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    Preparing for Joint Replacement Surgery

    Last updated 3 years ago

    Many people suffering from arthritis or joint degeneration will turn to joint replacement surgery as an option to restore their quality of life and finally relieve the pain of joint damage. Joint replacement surgery is not considered a first line of treatment for joint conditions, but it can be a life-changing procedure for patients who have not had success with less invasive therapies. Surgical success with joint replacement is highly dependent on the patient, because there are many steps that can help surgery and recovery go smoothly. This article will explore the most important ways you should prepare for your surgery so that you can ensure years of free mobility without pain or stiffness.

    Enlist help at home

    After your surgery, you might have some trouble with regular chores, so a friend or family member can be a great help for your recovery. You might have this person come with you to pre-surgical consultations so that he or she is understanding of your needs following surgery.

    Manage your weight

    If you are overweight, your doctor might recommend a diet and exercise plan prior to surgery so that you can shed a few excess pounds before surgery. Every pound of excess body weight can put four pounds of stress on the knees, so even small weight loss can be a big boost for your recovery.

    Speak with a physical therapist

    Once your surgery is complete, you will be working closely with a physical therapist to help you get active without putting too much stress on the new joint. Meeting with the physical therapist before surgery can give you a clearer picture of the road ahead and give you a chance to ask any questions you have about recovery.

    Quit smoking

    Cigarette smoking can increase the risk of surgical complications such as blood clots, bleeding, and infection. If you do smoke, you should quit before your surgery and make a commitment to stay away from tobacco as you recover.

    Are you suffering from the persistent pain of osteoarthritis? The physicians at the Orthopaedic Center of Brandon Regional Hospital will direct you to the best treatment options, which may include joint replacement surgery. You can find a physician for your orthopaedic care on our website or by calling (888) 327-2636. 

    Important Considerations with Pediatric Sedation

    Last updated 3 years ago

    When a child needs to have certain procedures like imaging exams or echocardiograms, sedation can make the experience more comfortable and successful for the patient and the care team. Getting a child to sit perfectly still inside of an MRI machine can be a challenge without sedation, because children are so naturally energetic and curious. Selecting the right sedation method is an important part of the care process, because kids have special needs in both the physical and emotional sense.

    Pediatric sedation is much more complex than simply lowering the dose of adult sedation methods. Preferred sedatives will have the fewest side effects with the most rapid sedation possible. The right medication and dose will be selected based on the procedure taking place, the age and weight of the child, and medical history.

    If your child needs specialized pediatric care, you can trust the Child Life Specialists at Brandon Regional Hospital. Take a closer look at our pediatric services on our website or call us at (888) 327-2636 to reach our Consult-A-Nurse healthcare referral line. 

    How to Interpret Your Blood Pressure Readings

    Last updated 3 years ago

    High blood pressure, or hypertension, is often thought of as a silent killer, because it can significantly raise a person’s risk for stroke, heart attack, and other serious cardiac conditions without any prior symptoms. Most often, the only way to know that you have high blood pressure is by regularly having blood pressure screenings with the doctor or monitoring your blood pressure at home. As you begin to look at the readings, you should consider the following points to understand what each reading means.

    Knowing the numbers

    When you measure your blood pressure, you will see two numbers: Systolic and diastolic blood pressure. Systolic blood pressure shows the pressure in the arteries when the heart beats, and diastolic pressure is measured between heartbeats when the heart is resting and refilling with blood. Each number is important, but the systolic blood pressure is often the area of focus, since it is the number associated with cardiovascular disease. Normal blood pressure readings are below 120/80, with the 120-139 range considered prehypertension for systolic pressure.

    Recognizing patterns

    A single high blood pressure reading does not indicate hypertension, since there are environmental factors that can temporarily cause your blood pressure to spike. When you are under stress, for example, your blood pressure readings may be higher than usual. This means that you will need to measure your blood pressure regularly and look for patterns of high readings.

    Taking preventive action

    Even if your blood pressure is consistently normal, you will want to take steps to make sure it stays that way. The risk for high blood pressure only increases with age, so you may need to establish a regular workout routine and make changes in your diet now to keep your numbers stable later on.

    At Brandon Regional Hospital, we can cover your preventive care needs through our Heart and Vascular Center serving Hillsborough County. Call our Consult-A-Nurse healthcare referral line today at (888) 327-2636 to discover the screenings, classes, and cardiac procedures that will pave the way to your heart attack free future. 

    Different Types of Spinal Fractures

    Last updated 3 years ago

    A spinal fracture can easily take you off your feet and lead to serious pain. In some cases, spinal fractures can even damage the spinal cord and cause a wide range of symptoms—including loss of mobility in certain areas of the body. Spinal fractures are often the result of car accidents and falls from significant height, but they may occur in more seemingly minor accidents in seniors who are suffering from osteoporosis. Below you can see the different types of spinal fractures that may occur in the lower of mid-spine and require immediate treatment followed by long-term rehabilitation.

    Flexion fracture

    Both compression and axial burst fractures are relatively common types of flexion fractures that involve the partial or complete loss of height of the vertebrae. In compression fractures, the spine is often weakened from degenerative disease or aging, and the pressure of certain activities compresses the anterior section of the vertebra. Axial burst fractures are typically the result of landing on one’s feet after falling from a distance, and they may have more of an impact on spinal stability.

    Extension fracture

    In the extension fracture pattern, a vertebra in the spine is pulled apart as the upper part of the body is thrown forward while the lower body remains held in place by a seat belt or other type of restraint. The distinctive nature of this type of fracture makes it unique to auto accidents.

    Rotation fracture

    Fracture-dislocation is the most serious type of spinal fracture, and it follows the rotation fracture pattern in which a vertebra becomes displaced by movement of the soft tissues supporting the spine. This type of fracture can have serious effects on stability and compress the spinal cord.

    If you have suffered an injury that could result in any type of spinal fracture, the orthopedic and neurological specialists at the Spine Center of Brandon Regional Hospital can manage your care and get you back on your feet. You can find a physician within our spine program by visiting our website or calling our healthcare referral line at (888) 327-2636. 

    A Look at Pregnancy and Breast Cancer

    Last updated 3 years ago

    Receiving a breast cancer diagnosis at any stage of life can be trying for a woman, but being diagnosed during pregnancy is among the most challenging situations that this disease may present. It is important to note that breast cancer during pregnancy is incredibly rare, but there has been a slight increase in cases because more women are having their first pregnancies later in life. This article will explore some of the factors related to pregnancy-associated breast cancer and treatments recommended for pregnant patients.

    Breast cancer risks and pregnancy

    Women who have their first pregnancy after 30 are at a slightly higher risk for breast cancer, because pregnancy affects the body’s hormonal balance and reduces exposure to estrogen. While pregnancy later in life is in no way a guarantee that breast cancer will develop during or just after gestation, women who do become pregnant later in adulthood should speak with their physicians about their breast health concerns.

    Diagnosing cancer during pregnancy

    Unfortunately, when breast cancer is diagnosed during pregnancy it is often in later stages and has spread to the lymph nodes. This is because the breast tissue undergoes many changes during pregnancy and becomes denser, so lumps may be missed during both self-exams and mammograms. Still, mammograms are considered safe during pregnancy, so they should remain part of your routine if you are due for this imaging exam.

    Possible treatment options

    Conventional treatment options like chemotherapy and radiation have significant risks to consider during pregnancy. Radiation is not used at all in pregnancy, while chemotherapy is not considered an option in the first three months of the pregnancy. Surgery may still be used, as it is often the first line of treatment for breast cancer, and it will have the lowest impact on the developing baby. In some cases, all treatments may be delayed until the baby is born. The recommended guidelines will depend on the stage of pregnancy, size of the tumor, and the aggressiveness of the cancer’s growth.

    With Brandon Regional Hospital in Hillsborough County, you can find excellent breast and prenatal care to help you have a healthy pregnancy in any situation. Learn how we can help you move forward from a tough cancer diagnosis by visiting our website or calling (888) 327-2636.


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