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The Longest Day

Alzheimer's is a type of dementia that causes problems with memory, thinking and behavior. Symptoms usually develop slowly and get worse over time,

I Look Like A Surgeon

On the April 2017 cover of The New Yorker , 4 woman surgeons were pictured through the eyes of the patient. It has

McMinnville Surgical Associates has Moved

Office of Sandeep Kumar, MD, Steven Giss, MD, and Guillermo Higa, MD May 22, 2017- McMinnville Surgical Associates (MSA) has moved across

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Child Preparation Series – All Day Class @ Birthing Center Classroom
Jun 24 @ 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Prepare for your baby’s arrival with calm and confidence in this 6 week course. Learn about the many choices you can consider as you near the end of your pregnancy: nutrition, comfort during late pregnancy, physical and emotional experiences of labor for mothers and partners, comfort techniques (breathing, relaxation, massage, etc) for labor and birth, medications and medical procedures, postpartum care for mother and baby, and so much more! Class includes a full class dedicated to breastfeeding and one to newborn care. Also a birthing center tour, videos and handouts will be provided.

Alcoholics Anonymous- Sunday Gratitude Meeting @ WVMC Classrooms (1st floor, across from cafeteria)
Jun 25 @ 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm

We now have a meeting of Alcoholics Anonymous every Sunday. This is an open meeting for all who are interested in recovery from alcoholism through the 12 Step program, including ambulatory patients and staff. For more information, call Robert (H) 503-835-1042 or (C) 971-259-9145.

Post-Op Bariatric Support Group @ WVMC Classrooms
Jun 25 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Have you had Bariatric surgery and looking for a little support? Join our group lead by a Registered Dietitian, Lindsay Obermeyer. Our group meets weekly in the Willamette Valley Medical Center Classrooms on the first floor across from the cafeteria. We discuss everything  from diet and recipe ideas, grocery shopping and eating out tips, to society pressures and internal struggles. It is a warm, inviting group that has one mission: to support one another through the good and the bad obstacles of weight loss surgery in order to succeed. We hope you will join us!

Breastfeeding Support Group @ Birthing Center Classroom
Jun 27 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

The breastfeeding support group is a place to receive advice, support and a place for new moms to gather. Sherry Green, RN has been a nurse for more than 15 years and will be able to answer your questions and help both you and your baby get better at breastfeeding.


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Another Appendix Bites the Dust!

By Zac Woodruff, RN

I can’t tell you how often we have patients show up to our emergency department with extreme lower/right quadrant abdominal pain, and an hour later they are getting their appendix out. This weekend has proven no exception.

According to WebMD 2017, one in 20 people will get appendicitis. Although it can strike at any age, appendicitis is rare under age 2 and most common between ages 10 and 30. Every year, some 300,000 Americans end up having their appendixes removed. Appendectomies are one the most common emergent surgeries performed and for the most part they are very safe.

Appendicitis is caused by a partial or complete blockage in the lining of the appendix. This could be due to an accumulation of stool, enlarged lymphoid follicles, worms, trauma, or tumors. When there’s an obstruction in your appendix, bacteria can multiply inside the organ. The bacteria multiply rapidly, causing the appendix to become inflamed, swollen and filled with pus. If not treated promptly, the appendix can rupture.

A ruptured appendix can be life threatening because it can spread infection all throughout your peritoneal cavity. It can also develop into an abscess, which can further complicate things.

Appendicitis can happen suddenly and out of nowhere. The main symptoms associated with appendicitis include intense/severe abdominal pain, loss of appetite, nausea, vomiting, fever, and abdominal tenderness (often starting in the umbilical region then moving over to the lower right quadrant).

If you are experiencing these symptoms, you should seek medical attention immediately because it’s critically important to catch it before the appendix ruptures. If and when it does indeed rupture, the situation becomes far more worrisome and problematic.

But what the heck does the appendix even do? Actually, we don’t really know. Some seem to think that it plays a role in immunity while others suggest it helps produce and protect probiotic colonies in the digestive system.

One thing we do know for sure is that we most certainly can live without it. You should know that there is no convincing evidence or research confirming long-term complications associated with having your appendix removed.

Our on call surgical team can almost always look forward to the supervisor phone call informing them that they need to come in to remove someone’s appendix. Hopefully, that next call won’t be you, but if it is, know that here at WVMC we will do our absolute best to take care of you and your appendix.

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