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SMMC Offers Free “Medically Speaking” Series Oct/Nov 2012


Southern Maine Medical Center (SMMC) has teamed up with physicians and caregivers to offer this informal, educational series that will allow community members to learn about current topics and receive answers to their questions. 

 Acid Reflux Disease: From Omeprazole to the OR - October 31, 6 - 7pm

Do you suffer from heartburn?  Are you tired of waking up every morning with a foul taste in your mouth?  Chronic cough?  Hoarseness?  Wheezing?  Have you been told you have a hiatal or paraesophageal hernia?  You could be suffering from acid reflux.  General Surgeon Douglas Burka, MD, of SMHC PrimeCare Surgery, will focus on the diagnosis and treatment of Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD) including medical treatments and advances in modern surgery. 

 The Basics of Varicose Veins: What You Should Know - November 7, 6 - 7pm

More than 80 million Americans suffer from venous disease, including varicose and spider veins. Venous disease is a progressive disease that is not curable.  Join Vascular and Interventional Radiologist Joseph Gerding, MD, of Spectrum Medical Group and SMHC’s Vascular Center, to learn how treatment can stop the progression of venous disease and its complications.  Modern treatments are performed in an office with local anesthesia, and most individuals are able to return to work the next day.

 Eating Well for the Holidays - November 14, 6 - 7:30pm

Did you know that the average person will gain 7-12 pounds during the holiday season?  For those managing Diabetes the holidays can also bring additional health risks, such as increased blood sugar.  Diabetes Educator, Merle Westbrook, ANP, CDE, of SMHC PrimeCare Internal Medicine, will lead the discussion focusing on self-management skills for the diabetic population and maintaining control of blood sugar over the holidays including nutrition, exercise, alcohol, and stress.  Come learn strategies for avoiding this “holiday trap”!

All presentations take place at SMHC’s main campus and include light refreshments.  Pre-registration is required by calling 283-7988.  Seats are limited and, although they will take registrations up to the day of the event, SMHC recommends calling early.

About Southern Maine Medical Center
Southern Maine Medical Center (SMMC) is a national award-winning healthcare system, including a 150-bed acute care medical center in Biddeford, Maine, offering excellent clinical care and a multi-specialty physician services group with medical offices providing outpatient care located in Biddeford, Kennebunk, Old Orchard Beach and Saco. Non-emergency care is available without an appointment seven days a week at SMHC’s Walk-In Care center in Saco. SMHC is Joint Commission accredited, Pathway to Excellence designated, state-licensed, and is a member of Southern Maine Medical Center and the MaineHealth system. To learn more visit


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