Your Post-Surgery Plans

Recovery is not easy. Even if you aren’t tired or groggy from your procedure, there may be an itching desire to get back into your old routine, to sink back into your old life and forget the surgery happened. However, most procedures need at least a few days to a few weeks or months in…

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Appendicitis Diagnosis and Treatment

Inflammation in the appendix is a serious matter. Knowing the difference between a stomach ache and appendicitis can be life-saving. Learn to recognize appendicitis and know what to do when it strikes. Signs of Appendicitis When the appendix is blocked, there’s a chance that an infection could form. Most commonly, symptoms of an infected appendix…

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The Importance of Mammograms

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. This is a good moment to learn about self examinations, and also the opportunity to schedule an annual mammogram. If you are between 40-74 (or younger if you have a family history), an annual mammogram could be a lifesaver through early detection and prevention of breast cancer. Read about…

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Beware These Signs of Melanoma

Melanoma is one of the most lethal skin cancers that can arise mainly as a result of overexposure to the sun. While some moles can be harmless, it’s vital to check even the smallest marks for anything that appears to be unusual. Sunscreen, protective clothing, and annual skin exams are great ways to prevent skin…

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4 Hernia Prevention Tips to Avoid Hernia Pain

A hernia occurs when fatty tissue or an organ squeezes through the wall of muscles or tissue that normally hold it in place. They do not go away on their own, and when left untreated, they can become painful overtime or cause complications in blood flow or bowel obstruction. While hernias are manageable with surgery,…

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Healthy Eating for a Happy Colon

It’s no secret that what you put into your body matters. A good diet helps your mental and physical health in more ways than one. One of the most important things your diet influences is your colon health. There are many conditions related to the health of your colon that can be an inconvenience to…

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Getting enough ZZZs will Help you Heal

One of the most inconvenient things about surgery is the recovery time. You feel as though your life is on hold and you have a laundry list of things you need to do to for daily life to be back to normal. However, there is one thing that most everyone enjoys that can aid in…

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Congrats to Mercy Health Muskegon for receiving a 5 star CMS rating!

Congratulations to Mercy Hospital in Muskegon for receiving a 5 star CMS rating. We are proud to work with a 5 star facility. The 293 hospitals with 5 stars from CMS Mackenzie Bean – Thursday, March 7th, 2019 Print  | Email CMS updated its Overall Hospital Quality Star Ratings in February, recognizing 293 hospitals with five…

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What Causes Gallstones (And What Can You Do About Them)?

Anyone who has had a gallstone knows it can be extremely painful, and would undoubtedly prefer not to have to go through it again. Those who have been fortunate enough to escape this agony surely would like to continue avoiding the problem. Whichever camp you’re in, here’s a list of the main causes of gallstones, their…

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How to Prepare for Your Surgical Procedure

When a surgical procedure is necessary, it is understandable to feel nervous about what’s in store, but if you are well prepared for the road ahead, it helps to calm concerns and paves the way for a smooth recovery. Following these pre-surgery guidelines will be sure to help: Learn about your procedure. It’s important to…

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