Your BASS medical team may recommend advanced laparoscopy for you for a number of reasons including:
Common conditions treated through advanced laparoscopy include:
Often, advanced laparoscopy can be used to repair or remove damaged parts of organs.
You should see an allergy immunologist if you have any of the following symptoms:
Some the conditions that Bariatric Medical Specialists treat include:
Weight loss surgery could be an option if you have any of the following symptoms:
The breast is made of glands that make milk called lobules, small tubes that carry the milk to the nipple called ducts, and fatty tissue, blood vessels and lymph. 75% of all breast cancer cases begin in the cells of the milk ducts. It often starts as a precancerous condition called DCIS (ductal carcinoma in situ) which is usually detected on your mammogram. It can progress into a cancer called ductal carcinoma. The second most common kind of breast cancer is Lobular carcinoma and it develop from your lobules (milk sacs).
A rare, but important cancer of the breast is called inflammatory breast cancer, where there is no lump and the breast appears red and swollen, and warm. It is more malicious than the other main types of breast cancer and is often mistaken for an infection.
Most breast lumps are benign, not cancerous, and do not spread.
Symptoms may include:
High Risk Breast Lesions
There are several lesions found in the breasts which are not a type of cancer but are an indicator that you are at a higher than normal risk of developing a breast cancer. These are often found by the radiologist on mammogram and can include things like:
Types of Malignant Breast Conditions
Breast Cancer Subtypes
You should see a cardiologist if you have any of the following symptoms:
If you find yourself unable to breath or gasping for air please call 911.
Conditions that require such focused care are illnesses or injuries that threaten life such as those that might occur with a car accident, severe burns, drug-resistant infection, severe bleeding, a heart attack, a stroke, kidney failure, and heart failure, among others.
Symptoms may include:
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At BASS Medical Group, each of our endocrinologists has extensive training in diagnosing and treating many disorders including:
Our qualified family physicians are able to diagnose, treat, and manage a broad range of conditions and diseases. They can help you if you have:
- Common cold
- Strep throat
- Ear or sinus infections
- Urinary tract infections
- Other infections
- High cholesterol
Our urologists are experts in caring for the following women’s health concerns, and more:
Adrenal Gland Symptoms
Colon and Rectal Cancer
While these signs and symptoms are also recommended for noncancerous conditions, when these symptoms are recent, severe, long lasting and change over time it is important to see your physician.
Female Reconstructive Surgery
Often gallstones are found on an x-ray or ultrasound, that was done for other reasons. When gallstones don’t cause symptoms, they commonly do not require further evaluation, unless there is pain, nausea, vomiting or fever.
Symptoms occur when gallstones block the bile duct and inflame the gallbladder, causing intermittent pain, or constant discomfort in the upper abdomen which can radiate into the right shoulder. It is associated with sweating, nausea, vomiting and can produce chest pain, and is often confused with a heart attack.
Diagnoses is based on symptoms. Abdominal tenderness and abnormal liver function tests are indications. An ultrasound is the standard test to diagnose a gallstone.
Hemorrhoids, Fissures, and Fistula
Most often the first symptom is a bulge under the skin. It may be painless, but can create discomfort, and enlarge to become visible when coughing or doing strenuous activity, and in certain positions. At this stage,the bulge can be pushed back into the abdomen, and is called a reducible hernia.
But, when the hernia enlarges, it can become incarcerated meaning it is trapped, and is unable to be pushed back into the abdomen.
Thyroid and Parathyroid disease Overview
Umbilical / Ventral / Incisional Hernias
You should see a geriatrician if you have any of the following symptoms:
Gynecologic cancers, like most cancers, are caused by a malfunction with the genes that regulate excessive cell growth and prevent tumors. Factors such as smoking, aging, inherited mutations, or human papillomavirus (HPV) can all contribute to the dysfunction of these genes. HPV is the most common sexually transmitted disease and is the main reason cervical cancer develops. While some HPV strains can be harmless, others have the potential to cause normal tissue to turn into cancerous cells.
Every woman is at risk for developing a gynecologic cancer, but there are simple ways to ensure that any abnormalities are caught before they turn into a larger medical issue. While regular screening tests are the most effective way to find a disease in its earliest stages, cervical cancer is the only gynecological cancer for which such a test exists. The test, called a Pap smear, looks for precancerous cells in the cervix. If you are above the age of 21 and have an average risk of getting cervical cancer, it is recommended that you get a Pap smear every three years. There is also a variety of vaccines that protect against the most common cancer-causing strains of HPV; they can be administered to anyone ages 9 to 26.
Regardless of your risk level, performing self-examinations and paying attention to your body are the two best ways to spot abnormalities.
Common signs and symptoms include:
Most common infections and diseases can be treated by your primary physician so if you suspect you have an infection, your first step should be scheduling an appointment with them. Your primary may refer you to an ID specialist if you have:
- An infection they are unable to diagnose
- An infection that is not responding to treatment
- A surgical incision or wound that is not healing
- An infection that involves long-term care (HIV/AIDS, chronic hepatitis)
- Travel plans to a country with a high risk of infection
Our internists are qualified to diagnose, treat, and manage a variety of conditions such as:
Oftentimes, the symptoms of kidney disease are mild and can be common to many conditions, meaning they can easily go unnoticed. Signs that your kidneys are not working properly include lethargy, swelling (caused by fluid retention), change in urine, nausea, vomiting, anemia, or dry skin.
At BASS Medical Group, our neurosurgeons treat the full spectrum of neurological diseases and disorders including:
- Lumbar spondylolisthesis
- Herniated disc
- Neurogenic claudication
- Spinal deformity
- Trigeminal neuralgia/facial pain
- Cerebral aneurysms
- Subarachnoid hemorrhage
- Arterio-venous malformations
- Cavernous malformations
- Central cord syndrome
- Spinal cord injury
- Compression fracture
- Traumatic spinal instability
Neurologists treat neurological conditions, which are problems that affect the brain, spinal cord, and nerves. These conditions include:
Symptoms that may require an appointment with an OB/GYN specialist include:
At BASS,we currently have seven physicians who specialize in sports medicine, orthopedic surgery, or both. Our physicians are board certified and are qualified to diagnose,manage, and treat a wide range of orthopedic conditions including:
· Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
· Cubital Tunnel Syndrome
· Hand Fractures
· Shoulder Pain
Head and Neck Symptoms:
Pain can be caused by a variety of issues, such as injury, surgery, nerve damage, or metabolic problems, but it can also arise with no obvious cause. Persistent or intense pain often greatly affects a person’s life, including their decision-making processes, their ability to maintain relationships, and their happiness, so it is important for those who experience it to get help. As pain cases can be complex, it is best to seek out the knowledge and expertise of a trained pain medicine physician.
At BASS Medical Group, our pain specialists treat a broad spectrum of conditions including:
- Bone spurs
- Bulging disc
- Cancer Related Pain
- Chronic pain after knee or shoulder replacement
- Complex regional pain syndromes (reflex sympathetic dystrophy; causalgia)
- Failed Back Syndrome
- Joint pain (knee hip, shoulder, elbow)
- Myofascial pain syndromes
- Neck, Back, or Spinal Pain
- Pain after surgery (back, hernia, etc.)
- Pelvic pain
- Peripheral neuropathy
- Pinched nerve
- Sacroiliac pain syndromes
- Spinal stenosis
- Work and sport-related injuries
Here are four signs you should see a pediatric ear, nose and throat doctor as soon as possible:
Reach out to your pediatrician if your child has any of the following symptoms:
If you’re experiencing foot, ankle or lower leg pain, skin or nail issues, shoe problems, uncomfortable bumps or lumps, or have diabetes, poor circulation, arthritis, kidney disease, lupus, or fibromyalgia, contact a BASS podiatrist for an assessment and appropriate health maintenance. Your footing is our top priority.
Our specialists diagnose and treat a broad range of conditions including:
- Obstructive sleep apnea
- Restless leg syndrome
- Circadian rhythm disorders
An apnea is defined as a cessation of air exchange for at least 10 seconds, accompanied by a drop in oxygen level and by a brain wave “micro wakeup “when the patient breaths. These pauses in breathing continue throughout the night and may occur as often as 1000 times during the night. Those with sleep apnea usually have no problem falling asleep, and they are unaware that they are afflicted with the disorder. Bed partners frequently describe the symptoms accurately.
Sleep apnea occurs across all segments of the population, and if left untreated, can lead to increased risk of heart disease, high blood pressure, stroke, increased chance of type 2 diabetes, cardiac arrhythmia's and other illnesses. Daytime tiredness also leads to an increased chance of automobile accidents and may cause errors in judgment and concentration that may cause injury, job loss, relationship problems, depression, and even death.
Symptoms may include:
Other conditions we treat:
There are three main types of sleep apnea:
All forms of sleep apnea are treatable, and proper treatment lead to a better quality of life.
People that are obese have a much greater probability of developing sleep apnea. Although many people of normal body mass index have sleep apnea as well due to a narrow airway, large tonsils or adenoids, or formation of the jaw that compromises the airway. Non-obese people, however, also may have sleep apnea because of a narrow airway, or a large tongue, or a retro positioned tongue, and children may have large tonsils or adenoids.
Other risk factors include being male, family history, smoking, use of alcohol, sedatives or tranquilizers, and nasal congestion.
At BASS Medical Group, our sports medicine physicians see a variety of patients including athletes, dancers, musicians, and performing artists of all ages and ability levels. They are board-certified in sports medicine, and some hold board certifications in other specialties such as internal medicine or orthopedic surgery. Our physicians with multi-specialty experience are able to apply their interdisciplinary knowledge and insight to all areas of their practice and are qualified to treat a broad range of conditions.
Each of our sports medicine physicians has extensive training in diagnosing and treating the following conditions:
Similar to our Critical Care Medicine specialists, Surgical Critical Care specialists provide close care and monitoring for severely ill patients. But, their perspective on the task is slightly different because they bring a strong focus on surgical aspects – before, during and after a severe illness. Indeed, BASS Medical Surgical Critical Care specialists have expertise in disease and trauma, surgical interventions, post-surgical recovery, and the unique challenges presented by injury due to burns, trauma, infections, and more.
Here at BASS, our thoracic surgeons specialize in:
Unfortunately, the symptoms of esophageal cancer can be difficult to detect, particularly in the early stages where there might be no symptoms. Later stage symptoms may include:
As the disease develops slowly, the patient will also develop symptoms over time, which may include:
Typically, symptoms include excessive sweating of the:
Our urologists at BASS are trained to treat the full spectrum of urologic conditions.
To learn more about urology at BASS, we encourage you to contact us and schedule an appointment.
Peripheral Arterial Disease (PAD) affects the circulation of blood to your legs. A buildup of fatty, waxy plaque deposits called atherosclerosis, narrows or blocks the major arteries. Often patients will suffer from cramping or aching in their buttocks, thighs, or calves after a short walk. When PAD progresses, patients will notice non-healing ulcers around their ankles or development of gangrene. Many of these patients are then at risk of losing their limbs.
The patients usually at risk for the development of PAD are: Diabetic, Smokers, Hypertensive and High Cholesterol
All the symptoms are related to a lack of blood flow in the affected areas.
The largest artery in your body is the aorta. It runs from the heart down through your chest and into your abdominal region. This region is responsible for delivering blood to your legs, GI tract, and kidneys. When the walls of the aorta progressively weaken and begin to expand, an aneurysm occurs. If left untreated, it will rupture, create internal bleeding and possibly death. The majority of patients are asymptomatic and in some case, they will feel unexplained pain in their abdomen or back.
Patients that are prone to suffer from Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm (AAAs) are males with a history of aneurysms in the family, patients diagnosed with Peripheral Arterial Disease, Smokers, the Elderly, those with chronic lung disease and, Hypertensive Individuals.
Venous ulcers and arterial ulcers have different characteristics and risk factors.
There are four arteries that supply blood flow to the brain: two vertebral arteries passing along the back of the neck, and two carotid arteries passing in front of the neck. Narrowing of the carotid arteries in front of the neck is the most common condition for these vessels. The narrowing is due to a fatty, waxy plaque buildup. This buildup occurs over time, putting a patient at risk for a stroke.
Most often patients with carotid artery disease are asymptomatic and are identified by their personal physician as having a “whooshing” sound in the neck, also known as bruit (pronounced “brewee”). A minority of patients do experience sudden symptoms of transient ischemic attacks (mini-strokes) that are due to temporary reduction of blood circulation to one part of the brain. If the symptoms last longer than 24 hours, the patient is then considered to have had a stroke. Stroke means that a portion of the brain has ceased to function because of a severe reduction in blood flow.
Carotid artery disease can present with many symptoms, most commonly a stroke or transient ischemic attack (TIA), or the symptoms associated with stroke/TIA. These symptoms include, but are not limited to:
Veins return blood back to the heart. In order to prevent blood from flowing backward, there are several small leaflet valves located in veins. When these leaflet valves stop working properly or become damaged; blood begins to pool in the veins and enlarged, twisted cords, raise above the skin. These twisted cords are called varicose veins, and often they appear to be blue, red or flesh color. More often than not, they are a cosmetic problem, where life-threatening complications are uncommon.
Chronic Venous Insufficiency (CVI) is a condition that occurs over time. Individuals that are susceptible to CVI usually have occupations that sit or stand for long periods of time. These two actions cause blood to pool, which in return weakens the vein walls and damages vein valves. Patients may experience swelling, tired, restless, legs; or CVI may occur because varicose veins have gone left untreated. CVI is usually not considered a serious health risk, and once you consult your physician they will be able to determine the best treatment option.
Patients may experience:
Veins are hollow tubes with small valves that keep blood flowing in the correct direction. When the valves are open, blood flows in the direction of gravity, toward the feet. When the valves are closed, the blood is prevented from flowing into the legs, instead flowing from the extremities toward the lungs where it picks up oxygen. When the valves malfunction, blood flows backwards, toward the feet. To compensate, the veins bulge and swell. Because the blood is not flowing well inside the veins, it pools in the legs and feet, and increases pressure in the veins. Increased pressure in the veins causes the vein walls to weaken, and further damages the valves. This is called chronic venous insufficiency.
Varicose veins look ugly, but more importantly they can cause CVI. Here the valves malfunction causing ankles and legs to swell. Long standing varicose veins can lead to leg ulcers.
Primary varicose veins are associated with heredity, age, gender and pregnancy. Secondary varicose veins are deep vein occlusions associated with Deep Vein Thrombus DVT).
Exercise, weight loss, blood pressure control, leg elevation and compression stockings are standard treatments for varicose veins. Endovascular minimally invasive surgery is used to ablate the veins, improve appearance, and facilitate rerouting of blood to the lungs. 50% of those with various veins are likely to develop recurrent varicose veins.
This is where blood clots form and in severe cases, ulcers form on the lower legs. Any obstruction in the veins can increase pressure further damaging the valves. Symptoms include leg pain and hardness of the calves. But, in about half the cases, there are no symptoms and no pain. It is not usually life-threatening, but can result in a pulmonary embolism. This is a life-threatening condition where the clot breaks loose and travels to the lungs.
The risk of DVT increases with the more risk factors you have.
Inflammation of the superficial veins. Often there is no obvious cause. It can be caused by minor injuries to the leg veins. Simple phlebitis can be treated at home with leg elevation, compression stockings, warm compresses, and over- the- counter anti-inflammatory drugs. CVI can affect anyone. Men and women are equally affected. Treatment depends on the stage of the disease. Consult the experts at BASS. They have the experience and skills you can rely on to provide you with excellent care.