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    How Anterior Hip Replacement Surgery Works

    Last updated 3 years ago

    With age, bones and cartilage in the hip gradually degrade, which can cause severe hip pain, decreased mobility, and loss of function. If medications and physical therapy fail to provide relief, your orthopaedic specialist may recommend hip replacement.

    Today, more and more orthopaedic surgeons are performing anterior hip replacement surgery. This procedure takes an anterior (or frontal) approach to access the hip joint, unlike traditional hip replacement surgery that creates a long incision beside or behind the joint. Anterior hip replacement allows the surgeon to go between the hip muscles, rather than cutting through and detaching the major muscle groups from the hip joint. The anterior approach is less invasive, requires smaller incisions, and causes less postoperative pain than traditional methods. Leaving the muscles intact also gives the joint more stability, reducing the risk of hip dislocation. Patients who undergo anterior hip replacement surgery are therefore able to enjoy a quicker recovery and return to normal activities.

    If you would like to determine your candidacy for this procedure, contact the Orthopaedic & Spine Institute at Doctors Hospital of Sarasota. Our orthopaedic care unit offers a wide range of innovative procedures to help patients regain their quality of life, so call us at (888) 685-1596 to learn more.

    Breast Care Tips for Every Age

    Last updated 3 years ago

    An estimated 1 in 8 women will develop breast cancer in their lifetimes, so it’s important for every woman to be proactive about her breast health. With age, your body and breasts will undergo certain changes, and your doctor will recommend breast care tips to address your changing needs and risk factors.

    20s

    Even though women in their twenties have a relatively low risk of breast cancer, all young women should follow some simple breast care tips. Every month, you should perform a breast self-exam. It’s best to do this exam at the same time each month, ideally after your period. You should also visit your OBGYN for yearly wellness exams. It’s common for younger women to experience breast pain or fibrocystic changes (lumpiness) due to hormones.

    30s

    This is a time when many women become pregnant. Some breast-feeding mothers develop mastitis, an infection that causes flu-like symptoms and breast pain, swelling, and redness. If you have these symptoms, a visit to the doctor is needed for antibiotics and to rule out other conditions. Women in their thirties should continue to perform regular breast self-exams and schedule annual clinical exams. At age 35, you should have a baseline mammogram.

    40s

    At this age, women are more likely to develop benign breast cysts. These soft, fluid-filled cysts are seldom detected by a self-exam; however, they may show up on mammograms as abnormalities. To rule out breast cancer, your doctor will likely recommend a breast ultrasound or biopsy. Women in their forties should undergo annual mammograms, annual clinical exams, and monthly self-exams for good breast health.

    50s and Older

    According to the American Cancer Society, 77% of breast cancers are diagnosed in women age 50 and older, and your risk continues to increase with age. Older women should be especially aware of their risk and maintain regular self-exams, yearly clinical exams, and yearly mammograms. Post-menopausal women may also wish to reevaluate hormone replacement therapy, as it can increase breast cancer risk.

    The Breast Care Center at Doctors Hospital of Sarasota is dedicated to providing women with comprehensive, coordinated breast diagnostics and treatment. For more information about our breast care services, please call (888) 685-1596 or visit our website.

    Managing Symptoms of Advanced Cancer

    Last updated 3 years ago

    Painful symptoms often accompany advanced cancer, but help is available. At Doctors Hospital of Sarasota, our cancer care team is dedicated to offering compassionate support to patients in all stages of their cancer treatments, as well as their families. Although cancer patients all experience different symptoms depending on where their cancers are located, the following overview may be helpful in explaining how some common advanced cancer symptoms can be addressed.

    Stomach Discomfort

    If cancer spreads to the digestive system, patients may experience abdominal pain, nausea, and cramping. Diarrhea and constipation are also possible. Treating the cancer itself can alleviate some of these symptoms, but treating the specific cause of the symptom can also help. For instance, cancer sometimes leads to a painful bowel obstruction, which can be treated surgically. If fluid build-up around the stomach is causing the issue, drainage can help.

    Shortness of Breath

    Shortness of breath is a common cancer symptom, particularly when the cancer is in the lungs. Oxygen therapy can be very helpful if you’re dealing with shortness of breath. If a fluid build-up around the lungs is restricting your ability to breathe, diuretics can relieve some of the pressure. Anemia, which is a very common side effect of cancer treatment, can also cause shortness of breath. Blood transfusions can help. If your shortness of breath is making you anxious, talk to your doctor about medications that can help ease your stress.

    Skin Infections

    Skin cancers and being restricted to bed in advanced cancer cases can lead to skin sores and infections. These can be very painful and may become infected quickly, so talk to your cancer care team right away if you see symptoms of skin issues. Antibiotics can help control skin infections.

    Let Doctors Hospital of Sarasota help you through all parts of your cancer care plan. We offer diagnostic and treatment services for many different types of cancer. You can learn more about all of our hospital services, including our emergency room and orthopedic care program, by calling (888) 685-1596. 

    Healthy Living Habits to Prevent Stroke

    Last updated 3 years ago

    Stroke is one of the leading causes of death in the United States, but there are many things you can do to reduce your chances of becoming a victim. This is because your lifestyle has a tremendous impact on your stroke risk. Consider adopting a few healthy habits to keep your risk of having a stroke under control.

    One of the most powerful things you can do to improve your overall health and reduce your stroke risk is to eat a healthy diet. Focus on getting plenty of whole grains, fruits, and vegetables, and limit your intake of saturated and trans fats. Aim to get about two hours and 30 minutes of physical activity per week. If you smoke, talk to your doctor about ways to quit. Maintaining a healthy weight and limiting alcohol use will also reduce your chances of having a stroke.

    If you or someone you love experiences symptoms of a stroke, go to the emergency room at Doctors Hospital of Sarasota right away. Our stroke care team is here with fast treatment and recovery support. Learn more by calling us at (888) 685-1596. 

    Fighting Back Against Breast Cancer

    Last updated 3 years ago

    If you hear the news that you have breast cancer, it’s normal to feel alone. However, the Reach to Recovery program from the American Cancer Society is here to let you know that you’re not. This extraordinary service gives newly-diagnosed breast cancer patients the support that only someone who has been in their shoes can give.

    Watch this video to learn more about the Reach to Recovery program. Via this service, the American Cancer Society matches breast cancer survivors who are one year out from their treatment with people who are newly-diagnosed and facing the same treatments. The network of survivor-volunteers can answer questions and provide a listening ear through phone calls and home visits.

    At Doctors Hospital of Sarasota, we’re here to support you every step of the way with your breast cancer treatment. You can learn more about the great work done in our breast center or find out about our other hospital services by calling (888) 685-1596. 

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