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    Rehabilitation Therapy Following Stroke

    Last updated 4 years ago

    After a stroke patient is stabilized, the focus of treatment immediately turns to recovery. A variety of rehabilitation services are usually required to help survivors overcome the effects of their strokes. At Doctors Hospital of Sarasota, patients can move from our Certified Primary Stroke Center directly into our inpatient rehab unit so that continuity of care is preserved. Here is a look at what you should expect after you or a loved one experiences a stroke and how rehabilitation can help with healing.

    Assessing Stroke Damage

    Researchers are constantly refining their understandings of how strokes affect the brain and how brain tissue heals afterwards. In the aftermath of a stroke, doctors will focus on assessing the type and extent of brain damage that has occurred. The symptoms experienced in the first days after a stroke do not always indicate permanent damage. In some cases, brain cells heal themselves, while in other cases, another region of the brain adapts to take over the tasks of a region damaged by the stroke. Doctors are unsure about why some people recover while others with similar damage require long-term care. Your doctors will develop a rehab plan designed to provide the best chances of rebuilding brain function.

    Planning Post-Stroke Rehabilitation

    Most stroke patients require a variety of different rehabilitation approaches, including physical therapy, speech therapy, and occupational rehab. Stroke survivors often struggle with balance, mobility, memory, speech, and vision. It’s common for patients to need to re-learn basic activities, ranging from maintaining personal hygiene to reading and writing. Rehabilitation can be performed on both an inpatient and outpatient basis, depending on the severity of the symptoms. Many patients benefit from an initial period of inpatient rehab followed by outpatient care.

    Doctors Hospital of Sarasota is here to support stroke survivors and their caregivers every step of the way during rehabilitation and recovery. We provide cutting-edge care for stroke patients from our emergency room to our rehabilitation unit. You can learn more about our stroke care and all of our services by calling (888) 685-1596. Your doctors will develop a rehab plan designed to provide the best chances of rebuilding brain function.

    Understanding Mazor Robotics

    Last updated 4 years ago

    Mazor Robotics has revolutionized the way we perform spine surgery at Doctors Hospital of Sarasota. This system allows us to perform the most precise procedures possible while shortening recovery times for our spine surgery patients.

    Watch this video to see exactly how the Mazor Robotics system works. With Mazor Robotics, surgeons are able to minimize the number of incisions necessary to perform spine surgery and to target the affected areas with an unprecedented level of accuracy. Patients benefit from fewer post-surgical scars and less painful recovery periods.

    Mazor Robotics is the newest addition to our advanced robotic surgery department at Doctors Hospital of Sarasota. Learn more about all of the services by calling (888) 685-1596. 

    Caring for Your Spine at Home

    Last updated 4 years ago

    In the Orthopedic & Spine Institute at Doctors Hospital of Sarasota, we help patients beat back pain with minimally-invasive surgery procedures. However, not every case of back pain requires surgical intervention. There are many things you can do to care for your spine at home that can alleviate your discomfort and prevent future spine issues. If you’re living with back pain, give these techniques a try.

    Don’t Stop Being Active

    There is a common misconception that you should limit your activity as much as possible if you’re experiencing back pain, but in fact, just the opposite is true. For most people, becoming inactive only exacerbates the issue. Unless there is an identified injury or specific cause of your back pain that requires you to stay immobile, you should only curb your activities for the first few days after the onset of your pain. After that, talk to your doctor or a physical therapist about good activities for you. Strengthening your back through exercise can help keep future bouts of pain at bay.

    Change Your Sleeping Position

    If you sleep in a position that leaves your spine out of alignment, you’ll intensify your pain every night. The fetal position, with a pillow between your legs, is the ideal way to sleep to ease back pain symptoms. If you sleep on your back and can’t break the habit, try placing a rolled towel or pillow under your knees to keep your spine in a healthy position.

    Avoid Heavy Lifting

    Many cases of back pain—and many instances of worsening back pain—can be traced back to lifting things that are too heavy. If you’re not sure of the weight of something, test it before you try to lift it. Don’t attempt to lift heavy objects on your own, and when you pick items up, be sure to use your legs to lift instead of your spine.

    If surgery is ultimately recommended by your physician, the spine surgery team at Doctors Hospital of Sarasota can put an end to your pain with state-of-the-art Mazor robotic surgery. With Mazor, our surgeons can perform minimally-invasive procedures with less pain during recovery. Please visit our website for more information.

    A Look at Doctors Hospital of Sarasota's Awards

    Last updated 4 years ago

    At Doctors Hospital of Sarasota, it isn’t just the residents of the communities we serve that have noticed the quality of the compassionate care we deliver. Some of the top awards in medicine have been bestowed on our hospital.

    We were named one of the Top Hospitals in the Nation by Truven Health Analytics in 2012 and 2013. The Joint Commission has named us a Top Performer on Key Quality Measures for a number of conditions, including diabetes, spine surgery, hip and knee replacement, stroke, and heart failure. We’re rated Gold Plus by the American Heart Association for our stroke and heart attack treatments. Part of the reason why we’re able to deliver such great care is because we can retain the best quality employees. Doctors Hospital of Sarasota has been named one of the Best Places to Work by Modern Healthcare several years in a row.

    Discover a different caliber of care by trusting your hospital treatments to Doctors Hospital of Sarasota. From our breast care center we provide the best possible treatment for every patient. Find out more about our hospital by calling (888) 685-1596. 

    Stroke Care

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    Last updated 4 years ago

    Every year, 700,000 new strokes occur in the United States, making this disease the nation’s third leading cause of death. Stroke is also the leading cause of serious disability.  

    What is a Stroke?

    A stroke occurs when a part of the brain’s blood supply is suddenly interrupted by a clot or when a blood vessel bursts.  When blood flow is blocked, brain cells die because oxygen and nutrients cannot get through.

    Signs & Symptoms

    • Sudden numbness or weakness of the face, arm, or leg, especially on one side of the body.
    • Sudden confusion, trouble talking, or understanding speech.
    • Sudden trouble seeing in one or both eyes.
    • Sudden trouble walking, dizziness, or loss of balance or coordination.
    • Sudden severe headache with no known cause.


    If you experience any of the above symptoms call 911 immediately. A medication to break up the clot can be given but only within 3 hours from the start of your symptoms.

    Certified Primary Stroke Center

    Doctors Hospital of Sarasota has been certified by the Joint Commission (JC).  This certification means that our program complies with the highest national standards for safety and quality care in the rapid response and treatment of acute stroke patients.

    Visit our website for more information.

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