Medical knowledge and the latest technological developments have provided patients suffering from neurological conditions with more treatment options than ever before. Not only do patients have more options, but treatment has also become safer and more effective. Minimally invasive procedures, such as stereotactic surgery, have been shown to result in shorter recovery times, less pain associated with surgery, and dramatically reduced risk of infection. Read on to learn more about some of the common neurological services offered by cutting-edge hospitals and surgery centers.
- Stereotactic surgery
This type of neurological surgery utilizes images of a patient’s brain to guide the surgeon to the tumor or other target within the brain tissue. This approach allows for increased accuracy in the removal of larger brain masses and the removal of cells or tissue during biopsy.
- Dorsal column stimulation
For patients with chronic, severe nerve pain, dorsal column stimulation may be indicated to help alleviate their symptoms. The dorsal column stimulator is a very specialized device that can interrupt the conduction of pain signals to the brain by emitting tiny electrical impulses onto the spinal cord.
Neuroendoscopy allows surgeons to look into the skull, brain, and spine with the use of small high-resolution cameras and telescopes. With the help of this technology, brain surgeons can perform a wide variety of minimally invasive neurological procedures through an incision only a few centimeters long.
- Vagal nerve stimulation (VNS)
This type of nerve stimulation can be used as a treatment for certain types of depression that are resistant to other forms of treatment. It can also be used to help treat certain types of epilepsy.
The professionals of Riverside Community Hospital are dedicated to delivering the highest quality neurological services to patients while also working to increase the range and safety of treatments and procedures. If you would like to learn more about our Neurological Surgery services, contact our staff at (951) 788-3000.
- Stereotactic surgery
Glucose is the body’s main source of fuel. It is found in much of the food we eat and is absorbed into our cells with the help of the essential hormone insulin. In people with diabetes, insulin is unable to perform its main function of facilitating the uptake of glucose, causing blood glucose levels to rise to potentially dangerous levels. While diabetes can be effectively managed, those who do not successfully control their blood glucose levels can suffer from damage to almost every organ and tissue in their bodies—from the liver and kidneys to the eyes and nerves.
Are you at risk for adult-onset, or type-II, diabetes? Type-II diabetes results in insulin resistance related to excess body fat or the body’s inability to produce adequate amounts of the hormone. Factors that may increase your chance of developing this serious medical condition include, but are not limited to:
- Being obese or overweight, especially if the excess weight is located in the abdomen or upper body
- Being 45 years of age or older
- Having a family history of type-II diabetes or having a closely related family member with the disease
- Having high “bad” cholesterol (LDL), low “good” cholesterol (HDL), or high triglycerides
- Suffering from hypertension (high blood pressure).
- Having a sedentary lifestyle
- Suffering from depression
- Race: Those of African American, Hispanic, Hispanic American, Native American, Asian American, or Pacific Islander descent have been shown to be more likely to develop type-II diabetes
- Being female: Type-II diabetes is more common in older women than in men
If you have been diagnosed with diabetes, are pre-diabetic, or are at risk for developing diabetes, consider learning more about the treatment and management of the disease from the experts at Riverside Community Hospital. Our knowledgeable staff offers our patients diabetes education resources to help them learn more about staying healthy with all types of diabetes. Contact us at (951) 788-3000 to learn more.
High blood glucose levels due to poor eating habits or diabetes can lead to dangerous complications and damage to vital organs and tissues. To decrease your risk of being affected by these complications, you only need to make a few very simple lifestyle modifications. In this video, you can learn some of the ways to keep your blood sugar levels under control, which will help you to avoid developing heart disease.
If you are at risk for becoming diabetic or if you would like to learn more about effectively managing your blood glucose levels, consider consulting with one of the professionals at Riverside Community Hospital. We offer diabetes education and a wide variety of other services to help keep our community healthy. Call us at (951) 788-3000 to learn more.
Many patients suffering from life-threatening medical conditions, such as cancer or AIDS, experience severe physical and psychological symptoms caused by medical treatment or the disease itself. These symptoms often will diminish a patient’s quality of life. Palliative care is a healthcare approach that is focused on the treatment of these symptoms. Combining pain and symptom management with spiritual and emotional support, palliative care works to alleviate symptoms of illnesses, but not to cure the illness itself.
Palliative care is administered from an interdisciplinary team of trained personnel. Physicians, social workers, chaplains, and nurses work together to provide each patient and their family with many types of care at any stage of illness. Support services included as a part of palliative care include, but are not limited to:
- Symptom management to help increase the patient’s comfort and quality of life
- Creating a support system for the patient and the patient’s family with the community, made up of other family members, friends, clergy, and service organizations
- Developing plans to manage caregiving duties, from the financial strains to the caregiving itself
- Helping with everyday activities, such as preparing meals and transportation
- Advice and counseling from medical professionals, which aims to help the patient and family members to get a better understanding of the patient’s medical condition and how to recognize potential life-threatening signs
- Emotional and spiritual support for the patient and family in dealing with the stressful aspects of serious illness
Riverside Community Hospital offers palliative care services to help patients in need achieve comfort, support, and improved quality of life. You can learn more about our comprehensive palliative care services by contacting us at (951) 788-3000.
If you’ve ever experienced a burning sensation in your chest or throat after a meal, you may have been experiencing heartburn, the main symptom of gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). Heartburn is usually caused by the weakening of the muscle between the esophagus and the stomach, the muscle responsible for allowing food to enter the stomach. This weakened muscle allows stomach acid to enter the esophagus, leading to the burning associated with heartburn and GERD.
Over 60 million men and women living in the United States suffer from the symptoms of heartburn, also called acid indigestion, at least one time per month. The symptoms of this condition are can include:
- A burning pain in the chest (behind the sternum, or chest bone) that typically occurs after eating and can last from minutes to several hours
- Pain that will worsen when lying down, bending over, or exercising
- Burning in the throat or difficulty swallowing
- Feeling like food is ‘sticking’ in the back of the throat or is coming back up
- Sour or bitter taste in the mouth and throat
Heartburn treatment focuses on decreasing the number of reflux episodes by halting the flow of acid into the esophagus and decreasing the stomach’s acid production. These treatments can include a variety of lifestyle changes, from avoiding foods that tend to trigger reflux episodes to losing weight and quitting smoking. A variety of medications can also be prescribed to slow the production of stomach acid or to neutralize its effects.
If you experience pain from heartburn more than twice a week, have difficulty swallowing, or symptoms continue despite treatment with over-the-counter medications, consider making an appointment with your physician. Heartburn symptoms can also mimic some of the signs of a heart attack; if you ever have doubt about the source of your symptoms, consider seeking medical attention immediately. For expert heart and vascular care in the Riverside, CA area, visit Riverside Community Hospital. Schedule a consultation or learn more about us by calling (951) 788-3000 today.
Heart disease is the leading cause of death in both men and women living in the United States. While some of the risk factors for developing the many types of heart disease are genetic and cannot be altered, there are a wide variety of risk factors that can be affected with simple changes in lifestyle and diet. In this video, you can learn more about the different risk factors for heart disease from the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, including which factors you can control and which you cannot.
Prevention is important. If you would like to learn more about staying healthy and avoiding the complications associated with heart disease, contact the professionals at Riverside Community Hospital at (951) 788-3000.
Do you have questions about bariatric surgery or the factors that contribute to a high-risk pregnancy? The links below contain more detailed information about these topics and the others discussed in our recent blog posts. For more information, contact Riverside Community Hospital at (951) 788-3000.
- This article from the American Society for Metabolic & Bariatric Surgery lists the benefits of weight loss surgery.
- The differences between endoscopic surgery and open surgery are described in this WebMD.com article.
- Read about the basics of diabetes mellitus from the American Diabetes Association.
- There are many different conditions that can result in a high-risk pregnancy —learn more about them from this MedlinePlus article.
- The National Institute of Child Health & Human Development provides more information about high-risk pregnancies on their website.
- Learn more about the details of robotic surgery from the Brown University website.
- Robot-assisted surgery allows a surgeon to have more dexterity and freedom of movement during the procedure without creating a large incision. This article from the daVinci Surgery website provides more information about this technology’s uses.
- This article from the American College of Surgeons describes new findings that a new robot-assisted surgical method is successful in treating thyroid cancer.
- The National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute lists some of the risk factors for coronary heart disease on their website.
- You can learn more about maintaining good heart health from the American Heart Association website.