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We post regular content that focuses on important health topics and issues that affect you and your family with tips and advice from health experts right here at Lakeland.

Check-up: Understanding hernia

May 25, 2023
A hernia is a common condition, but untreated, it can cause serious health issues.

Check-up: Finding the right surgeon

May 25, 2023
You should feel confident in your surgeon and care plan. Learn what questions you should be asking your surgeon.

Could a knee replacement be the answer?

Apr 27, 2023
Knee replacement surgery is one of the most common procedures in the United States but putting it off can cause months or even years of unnecessary suffering.

Check-up: What is a general surgeon?

Apr 24, 2023
General surgeon, Nathan Piovesan, MD, is trained in a wide variation of surgical care, medical diseases, holistic health and a variety of subspecialties.

Check-up: Trauma doctor, masters of emergency surgeries

Apr 24, 2023
General surgeon, Nathan Piovesan, MD, is part of the surgical team that responds to emergency traumas and coordinates with neurosurgery, cardiothoracic surgery and vascular surgery provider to create a plan of action.

Check-up: Cutting out colon cancer with surgery

Apr 24, 2023
Benjamin Sopczynski, MD, explains what a colectomy is and how it can be used to remove colon cancer.

Check-up: Solutions for recurring hernia

Apr 24, 2023
Hernia repairs are common—inguinal hernia repair is among the most frequently performed surgery in America

Check-up: Urinary tract infections

Apr 03, 2023
Urinary tract infections or UTIs are common in children and adults, but are most prevalent in women. Watch Dr. Roos share tips for UTI prevention and treatment.

Tips for Infertility

Apr 03, 2023
Learn about the various ways to increase infertility.

Understanding Ovarian Cysts

Mar 17, 2023
Ovarian cysts are common in women of all ages. Obstetrician and gynecologist, Catharine Roos, MD, shares the causes and possible symptoms of ovarian cysts, and explains what patients can expect after being diagnosed with the condition.

What is the Trouble with Gluten?

Mar 09, 2023
According to the National Institutes of Health, about 2 million people in the United States experience celiac disease or gluten-sensitive enteropathy.

The Longer You Wait, the Higher the Risk

Mar 09, 2023
Colorectal cancer is the fourth leading cause of cancer locally, in Michigan, and throughout the United States.

Congestive Heart Failure: Getting Proper Care

Mar 09, 2023
“It is important for patients to understand heart failure and how to implement certain day-to-day lifestyle changes to manage symptoms and prevent hospitalizations.”

Boosting Your Mental Health

Jan 20, 2023
Good mental health is just as important as good physical health.

Preparing to Be a Family Caregiver

Dec 28, 2022
Caring for a seriously ill loved one or family member can be a rewarding role. It can also cause stress and be difficult to navigate the emotions that come along with caregiving. There are things you can do as a caregiver to help yourself and those around you.

Hospice 101

Dec 28, 2022
Hospice care is for those with serious illness. Starting care sooner rather than later can help improve quality of life for the patient as well as their family caregivers. Hospice services include a multidiscipline approach to care for the whole person and provide support for the whole family.

Check-up: The importance of cervical cancer screenings

Oct 21, 2022
Find cervical cancer early by getting regular PAP smears.

Skin Safety in Summer Sun

Jun 27, 2022
Skin cancer is the most common cancer so it's important that we do what we can to protect ourselves.

Check-up: Managing Crohn's disease

Jun 13, 2022
Crohn's disease is a form of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD).

Check-up: Getting to the bottom of GERD

Jun 13, 2022
If you regularly feel a painful, burning sensation in your chest 30 minutes to 2 hours after you eat, you may have gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD).

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Check-Up: The Serious Side of Acid Reflux (John Gosling, MD)

Spectrum Health Lakeland internist, John Gosling, MD, talks about the warning signs and symptoms of severe acid reflux and consequences if untreated.

Cooking for Your Heart (David Chalupa, PA and Courtney Dixon, RD)

Spectrum Health Lakeland clinicians David Chalupa, PA, and registered dietitian, Courtney Dixon, cook up a heart-healthy meal while talking about risk factors for heart disease.

Check-Up: Common Heart Valve Problems (Dave Chalupa, PA)

Spectrum Health Lakeland physician assistant, David Chalupa describes different heart valve conditions and what it means to have a leaky valve.

Check-Up: What Does Cardiac Rehab Involve? (Brett Hoseth, PA)

Spectrum Health Lakeland physician assistant, Brett Hoseth, provides a quick explanation about who may need cardiac rehabilitation and how long it lasts.

Check-Up: What is an Angiogram? (Jerome Kuhnlein, MD)

Spectrum Health Lakeland cardiologist, Jerome Kuhnlein, MD, explains how an angiogram can help determine if an angioplasty is needed to improve blood flow through the heart.

Check-Up: Powered by a Pacemaker (Jerome Kuhnlein, MD)

Spectrum Health Lakeland cardiologist, Jerome Kuhnlein, MD, describes how a pacemaker gets implanted under the collarbone to help regulate heart rhythm issues.

Check-Up: Blood Thinners (Christopher Chiu, MD)

Spectrum Health Lakeland cardiologist, Christopher Chiu, MD, explains why a person would need to be prescribed a blood thinner and the importance of measuring the blood’s thickness to prevent clots.

Check-Up: What is a Widow Maker? (Christopher Chiu, MD)

Spectrum Health Lakeland cardiologist, Christopher Chiu, MD, explains what a widow maker heart attack is and why it’s serious.

Check-Up: Why Salt is Bad for Heart Failure (Christopher Chiu, MD)

Spectrum Health Lakeland cardiologist, Christopher Chiu, explains why too much salt can have bad side-effects for patients with congestive heart failure.

Check-Up: Postpartum Depression is Not Your Fault (Meredith Sheldon, MA, LLPC)

Southwestern Medical Clinic counselor, Meredith Sheldon, talks about why women may experience postpartum depression and how treatment can help people cope.

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