Rib Fixation Surgery Explained

Published March 31, 2020 561 Views

Rib Fixation Surgery Explained

Rib fractures, also known as broken or cracked ribs, are a common traumatic injury and account for 10% of admissions for blunt chest trauma. Both the young and elderly can suffer rib fracture injuries as a result of motor vehicle accidents, recreational activities, assault or falls from heights....

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Laparoscopic / Robotic Nissen Fundoplication (for GERD): What You Need to Know

Published March 12, 2020 546 Views

Laparoscopic / Robotic Nissen Fundoplication (for GERD): What You Need to Know

Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) is a common digestive disease affecting nearly 20% of American men and women at any age. Most people manage their symptoms effectively with lifestyle changes and medications. However, for others, these treatments only provide temporary relief and surgery may be...

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Laparoscopic / Robotic Appendectomy: A Patient’s Guide

Published January 23, 2020 1351 Views

Laparoscopic / Robotic Appendectomy: A Patient’s Guide

More than 4,000 years ago, the ancient Egyptians noticed the appendix during their funeral preparations. They called it “the worm of the bowel” and had no knowledge of its function. Today, although we understand the purpose of the appendix, we also know that its presence is not manda...

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Bariatric Surgery in 2020: Everything You Need to Know

Published January 6, 2020 2418 Views

Bariatric Surgery in 2020: Everything You Need to Know

For many obese patients, losing weight goes far beyond vanity. The health burdens of obesity have a vast and devastating effect on one’s health and mental well-being. Not only does obesity contribute to the decline in the quality of life, but it is also a major cause of serious and potenti...

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Gallbladder Symptoms That Should Send You to the Doctor

Published January 2, 2020 626 Views

Gallbladder Symptoms That Should Send You to the Doctor

Most people pay no attention to their gallbladder until it becomes a problem. But once there is an issue, the pain associated with gallbladder problems can often cause discomfort that is impossible to ignore. Identifying the symptoms and knowing when to seek a doctor’s advice are import...

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Dr. Andrea Pakula Presents at Fundamentals of Robotic Hernia Repair: Houston

Published December 18, 2019 376 Views

Dr. Andrea Pakula Presents at Fundamentals of Robotic Hernia Repair: Houston

Dr. Andrea Pakula, MD, MPH, FACS, has a unique expertise in minimally invasive and robotic techniques and shares her knowledge with surgeons around the country. Continuing her goal to advance the world of healthcare and surgical education, Dr. Pakula presented at an interactive symposium hosted...

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Dr. Andrea Pakula Featured in General Surgery News Article On the Spot: The Surgical Robot: What Have You Done for Us Lately?

Published November 20, 2019 480 Views

Colleen Hutchinson’s expert forum article asks an important question: What has the surgical robot done for us lately? The answer: quite a lot. Interviewing some of the most talented minimally invasive surgeons today, including Andrea Pakula, MD, MPH, Hutchinson investigates thoughts on the rob...

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Laparoscopic vs. Robotic Surgery in 2019: A Guide for Patients

Published November 9, 2019 477 Views

Thanks to ever-advancing medical technology, minimally invasive surgeries are rapidly outnumbering traditional open surgeries. And while all minimally invasive surgery focuses on creating less damage to the body, there are different techniques to accomplishing that goal: laparoscopic surgery and rob...

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Dr. Andrea Pakula Presents at AAST Annual Meeting

Published November 9, 2019 395 Views

The American Association for the Surgery of Trauma (AAST) held its 78th Annual Meeting this September 18-21 in Dallas, Texas. This year, the AAST invited Dr. Andrea Pakula to share her expert knowledge on challenging hernia scenarios requiring surgical evaluation and intervention in a session tit...

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Dr. Pakula is based in Ventura and Los Angeles County with hospital affiliations at Adventist Health Simi Valley Hospital, Northridge Hospital and Medical Center, Providence Holy Cross Medical Center, and Los Robles Medical Center. Get in touch today for answers to your questions or to schedule an appointment.

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