Small Bowel Obstruction

Hi, this is Dr. Buck Parker, MD,  General Surgeon. In this post I want to talk about bowel obstructions. Often I see patients who come into the emergency department with a bowel obstruction and don’t quite understand what this is or how it happens.  These are a...

Rib Fractures

It’s Dr. Parker again and in this post I’m going to talk about rib fractures.  Rib fractures are a pretty common problem I see, and it’s not just the young dare-devil types! I often see folks in their 50s, 60s, 70s and 80s with multiple rib...

Upper Endoscopy Preparation

Fortunately, the upper endoscopy does not require a bowel preparation like the colonoscopy, but it does require fasting from midnight the night before your procedure.  You should not have anything by mouth from midnight before the procedure until after the exam is...

Abdominal Hernias

Hi, this is Dr. Parker, General Surgeon, and in this post I want to talk about hernias.  Often I have patients come to my office with a diagnosis of a hernia from their primary care physician, but are not exactly clear on what a hernia is, or why it is significant....

Upper Endoscopy

Hi, it’s Dr. Parker again and in this post I’d like to talk about the Upper GI Endoscopy or “Stomach Scope”. This is a procedure that is very similar to the colonoscopy except it is a visual inspection of the esophagus, stomach and first...