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    The Surgical Procedures Provided at Southern Hills

    Last updated 2 years ago

    Southern Hills Hospital & Medical Center contains a comprehensive array of surgical services for individuals in the greater Las Vegas area. If you or a loved one suffers from a neurological or orthopedic problem that may require surgery, contact one of our highly skilled orthopedic surgeons for a consultation. We will discuss all available treatments for your condition, and if surgery is the best option, proceed with the utmost sensitivity to your needs and answer all questions prior to your procedure. Southern Hills Hospital & Medical Center prides itself on providing the highest quality care for all of our surgical patients. Below are several surgical procedures that our skilled physicians routinely perform at our Las Vegas facility.

    Craniotomy

    Craniotomy is a type of brain surgery. This procedure is commonly performed on patients who require a tumor or blood clot removal. A neurosurgeon may also administer a craniotomy for hemorrhaging or skull pressure relief.

    Joint Replacement

    The hips and the knees are two joints that often require joint replacement surgery. Individuals who suffer from join deterioration and reduced function may undergo this procedure to have an existing joint replaced with a device that can capably substitute for the natural part.

    Spine Surgery

    Back and neck pain can become debilitating for many individuals. Though less-invasive methods may initially be sought, spine surgery often becomes the only remedy for severe injuries to the back or neck. Southern Hills Hospital & Medical Center is a nationwide leader in performing minimally-invasive spinal surgical procedures.

    Hysterectomy

    The surgeons at Southern Hills are also known for their minimally-invasive hysterectomies. Now women have a surgical option that will afford them less pain, nominal scarring, and quicker recovery times.

    Single Balloon Enteroscopy

    Single Balloon Enteroscopy is a surgical procedure in which a surgeon introduces a scope and balloon to the GI tract and opens the small intestine to better identify and treat a patient’s gastric issue. Southern Hills is proud to be one of the first facilities in southern Nevada that employs this innovative gastrointestinal practice.

    If you require any of the aforementioned surgical procedures, contact the Southern Hills Hospital & Medical Center Consult-A-Nurse healthcare referral line at (702) 880-2700 today. We can help you locate a physician, as well as assist you through the surgery and recovery process so that you can begin enjoying a better quality of life more quickly.

    Revised Cancer Screening Guidelines

    Last updated 2 years ago

    The American Cancer Society is enacting 21st-century measures for developing modern cancer screening guidelines. As this video shows, these new guidelines will be formulated from comprehensive reviews that rely on science rather than emotion to determine appropriate screening strategies.

    First, the ACS will conduct an extensive literature review from both U.S. and European databases. This information will then be compiled into one formative study, which will be analyzed by an impartial panel of experts. Much like a jury, these individuals will make their decisions based upon evidence in which they have no emotional investment. Through these examinations and conclusions, the ACS can then draw up guidelines that scientifically explain the harms and benefits of particular screenings or lack thereof to American patients.

    Southern Hills Hospital & Medical Center provides extensive cancer screening options to patients in the greater Las Vegas area. To learn more about our healthcare services, including urgent care and stroke care, please call (702) 880-2700.

    Diabetes Complications: What You Need to Know

    Last updated 2 years ago

    Diabetes is a chronic metabolic disorder that increases blood glucose levels and insulin resistance. Upon its onset, individuals may notice symptoms such as excessive hunger and thirst, frequent urination, extreme fatigue, and irritability. However, these symptoms can evolve into more severe complications like hypertension and hearing loss. Yet with proper treatment and a healthy lifestyle, many people who suffer from diabetes can delay or avert the physiological problems that often result from this disease. Below are some of the more common diabetes complications and how to avoid their development.

    Hypertension

    Hypertension, or high blood pressure, affects nearly two-thirds of those diagnosed with diabetes. If left untreated, it can induce the risk of other diabetes-related issues, such as heart attack, stroke, and kidney failure. However, many management methods exist for the treatment of hypertension. First, your physician can administer highly effective high blood pressure medications, including ACE inhibitors, beta blockers, and calcium channel blockers. Second, patients can become proactive in maintaining their blood pressure levels by engaging in preventive health measures, like maintaining good eating habits and a regular exercise regimen. Studies have shown that by upholding sound lifestyle choices, diabetes patients can greatly diminish their risk of hypertension.

    Hearing Loss

    Individuals with diabetes are twice as likely to experience hearing loss than those who do not suffer from this disease. How does diabetes contribute to hearing loss? Though the causal effects are yet to be fully understood, diabetes specialists believe that it stems from blood vessel damage. The ear structures depend upon small blood vessels for proper functioning. Researchers think that the high glucose levels from which diabetes patients suffer destroy these vessels. Hence, the onset of hearing loss. Therefore, blood glucose management is essential to ward off this common diabetes complication.

    Neuropathy

    Diabetic patients can also suffer from neuropathy, or nerve damage. The high blood glucose levels that affect blood vessels can similarly destroy the nervous system, which relies on those vessels for nutrients. The extremities are particularly susceptible to the effects of neuropathy. Therefore, individuals with diabetes must be vigilant in maintaining their blood glucose levels to avoid this complication.

    Southern Hills Hospital & Medical Center provides comprehensive diabetes screenings and management options for individuals in the greater Las Vegas area. If you would like to learn more about our healthcare services, including our maternity hospital, please call our Consult-A-Nurse healthcare referral line at (702) 880-2700.

    Supplies to Have on Hand for Your New Baby's Arrival Home

    Last updated 2 years ago

    Having a baby is a life-changing event often characterized by joy and excitement. It can also be quite a whirlwind experience, as you must entertain a constant stream of physicians, nurses and well-wishers in the first few days after your newborn’s arrival. A mere 48 hours later, many parents are sent home with their newborns; therefore, it’s important that you prepare your home for your baby’s arrival. Southern Hills Hospital & Medical Center can help new parents make sure that they’re ready to take their new addition home. Also, the following tips offer some helpful advice regarding the supplies that all parents should have stocked before their baby is born.

    • Car Safety Seat. Purchase a car safety seat that is size-appropriate for your newborn and correctly installed in your vehicle.
    • Crib. If you borrow a crib from a friend or family member, make sure that it has no lead paint or vanish sealant on it. All cribs sold after 1989 already adhere to these guidelines. Also, do not use a crib whose slats are more than 2 3/8 inches apart.
    • Diapers. Regardless of whether you use disposable or cloth diapers, plan on going through at least 70 per week.
    • Clothing. You will need at least six to eight onesies, sleepers, and socks. If your baby is born during the winter months, or you live in a cooler climate, you may also need to invest in a few heavier pieces of clothing.
    • Supplies. To keep your newborn warm, you should have a minimum of four to six receiving blankets. You should also stock an ample supply of soft washcloths and towels. Furthermore, new parents should be prepared with a handful of helpful products such as petroleum jelly, rubbing alcohol, cotton swabs, infant nail clippers, a rectal thermometer, and a suction bulb for stuffy noses.

    Are you preparing your home for a new baby? Southern Hills Hospital & Medical Center offers soon-to-be and new parents comprehensive newborn services, including childbirth and breastfeeding classes. To learn more about our maternity hospital, please call our Consult-A-Nurse healthcare referral line at (702) 880-2700.

     

     

    Your Guide to Breast Cancer Screening

    Last updated 2 years ago

    Breast cancer is a disease that can affect both women and men at any age. Though rare in men, breast cancer is the most common cancer in women no matter their race or ethnicity and claims more than 40,000 lives each year. However, techniques for detecting breast cancer have become both more advanced and accessible over the last several decades. At Southern Hills Hospital & Medical Center, we provide extensive breast cancer screening options for patients in the Las Vegas area, including the following:

    Clinical Breast Exam

    A clinical breast exam is a manual examination by a physician or nurse to detect signs of breast cancer, such as tissue lumps or nipple discharge. Starting at age 20, women should have a clinical breast exam every three years. At age 40, female patients should receive an annual clinical breast exam.

    Mammography

    A mammogram is an x-ray of the breast. It is the most effective way to identify signs of breast cancer that cannot be felt or detected by a clinical breast exam. Women should undergo a baseline mammography at age 35. Once they turn 40, patients should get a mammogram every year.

    Breast Ultrasound

    A breast ultrasound uses sound waves to take images of the breast. A physician may recommend a breast ultrasound for women with dense breast tissue, or if a mammogram has already detected an unidentifiable mass within the breast.

    Breast MRI

    When a mammogram or breast ultrasound cannot yield conclusive results, some women may undergo a breast MRI. A breast MRI uses a magnetic field and radio wave energy to create pictures of the breast. Typically, an MRI can give a much clearer image of potentially cancerous lumps and masses and allows the physician to accurately determine the next course of action for treatment.

    Southern Hills Hospital & Medical Center offers comprehensive women’s health services, including breast cancer screenings and treatment options. To find out more about our healthcare services, please call our Consult-A-Nurse healthcare referral line at (702) 880-2700.

     

     

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