid medication available, but those just weren’t strong enough for me. A friend told me that if I modified my diet by cutting down on acid-producing foods and stopped eating immediately before going to bed, I might find some relief. Those changes helped a…

Stricter Guidelines on the Horizon for Robotic Surgery

Do you consider robotics a surgery tool or a specialized practice? According to an article by Thomas Rosenthal in the October 11, 2018 edition of General Surgery News, physicians who routinely perform robotic surgery and also participate in robotic surgery groups are more likely to consider robotics a specialized practice. Physicians who don’t routinely use robotics…

6 Rules for Faster Recovery, Easier Healing After Surgery

Recovering after surgery is tough on your body — even when you undergo minimally invasive surgery, which is designed to reduce scarring and tissue damage. According to a recent post by Dr. Chris Dickson on “The Doctor Weighs In” blog, proper post-operative care is the key to an easier, faster recovery.Dr. Dickson reports that if…

Bariatric Surgery Plus Liver Transplant Delivers Best Results

Researchers at Mayo Clinic found that obese patients who received bariatric surgery at the same time as a liver transplant, were more successful at keeping weight off and had fewer metabolic complications than those who lost weight on their own before undergoing liver transplant surgery. These findings were revealed in an article in the October…

Women and Obesity: Weight-loss Surgery Can Reduce Cancer Risk

Research suggests that women who are overweight or obese have a higher cancer risk, including breast cancer and gynecologic cancers such as cervical cancer, ovarian cancer, endometrial (uterine) cancer, and vaginal or vulvar cancer. Obese women also are at higher risk for colorectal, esophageal, kidney and pancreatic cancers.Why is obesity linked to increased cancer risk?…

Female Cancer Symptoms Women Should Know About

A woman has a one in eight chance of being diagnosed with breast cancer in her lifetime, according to the American Cancer Society. With increased awareness of the importance of early detection and the development of new treatments, the five-year survival rate for women with breast cancer in the U.S. has improved to roughly 90%….

Infographic: How Minimally Invasive Surgery Helps Patients

Learning you need surgery is never an easy thing to hear. But it’s easier when you know an expert surgeon can provide minimally invasive surgery for the best possible outcome and a faster recovery. What is minimally invasive surgery?Unlike traditional open surgery, minimally invasive surgery involves the smallest possible surgical incisions to minimize trauma to…

Severe Plantar Fasciitis May Require Surgery

When symptoms of plantar fasciitis are not relieved by any non-surgical treatments for the condition, surgery may be necessary. According to a post by Janet Pearl, MD, MSc, on “The Doctor Weighs In” healthcare blog, injuries in the plantar fascia that aren’t properly treated can progress. Plantar fascia injuries can lead to undue tension in the…

Outpatient Surgery Center Uses Robotics to Improve Healthcare in Las Vegas

Las Vegas — Sept. 14, 2018 — miVIP IN THE NEWS! Surgeons at miVIP Surgery Centers Provide Minimally Invasive Robotic Procedures for Weight Loss, Gynecology Conditions, Acid Reflux, and Hernia Repair, among other Health IssuesmiVIP Surgery Centers, a network of independent ambulatory surgery facilities providing minimally invasive robotic-assisted surgery for people seeking help with obesity, acid reflux,…

Urology Expert Answers Your Prostate Cancer Questions

Urology expert David Silver, MD, who specializes in treating prostate cancer, recently spoke with miVIP Surgery Centers. Dr. Silver sat down with us to answer some of the many questions we receive about prostate cancer treatment options and how men can optimize their prostate health. Dr. Silver specializes in treating cancers of the urinary tract…

Catching Prostate Cancer Early Is Critical

Prostate cancer is the second most common cause of cancer-related death in America, and one in six men will be diagnosed with the disease in their lifetime, according to Sanjay Razdan, MD, a urology physician and prostate cancer expert who serves as the Director of Robotic Urology at miVIP Surgery Centers in Florida. In an…

Balloon Sinuplasty Treats Sinusitis, Snoring, Sleep Apnea

Do you suffer from sinusitis, snoring or sleep apnea? There is a relatively simple, permanent solution for these common conditions!According to Terrance Kwiatkowski, MD, an ENT specialist with miVIP Surgery Centers in Las Vegas, NV, a non-surgical procedure known as “Balloon Sinuplasty” can effectively treat sinus problems and related sleep apnea or snoring for a…

Orthopedics Surgery on the Rise Among Younger Patients

Younger patients are seeking orthopedics surgery for joint pain, joint injuries and related problems in increasing numbers, according to a recent report from CNN. Among those seeking elective hip replacements, knee replacements and other orthopedic surgery, young men outnumber women. This change in patient demographics was discovered through a study that was presented at the annual meeting…

Robotics Help Surgeons Perform More Precise Surgery

Back in 1997, the first robotic surgery ever performed was a gallbladder removal. The surgeon performing that surgery used a prototype for surgical robotics that was approved by the FDA in 1998, and is known today as the da Vinci® Surgical System. Since then, surgeons have used this equipment to surgically treat thousands of patients…

What Is the Best Treatment for Acid Reflux or GERD?

It is estimated that more than 60 million Americans suffer from heartburn, acid reflux or gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) — approximately 20% of the U.S. population. People with these conditions typically experience regurgitation of stomach juices, which are highly acidic, leading to heartburn symptoms, such as burning in the chest, burping and hiccupping, discomfort or…

Weight Loss Surgery Helps Book Author Lose 200 Pounds

Weight loss surgery helped Jonathan Dichter, author of the best-selling book, Sleeve Life: Losing Half of Myself and Finding the Rest, lose nearly 200 pounds and turn his life around, reports Evan Thompson in a feature article for The Herald, a news outlet in Everett, Washington.Three years ago, Dichter weighed more than 400 pounds. He…

A Robotic Hysterectomy Changed My Life for the Better

In May 2018 I underwent a robotic hysterectomy that changed my life. Until that point, I had suffered through years of excruciating pain and other symptoms that interfered with my quality of life. I believe a lot of women are like me in thinking that intense abdominal pain, or pain with sex and other “female troubles”…

Prostate Cancer Update: The Latest Treatments

Have you or someone you love been diagnosed with high PSA levels? Elevated PSA levels sometimes indicate prostate cancer, but not always. Sometimes those levels are spiking in response to inflammation or another health condition. Generally, a PSA test reveals that a man’s prostate—the small gland under the bladder that affects urine control and semen…

5 Gynecology Conditions That May Require a Hysterectomy

Women experiencing gynecology symptoms like chronic abdominal pain or heavy bleeding and pelvic pressure should not ignore these symptoms, as they may indicate an underlying condition that requires treatment. These symptoms can be warning signs of several health concerns that affect a woman’s reproductive system and are treated with a hysterectomy or other surgical procedure….

Prostate Cancer Warning Signs

Prostate cancer is relatively common among men in general, but only a very small percentage actually develop a clinically significant form of it. And an even smaller percentage of prostate cancers progress to cause serious health problems. To avoid this latter type, it’s important to educate yourself and be aware of the most common warning signs of…

Eight Ways To Stop Snoring

Stop Snoring, boost your sleep quality and feel rested with these eight simple tips. Snoring is one of the most common sleep disorders. Does your partner complain about your loud snoring? Do you wake up feeling tired? For millions of people, the period between bedtime and breakfast is anything but tranquil. Common sleep disorders like sleep apnea…

Do I Qualify For Weight Loss Surgery?

If your weight is negatively impacting your health, five key factors can help you decide if weight loss surgery is right for you. According to the CDC, 36.5% of Americans are obese. If you’re struggling with obesity and concerned it is impacting your health, you’re not alone. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control…