Professional Diagnosis Is the First Step in Developing a Treatment Plan for Gastrointestinal Diseases

Your digestive system is a complex and dynamic part of your body that plays a very important role in a wide range of functions. It includes many structures, organs and tissues that all work together to digest food, introduce nutrients into the bloodstream and aid in healthy excretion. Many parts... Read more »

A Case of Hypercalcemia Might Be Linked to a Parathyroid Problem

Your body relies on a careful balance of hormones, minerals, and essential nutrients to stay healthy and function properly. When calcium levels increase significantly it can lead to problems with your joints and organs. Some individuals struggling with hypercalcemia are at increased risk of developing kidney stones as well as... Read more »

A Large Cyst Might Need Surgical Removal

Cysts are different from tumors, cancer and abscesses. They are typically non-cancerous growths that can occur in many of the body’s soft tissues. Some can have a bacterial or other infected component while others do not. Most cysts start out as small areas where fluid builds up from an infection... Read more »

An Intragastric Balloon Can Help Address Obesity Issues

Obesity has been linked to a variety of serious medical conditions including type 2 diabetes, heart disease, sleep apnea, fatty liver disease and kidney problems. For some people struggling with obesity diet and exercise simply aren’t enough to fully address their weight loss efforts. With some of these patients augmenting... Read more »

A Breast Reduction Can Help Address Upper Back Pain

Genetics and body composition often determine the general size and profile of the breast. Lifestyle changes such as pregnancy and breastfeeding can also factor into breast tissue changes and position. As the years go by, women with large breasts might experience upper back discomfort and pain. This can sometimes be... Read more »

Symptoms of a Gallbladder Problem

Your gallbladder is a small pear-shaped organ located underneath your liver. As an important component of the biliary tract, its primary purpose is to store the concentrated digestive bile enzyme produced by the liver. As you age cholesterol and other substances like bilirubin can start to build up in your... Read more »

Preoperative Medical Clearance Might Be Required Before Surgery

Here at Dr. Birriel’s clinic in Morgan City, Louisiana, he and his staff offer a variety of surgical services. This includes thyroid surgery, diagnostic biopsy, tumor extraction, the installation of gastric balloons, breast surgery, and other general surgical treatments. Many of these surgical services are intended to further diagnose or... Read more »

An Area of Infection Should be Treated by Your Doctor

Slow healing injuries, puncture wounds, and certain medical conditions can lead to infection. This is more likely to be an issue if you have a compromised immune system. Once bacteria infiltrate the area they can gradually start to populate and accumulate fluid. In soft tissues, this can cause swelling, a... Read more »

A Thyroid Cancer Treatment Plan Might Require Surgical Intervention

The thyroid gland is an important component of the endocrine system. The hormones it produces can have different effects on heart rate, metabolism, body temperature regulation, and the healthy function of several internal organs. Sometimes even a minor problem with the thyroid gland, at the base of the throat, can... Read more »

A General Surgeon Can Help Diagnose and Treat a Wide Range of Medical Issues

The human body is a complex organism composed of many different types of tissues, organs, systems, and structures. When a problem occurs, it can cause a variety of symptoms, that can have a significant impact on your quality of life, and could potentially lead to the loss of life. Fortunately,... Read more »