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    What to Expect After Heart Surgery?

    Last updated 1 month ago

    Even with minimally invasive surgical techniques, heart surgeries are complex procedures that will have an extensive recovery process. Understanding what you can expect following your heart surgery will help you better prepare for the procedure and follow your doctor’s guidelines for a successful and complete recovery. This video features MountainView Hospital surgeon Dr. Arnold Chung, who explains the diet and lifestyle changes you can anticipate after your procedure. Keep reading for a more in-depth look at these changes and the more immediate recovery process that will be necessary with your surgery.

    Hospital stay and recovery at home

    The initial goal following surgery is to get patients home 7-10 days after the procedure. After this period, there is a varied timeframe for recovery to the point where you will feel back to normal. When you do return home from the hospital, your dietary restrictions will be fairly minimal, since it is important to maintain a consistent caloric intake to support your recovery. You will also need to minimize physical activity involving the upper body so that the chest is not under extra stress.

    Extended recovery and cardiac rehab

    Once you overcome the initial recovery period, you may begin to get back to a more consistent daily routine. In this stage, cardiac rehabilitation will be important for helping you make a gradual shift back to daily life with the right changes in your eating habits, physical activity, and medical care.

    Long-term lifestyle changes

    As Dr. Chung explains, the leading cause of recurring heart disease after bypass surgery is high cholesterol, which makes diet and lifestyle changes essential to your long-term health. You might expect to eat a low-fat, low-cholesterol diet once you are more stable in your recovery. Exercise will become an integral part of your life as well, and it will be easier to design an effective workout routine with the support of cardiac rehabilitation.

    For a second opinion on your need for heart surgery or primary cardiac care in Las Vegas, connect with MountainView Hospital at (702) 233-5300. Our registered nurses are available 24/7 to take your call, provide physician referrals, and offer answers to your questions about our cardiovascular care. 

    American Stroke Month at MountainView Hospital [INFOGRAPHIC]

    Last updated 2 months ago

    In the event of a stroke, every second counts. That’s why it’s important to educate yourself about stroke symptoms as well as risk factors. May is American Stroke Month, and MountainView Hospital in Las Vegas is proud to be a Certified Stroke Center. In this infographic, you’ll learn about our hospital’s stroke care services in Las Vegas and find out how to spot a stroke. Approximately 795,000 people in the U.S. suffer from a stroke each year, with 610,000 of these being a first stroke. About one in every 20 deaths in the country is due to stroke, so take a moment to educate yourself this month about this potentially deadly medical emergency. Please share this infographic with your friends and family to spread stroke awareness. 

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    Head and Neck Surgery Facilitated by the da Vinci Surgical System

    Last updated 2 months ago

    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.

    Candidates

    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.

    Approaches

    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.

    Benefits

    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.

    Common Summertime Emergencies to Avoid This Season

    Last updated 2 months ago

    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.

    Heat-Related Illnesses

    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.

    Pool-Related Injuries

    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.

    Getting the Facts About Osteoarthritis

    Last updated 2 months ago

    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.

    Symptoms

    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.

    Risk Factors

    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.

    Treatment Options

    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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