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    Answering Common Questions about Hysterectomies

    Last updated 3 years ago

    The decision to have a hysterectomy is one that patients and doctors alike always take seriously, but sometimes, it is the best treatment option available. Educating yourself about the procedure and what to expect afterwards can help you feel more in control of your care. Talk to your surgeon at Brandon Regional Hospital about all of your questions and concerns about your upcoming hysterectomy. Here are the answers to some of the most commonly asked questions about the procedure.

    What Is a Hysterectomy?

    A hysterectomy is a surgical procedure performed to remove the uterus, and sometimes the fallopian tubes and ovaries as well. There are three different kinds of hysterectomies. During a partial hysterectomy, surgeons remove the upper part of the uterus but leave the cervix. A total hysterectomy involves the removal of the entire uterus plus the cervix. In a radical hysterectomy, the uterus, cervix, tissue on either side of the cervix, and upper portion of the vagina are removed. Hysterectomies can be performed in a number of different ways, including via the abdomen or vagina and with robotic-assisted surgery.

    Why Might I Need a Hysterectomy?

    Hysterectomies are performed for a number of different reasons, including gynecological cancers, fibroids, endometriosis, and uterine prolapse. You may also need one if you suffer from chronic pelvic pain, adenomyosis, or abnormal vaginal bleeding. In most cases, your doctor will try less invasive treatments first and turn to a hysterectomy if those fail.

    What Can I Expect After a Hysterectomy?

    If you have not yet gone through menopause, you will enter menopause when your ovaries are removed. You may also begin menopause even if your ovaries are left intact after a hysterectomy. Your doctor can help you manage menopause symptoms. The type of procedure you have determines how long your recovery will take, but most patients heal within six weeks and do not experience any prolonged issues.

    Is a hysterectomy right for you? Ask your doctor to refer you to the Women’s Center at Brandon Regional Hospital. Trust our Hillsborough County hospital for all of your medical needs, including orthopedics, stroke care, and emergency care. To learn more, please call (888) 327-2636. 

    How Sinusitis Is Treated at Brandon Regional Hospital

    Last updated 3 years ago

    Sinusitis can be an extremely painful condition. However, Brandon Regional Hospital offers several effective treatment options for individuals with chronic sinus problems.

    This video explains the types of sinus surgeries available at Brandon Regional Hospital. Endoscopic sinus surgery is one option that removes any tissue and bone that may prevent the drainage of the sinus passageways. Balloon sinuplasty is a minimally invasive treatment for individuals with severely inflamed sinuses. During a balloon sinuplasty, the surgeon will introduce a small balloon into the sinus cavity. This balloon is then inflated, creating more space in the sinus cavity.

    To find out if you might be a candidate for endoscopic sinus surgery or balloon sinuplasty, call Brandon Regional Hospital at (888) 327-2636. Our Consult-A-Nurse representatives can guide you toward the right treatment options based on your symptoms and needs.

    Your Guide to Bone Density Screenings

    Last updated 3 years ago

    Many conditions fail to show noticeable symptoms until they have caused considerable damage to the body. Osteoporosis is one such ailment that can rob the body of bone mass without presenting clear warning signs. Until an osteoporosis sufferer breaks a bone due to a minor impact, which can lead to hospitalization, surgery, and even premature death, they may not know they have this serious condition. For this reason, Brandon Regional Hospital encourages all Hillsborough County residents who are at risk for osteoporosis to undergo bone density screenings.

    How Does a Bone Density Screening Work?

    Bone density screenings are quick, convenient, and painless. In many cases, patients can complete the screening in less than an hour and return to their normal everyday activities. During a screening, imaging equipment is used to determine how much bone mass is present in certain areas of the body. Osteoporosis can significantly affect the amount of bone in the spinal column and hips, so some bone density screenings may assess density levels in those specific regions of the body.

    What Does a Bone Density Screening Do?

    A bone density screening is one of the most important tools used in the detection of osteoporosis. Like other health screenings, a bone density screening can alert doctors to the presence of a problem before it causes a major medical event. With the results of a bone density screening, a doctor can determine whether a patient requires treatment to maintain current bone mass and even increase it if possible.

    Why Should You Consider a Bone Density Screening?

    Osteoporosis can happen at any age, though older individuals are at the highest risk for it. If you are already in your senior years, you may want to speak with your physician about getting a bone density screening. If you are diagnosed with osteoporosis, your doctor can begin you on a medication regimen that will help to protect your bones. She may also recommend lifestyle changes to help you keep your bones healthy and strong.

    Are you eligible for a bone density screening? To find out, call Brandon Regional Hospital at (888) 327-2636. You can also visit our website for more information on our orthopedics department.


    What to Expect From a Trip to the Emergency Center

    Last updated 3 years ago

    At some point in their lives, many people must seek emergency room treatment. If you are ever among the millions of Americans who need ER attention each year, it’s important that you understand how the process works. A major injury or illness can quickly lead to confusion and fear, so knowing what to expect when you reach the ER can help you stay calm and focused on your treatment and recovery. For more information on emergency room services, contact Brandon Regional Hospital and read the following information.

    Triage Assessment

    Upon arriving at the ER, you may be directed to the triage center. There, a triage nurse will be waiting to discuss the specifics of your medical needs. Triage assessment is a critical part of emergency care, as learning as much as possible about your medical condition is one of the best ways to ensure that you get the quick and accurate attention you need. Beyond the details of the medical event that brought you to the ER, the triage nurse may also want to know about your general medical history and insurance information.

    ER Treatment

    Once the triage nurse has gathered all necessary information about your condition, he may bring you to a waiting room. If your illness or injury is more urgent, you may be immediately directed to the doctors and nurses who will address your medical needs. Numerous medical events may necessitate ER care, which is why emergency rooms typically house staff and equipment with the capabilities to handle a wide variety of conditions ranging from heart attacks to severe allergic reactions. 

    Hospital Admittance

    Under some circumstances, your condition may require only a few minutes or hours of ER treatment. However, if you suffer a more severe medical emergency such as a heart attack or stroke, the emergency room team might decide that you require hospitalization. If you are admitted to the hospital, you will move from the ER to a specialized department where the medical staff can monitor your needs and continue treatment.

    Brandon Regional Hospital is fully equipped to handle many medical emergencies. To find out more about the conditions that our ER can address, call (888) 327-2636. Our Consult-A-Nurse representatives can also provide information on the other healthcare departments in our Hillsborough County hospital.

    Take Control of Your Health with Our Reflux Seminars

    Last updated 3 years ago

    Digestive distress is a painful and disruptive problem for many people, which is why Brandon Regional Hospital houses The Reflux Center at our Hillsborough County hospital. The Reflux Center offers effective symptom management and treatment services for gastro-esophageal reflux disease, or GERD, a condition that produces chronic pain and inflammation along the esophagus.

    We also offer Hillsborough County residents multiple learning opportunities to help them regain control of their digestive health. Our nutritional classes can help community members make healthy food choices that may reduce GERD flare-ups. Our weight loss education classes can provide patients with the tools necessary to help them improve their digestive health. Expecting mothers can benefit from our gestational diabetes classes.

    If you suffer from GERD, gestational diabetes, or another digestive problem, Brandon Regional Hospital can help. To learn more about The Reflux Center, call us at (888) 327-2636. You can also visit our website for information on the complete healthcare services we offer for those in the greater Hillsborough County region.



Disclaimer: The materials provided are intended for informational purposes only. You should contact your doctor for medical advice. Use of and access to this website or other materials do not create a physician-patient relationship. The opinions expressed through this website are the opinions of the individual author and may not reflect the opinions of the hospital, medical staff, or any individual physician or other healthcare professional.
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