Today we celebrate Doctors’ Day, a day we thank and recognize our dedicated physicians for the care and expertise they provide to our patients each and every day.
During robot-assisted surgery, the surgeon guides small, robotic arms through several tiny ‘keyhole’ incisions with the use of a state-of-the-art monitor system. The procedures that typically take advantage of robotic surgical systems are those that require the great precision and accuracy made available by this technology, such as cardiac, laparoscopic, thoracic, and urologic procedures. The smaller incisions and wider range of movement provided by these robots has many operative and post-operative benefits, including:
- Reduced scarring and reduced pain
Robotic arms do not require large incisions to have full range of motion or access to the tissue in question. With the help of cameras and three-dimensional imaging technology, the robotic arms can perform surgery with unbelievable accuracy through incisions only a few centimeters in length. This significantly reduces the scarring and pain associated with traditional open surgery.
- Reduced recovery times
Robotic surgical systems have the ability to filter out a surgeon’s hand tremor and translate larger hand movements into much smaller ones. The degree of surgical precision made available by robotic surgery significantly reduces tissue damage associated with any given procedure. Recovery takes much less time and a patient can get back to their normal activities much sooner.
- Reduced risk of infection and reduced blood loss
The smaller incisions also benefit the patient by preventing their tissue from being as exposed to the open air, dramatically decreasing the possibility of infection. The reduced incision size and tissue damage also reduces the amount of blood lost during the procedure.
Many types of surgery that were once performed through large, open incisions can now be done with the assistance of robotics as minimally-invasive procedures. Riverside Community Hospital of Riverside, CA is staffed with many surgeons that specialize in minimally invasive procedures to give our patients as many alternative options as possible. Contact us at (951) 788-3000 to learn more about our doctors and surgical services.
- Reduced scarring and reduced pain
A heart attack, also called myocardial infarction, is a medical emergency that results in the damage and/or death of cardiac muscle. To minimize the damage done to your heart, it is vitally important to seek emergency medical intervention as soon as possible upon experiencing symptoms of a heart attack.
In this video, you can learn some of the warning signs of a heart attack from people who have experienced the event firsthand. Symptoms can be different for everyone, but there are several distinct signs that are quite common to all heart attacks.
If you believe you are suffering from possible heart attack symptoms, seriously consider calling 9-1-1 and seeking emergency care immediately. At Riverside Community Hospital, our HeartCare Institute is prepared to provide the most comprehensive cardiac care possible. Learn more about our services by contacting us at (951) 788-3000 today.
While every surgery has its risks, those who undergo organ transplantation face their own special challenges. Namely, transplant patients face the possibility that their immune system will reject the new organ meant to save their life. Fortunately, medical research has advanced significantly, providing organ recipients a much greater chance of successful recovery and restored health. Read on to learn what you can expect after receiving an organ transplant :
After the procedure, you will continue to work with your healthcare providers to prevent rejection of the organ. Immunosuppressant drugs will be administered to decrease the body’s immune response to the transplant and will be taken throughout your life. Since these drugs will reduce your body’s ability to fight infection, you may also be given a combination of other medicines to fight fungal, viral, and bacterial illnesses.
Each person’s circumstances and recovery time will be different; however, it is wise for every patient to discuss changes in diet and exercise with their healthcare team. Having a healthy, balanced diet is extremely important for those who have recently undergone a transplant. Good dietary habits may help with the side effects of the surgery and from the medications. Exercise is also typically recommended to help the body return to a healthy state and will stave off weight gain caused by the immunosuppressant drugs. Your exercise regimen will probably be very minimal to start.
Receiving a donor organ allows someone to get a second chance to lead a healthy life. Thousands of people in the United States undergo an organ transplant each year and face the challenges of surgery and recovery. If you would like to know more about the organ donation or transplantation processes, contact the professionals of Riverside Community Hospital at (951) 788-3000—we are happy to answer any health-related questions you may have.
A heart attack, or myocardial infarction, is a life-threatening event that occurs when blood flow to the heart muscle is interrupted. When oxygen-rich blood is prevented from reaching the muscle cells, they quickly become damaged and die. Heart attacks are caused by blockages in the coronary arteries, or the vessels that supply blood to the heart muscle. Blockages can be a result of the following conditions:
- Thickening of the walls of the coronary arteries
- Accumulation of fatty plaques in the coronary arteries
- Narrowing or spasm of the coronary arteries
- Embolism affecting the coronary arteries
- Development of a blood clot in the coronary arteries
Being able to recognize the symptoms of a heart attack is vital in saving your life or the life of someone you love. Many people expect the dramatic signs seen in movies and ignore the more subtle symptoms, placing their lives in danger. Knowing when a heart attack is happening and seeking medical intervention as soon as possible will help you to get more effective treatment. The symptoms of a heart attack include:
- Squeezing, heavy chest pain, especially with exercise, emotional stress, cold weather, or a large meal
- Pain in the left shoulder, arm, or jaw
- Shortness of breath
- Sweating and clammy skin
- Loss of consciousness
- Anxiety, especially feeling a sense of doom with no apparent reason
- Stomach pain, back and shoulder pain, confusion, and fainting (these symptoms are more unusual and are more commonly seen in women)
Do not delay—if you experience any possible heart attack symptoms, seriously consider calling 9-1-1 and seeking medical attention immediately. The HeartCare Institute at Riverside Community Hospital is dedicated to the effective treatment of heart disease. If you would like to learn more about your risk factors or how to live a more heart-healthy lifestyle, contact our staff of cardiac care professionals at (951) 788-3000.
Vertical banded gastroplasty, also called stomach stapling, is a type of bariatric surgical procedure that is performed as a treatment for obesity. It causes weight loss by decreasing the amount of food you can eat by reshaping the stomach to reduce the amount of food it can hold. On average, a normal human stomach can hold 4-6 cups of food; the surgical stapling performed during this procedure results in a stomach pouch that can hold only one cup and is about the size of a small egg.
The success of vertical banded gastroplasty is very dependent on the patient’s commitment to making necessary lifestyle changes. If the doctor’s instructions are carefully followed and dietary changes are made and maintained, a patient is more likely to reap the benefits of bariatric surgery. These benefits include:
- Weight loss
- Improvement in many obesity-related chronic health conditions, such as sleep apnea, hypertension (high blood pressure), high cholesterol, and diabetes
- Reduced risk of dying from cardiovascular diseases, such as stroke or heart attack
- Improved mobility and stamina
- Enhanced self-esteem and quality of life
Just like every other bariatric surgery program, each vertical banded gastroplasty patient must meet very specific requirements to be qualified for the procedure. These programs generally include a thorough physical exam and the evaluation of medical history and an effort to lose weight through medically approved dietary means before considering surgery. Patients are also typically required to attend ongoing consultations with a registered dietician and to receive mental health evaluation and counseling.
If you are interested in the possibilities of weight loss surgery, consult the professionals of the Center for Surgical Weight Loss at Riverside Community Hospital. We offer minimally-invasive bariatric surgery alternatives that reduce the pain, scarring, and chances of infection associated with traditional open procedures. Contact our staff at (951) 788-3000 to learn more.
In its early stages, breast cancer often exhibits no symptoms. Getting yearly mammograms is vitally important in the early detection of this disease before it can reach more advanced stages.
In this video, you can learn more about the “Think Pink” campaign —a campaign to increase awareness about the importance of getting a yearly mammogram. The host describes her own experience with breast cancer and how being aware of breast cancer symptoms can save lives.
The Cancer Center at Riverside Community Hospital is a milestone for our community, providing patients with the highest quality cancer care close to home. Our Breast Imaging Center helps women to win the fight against breast cancer before it can begin. Learn more about our state-of-the-art cancer services by contacting us at (951) 788-3000.
Knowing your risk factors for heart disease or diabetes is the first step in prevention and staying healthy. To learn more about these conditions and the other topics discussed in our recent blog posts, look through the helpful links below.
- This article from the American College of Gastroenterology website answers many frequently asked questions about acid reflux, heartburn, and GERD.
- You can also read more about the basics of heartburn and reflux disease on the American Gastroenterological Association website.
- Are you at risk for type-II diabetes? This short test from the American Diabetes Association can help you to find out.
- If you are at an increased risk for diabetes, read the information found at the National Diabetes Information Clearinghouse (NDIC) to learn more about how to reduce your risk.
- This health guide found on The New York Times website provides more information about the causes, symptoms, treatment, and more of diabetes mellitus.
- Learn about your possible risk factors for heart disease from the American Heart Association.
- Epilepsy is a neurological disorder that leads to seizures. Read about epilepsy and its causes from PubMed Health.
- This article from the American Brain Tumor Association goes into detail about the different types of brain tumors and their treatment.
- The Los Angeles Times explores the many potential benefits of palliative care in this article.
- You can read more about the purpose of palliative care from the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization website.
Learn more about staying healthy by contacting the friendly staff of Riverside Community Hospital at (951) 788-3000.