• An introduction to bladder fistulas and how they are treated

    If you have any of the symptoms of a bladder fistula, you should have the issue professionally diagnosed as soon as possible. Not only will this allow you to have the fistula treated, but it will also rule out other health problems that might be causing your symptoms. Riverside Community Hospital offers state-of-the-art diagnostic imaging to locate fistulas and compassionate care to treat them. Read on to learn more about this medical problem and the importance of having it treated.

    What is a bladder fistula?
    A bladder fistula is an opening between the bladder and another part of the body—either the skin or another organ. In most cases, the fistula opens up between the bladder and the colon or the bladder and the vagina. The fistula is an abnormal opening, and it can result in urine or feces leaking from the vagina, bad-smelling gas expelling from the vagina or chronic abdominal pain. The issue is most common in women.

    What causes bladder fistulas?
    The most common causes of bladder fistulas include:

    • Hysterectomy
    • Cesarean sections
    • Colorectal cancer
    • Inflammatory bowel disease
    • Radiation therapy for cancer

    How is a bladder fistula diagnosed?
    There are several ways in which a bladder fistula can be identified by a medical professional. In some cases, the fistula can be found using a simple speculum exam. It can also be diagnosed through a cystoscopy, a procedure used to examine the urethra and the lining of the bladder. If the fistula is in a location that is more difficult to reach, diagnostic imaging can be used to find it.

    How can a bladder fistula be treated?
    If a fistula is small and the surrounding tissue is healthy, the problem may resolve on its own. Otherwise, the fistula will need to be treated surgically. Depending on the location of the fistula, it may be repaired using laparoscopic or robotic surgery. If the fistula has been caused by complications of colon cancer, it may be removed as part of cancer surgery.

    Riverside Community Hospital offers a wide range of essential medical services for women, including diagnosis and treatment of bladder fistulas. If you would like to find out more about the services we offer at our hospital in Riverside, CA, please contact us today by calling (951) 788-3463.

  • Handle food safely when you’re dining outdoors

    Dining outdoors is a great way to relax and enjoy time with family and friends, but without careful attention to food safety, it could also end in a trip to the hospital for emergency care. Make sure your next outdoor dining experience doesn’t lead to illness with these food safety tips.

    Pay attention to temperatures
    Temperatures play a central role in food safety. Hot foods should be kept hot, and cold foods should be kept cold. Follow these guidelines to make sure your foods stay at the right temperature:

    • Keep cold foods below 40 degrees F before serving, and don’t eat them if they sit out longer than two hours (or one hour on days over 90 degrees F).
    • Keep hot foods above 140 degrees F, and follow the same rules as cold foods for how long hot foods can sit out safely.
    • Put drinks in a different cooler than perishable foods, so opening and closing the cooler to get a drink doesn’t expose the food to higher temperatures.

    Avoid cross-contamination
    Cross-contamination occurs when items that have touched raw food touch food that is ready to eat. This can allow bacteria to transfer to your food before you eat it, which can lead to food poisoning. To avoid cross-contamination, keep these safety rules in mind:

    • Keep utensils and cutting boards that were used on raw foods away from cooked foods.
    • Don’t pack raw meat with ready to eat foods to prevent juices from the meat from coming into contact with the food.
    • Always discard marinade after removing the meat.
    • Wash your hands after handling raw foods

    Clean fruits and vegetables
    Rinse all of your fruits and vegetables before packing them to serve outside. For fruits and vegetables with firm skins, use a scrubbing brush to clean the surfaces. Dry all of your items off thoroughly before packing them.

    If your fruits and vegetables are labeled as washed, you do not need to clean them.

    If your outdoor dining party is derailed by food poisoning, the ER at Riverside Community Hospital is ready to help you recover. We are here around the clock to treat all of your emergency medical needs in Riverside. You can get answers to all of your questions about our hospital services by calling (951) 788-3463.

  • Preventing childhood obesity with the right habits in your family

    For growing kids, weight management can be even more challenging than it is for adults. However, because childhood obesity can cause the early onset of weight-related medical conditions, such heart disease and type 2 diabetes, and because it can set children up for weight problems as adults, working to keep your child’s weight healthy is critical. You can make significant strides in helping your child with weight management by adopting healthy habits as a family. Try these tips to help your child—and your entire family—stay healthy.

    Ban temptations from your pantry
    Eating healthy doesn’t mean never having a treat, but it will be far easier for your child to avoid high-calorie, unhealthy snacks on a regular basis if you simply don’t keep them in your house. Stock your refrigerator and cupboards with healthy snacks that are easy to reach for, including fruit and veggies with hummus, and save treats for outside of the home. Your child will become accustomed to enjoying healthier snacks and won’t feel deprived if things like chips, candy, and cookies aren’t within arm’s reach.

    Be active as a family
    Kids need at least 60 minutes of activity on most days, so make being active a family affair. Get out together and play a game of basketball, go for a walk after dinner, or spend some time swimming at the local pool. You’ll get time to enjoy each other’s company while helping your child adopt an active lifestyle.

    Lead by example
    Your child will mimic your habits, so embrace a healthy lifestyle yourself. Let your child see you going out to exercise and making healthy food choices. When you cook, serve heart-healthy meals that are low in added sugar, salt, and saturated fat. Limit portion sizes for the whole family, and reach for water throughout the day.

    At Riverside Community Hospital, we’re committed to keeping families healthy by providing extensive medical services, ranging from heart care to bariatric weight loss surgery in Riverside. Find out how more about how we can help your family maintain good health, and request a referral to one of our specialists by calling (951) 788-3463.

  • Raise your awareness of prostate cancer

    Other than skin cancer, prostate cancer is the most common form of the disease in men. Fortunately, when it is diagnosed early, prostate cancer is often highly treatable. Understanding the risk factors and symptoms of prostate cancer will help you make the right decisions about your health. Here is a closer look at this common form of cancer.

    What are the symptoms of prostate cancer?
    Prostate cancer usually causes these symptoms:

    • Frequent urination
    • Increased urination at night
    • Weak urine flow
    • Problems starting urination
    • Pain during urination or ejaculation
    • Blood in urine or semen

    Frequently, prostate cancer does not cause any symptoms at all, especially in its early stages. Some men who are diagnosed with the disease only find out because of a routine screening test.

    How is prostate cancer treated?
    Treatment for prostate cancer depends on several different factors, including the stage of the disease and if it has spread outside of the prostate. Some options your physician may consider are:

    • Radiation
    • Chemotherapy
    • Prostatectomy

    In some cases, your physician may recommend watchful waiting, in which he or she actively monitors your prostate for the cancer to develop further but does not start any treatment. Typically, this option is only recommended for men whose cancer is in very early stages and is limited to the prostate.

    Should I have regular prostate cancer screenings?
    Only your physician can determine if and how often you should be screened for prostate cancer. He or she will consider your overall health and your risk factors to make this choice. The screening exams used for prostate cancer are:

    • Digital rectal exams, during which your physician attempts to find any lumps or abnormalities on your prostate
    • Prostate specific antigen test, a blood test that screens for high levels of prostate antigens, which could indicate cancer

    The Centers for Disease Control does not recommend using a prostate specific antigen test for men who don’t have any symptoms of cancer since the test can give false positives.

    The Cancer Center at Riverside Community Hospital offers multidisciplinary cancer treatments to help patients achieve recovery, including CyberKnife Radiosurgery. For a referral to one of our cancer care providers, please call our hospital at (951) 788-3463.