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Understanding the Differences Between Internal and External Hemorrhoids and How to Treat Them Jun 22nd, 2020

Hemorrhoids are an uncomfortable -- and sometimes painful -- condition that's worsened by going to the bathroom. If you’re suffering from hemorrhoids, you're probably trying to figure out the best treatment to get rid of the pain and make bowel movements less of a chore. Dr. James Rifenbery is a...

How Strenuous Activity After Abdominal Surgery Can Lead to an Incisional Hernia May 28th, 2020

The last thing you want to think about after undergoing abdominal surgery is complications. However, with any incision, it's possible that problems could arise. One complication of abdominal surgery that you may not be aware of is an incisional hernia. If you find yourself with a postoperative hernia, Dr. James...

What Is Minimally Invasive Gallbladder Surgery? Apr 18th, 2020

Your gallbladder is a small organ that can really cause you a lot of pain and discomfort. When it becomes diseased, the pain felt after eating can clue you in that there’s a problem. Dr. James Rifenbery here at Laparoscopic Surgery, NW, can help you decipher the treatment options that...

Ventral vs Incisional Hernias: What’s the Difference? Mar 1st, 2020

Hernias can be uncomfortable and may put you on the sideline from your normal activities. Along with the pain, you may be unable to perform daily self-care regimens. If you’ve been diagnosed with a hernia, Dr. James Rifenbery here at Laparoscopic Surgery NW can discuss your treatment options with you....

What You Should Know if You’re Suffering from GERD Feb 1st, 2020

Recurrent acid reflux can really put a damper on your life. The constant worry about what you eat and if it'll affect you later on can be disheartening. If you have heartburn that occurs twice a week or more, you may be dealing with something called gastroesophageal reflux disease  (GERD.)...

5 Tips to Relieve Groin Pain After Inguinal Hernia Repair Jan 16th, 2020

The groin area has a natural weak spot, especially in men where the testicles descend. Weak areas in your tissues make them susceptible to damage, and in the case of your abdominal wall or groin tissues, it’s common to experience a rip or tear called a hernia.  Dr. James D....

Patient questions about mesh in hernia repair Sep 6th, 2017

Almost daily I have patients ask me about mesh. We are all hearing the growing dialogue over the use of mesh in hernia surgery.  The majority of this hysteria is generated by lawyers, especially through several class action lawsuits that are trying to gain traction.  This has also prompted some...