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    An Overview of Joint Replacement Surgery

    Last updated 2 years ago

    If you’re suffering from chronic joint pain, joint replacement surgery could be the solution you’re looking for. A joint replacement can alleviate your pain for good and restore your mobility so you can get back to enjoying your usual activities. Are you a good candidate for joint replacement surgery? Your orthopedic doctor will help you weigh your treatment options, and the following information can also help you make a decision.

    Why Is Joint Replacement Surgery Performed?

    Joint surgery is performed when an orthopedic problem, like arthritis or a joint injury, cannot be corrected or controlled with less invasive methods. During surgery, the damaged joint can be removed and replaced with an artificial joint that mimics a healthy one. The joints that are replaced most often are the hips and knees, but shoulders, elbows, ankles, and even finger joints can also be replaced.

    What Happens During Joint Replacement Surgery?

    The exact method an orthopedic surgeon uses for joint replacement surgery depends on which joint is being replaced. Generally, joint replacement surgery is performed under general anesthesia. However, a regional anesthesia that blocks pain in the location of the surgery may sometimes be preferred. Most surgeries take a couple of hours, and patients stay in the hospital for a few days while post-surgical pain is managed. The length of recovery depends on whether the patient had an open surgery or a minimally invasive procedure.

    Who Is a Good Candidate?

    Before recommending joint replacement surgery, your orthopedic surgeon will usually try other methods to control your pain, such as pain medications and physical therapy. When these methods don’t work, or if they eventually become less effective, surgery is usually the best option. Your orthopedic surgeon will consider your general health and whether you have any conditions that could interfere with healing before recommending this surgery.

    If you’re interested in orthopedic surgery, make an appointment with the Orthopedic & Spine Institute at Doctors Hospital of Sarasota for a consultation. From our preoperative education classes to our hotel-like private rooms, everything in our orthopedic department is designed with our patients in mind. To learn more about our services, call our Venice hospital at (888) 685-1596. 

    Responding to a Heart Attack

    Last updated 2 years ago

    When you or someone you love is having a heart attack, every second counts. Emergency room doctors have to work quickly to restore blood flow to the heart to save the greatest amount of heart tissue possible.

    Watch this video to learn how the emergency room at Doctors Hospital of Sarasota responds to heart attacks. If you experience the telltale signs of a heart attack, such as chest pain and nausea, trust our caring team of emergency room doctors and nurses for the treatment you need.

    In addition to our emergency care, Doctors Hospital of Sarasota offers a comprehensive range of services, including breast care, orthopedic care, and stroke treatment. Learn more by calling our Northport hospital at (888) 685-1596. 

    Why Mammograms Are Important

    Last updated 2 years ago

    Routine breast care is a crucial component in women’s health, especially if you are over 50. Mammograms are an essential part of this care, and have helped to save the lives of hundreds of thousands of women since their inception. Mammograms themselves cannot prevent you developing breast cancer, but they can help to catch it early enough that treatments can be effective.

    Improve Your Survival Chances

    Many forms of breast cancer are extremely aggressive and spread at an alarming rate. They can go from a tiny mass to a tremendous tumor in just a few weeks. In some instances, cancer that could have been eliminated had it been detected in its early stages can no longer be treated when it develops to the point of producing symptoms. Early detection can reduce your chances of dying from the disease by as much as 35 percent.

    Give Yourself More, Less Invasive Options

    The larger breast cancer becomes, the more limited your treatment options are. Treatment also tends to be extremely aggressive and invasive once breast cancer develops to a certain point. Early detection with mammography breast care can save you from having to endure a double mastectomy or heavy doses of radiation or chemotherapy.

    Take Ownership of Your Breast Health

    Having your regular mammogram, in addition to performing monthly self-breast exams, allows you to take a leadership role when it comes to your health. You’ll be more in tune with your body and, as a consequence, be more apt to notice subtle changes when they occur. You’ll also feel good knowing that you’ve taken every possible step to improve your chances of surviving in the unfortunate event that you do develop breast cancer.

    At Doctors Hospital of Sarasota, we provide breast care to women in the Sarasota, Venice, Bradenton, and surrounding areas. Our Consult-A-Nurse hotline provides access to a number of invaluable resources from skilled nurses, including more education about breast cancer and early detection. Visit us online for more information about the hospital and its services, or call (888) 685-1596 to speak with a nurse about your questions.

    The Warning Signs of Heart Attacks in Women

    Last updated 2 years ago

    Despite the fact that heart disease is the number one killer of women nationwide, thousands of women are either unaware of their risk or don’t think a heart attack could happen to them. General cardiology checkups should be just as important to women as routine breast care, and at the very least, it’s crucial that women understand the signs they could be having a heart attack and when to seek medical attention. Here’s an overview:

    Dull Pressure in the Chest or Upper Back

    While a woman’s heart attack can be every bit as dramatic as Hollywood likes to portray a man’s, it most usually isn’t. There can be a dull, uncomfortable pressure in the middle of the chest or across the middle of the back that may feel like someone is squeezing you too tightly. Sharp pain is definitely a possibility and should not be ignored, but pressure accompanied by feeling severely winded is most common.

    Flu-Like Symptoms

    In many cases, women mistake a heart attack for coming down with the flu, as both can produce similar symptoms and tend to come on just as suddenly and strongly. Cold sweats, lightheadedness or dizziness, and nausea, especially when accompanied by pain or pressure in the chest or shortness of breath, warrant a visit to a hospital or urgent care center for immediate evaluation.

    Pain in the Arms, Neck, Jaw, or Shoulders

    Most people know that pain in the left arm is a common symptom of a heart attack, but most people don’t realize that this pain is not limited to the left arm alone. Pain can be in either or both arms, and may radiate from the jaw through the neck and shoulders as well. It can even extend into the back and stomach.

    Symptoms of a heart attack are nothing to take lightly. You should seek immediate care if you experience any. Even if it turns out to be nothing, it’s much better to take the proactive approach than to experience the potentially fatal consequences of ignoring the problem. Contact Doctors Hospital of Sarasota at (888) 685-1596 for more information.

    Understanding the Different Types of Stroke

    Last updated 2 years ago

    Through better awareness, many people can now recognize the warning signs of stroke. Do you know why strokes occur, though? Not all strokes are the same, and to provide proper stroke care, physicians must first assess the nature of the condition. For more information on stroke prevention, detection, and stroke care, contact Doctors Hospital of Sarasota.

    Ischemic Stroke

    Ischemic strokes are the most common type of stroke, as they affect nearly 9 in 10 stroke victims. Just as clots can obstruct blood supply to the heart and cause a heart attack, they can also stop blood flow to the brain and produce a stroke. An ischemic stroke occurs when the brain stops receiving oxygenated blood due to an obstruction in an artery that supplies blood to it. When a heart attack happens, it can quickly kills heart cells, and ischemic strokes too can kills brain cells in a short period of time.

    Transient Ischemic Attack

    In some instances, the blood clot that blocks blood flow to the heart dissolves without medical intervention. Such an event is called a transient ischemic attack. This type of stroke may resolve on its own, but it still requires professional attention. Depending on the duration of the attack, it can still leave stroke victims with brain damage and physical or cognitive dysfunction. A transient ischemic attack may also serve as a precursor to a more significant stroke in the future.

    Hemorrhagic Stroke

    Though an obstruction of blood flow to the brain is the most common reason why strokes occur, it is not the only cause of them. Some individuals may suffer a stroke because of a weakened blood vessel that bursts open, leaking blood into other areas of the brain. Until stroke care experts can address the rupture and restore blood flow to the affected area, a hemorrhagic stroke can cause significant damage to both the oxygen-deprived part of the brain and the region that suffers blood seepage.

    Knowing how to detect the signs of stroke could save the life of someone you love. Doctors Hospital of Sarasota offers comprehensive stroke care that can quickly and effectively address the needs of stroke victims. To learn more about our stroke services for those in Bradenton, Venice, and beyond, call (888) 685-1596.

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