Dr Silverman offer surgical treatment for a range of conditions, including:
Reflux (also referred to as 'acid reflux' or 'heartburn' or simply 'indigestion') is where the contents of the stomach, which are acidic, spill up into the gullet (oesophagus)and cause a burning sensation in the chest. The condition mainly affects people over 40 years old.
Body Mass Index (BMI)
Body Mass Index, shortened to 'BMI', is a way of determining whether a person is within a healthy weight range, based on a ratio of their weight against their height. BMI informs decisions on whether weight loss is medically advisable, and this page gives some information on this measure.
A femoral hernia is a mass of intra-abdominal tissue that protrudes through weak muscles in the femoral canal. The femoral canal contains the femoral artery and a combination of nerves and veins. The femoral hernia presents as a bulge varying in size near the groin or inner thigh.
Gallstones are small solid, stone-like masses formed in the gallbladder from excess bile pigment, calcium and cholesterol. Gallstones are the result of a common digestive disorder and vary in severity from no pain or discomfort at all to an extremely painful condition.
An inguinal hernia is a protruding mass of intestinal tissue that presents as a bulge in the weakened part of the inguinal canal located in the abdominal area. While an inguinal hernia may not necessarily cause harm, it may lead to pain and discomfort when straining, bending over or coughing.
The liver is the largest organ in the body responsible for critical bodily functions including:
- Producing bile to help digestion.
- Storing nutrients.
- Breaking down toxins.
When cancer forms in the liver, the liver is the primary site for cancer. If it forms elsewhere in the body and cancer cells transport to the liver, the liver is the secondary site for cancer.
Cancer of the liver may potentially hinder liver function leading to significant problems in other areas of the body.
Obesity is defined as being 'grossly fat or overweight'. Statistics from Monash University indicate that in Australia 14 million people are either overweight or obese - this is around 56% of the entire population.
The pancreas is an organ located behind the stomach. With primary functions to aid digestion and regulate blood sugar levels, the pancreas isn't felt in the body making pancreatic cancer hard to detect until progression to the later stages. Pancreatic cancer occurs when abnormal cells form tumours in the pancreatic tissue. Eventually, cancerous cells dominate healthy cells and cause the pancreas to stop functioning.
An umbilical hernia is a mass of intestinal tissue that protrudes through a weakened abdominal wall near the belly button. Umbilical hernias are common in babies but can also occur in adults where the layers of their abdominal wall don't completely join.
A ventral hernia is a mass of intestinal tissue that protrudes through a weak spot in the abdominal wall. Ventral hernias can occur at any part of the abdomen but are often known as incisional hernias because they commonly occur at the point of incision after abdominal surgery.