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A Look at Life After a Hysterectomy

Having a hysterectomy is a life-changing procedure for women. As recommended in this video from MountainView Hospital, you should ask your doctor a range of questions about the procedure, from asking about his or her certifications and experience with hysterectomies to what to expect after surgery. Many hysterectomies are robotic surgery procedures, which means the recovery time is faster. In honor of National Cancer Survivors Day on June 5 and the women who are here because of a life-saving hysterectomy, and all of the women who have decided on a hysterectomy for better health here is a closer look at what to expect after the procedure.

Initial Recovery

The initial recovery period for a hysterectomy varies depending on the type of surgery. Robotic surgery patients have less bleeding and pain after the procedure than patients who undergo traditional surgery. Typically, women stay in the hospital for one to two days and recover at home for two to six weeks before returning to normal activities. During this time, the pain will be managed with medication. Your doctor will let you know when you can resume your usual tasks.

Hormonal Changes

Contrary to popular belief, not every woman who has a hysterectomy goes into menopause. That typically only happens when the ovaries are removed as well as the uterus. Your doctor can manage symptoms like mood swings, weight gain, and hair loss that occur with the sudden drop in estrogen with hormone replacement therapy. Even if you do not have your ovaries removed, their function may be somewhat diminished, which can cause an increase in symptoms of hormonal imbalance.

Depression

The vast majority of women are thrilled with their hysterectomies. This surgery can be life-saving or can put an end to prolonged pain, but it is still natural to experience a period of mourning after this big change. Your doctor can refer you to support groups or with a mental health counselor to help you adjust.

At MountainView Hospital, our robotic surgery in Las Vegas makes hysterectomy recovery as fast and easy as possible. Request a referral to one of our specialists by calling (702) 233-5300.


Men's Health Awareness: Common Problems in Aging Men

Much attention is paid to women’s health issues during aging, but what about the issues that impact men? Men have a unique set of health concerns that impact them as they get older yet are frequently less informed and proactive about protecting themselves than women. June is Men’s Health Month, which represents the perfect opportunity for men and their loved ones to take steps to prevent these health issues that could lead to the need for emergency care. Here is a look at some of the health problems men are prone to as they age.

Urinary Incontinence

Many people are surprised to discover that men experience urinary incontinence when they age at nearly the same rate as women. However, the causes and treatments may be different. In this video, MountainView Hospital urologist Dr. Victor Grigoriev explains the different types and causes of urinary incontinence in men, including prostate surgery and stroke care. Men shouldn’t ignore their symptoms, as treatment is available that can end the stress and embarrassment that frequently accompanies incontinence.

Cardiovascular Disease

Heart disease and strokes are the leading causes of death for both men and women in the US. Men tend to experience the onset of atherosclerosis—the hardening of the arteries that causes heart disease—earlier than women, and they also frequently die of heart disease about six years before women do. Doctors suspect that men naturally have lower levels of so-called good LDL cholesterol than women do, so they have to be more vigilant than women about taking care of their heart health.

Prostate Cancer

Prostate cancer is the second leading form of cancer in men, behind skin cancer. Approximately one in six men will develop prostate cancer in their lives, but many can be treated successfully with early diagnosis. Prostate cancer moves slowly, so regular screening tests can identify cancer in its early, most treatable stages.

At MountainView Hospital, we’re committed to helping men achieve their best health ever, with comprehensive services ranging from emergency care to stroke care in Las Vegas. Call (702) 233-5300 to request a referral to one of our physicians or for more information about our hospital.


Are You Suffering from a Migraine or a Tension Headache?

You may be surprised to learn that a common reason people seek emergency care is headaches. Severe headaches can indicate a medical emergency, like a stroke, or they could be migraines that can be reduced or prevented with proper treatment. One of the first steps in getting relief from headaches is understanding that type you are having. How can you tell if you are experiencing a migraine or a more common tension headache? Here is what you need to know to differentiate your symptoms.

Causes

Doctors believe that migraines may be caused by abnormally high levels of naturally occurring substances in the brain leading to inflammation that presses on nerves and causes painful symptoms. Tension headaches are thought to possibly be caused by heightened reactions to stress. Tension headaches are the most common type of a headache, but migraines are the most common type of a headache that requires emergency care or other medical treatment.

Triggers

Although the exact causes of these headaches are not known, there are identified triggers for each. Migraine triggers can vary dramatically from patient to patient and include things like disturbed sleep schedules, hormone changes, weather changes, and food additives. Stress is the trigger for most tension headaches. Part of understanding your headaches often involves tracking your symptoms and trying to identify a trigger.

Symptoms

Migraines usually cause severe pain on one side of the head, though occasionally people do have pain on both sides. They are often accompanied by other symptoms, including sensitivity to light and sound, nausea, and vomiting. Some people experience an aura—sensory symptoms such as fuzzy vision or strange tastes—up to 30 minutes before a migraine starts. Tension headaches cause pain on both sides of the head that can be characterized as a steady ache, without any other symptoms. Migraine pain is debilitating while tension headache pain is typically distracting but doesn’t prevent people from doing their normal activities.

A severe headache, especially one that is unusual for you, always requires emergency care, as it could indicate a more serious problem, like the need for stroke care. Visit MountainView Hospital when you need emergency care in Las Vegas for any urgent symptom. Learn more about our hospital services by calling (702) 233-5300.


Get to Know Your Local ER

Among the many medical services we offer at MountainView Hospital is comprehensive emergency care that is available around-the-clock, whenever your family needs it the most. We have been providing quality emergency care to patients in Las Vegas since 1996 for everything from broken bones to heart attacks. Take a closer look behind the scenes at MountainView Hospital’s ER to learn more about how we provide life-saving care.

Convenient Access

The ER at MountainView Hospital has a dedicated entrance for easy patient check-in. Immediately upon arrival, every patient undergoes our triage program to determine the best plan for his or her care. During the triage process, a specially trained nurse quickly assesses patients’ symptoms and determines which patients could be experiencing a life-threatening emergency, so they can receive the stroke care, heart attack treatment, or other urgent procedure as soon as possible. Triaging patients ensure everyone receives the best possible care when they need it, by prioritizing patients who need urgent interventions. With 42 private ER rooms and a full staff of trained doctors and nurses around the clock, most patients see a medical provider within 30 minutes of arrival.

State-of-the-Art Equipment

Every second counts when it comes to emergency care, which is why fast diagnosis is so important. At MountainView Hospital, we boast the very latest in diagnostic imaging equipment and other technology to make urgent decisions about care. This equipment is especially important in our Certified Primary Stroke Center and accredited Chest Pain Center, where fast diagnoses allow patients to get life-saving care fast.

Access to Inpatient Services

When a patient comes into the ER, he or she has complete access to the comprehensive medical services we provide throughout the hospital and can be easily admitted for continuing care by one of our specialists. These services include cardiac and stroke rehabilitation, robotic surgery, cancer care, and more.

You can find the current wait times at MountainView Hospital’s ER by visiting our website, where you can also find more information about all of our hospital services, including emergency care and stroke care in Las Vegas. For more information, please call (702) 233-5300.


Becoming Aware of Your Heart Health Risks and Beneficial Lifestyle Changes

You may already know that physical inactivity and a high-fat diet can increase your risk of heart disease. But did you know that the same is true of excessive alcohol consumption and smoking? During National High Blood Pressure Education Month this May and throughout the year, the heart health team at MountainView Hospital serves as an invaluable resource for Las Vegas-area patients who are looking for ways to improve their heart health. Start your journey by watching this video, which features a cardiologist from our heart hospital. He explains the critical nature of lifestyle changes combined with medications and emphasizes the importance of smoking cessation.

Smoking Cessation

Smoking and chewing tobacco both raise a person’s blood pressure, which contributes to heart disease risk. Smoking and exposure to smoke also contribute to atherosclerosis. If you don’t smoke, you can protect your heart by never starting and by avoiding exposure to secondhand smoke. If you do smoke, consider using National High Blood Pressure Education Month as your motivation to talk to your doctor about quitting. There are numerous approaches to smoking cessation, including prescription medications, nicotine replacement products, support groups, and psychotherapy.

Alcohol Consumption

The occasional drink isn’t likely to compromise a person’s heart health. However, excessive drinking can raise blood pressure and triglyceride levels—two factors that can contribute to heart disease. Health experts generally recommend that women drink no more than one alcoholic beverage daily and that men stick with no more than two alcoholic drinks per day. If you discover that it’s difficult to limit or abstain from alcohol, your doctor can help you determine whether you might have alcohol use disorder. If so, there are effective treatment options available to you.

Active Lifestyle

Along with quitting smoking and limiting alcohol intake, leading a physically active lifestyle can help prevent heart disease. Being physically active involves exercising on most days of the week and looking for ways to work additional activity into your daily routine. Consider taking a walk on your lunch break or trying a treadmill desk to get moving while you work.

MountainView Hospital is an accredited Chest Pain Center—a designation that reflects our heart hospital’s commitment to protocols-driven and evidence-based practices. Our heart hospital is proud to offer residents of the Las Vegas area exceptional cardiovascular interventions, including surgical procedures and cardiac rehabilitation. Call (702) 233-5300 or visit us online to learn more about our available services, including stroke care, emergency care, robotic surgery, and bariatric weight loss.


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