Understanding Weight Loss Surgery

Everyone knows losing weight—and keeping it off long-term—can be challenging, especially for obese individuals who need to lose significant amounts of weight. For many people, bariatric surgery can be a great option that doesn’t just help you lose weight but helps you maintain lifelong health and a better quality of life. “Bariatric surgery is becoming the gold standard for the treatment of people with morbid obesity and the medical problems related to it,” says Dr. Bryan Thomas, who specializes in bariatric and general surgery at Roper St. Francis Healthcare. “The goal is for you to reach a healthy weight and then maintain that weight for the rest of your life.”

Pack in Holiday Fun, Not the Extra Pounds

Every year we’re faced with the challenge of the holiday and winter season: the dreaded extra pounds we are liable to pack on with an extra cookie here and an extra holiday drink there. If you are trying not to gain weight through the holidays or just trying to maintain a healthy balance, consider these tips.

CBD Products — What Are They? Who Needs Them? Are They Safe?

Traditionally, if you wanted relief from chronic pain, anxiety or the side effects of cancer treatments, you reached for over-the-counter pain relief medicines such as ibuprofen, or you would have your doctor prescribe an anti-anxiety drug or even something more powerful like hydrocodone, which is highly addictive. Today, however, there is another choice — a natural option for treating these and other physical ailments and it’s called cannabidiol or CBD.

4 Signs You Should See a Doctor for a Breast Cancer Screening

It’s imperative for women to make sure they’re maintaining good breast health. While women can’t control their genetics or a family history of breast cancer, what they CAN control is seeking proper medical treatment and screenings. If you are age 40 or older, you should be seeing a healthcare provider for routine screening mammograms, says Dr. Susanne Bradford, an OB/GYN with Roper St. Francis Physician Partners.

Is It Heat Exhaustion or Heat Stroke?

Sponsored by: Roper St. Francis Healthcare Charleston’s summers are no joke. The high temperatures combined with the high humidity can be potentially dangerous if you don’t pay attention to your body. Whether mowing the grass, playing at the beach or even working in the blistering sun, it’s important to know the signs of heat exhaustion […]

6 Things to Consider When Shopping for LASIK Surgery

One of the first considerations consumers have about LASIK or laser vision correction surgery is the cost. The average cost of LASIK surgery performed in the United States is $2,088 per eye, according to All About Vision. The actual price you pay depends on many factors, including the experience and reputation of your surgeon and the type of technology used for your procedure.

Tidelands Community Hospice Care: Myth or Fact

Tidelands Community Hospice, your community’s non-profit hospice, has been providing care in Georgetown, Horry and Williamsburg Counties for more than 30 years. Yet, on a daily basis, we are asked questions about hospice. We understand it can be difficult to determine myth from fact about something that one has never experienced and cannot see or touch.

How to Hire the Right Contractor for Your Lowcountry, Pawleys Island, Litchfield or Georgetown County Home

Hiring the wrong contractor to handle your exterior remodeling – whether sunroom, screen room, patio addition, pool enclosure, hurricane protection or awnings – can lead to a miserable experience and cost thousands of dollars to fix. That’s why it’s so important to choose a contractor who’s trustworthy, delivers on their promises and does quality work on time.

How Can I Improve Facial Wrinkles Without Surgery?

Aging of the face is a natural occurrence, which can be exacerbated due to genetics, sun exposure and tobacco use. As we age, the skin and soft tissues of the face lose volume and loosen causing wrinkles, redundant skin, jowl formation, sagging skin under the chin, and vertical folds along the front of the neck. Forehead lines and crows feet around the eyes may also appear and deepen over time.