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The da Vinci Surgical System represents a significant advance in medical technology. Robotic surgery has often been utilized for patients undergoing gynecologic and urologic procedures. However, the highly trained robotic surgeons at MountainView Hospital have also performed head and neck surgery with this technology.
Some patients with throat cancer may be candidates for robotic surgery. These may include patients with cancer of the tongue, pharynx, larynx, and tonsils. Generally, an oncologist might recommend surgery to patients with early to moderate throat cancer. However, each potential candidate for robotic surgery is evaluated individually; only your healthcare team can determine if you could be a good candidate for head and neck surgery with the da Vinci Surgical System.
Surgeons may use one of two primary approaches to perform throat surgery. Open surgery involves a large long incision in the throat and jaw. Sometimes, the jawbone may need to be broken to allow the surgeon access to the cancerous tumor. This highly invasive approach to head and neck surgery does offer surgeons clear visualization of the surgical site; yet, patients may face a lengthy recovery, disfigurement, and problems with speaking, eating, and swallowing. These are just a few reasons why surgeons often prefer minimally invasive surgery whenever it is feasible. Transoral surgery involves passing surgical instruments through the mouth. However, visualization of the surgical site can be adversely affected, which is why robotic surgery is an invaluable tool. With da Vinci Transoral Robotic Surgery (TORS), surgeons can operate through the mouth and have a clear, magnified view.
In addition to enhanced vision, robotic surgeons performing TORS can make very precise movements with the wristed instruments. These instruments have greater rotational and bending ability than the human wrist, which facilitates superior control during the operation. Typically, robotic surgery is associated with a faster recovery and reduced risk of complications. However, any surgical procedure has potential risks. Consider talking to your doctor about the risks and benefits of robotic head and neck surgery.
MountainView Hospital is the first healthcare facility in the Las Vegas area to offer the da Vinci Xi Surgical System to our patients, which reflects our abiding commitment to healthcare excellence. The Xi system is the most technologically advanced robotic surgery system, with 3D-HD imaging capability and superior anatomical access. To learn more about robotic surgery, visit our website or call our Consult-A-Nurse line at (702) 255-5000.
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If you or your child suffers a summertime injury such as heat stroke or a severe reaction to an insect bite, emergency care physicians can provide rapid diagnostic and therapeutic services. However, it’s vastly preferable to avoid serious injuries altogether. The emergency care staff members at MountainView Hospital would like to encourage our community to enjoy a safe summer holiday.
During the hotter months, emergency care physicians urge families to take precautions to prevent heat-related illnesses such as heat exhaustion and heat stroke. Heat exhaustion occurs when the body overheats. If not addressed, it can lead to heat stroke, which is a life-threatening medical condition. Some of the symptoms of heat exhaustion include nausea, lightheadedness, headaches, and a rapid pulse. Heat stroke can lead to symptoms such as a lack of sweating, rapid breathing, blurry vision, confusion, seizures, and loss of consciousness. To reduce your risk of a heat-related illness, you can drink plenty of fluids and take frequent breaks to cool off in an air conditioned room.
Insect Bites and Stings
Much of the time, insect bites and stings are minor annoyances. Sometimes, however, they require emergency care. For example, some individuals develop allergic reactions to mosquito bites or bee stings. Additionally, some mosquitoes may carry illnesses such as encephalitis. If you plan to be outdoors, consider applying an insect repellant. Individuals with allergies to insect bites or stings may consider talking to a doctor about carrying an epinephrine autoinjector for emergencies.
According to the American College of Emergency Physicians, the fifth leading cause of unintentional injury death among U.S. residents is drowning. To reduce the risk of drowning, families might consider enrolling in swimming lessons and CPR classes. Young children should always be supervised near a body of water. Parents who have a backyard pool can consider installing a security fence to protect their own children and those in the nearby area.
When your family needs emergency care in the Las Vegas area, you can turn to MountainView Hospital. We provide compassionate emergency care 24/7 and have state-of-the-art equipment available, including advanced digital imaging. If you require emergency care, please call 911; otherwise, you can reach our community hospital at (702) 255-5000.
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There are many different types of arthritis, including osteoarthritis, which is a degenerative joint disease. Osteoarthritis involves the deterioration of the cartilage in the joints, which causes symptoms such as pain. Most often, osteoarthritis affects the knees, hands, hips, and spine. During May, which is National Arthritis Awareness Month, individuals might consider learning about their risk factors of osteoarthritis. Patients in Las Vegas with severe osteoarthritis may be candidates for joint replacement surgery at MountainView Hospital.
Since osteoarthritis is a degenerative disease, its symptoms may grow worse over time. This type of arthritis can lead to pain and stiffness in the affected joint, loss of range of motion, and swelling. Patients may develop joint instability and the joint may become deformed. Additionally, patients may notice a grating or creaking noise that occurs with movement of the joint.
Certain factors may increase the risk of developing osteoarthritis. These can include being over the age of 50, having a family history of osteoarthritis, and having a personal history of prior joint trauma, joint surgery, or joint infection. Other risk factors include obesity, repetitive joint use, and inherited structural problems that places additional stress on the joint.
A healthcare team can help patients follow a treatment plan that minimizes joint damage, provides pain relief, and supports joint function. Although no cure exists for osteoarthritis, there are many treatment options available to accomplish these goals and improve quality of life. Lifestyle changes may be recommended, such as maintaining a healthy weight to improve symptoms and exercising to improve joint stability. Physicians may prescribe medications to reduce inflammation and pain, such as nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) or COX-2 inhibitors. For patients with severe osteoarthritis, surgery may be appropriate. Surgery may involve the correction of joint deformity, removal of bone fragments, or replacement of the damaged joint.
MountainView Hospital is a full-service hospital that provides the Las Vegas community with advanced treatment options for osteoarthritis. Visit our website for information about our Joint Replacement Program in Las Vegas. You can also call our Consult-A-Nurse referral line at (702) 255-5000 to inquire about our other healthcare services, including emergency care, stroke care, robotic surgery, and bariatric weight loss.
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When a stroke occurs, the brain tissue begins to die, which can lead to long-term disability if the patient survives the stroke. Although emergency care can help stroke patients survive, they face a long road to recovery. Fortunately, many strokes are preventable through healthy lifestyle changes and medical management of risk factors. If you would like to learn about your risk factors of stroke and how to control them, consider talking to a doctor at MountainView Hospital.
Begin an Exercise Routine
For better cardiovascular health, stroke care specialists emphasize the many benefits of regular exercise. Exercising can help improve blood circulation, lower blood pressure, and improve levels of high-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol, which is the good type of cholesterol. Individuals with diagnosed medical conditions can consult a physician before beginning an exercise routine. Although it’s advisable to gradually increase the duration and intensity of workouts, getting a weekly total of at least 150 minutes of moderate intensity exercise is preferable for reducing the risk of requiring stroke care.
Choose Plant-Based Foods
Choosing primarily plant-based foods may help reduce the risk of suffering a stroke and requiring emergency care. Vegetables, nuts, beans, and whole grains are healthy food choices. To reduce the amount of red meat consumed, individuals might consider choosing seafood more often.
Smoking increases the risk of atherosclerosis, which subsequently raises the risk of blood clots. Blood clots can obstruct blood circulation to the brain. Although being a non-smoker for life is preferable, it’s never too late to improve health by quitting. If you’re thinking about smoking cession, a doctor at a community hospital can offer guidance.
Control Chronic Medical Conditions
A doctor can help patients control chronic medical conditions that may increase the risk of stroke. These include high blood pressure, diabetes, high cholesterol, carotid artery disease, and atrial fibrillation. Medical management may include medications, lifestyle modifications, and medical procedures.
MountainView Hospital is dedicated to helping our neighbors achieve their health goals through compassionate healthcare, and regular classes and events such as blood pressure screenings, exercise classes, and support groups. If you think you’re experiencing a stroke in the Las Vegas area, call 911 for transportation to an emergency care department. Otherwise, you can call our Consult-A-Nurse line at (702) 255-5000 for general information regarding stroke care and prevention.
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Air quality is important for the whole community, since polluted air can damage your lungs and contribute to respiratory diseases without you even realizing it. Unfortunately, there are about 75 million Americans living in areas with unhealthy air, but there are ways that each member of the community can contribute to cleaner air. During Air Quality Awareness Week this April, take these steps to improve your air quality IQ and start doing your part to keep the Las Vegas air cleaner for everyone.
Find ways to reduce air pollution
If everyone contributes to improving air quality on a smaller scale, a big difference can be made in the level of pollutants in the air you breathe. Small changes like biking to work once or twice each week or starting a carpool program at work can help reduce your contribution to air pollution and help influence major changes over time.
Start a new exercise routine
As you begin to help clean up the air around you, you might celebrate by starting a new exercise routine outdoors. Your lungs will benefit from the activity, and you will have all the more reason to continue making an effort to help clean up the air in your community.
Follow the AQI
The AQI, or Air Quality Index, is a resource that can alert you when air is unhealthy or hazardous. This may help you plan the best times of the day to enjoy outdoor exercise and other recreational activities. Because the AQI is a national index, it may also help you plan your vacations, since you can see the areas with the cleanest, freshest air.
For more information on how you can promote better air quality in your neighborhood, call MountainView Hospital at (702) 233-5300 and speak with one of our registered nurses. You might also explore our lung cancer screening services online if you fall into the high risk category for this common type of cancer.