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Dr. Martin Wertkin

General Surgery
Holtsville, NY

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General Surgery

Languages spoken

English

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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Martin Wertkin
Specializes in General Surgery
Yes: They can be either. It requires physical examination by a physician, possible mammography and/or ultrasound, and in some cases, biopsy, in order to d... Read More
A 24-year-old member asked:
Dr. Martin Wertkin
Specializes in General Surgery
You can't: You can't prevent breast cancer with any certainty. What you can do is reduce your risk of developing breast cancer by eating healthy, exercising, av... Read More
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Martin Wertkin
Specializes in General Surgery
Abnormal cells: Atypical ductal hyperplasia (ADH (vasopressin)) is usually diagnosed when a biopsy of the breast has been done because of an abnormal finding on mammo... Read More
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Martin Wertkin
Specializes in General Surgery
No: Gynecomastia, enlargement of the male breast, is unrelated to food intake. Enlargement of the female breast (sometimes referred to as "macromastia") ... Read More
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Martin Wertkin
Specializes in General Surgery
Yes: There are 2 gene mutations, brca1 and brca2, which have been discovered and which substantially increase one's risk of getting breast cancer. Since b... Read More
A 27-year-old member asked:
Dr. Martin Wertkin
Specializes in General Surgery
Abd Wall Weak Point: An umbilical hernia is an opening in the abdominal wall where the belly button is located. It is possible for contents inside the abominal cavity (su... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Martin Wertkin
Specializes in General Surgery
Biopsy: The only way to make a diagnosis of ilc is by biopsy (usually needle biopsy). The problem with ilc is that it often does not show up on a mammogram o... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Martin Wertkin
Specializes in General Surgery
Yes: Ganglion cysts can sometimes disappear spontaneously. If you were told that you had a ganglion cyst, a lump must have been present at some time--that... Read More
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Martin Wertkin
Specializes in General Surgery
No: Birth-control pills are not known to cause breast lumps. In some women who already have fibrocystic, lumpy breasts or fibroadenomas, the lumps may in... Read More
A 24-year-old member asked:
Dr. Martin Wertkin
Specializes in General Surgery
In many ways: Local anesthesia involves injecting an anesthetic agent into one part of the body to make it numb--giving novocaine for dental work is an example. Ge... Read More
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Martin Wertkin
Specializes in General Surgery
Sometimes: Prolonged use of post-menopausal hormone replacement therapy is associated with an increased risk of breast cancer. That doesn't necessarily mean tha... Read More
A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. Martin Wertkin
Specializes in General Surgery
No: Gynecomastia is enlargement of the male breast. It is almost always related to hormone imbalances or medications. It has nothing to do with body fat... Read More
A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. Martin Wertkin
Specializes in General Surgery
Examination: The diagnosis can usually be made by physical examination of the breasts. Sometimes mammography and ultrasound are helpful. Occasionally, biopsy is ... Read More

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Mar 30, 2015
Dr. Wertkin is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Mar 31, 2015
Dr. Wertkin is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Your answer was very helpful! Thanks :)
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