What are the Signs of Kidney Cancer?

Kidney tumors are one of the most common conditions treated by urologists, with an estimated 25,000 cases diagnosed per year. While any cancer diagnoses can be overwhelming and a source of fear and anxiety for most patients, kidney cancer patients usually have a very good prognosis when diagnosed early. Many tumors can be treated with surgery alone when caught early and before they’ve had a chance to become too large or metastasize to other organs.

Dr. Kia Michel, a highly sought after urologist at Comprehensive Urology, performs the best kidney surgery in Los Angeles and offers patients comprehensive diagnosis and treatment plan options designed to take their unique situation and health into account.

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Signs and Symptoms of Kidney Cancer

There are two types of kidney cancers depending on where the malignant cells originate – either renal cell carcinoma (RCC) or transitional cell carcinoma (TCC.) Tumors can often be asymptomatic – meaning the patient does not experience any signs or symptoms that something is wrong or that a tumor is present. The most common symptoms include:

  • Abdominal mass
  • Blood in urine
  • Fatigue
  • Appetite Loss
  • Weight Loss
  • Fever
  • Excessive sweating
  • Chronic abdominal pain

However, it is important to consider that all of the symptoms associated with kidney cancer can also stem from another source, and the presence of one or several does not necessarily indicate cancer. Patients experiencing unexplained symptoms that are persistent and do not resolve on their own over time should seek medical attention as soon as possible to obtain an accurate diagnosis.

Click here to learn more about the signs, symptoms, potential causes, and treatment options for kidney cancer.

Smoking can significantly increase the risk of developing kidney and other cancers, and factors such as genetics and other underlying health conditions like Hepatitis C infection can also increase the risk for developing tumors.

To learn more, please visit www.comprehensive-urology.com.

Next, read our blog, Exercising After Knee Surgery.

Exercising After Knee Surgery

The thought of getting back to physical activity and a regular exercise routine after a surgical procedure might sound counter-intuitive, but a regulated exercise plan is necessary to ensure proper healing and recovery, and in many cases event to avoid re-injury.

Dr. Steven Meier regularly performs the best kneereplacement in Beverly Hills at Meier Orthopedic Sports Medicine, and works closely with patients to devise a post surgical physical rehabilitation plan that will help patients resume as active a lifestyle as possible after recovery.

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Arthroscopy in Beverly Hills

Depending on the injury and patient, most surgical knee repairs are now performed with a procedure known as arthroscopy. Due to its minimally invasive approach, arthroscopy (also known as arthroscopic surgery) usually allows for less complications and a shorter recovery period. An orthopedic surgeon will make several small incisions around the joint and insert an arthroscope, which is a small surgical tool equipped with a camera and light at the end. The camera relays images over a video screen in the surgical room, allowing the surgeon to get a better look at the inside of the joint and to work with greater precision.

Once the surgery is complete, patients will begin working with a physical therapist immediately with light range of motion exercises to prevent stiffness and work up to strength training and stretching.

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Common Exercises For Knee Surgery Recovery

In the first few weeks after surgery, a light beginner program typically consists of:

  • Hamstring contraction
  • Quadriceps contraction
  • Straight leg raises (sitting)
  • Buttock tucks
  • Straight leg raises (standing)
  • Intermediate
  • Supine knee extensions
  • Moderate squats with chair
  • Standing quadricep stretch
  • Advanced
  • Partial standing knee bends
  • Forward and lateral step ups
  • Sitting knee extensions
  • Supine hamstring stretch
  • Exercise bike
  • Walking
  • Running

Contact an Orthopedic Expert in Los Angeles Today

If you’ve suffered from a knee or shoulder injury, it’s imperative to contact an expert orthopedic surgeon as soon as possible. Early treatment could reduce the severity of the injury and allow you to return to an active lifestyle quicker!

To learn more, please visit www.mosm.com.

Next, read our blog, 4 Ways Periodontists Can Fix Your Smile.

4 Ways Periodontists Can Fix Your Smile

Your smile is one of the first things that people notice about you, which is why it is easy to see why people would want a healthy looking smile. Periodontists specialize in working with gums as well as placing dental implants. They are experts at helping you achieve the healthy gums that will make your smile shine. Here are four smile improvement procedures that periodontists like Dr. Alexandre-Amir Aalam and Dr. Alina Krivitsky at the CENTER for Advanced Periodontal & Implant Therapy perform to help you gain confidence as well as increased function of your teeth and gums.

Smile Improvement Procedure

Gum Grafts

Periodontal disease, trauma, age, birth defects, and brushing too hard can all contribute to a receding gum line. Not only does this cause uneven gums that makes them appear unhealthy and unattractive, but it can also cause sensitivity when eating certain foods by exposing your teeth. This can be corrected with gum graft surgery. Gum graft surgery is usually done by removing some tissue from the roof of your mouth and attaching it to where the gums have receded. This will help reduce further gum recession, cover the exposed roots, reduce the risk of root sensitivity, and give your teeth a more attractive smile.

Click here to read more information on receding gums.

Gum Depigmentation

Dark spots and patches can appear on the gums when there are abnormally high amounts of melanin. Having dark discolored gums, when they should be a pale pink, can affect confidence and self-esteem. There are a few different ways this can be treated. periodontists use a state-of-the-art microdermabrasion technique to actually remove the pigmented area rather than using chemicals to cover it up.

Gummy Smile Correction

If your teeth look small and stubby, aesthetic crown lengthening might be an option to get rid of a gummy smile. Sometimes gummy smiles can be caused by genetics or gingivitis. Periodontists can then remove excess gum tissue to reshape the outline of the gums and expose more of your teeth for a more attractive smile.

Dental Implants

Having a missing tooth not only looks unattractive, but it can also cause problems in your mouth. A dental implant can be used to permanently replace a missing tooth and is a better option than dentures. A dental implant is a titanium rod that is surgically placed into the jawbone and is then topped with a crown. This crown is natural in color and will look just like a natural tooth.
No matter what smile improvement procedure you need to make your smile more attractive, Dr. Aalam and Dr. Krivitsky are not only experts, but they also believe in helping their patients be comfortable and the procedures be painless.

To learn more, please visit www.implantperiocenter.com.

Next, read our blog, Beyond Carrots – Foods That Help Promote Healthy Vision.

Beyond Carrots – Foods That Help Promote Healthy Vision

It’s common knowledge that a nutrient-rich, clean diet heavy on fruits, fiber, vegetables, and “good” fats is essential for overall health and well-being. The benefits of carrots for healthy vision are as universally known as the old “an apple a day” mantra, but in addition to the vitamin A found in carrots, which is also essential for healthy vision, there are other foods containing a variety of vitamins and minerals that play an important role in keeping the eyes healthy.

Carlsbad Ophthalmologist

Expert Carlsbad ophthalmologist Dr. Michael Tracy of Carlsbad Eye Care encourages his many patients to incorporate a healthy diet, along with an annual eye exam, to maintain overall visual health and acuity.

Click here to learn more about visual acuity, what it is and how it is measured.

Eye Health in Carlsbad

The following list of foods are an excellent source of the most important nutrients for healthy eyesight and overall health as well. As an added bonus, it just so happens that most of them taste really good too!

Kale and spinach

Whether in a salad or a tasty pasta dish, kale and spinach are packed with lutein, which can help protect the eyes from age related diseases like cataracts and macular degeneration. Greens not your thing? You can get the same nutrients from oranges and eggs.


Along with orange juice, certain veggies like green and red peppers and broccoli are packed with Vitamin C, which also helps to protect from cataracts and macular degeneration.


Sunflower seeds, hazelnuts, and almonds are packed with Vitamin E, which protects the cells in the eyes from free radicals and age related illnesses.


Oily fish like salmon, mackerel, anchovies and tuna are packed with omega fatty acids that contribute to retinal health, visual development, and can even help with dry eye.

Learn more by visiting www.carlsbad-eye-care.com.

Next, read our blog, Finding Pain Relief from Thoracic Outlet Syndrome.