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    What Is a Craniotomy?

    Last updated 4 months ago

    When a brain tumor or damage resulting from head trauma is in an area accessible through surgery, a craniotomy may be used to allow access to the brain tissue for the removal of tumors, relief of pressure in the skull, or excision of blood clots. During the craniotomy, the skull is actually opened, creating a flap that is replaced after the surgery is complete. In some cases, patients may be awakened after the opening is made depending on the nature of the surgery. Because the craniotomy does involve the opening of the skull, it will require a hospital stay following the procedure to control any post-surgical risks.

    MountainView Hospital now offers craniotomy procedures in addition to our other neurology and neurosurgery services to meet the growing needs of the Las Vegas community. You can get to know our Neurology and Neurosurgery department on our website or call us directly at (702) 233-5300. 

    Why Should You Attend Childbirth Classes?

    Last updated 4 months ago

    First-time parents are often eager to take childbirth classes to learn what they can expect during labor and delivery and prepare for the first few months of newborn care. However, childbirth classes may be beneficial for experienced parents as well.

    If, for example, you want to use a different birthing method than you did with your first child, a childbirth class might be the perfect way to get introduced to this new approach. You might also be exposed to new technologies that have become available since your last delivery. Breastfeeding classes also fall into the category of childbirth classes, and this type of education might be beneficial for moms who had nursing difficulties the first time around.

    At MountainView Hospital, we offer a wide range of childbirth classes and tours for any expecting parents planning to deliver with us. For a look at the great reasons to choose us for your labor and delivery, visit our website or call us at (702) 233-5300. 

    Signs that Your Stress Is Out of Control in the Holiday Season

    Last updated 4 months ago

    During the holiday season, the rate of emergency room visits spikes as more people experience accidents, cardiac distress, and food poisoning. In many cases, these holiday emergencies are related to stress, which is abundant during the season. The holidays can have you filling up your schedule with obligations that pile on the stress as you try to keep yourself together. If you notice any of the difficulties below as stress builds, you may not be managing stress effectively. This could put you at risk for a wide range of health problems—including a higher risk for heart attack or stroke.

    You Have Trouble Sleeping

    Stress may keep you up at night, causing trouble falling asleep or staying asleep. This can become a problematic cycle, since sleep is one of the mechanisms that your body uses to manage stress. Therefore, you should not hesitate to discuss your altered sleep schedule with your doctor to explore possible solutions.

    You Are Binging on Holiday Treats

    Overeating and binging on junk food is a trademark of stress, and the holiday season presents many opportunities to indulge. Some temptation from holiday foods is normal, but you should take note if you are consistently overdoing it with snacks and sweets.

    You Have Frequent Headaches or Body Aches

    Stress can become physically painful, since it increases tension in the body and can restrict proper circulation. You might notice more headaches or body pains that are not easily explained by an injury or other condition.

    You Feel Overwhelmed or Disoriented

    When you feel the pressure of a long holiday to-do list, it may be hard to stop and breathe to reorient yourself. This may have you feeling overwhelmed, forgetful, or unfocused. As a result, you could end up getting into an accident or having your body shut down in various ways.

    To avoid letting stress get the best of you this holiday season, call MountainView Hospital through our Consult-A-Nurse healthcare referral line for stress fighting tips and healthy strategies for surviving the holidays. You can reach us at (702) 233-5300 any time, day or night. 

    What You Need to Know About Total Hip Replacement

    Last updated 4 months ago

    The hip joint is among the largest joints in the body, and it is also one of the most susceptible to degenerative damage that wears away the cartilage protecting the bones that meet at the hip. When cartilage has been worn down by arthritis, fractures, or certain congenital conditions, the bones grind against each other and cause severe pain and inflammation that gets in the way of everyday activities. Total hip replacement will involve the removal of damaged bone and placement of an implant that eventually bonds with the natural tissue and functions like a healthy joint. If you are considering total hip replacement as an answer to your chronic hip pain, here is a look at some of the important details of this surgery.

    Surgical candidates

    Not everyone with damage in the hip joint will be a candidate for surgery, since there is a significant active recovery process that follows the procedure. Patients who are not fit or healthy enough to build up an exercise routine after surgery may not be ideal candidates. Those who are overweight may have weight loss guidelines to follow before the surgery takes place.

    Implant components

    Hip replacement involves the placement of an implant typically consisting of metal and plastic components that may be held in place by screws or cement. Over time, the prosthesis will fuse with the natural bone to create a strong and stable joint that maximizes mobility long after the healing process is complete.

    Procedural steps

    An orthopedic surgeon will plan the incision for hip replacement to create the lowest risk of complications during healing. The damaged areas of the bone will be removed so the implant may be aligned and placed. Surgery lasts several hours and takes place under general anesthesia.

    MountainView Hospital can help you restore your active lifestyle with state-of-the-art joint replacement procedures offered on our Las Vegas campus. You can find an orthopedic physician at our hospital on our website or by calling (702) 233-5300 to reach our 24/7 Consult-A-Nurse healthcare referral line. 

    4 Reasons to Get Your Annual Flu Shot Today

    Last updated 4 months ago

    While no one wants to get sick with the flu, there are a number of people who avoid getting the flu shot each year due to some common misconceptions about the vaccine. The fact is that the flu vaccine is the best way to fight the flu in any community and it is most effective when everyone has the immunization. The flu shot does not actually contain the flu virus, but it does help individuals build up antibodies to three or four different types of influenza. If you are hesitant to get your flu shot, here is a look at some of the reasons you should not wait on vaccination.

    The Flu Shot Can Keep You from Getting Sick

    Quite simply, the flu prevents you from becoming ill during the flu season that typically lasts from November to March. Because there are different strains of the virus that spread each year, you will want to get a flu shot annually so that you remain protected.

    Flu Shots Reduce the Spread of the Virus

    If you never get sick with the flu, you might think that the flu shot is not a necessity for you. However, you might still contribute to the spread of the flu even if you do not actually have symptoms of the virus. When more members of the community are vaccinated, the flu is not able to spread as effectively through the population. This is important for high-risk individuals such as pregnant women, children, and the elderly.

    There Are Minimal Flu Shot Side Effects

    Some people think that the flu shot gives you flu symptoms, but it actually only has a minor list of side effects that typically subside in 24 hours. You may feel some fatigue, soreness at the injection site, or a low-grade fever. If you have the nasal spray vaccine, there are a few additional side effects that may occur.

    Flu Shots Are Free under Most Insurance

    Nearly all health insurance plans make flu shots free for any patient, so you will not have an excuse to avoid getting yours this year.

    If you are in need of your flu shot or you have questions about this year’s flu vaccine, call MountainView Hospital on our Consult-A-Nurse healthcare referral line at (702) 233-5300. 

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