What is Diverticulitis?

What is Diverticulitis? Diverticulitis is an infection or inflammation of pouches that can form in the wall of the colon. Diverticulitis can lead to serious complications, including massive infection or perforation of the bowel, or intestinal obstruction. Signs and Symptoms Most people with diverticulitis don’t have symptoms or problems. When symptoms or issues do present…

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The Importance of Regular Colonoscopies

The Importance of Regular Colonoscopies Colorectal cancer (informally referred to as ‘colon cancer’) is now the third most common cause of cancer-related deaths in the US. This cancer almost always starts as polyps, which are precancerous, abnormal growths in the colon or rectum. What is a Colonoscopy? A colonoscopy is a screening test performed by…

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Breast Cancer Surgery

If a mammogram or ultrasound indicates a cause for concern, a biopsy is typically performed. If breast cancer is found, treatment typically involves surgery (a lumpectomy or mastectomy) in concert with chemotherapy and radiation therapy. Diagnosis by Biopsy Breast cancer diagnosis usually requires a biopsy, which is the removal of a small sample of breast…

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Reduce the Cost of Surgery with our Cash-Bundled Procedures

Reduce the Cost of Surgery with our Cash Bundled Procedures Healthcare is expensive. Often, surgical procedures can devastate a family budget. Surprise insurance bills and confusion with insurance only add stress to a time that should be focused on health. In order to help lower the cost of your care, Muskegon Surgical Associates (MSA) has…

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Healthy Tips for Women’s Health

Healthy Tips for Women’s Health Week Mother’s Day marks the start of National Women’s Health Week. To celebrate, read these general women’s health tips to incorporate into your lifestyle. Schedule Your Routine Breast Exam Currently, the American Cancer Society recommends that women ages 45-54 receive a yearly mammogram and every other year between ages 55-74….

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COVID-19 UPDATES

COVID-19 SYMPTOMS  Patient If you are experiencing fever (over 100.4), cough, shortness of breath, or have been exposed to a COVID-19 patient, please contact our scheduling department at 231.739.9461 to reschedule your appointment.   UPDATED VISITOR POLICY FOLLOWING GOVERNOR WHITMER’S EXECUTIVE ORDER: ONE VISITOR may be considered under at least one of these special circumstances: Visitor is required…

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Signs of Colorectal Cancer

Signs of Colorectal Cancer It’s National Colorectal Cancer Awareness month, which makes it the perfect time to learn about colorectal cancer and the importance of its screening and prevention. While some use the terms colorectal cancer and colon cancer interchangeably, colorectal cancer refers to both colon and rectal cancers. Cancer in the large intestine is…

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Now’s the Time to Fix that Hernia

Whenever you notice a hernia, no matter how small it may be, it is vital to seek out prompt surgical treatment. There are two main categories of hernias, and both are known to progress over time. A reducible hernia can be flattened or pushed back into place with pressure or by lying down, while a…

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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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