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Spotlight on Robotic Thoracic Surgery Procedures

Thoracic surgery is performed to treat conditions that occur in organs in your chest. The Las Vegas Institute for Robotic Surgery at MountainView Hospital in Las Vegas offers patients an alternative to invasive major surgery in the thoracic region with cutting-edge robotic technology. Here is a closer look at why patients and surgeons alike are embracing this procedure.

What Makes Robotic Surgery Different?

Robotic surgery is performed using very small instruments that are controlled by the surgeon via a console unit. The instruments are able to operate through very small incisions, and they are able to bend and rotate to a much greater extent than the human hand. Because small cameras are inserted through the incisions, the surgeon gets a much better view of the organs during surgery than if he or she was directly operating. Because traditional surgical approaches for thoracic conditions involve large incisions and may also require damaging one or more rib, robotic surgery is a less invasive option that can improve patient outcomes and lead to speedier recoveries with less pain.

What Conditions Can Be Treated?

Robotic surgery can work for a number of different thoracic conditions, including hyperhidrosis and lung cancer. For lung cancer patients, lobectomies and lymph node removals can be performed robotically. The robotic system can also be used to remove tissue for diagnostic biopsies.

Who Is a Good Candidate?

A number of factors go into determining who is a good candidate for robotic surgery. The location of the area that needs to be operated on, the nature of your condition, and your health history all play roles. Your surgeon will review your options with you and help you make the best choice for your thoracic surgery.

MountainView Hospital and the Las Vegas Institute for Robotic Surgery offer robotic surgery as an option for many different treatment needs. Call us today at (702) 233-5300 for more information or to request a referral to a physician.

Preventative Cardiac Care: Tips for Managing Your Stress

While many cardiac conditions can be adequately managed in a heart hospital, prevention is still the best strategy for staying heart healthy. One trigger for cardiac problems that is often overlooked is stress. Stress can have a major impact on your heart and can both exacerbate heart disease and trigger behaviors that are harmful to your heart, such as smoking, overeating, and skipping workouts. Whether you are trying to prevent heart disease or already have a cardiac condition but are trying to minimize its side effects, these tips for controlling stress will help you live a healthier life.

Take Control of Your Schedule

It is not always possible to completely avoid stressful situations, but there are things you can do to take more control of your life. Start by crossing things off your schedule that are unnecessary and that cause you stress. Don’t take on projects you don’t have the time to commit to and learn to say no when someone asks for a favor that will add too much to your plate.

Make Time for Healthy Pursuits

Regular exercise and healthy eating aren’t just good for your heart – they are also good for your stress levels. Include time in your day for physical activity and to prepare healthy meals and snacks for yourself. You will feel healthier and in more control of your life. Add stress-busting activities, like yoga and meditation, into your day to keep your anxiety on an even keel.

Have a De-Stress Strategy

When a stressful event occurs or you feel yourself getting anxious, have a plan to calm down and refocus your energy. This might be calling a friend, using deep breathing techniques, taking a walk, or listening to music. Putting a stop to acute stress is good for your heart and mind and will let you approach your stressors with a clearer head.

At MountainView Hospital in Las Vegas, we provide extensive cardiac care services in our Heart Center, including emergency care for heart attacks and cardiac rehabilitation. If you are interested in learning more about our heart hospital or requesting a referral to a physician, please call (702) 233-5300.

Key Facts for Testicular Cancer Awareness

While testicular cancer is somewhat rare, it is still important for men of all ages to be aware of this disease and the controllable risk factors associated with it. During Testicular Cancer Awareness Month this April, you might educate yourself and the special men in your life about testicular cancer to reduce the prevalence of this disease. This article will provide a look at a few key facts about testicular cancer that everyone should know.

Testicular cancer is highly treatable

According to the American Cancer Society, men have a 1 in 263 chance of getting testicular cancer, and the risk of dying from this type of cancer is only 1 in 5,000. These figures place testicular cancer among the less common types of cancer in men, and this is largely because it is highly treatable in its early stages. Therefore, it is important for men to recognize common risk factors, such as a family history of testicular cancer, HIV infection, and undescended testicles.

Young men are most likely to have testicular cancer.

Many people associate cancer with old age, but in the case of testicular cancer, the risk is actually highest in men between the ages of 20 and 34. About half of all testicular cancer cases are seen in men in this age group.

Self-exams are an important screening measure.

Along with recognizing and discussing your testicular cancer risk factors with your doctor, you should follow guidelines for self-screening to identify any symptoms that could indicate the presence of cancer. Feeling the testicles for abnormal lumps, swelling, or enlargement of one testicle will help you recognize when it is time to seek medical attention for a more in-depth diagnostic screening.

For cancer screening services and a full range of preventive medical care resources in Las Vegas, connect with MountainView Hospital today. You can reach us through our Consult-A-Nurse healthcare referral line anytime at (702) 233-5300.

How is Appendicitis Diagnosed?

Although the appendix serves no known function, it can still cause serious medical problems. This small, tube-like organ is located in the large intestine. When the appendix becomes inflamed, it is referred to as appendicitis. Because an inflamed appendix can lead to life-threatening complications, it’s crucial to seek emergency care at MountainView Hospital if you think you could have appendicitis. Our emergency care team conducts thorough evaluations to develop accurate diagnoses.

Patient History

Watch this featured video to hear a general surgeon at MountainView Hospital explain how she evaluates patients who present with the symptoms of appendicitis. Generally, the symptoms of appendicitis include acute pain on the lower right-hand side of the abdomen that can become progressively worse. Nausea, vomiting, and loss of appetite are other possible symptoms. The patient can expect questions regarding the type, severity, and onset of symptoms. The emergency care physician will review the patient’s current medications and history of prior surgeries.

Physical Exam

After reviewing the patient’s symptoms and other medical information, the emergency care doctor will perform a physical exam. This typically involves applying light pressure on the abdominal area to evaluate the patient’s pain response. Abdominal rigidity is also considered. Sometimes, patients with possible appendicitis may undergo a digital rectal exam and/or a pelvic exam.

Test Results

Imaging scans and laboratory tests can be helpful to confirm a diagnosis of appendicitis. Blood tests can indicate whether an infection may be present and a urinalysis can rule out the possibility of a kidney stone or urinary tract infection. Additionally, patients might be asked to undergo a computed tomography (CT) scan or an abdominal ultrasound. The test and imaging results, physical exam, and patient information are all important factors in reaching a diagnosis of appendicitis and developing the patient’s treatment recommendations.

The emergency care team and the entire staff here at MountainView Hospital are dedicated to helping Las Vegas-area families live life well. Our full-service hospital is a destination of choice for patients who need emergency surgery, robotic surgery, stroke care, and bariatric weight loss procedures. To request a physician referral, patients can call our Consult-A-Nurse line at (702) 233-5300.

Medication Safety Tips for Households with Children

A young child’s innate curiosity can be a joy to witness as he or she explores the world. But as every parent knows all too well, curiosity can also harm children. When it’s time to childproof your home, remember to keep all household medications out of reach of your young children. In the event that a medication poisoning does occur, parents should know where the nearest emergency care department is. Parents in Las Vegas can count on MountainView Hospital to provide timely and high-quality emergency care.

Identify Potential Hazards

Although many parents already know that prescription medications ought to be kept out of reach of children, many other seemingly harmless items should also be identified as potential hazards. These can include vitamins, eye drops, antifungal creams, diaper rash cream, cold remedies, and inhalers. Even cough drops can be dangerous since very young children may choke on them.

Store Items Safely

All potentially hazardous items should be kept out of reach of children at all times. Even if parents expect to need a particular item again in a few hours, it’s essential to store it securely in the meantime. Parents may wish to place certain items under lock and key.

Use Medications Properly

It’s highly advisable for parents to check with a pediatrician before giving their child any medications, including over-the-counter drugs such as cold medications. When a pediatrician does recommend administering a medication, it’s best to do so with the provided dosage device. A soup spoon will not necessarily equal a tablespoon and giving too much of a medication may be harmful.

Prepare for Emergencies

It’s a good idea to post the number for the poison control hotline by the home phone and on the refrigerator, and to program the number into cell phones. Parents should make sure all of the child’s caregivers know where the emergency numbers are located.

For all of life’s medical emergencies, MountainView Hospital is here to help. Our emergency care team is available 24/7 to respond to medication overdoses, heart problems, stroke, and other serious medical conditions. Call 911 or the poison control hotline if your child requires emergency care; otherwise, you can reach a registered nurse at our facility in Las Vegas by calling (702) 233-5300.

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