If you require surgery, you may not have to leave the Keys

Key West Surgical Group offers all kinds of surgery right here on the island.

Nikki Sommer, a nurse with Key West Surgical Group, joined Good Morning Keys on KeysTalk 96.9/102.5 FM for Medical Matters this morning.

Hernias can be somewhat prevalent – for both men and women.

Sommer said, “If you have a labor intensive job where you do a lot of lifting, that sets you up for having some type of hernia. That’s what we see.”

There are different types of hernias – inguinal (in the inner groin), umbilical (at the belly button), ventral (usually resulting from surgery), and hiatal (in the upper stomach).

Hiatal hernias can push up into the esophagus if they become large.

Any of the hernias can be handled at Key West Surgical Group. Repairs are surgical.

Sommer said, “It’s either laparoscopic or open, depending on how big the hernia is or how they assess which is the best approach.”

Laparoscopy is the most common one.

Sometimes mesh is used to hold the organ in place.

Sommer said, “It could reoccur. It depends on what your activity level is. You’ve just got to try and be careful, but sometimes no matter what, it can reoccur.”

Thyroidectomies are also performed at Key West Surgical Group.

Sommer explained, “Sometimes you do need to have part or your whole thyroid removed, due to either cancer or sometimes what’s called a goiter. It’s just a benign growth. They can get really large and affect the function of your thyroid, so they need to be removed.”

If a partial thyroid removal is needed, medication may not be required, but a thyroidectomy would require medication after the procedure to replace the function of the thyroid.

Lumpectomies and mastectomies are also provided at Key West Surgical Group.

Sommer said, “(Dr. Larrauri) does do these quite often, unfortunately. We don’t want to see that happen, but if you do need someone, he is that guy.”

Lumpectomies can be performed on benign growths as well.

Sommer said, “It’s really a simple procedure. You would have to do it under some light anesthesia and the lump would be removed. Mastectomy, obviously, that would be when either one breast is completely removed or both breasts are completely removed. That’s for cancer.”

Men are not immune to breast cancer.

Colorectal surgery is also performed.

Sommer explained, “This is if you have colon cancer and a lot of times you need part of your colon removed and you might need a colostomy, you might not, depending on where the tumor is, the size of the tumor.”

Diverticulitis is another complication.

Sommer said, “If you keep getting chronic diverticulitis in one part of your colon, having that part of the colon removed, that is something that he does.”

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