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    A New You: Surgical Weight Loss [INFOGRAPHIC]

    Last updated 4 years ago

    If you’re like many people in Hillsborough County, you may have struggled with weight loss at some point in your life. Sometimes, despite dedication to eating well and exercising, the weight still won’t come off. Excess weight can be a health hazard, leading to conditions such as type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, and even certain forms of cancer. If you’re ready to make a transformation, it may be time to consider surgical weight loss. In this infographic from Hillsborough County’s own Brandon Regional Hospital, you’ll learn about your options for surgical weight loss and what each procedure involves. Losing excess weight can improve your health, your self-esteem, and your life, and may even help keep you out of the emergency room. Please share with your friends and family, and get ready for the new you.

    What Is a STEMI?

    Last updated 4 years ago

    ST segment elevation myocardial infarction, or STEMI, is a particularly dangerous kind of heart attack. It’s important to go to the emergency room as quickly as possible in the case of a STEMI. This video explains more.

    During a STEMI, the coronary artery is completely blocked. This means that blood flow to all parts of the heart supplied by that artery is stopped, and heart muscle begins to die rapidly. STEMIs are considered to be the most dangerous kind of heart attack and require immediate emergency care to preserve as much heart tissue as possible.

    The American Heart Association states that patient blood flow should be restored within 90 minutes of arriving at the ER during a STEMI. At Brandon Regional Hospital’s ER, our STEMI treatment time is 55 minutes. Call our Hillsborough County hospital at (888) 327-2636 for more information about our emergency room and cardiovascular care.

    Spotting the Signs of a Stroke

    Last updated 3 years ago

    Stroke experts have a saying: time is brain. That’s because during a stroke, brain cells die every second. Fast treatment can minimize brain damage and its long-lasting negative impacts, which is why knowing the signs of a stroke is so important. If you recognize the symptoms in yourself or someone else, call 911 or go to the emergency room right away.

    Facial drooping on one side is a common stroke symptom. One good way to test for this symptom is to ask the suspected stroke victim to smile. If the smile is lopsided, then a stroke may be to blame. A similar effect can happen with the arms. If a person raises both arms and one drifts downward, it could be a warning sign of a stroke. During strokes, people may also have difficulty speaking and seeing, and may experience an intense headache.

    The emergency room and Stroke Center at Brandon Regional Hospital can deliver the urgent medical care needed when a stroke occurs. To get a physician referral or to learn more about our stroke care services, please call (888) 327-2636.

    Women's Health Spotlight: Mammograms

    Last updated 3 years ago

    As a woman, one of the most important things you can do for your health is undergo regular mammograms. Mammograms allow your physician to identify abnormal tissue in your breasts and determine if it is cancerous in early stages, when treatment can be most effective. At Brandon Regional Hospital, our Breast Center combines the latest mammography technology with compassionate care and amenities to make your visit as comfortable as possible. What happens during a mammogram and why are they so important? Here is what you need to know.

    What Is a Mammogram?

    Mammograms are X-rays of the breast tissue that are used to check for abnormalities. Some mammograms are performed for screening purposes to check for breast cancer. In other cases, a physician may order a diagnostic mammogram in response to a symptom a patient has, such as a breast lump. Mammogram images can be taken with X-ray film or they can be performed using digital imaging.

    When Should Women Have Mammograms?

    Most physicians recommend that women begin having annual mammograms at age 40.  However, your doctor may recommend a different schedule of testing for you, particularly if you have a family history of breast cancer or have had breast cancer in the past. For women with a high risk of breast cancer, doctors may recommend annual MRIs in conjunction with mammograms.

    What Happens During a Mammogram?

    During a mammogram, your breast will be placed on a flat plate in the X-ray machine, and a second plate will be lowered from the top to compress your breast. The technician will take a series of images and repeat the procedure on the other breast. Although you may feel slight discomfort during the compression, it shouldn’t last more than a few seconds.

    When you need a mammogram, ask your doctor to refer you to Brandon Regional Hospital. We offer a comprehensive range of services, including orthopedics, a NICU, a Stroke Center, and an emergency room. Learn more by calling our Hillsborough County hospital at (888) 327-2636.

    Is Hip Replacement Right for You?

    Last updated 3 years ago

    If your hip is causing chronic pain and limiting your mobility, hip replacement surgery could be right for you. During this procedure, the damaged part of the hip—the femoral head—is removed and replaced with a metal implant. Next, the orthopedic surgeon removes damaged cartilage around the hip socket and replaces it with a metal socket. Although this orthopedic surgery can be life-changing, it’s not right for everyone. Here are some signs that this procedure could help you.

    Other Treatments Haven’t Worked

    Surgery is seldom the first treatment your orthopedist will recommend. Instead, your doctor will usually see if your symptoms can be resolved with non-invasive treatments, like physical therapy, pain medications, and weight loss. If these techniques don’t help or if they initially provide relief but eventually stop working, your doctor may recommend orthopedic surgery.

    Hip Pain Is Interfering With Your Life

    Is your hip limiting your mobility? Are you unable to do your everyday activities without pain? If so, hip replacement surgery could be the solution. Your orthopedic doctor may also suggest hip replacement surgery if you’re in pain even at rest or if your hip becomes so stiff that it’s difficult to move your leg.

    You’re in Good General Health

    Hip replacement surgery is considered to be extremely safe and is well tolerated by most patients. There are no age or weight restrictions for the procedure. However, there are risks associated with all surgeries, particularly those involving anesthesia, so your doctor will make sure you don’t have any conditions that could make surgery dangerous for you. Each potential orthopedic surgery patient is evaluated individually.

    To find out if hip replacement surgery may be right for you, schedule a consultation with one of the orthopedic doctors at Brandon Regional Hospital. We also offer orthopedic seminars in Hillsborough County, which can help you learn more about the procedure. To get our seminar schedule or to find out more about our hospital, call our Consult-A-Nurse line at (888) 327-2636.


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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