• What is Robotic Surgery?

    Robotic Surgery

    In the past, surgical procedures could only be performed through large incisions. These open incisions provided the surgeon with enough visibility and access to the organs or tissues in question. Unfortunately, this surgical approach also resulted to long recovery times, increased discomfort from tissue damage, and other post-surgical complications.  With the development and introduction of laparoscopic and robot-assisted surgery, however, much of the traditional surgical approach has changed. 

    Robot-assisted procedures utilize tiny robotic arms to access tissues and organs within the body. Instead of requiring large incisions to access the surgical site, the robotic arms are able to fit through tiny “keyhole” incisions that are only centimeters in length. Through these tiny incisions, the physician performs the surgery with the guidance of a state-of-the-art camera and monitoring system. The robotic arms have a greater range of motion than the surgeon’s hand and are able to filter out any hand tremors. 

    These advanced robotic procedures can be used for a variety of surgical applications, from an appendectomy (removal of the appendix) to a hysterectomy. When performed by an experienced robotic surgeon, the patient can experience a variety of benefits over traditional surgical procedures, including:

    • Less scarring due to smaller incisions and reduced tissue damage
       
    • Reduced recovery times from the increased precision of the robotic arms
       
    • Less risk of infection and blood loss due to the creation of only the tiniest of incisions
       
    • Shorter hospital stay and a faster recovery when compared with open surgical procedures

    If you are interested in learning more about the benefits of robot-assisted surgical procedures, contact the medical experts at Riverside Community Hospital. Our Consult-A-Nurse healthcare referral line is staffed by experienced nurses that are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week to answer your health questions and refer you to specialty physicians in the Riverside community. Call today at (951) 788-3000.

  • Best Exercises for Promoting Heart Health

    Healthy Exercise

    It’s no secret that exercise does a body good. Studies show it can help strengthen your heart and cardiovascular system, lower body fat, improve sleep and reduce stress, anxiety and depression, among other things.

    A sedentary or inactive lifestyle puts you at greater risk of heart disease, so getting regular daily exercise can help prevent it. According to the American Heart Association, exercising for as little as 30 minutes a day can make a difference.

    Heart hospital experts say combining aerobic exercise with strength training works best to combat heart disease.

    Aerobic exercise, also called cardio or cardiovascular training, moves the large muscles of the body in the arms, legs and hips. It helps your body use the oxygen in your blood better. Your heart rate rises for a while, you breathe more deeply and the body releases endorphins, the “feel good” hormones, to reduce stress and make you feel more relaxed. Examples of aerobic exercise include walking, dancing, biking and swimming.

    Walking is one of the easiest ways to improve your heart health. To start walking, you don’t need a lot of fancy equipment, just a good pair of sneakers. Enlist a friend to go on regular walks or find a walking group to help you stick with it. Walking buddies can make these outings fun and social as well as effective.

    Strength training or resistance training isn’t just for bodybuilders. Research shows older adults who lift weights two or three times a week can build muscle mass and bone density, which contribute to overall heart health. Push-ups, lunges and standing bicep curls with weights are all examples of strength training moves.

    Never rush into physical activity, especially if you’ve been a couch potato for a long time. Moderate exercise is generally safe for most people, but, if you’ve been inactive or have health problems, be sure to check with your doctor before starting any fitness program.

    Once cleared, challenge yourself to keep moving, but avoid an all or nothing attitude. That can lead to aches and pains that may sink your plans to live healthier before you see any benefits. It’s okay to gradually build up to exercising 30 minutes or more a day and remember to do warm-up exercises and cool down stretches to prevent soreness and injury.

    The key is to find activities you enjoy so you’ll want to exercise consistently and build a stronger, healthier heart.

    The HeartCare Institute at Riverside Community Hospital is dedicated to effectively treating and combating heart disease. If you would like to learn more about our comprehensive services, call Riverside Community Hospital at (951) 788-3000.

  • Riverside Community Hospital Honored as Baby Friendly

    Mother Baby Unit AM

    Riverside Community Hospital has received international recognition as a Baby-Friendly birth facility by Baby-Friendly USA.

    The national authority for Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative, Baby-Friendly USA, recognizes hospitals that provide a high level of care and that offer breastfeeding mothers the information, confidence, and skills to begin and continue breastfeeding their babies.

    The designation followed an on-site survey involving nurses and physicians. Baby-Friendly, a global program sponsored by the World Health Organization and the United Nations Children’s Fund, is a five-year designation maintained by continuing to practice the Ten Steps to Successful Breast-feeding for Hospitals. The award is maintained by continuing to practice the Ten Steps.

    There are more than 20,000 designated Baby-Friendly hospitals and birth centers worldwide. Riverside Community Hospital is one out of 143 active Baby-Friendly hospitals and birth centers in the United States and the first HCA hospital to achieve this designation.

    The hospital supports breast-feeding through The Ten Steps to Successful Breast-feeding for Hospitals, as outlined by UNICEF and WHO. The steps include following a policy that is routinely communicated, educating expectant mothers about breast-feeding, helping initiate breast-feeding within one hour of birth and teaching women how to maintain lactation.

    The Ten Steps encourage breastfeeding on demand and “rooming in” – to allow mothers and babies to remain together, as well as referring mothers to breast-feeding support upon discharge. Unless medically indicated, no food, drink (other than breast milk) or artificial nipples are to be given to breast-feeding infants.

    “Our attainment of baby-friendly status shows the dedication of our physicians and maternal child staff to provide evidence based, highest quality standard of care for our community,” said Debra Otwell, director of Women’s and Children’s Services.

    The hospital offers free comprehensive education to mothers throughout the phases of pregnancy, childbirth and post-partum. These include breastfeeding, childbirth preparation, and infant care support.

  • 5 Tips for Steering Clear of Menu Minefields

    Purchasing your own groceries and preparing your own meals can help ensure that you do not get more calories, cholesterol, or sodium than is recommended for optimal cardiovascular health. Although many men and women know that home cooking is more heart healthy, busy schedules can prevent them from eating at home every day. 

    By watching this video, you can learn more about choosing the right foods when eating at your favorite restaurants. The American Heart Association provides five helpful tips for making sure your meals out are still heart healthy.

    With the help of an experienced physician, you can evaluate your risk factors for heart disease and begin a healthier life today. To find a doctor in the Riverside area, contact the Riverside Community Hospital Consult-A-Nurse healthcare referral line at (951) 788-3000.

  • Heart Health – What Can Your Family History Tell You?

    Family History

    Cardiovascular disease is a common problem in the United States. In fact, it is the leading cause of death in both American men and women according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Through years of research, medical scientists have determined many factors that can increase a person’s risk for developing cardiovascular disease. By determining your risk factors, you can improve your health and work to prevent the complications associated with cardiovascular diseases.

    The established risk factors that affect the development of cardiovascular disease are typically divided into two major categories: those that are controllable and those that are not. Controllable risk factors include diet, activity level, and tobacco use. Those that we cannot control include age, sex, and family history. Although scientists have determined that family history does play a role in one’s risk for cardiovascular disease, they are not sure if this increased risk comes from a shared genetic predisposition or from exposure to similar environmental and lifestyle factors.

    What is known, however, is that men and women whose families show a history of heart disease are statistically more likely to develop the disease themselves. Knowing your family history of the disease can help you and your doctor to evaluate the common risk factors that your family possesses and work towards healthy management. Regardless of genetic makeup, it is believed that modifying unhealthy behaviors can benefit any person looking to avoid the complications of cardiovascular disease.

    If you think that you may be at risk for cardiovascular disease, consider scheduling a consultation with one of the heart care specialists at Riverside Community Hospital. Our Heart Care Institute strives to provide the highest quality of comprehensive heart and vascular care to the patients in our community. To find a cardiologist associated with our hospital, call our Consult-A-Nurse healthcare referral line today at (951) 788-3000. Our nurses are always available to take your call.

  • Heart Health – What Can Your Family History Tell You?

    Family History

    Cardiovascular disease is a common problem in the United States. In fact, it is the leading cause of death in both American men and women according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Through years of research, medical scientists have determined many factors that can increase a person’s risk for developing cardiovascular disease. By determining your risk factors, you can improve your health and work to prevent the complications associated with cardiovascular diseases.

    The established risk factors that affect the development of cardiovascular disease are typically divided into two major categories: those that are controllable and those that are not. Controllable risk factors include diet, activity level, and tobacco use. Those that we cannot control include age, sex, and family history. Although scientists have determined that family history does play a role in one’s risk for cardiovascular disease, they are not sure if this increased risk comes from a shared genetic predisposition or from exposure to similar environmental and lifestyle factors.

    What is known, however, is that men and women whose families show a history of heart disease are statistically more likely to develop the disease themselves. Knowing your family history of the disease can help you and your doctor to evaluate the common risk factors that your family possesses and work towards healthy management. Regardless of genetic makeup, it is believed that modifying unhealthy behaviors can benefit any person looking to avoid the complications of cardiovascular disease.

    If you think that you may be at risk for cardiovascular disease, consider scheduling a consultation with one of the heart care specialists at Riverside Community Hospital. Our Heart Care Institute strives to provide the highest quality of comprehensive heart and vascular care to the patients in our community. To find a cardiologist associated with our hospital, call our Consult-A-Nurse healthcare referral line today at (951) 788-3000. Our nurses are always available to take your call.

  • Weight Loss – Know Your Options

    Weight Loss

    Obesity is a dangerous epidemic in the United States, affecting more than one-third of American Adults according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.  Unfortunately, this condition can be very difficult to treat. If you are struggling to control your weight, Riverside Community Hospital is here to help. Our Center for Surgical Weight Loss is dedicated to providing patients in our community with a way to regain control of their health and live longer, healthier lives. Treatment options that can support continued weight loss typically include:

    • Lifestyle changes
      Regardless of the treatment that you choose, making the necessary lifestyle changes is vital for supporting your future health. For men and women looking to lose weight, it is necessary to reduce caloric intake while focusing on fresh, nutrient-rich foods. Getting regular exercise is also very important for improving mood, losing weight, and preventing the chronic health conditions that can be associated with obesity. Speak with your doctor about making the lifestyle changes you need to get healthy.
       
    • Bariatric surgery
      For morbidly obese patients who cannot successfully lose weight through diet and exercise, bariatric surgery can be an excellent option. Riverside offers three procedures for surgical weight loss that are tailored to each patient’s unique needs. All of these surgical procedures are performed laparoscopically through tiny incisions that reduce post-surgical complications, scarring, and discomfort.
       
    • Other treatments
      In addition to the above treatment options, there are other routes that a patient can take to assist in weight loss. Acupuncture, vitamin supplements, and other complementary and alternative therapies are available to patients who are looking for more options. To promote your optimal health, speak with your doctor about any alternative treatments that you may be considering.

    Knowing your options and discussing them with your physician can be the first step towards a healthier you. To locate an experienced weight loss specialist in the Riverside area, contact the Riverside Community Hospital Consult-A-Nurse healthcare referral line today at (951) 788-3000. Our nurses are always available to help you find a doctor or answer your health-related questions.

     

  • Weight Loss – Know Your Options

    Weight Loss

    Obesity is a dangerous epidemic in the United States, affecting more than one-third of American Adults according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.  Unfortunately, this condition can be very difficult to treat. If you are struggling to control your weight, Riverside Community Hospital is here to help. Our Center for Surgical Weight Loss is dedicated to providing patients in our community with a way to regain control of their health and live longer, healthier lives. Treatment options that can support continued weight loss typically include:

    • Lifestyle changes
      Regardless of the treatment that you choose, making the necessary lifestyle changes is vital for supporting your future health. For men and women looking to lose weight, it is necessary to reduce caloric intake while focusing on fresh, nutrient-rich foods. Getting regular exercise is also very important for improving mood, losing weight, and preventing the chronic health conditions that can be associated with obesity. Speak with your doctor about making the lifestyle changes you need to get healthy.
       
    • Bariatric surgery
      For morbidly obese patients who cannot successfully lose weight through diet and exercise, bariatric surgery can be an excellent option. Riverside offers three procedures for surgical weight loss that are tailored to each patient’s unique needs. All of these surgical procedures are performed laparoscopically through tiny incisions that reduce post-surgical complications, scarring, and discomfort.
       
    • Other treatments
      In addition to the above treatment options, there are other routes that a patient can take to assist in weight loss. Acupuncture, vitamin supplements, and other complementary and alternative therapies are available to patients who are looking for more options. To promote your optimal health, speak with your doctor about any alternative treatments that you may be considering.

    Knowing your options and discussing them with your physician can be the first step towards a healthier you. To locate an experienced weight loss specialist in the Riverside area, contact the Riverside Community Hospital Consult-A-Nurse healthcare referral line today at (951) 788-3000. Our nurses are always available to help you find a doctor or answer your health-related questions.

     

  • Check Out These Helpful Resources From Riverside Community Hospital

    Medical Information

    Visiting the following websites can help you learn more about women’s health, organ donation, and much more. If you have any further questions, please call Riverside Community Hospital at (951) 788-3000.

    • Mammography is a diagnostic imaging modality that is used to detect breast cancer in its earliest stages. This article from the American Cancer Society describes the benefits of this technology in greater detail.
    • Gestational diabetes is a temporary form of diabetes that occurs during a woman’s pregnancy. Read more about this condition on the American Diabetes Association website.
    • Staying healthy after an organ transplant involves a few simple steps.
    • Are you interested in becoming an organ donor in your state? Find out how by visiting OrganDonor.gov.
    • Childhood obesity is a serious problem in the United States. This article from FamilyDoctor.org provides more information about the causes and complications of obesity in children.
    • You can also find out more facts and statistics associated with childhood obesity on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website.
    • High blood pressure is a serious chronic disease that can damage many organs in the body. This article from the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute suggests some helpful ways to decrease blood pressure on their website.
    • Eating right is the first step to living a healthier life. Visit the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics website for more information about eating well every day.
    • Many couples struggle with fertility problems. Natural family planning and fertility awareness can improve these couples’ likelihood of achieving a successful pregnancy.
    • Find out more about having a healthy pregnancy on WomensHealth.gov.