• Understanding the Recovery Process Following Your da Vinci Robotically Assisted Hysterectomy

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    The da Vinci Robotic Surgical System has made minimally invasive surgery applicable to more cases than ever before. In the past, women in need of a hysterectomy for cancer, uterine fibroids, or another illness had only the open surgical technique as an option. Now, they can enjoy the benefits of a treatment performed through only the tiniest surgical incisions. If you are planning on undergoing one of these procedures at Los Robles Hospital & Medical Center in the near-future, read on to learn more about what you may expect from your recovery process.

    A Shorter Recovery Time
    After an open abdominal hysterectomy, the recovery time typically takes four to six weeks on average. With the da Vinci Surgical System, smaller incisions are needed for the surgeon to gain access and visualization of the surgical site. For this reason, recovery times may be reduced to three or four weeks. The recovery period may depend on the reason for surgery and a variety of other factors; speak with your surgeon for more information about your own projected recovery time.

    Reduced Surgical Complications
    Before your procedure, the surgeon will carefully discuss with you the risks of a hysterectomy procedure. Fortunately, the accuracy and precision offered by the da Vinci Surgical System has often been associated with reduced trauma to organs and delicate structures surrounding the uterus, and therefore fewer surgical complications. In addition to fewer complications after surgery, women can also experience reduced pain after procedure and a shorter hospital stay when compared with traditional open surgical procedures.

    If you undergo a robotically assisted procedure at Los Robles Hospital & Medical Center, you can be sure that your team of medical experts will support you throughout your treatment and recovery. You can learn more about the hysterectomy procedure and the benefits of da Vinci robotic surgery by contacting our medical staff today at (805) 497-2727.

  • What It Takes to Cure Cancer

    Every year, medical science progresses and helps more patients recover from cancer. This progress has been made possible by patients and medical professionals working together to increase awareness about the importance of prevention and finding a cure.

    This video from the American Cancer Society emphasizes the importance of staying loud in our fight against cancer. Do not be silent about the importance of finding a cure—keep awareness high and more change will be made.

    Los Robles Hospital & Medical Center is dedicated to the prevention and expert treatment of cancer. Our Cancer Center provides comprehensive care for screening, diagnosis, treatment, and ongoing management of cancer. Call our helpful staff today at (805) 497-2727 for more information.

  • Spotlight on World Hepatitis Day

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    Hepatitis B and C are viral diseases that lead to chronic inflammation of the liver. These infections are “silent,” meaning that victims will often be asymptomatic for many years after exposure to the virus. After long periods of time, however, the chronic liver inflammation can lead to scarring, liver cancer, or even liver failure.

    Every year, the World Hepatitis Alliance observes World Hepatitis Day, an event organized to increase awareness of hepatitis as a threat to global health. Through recognition of this day, more and more people can learn the burden of hepatitis B and C and help to prevent disease transmission. World Hepatitis Day 2013 falls on the 28th of July. In partnership with the World Health Organization (WHO), the World Hepatitis Alliance is celebrating by promoting two major themes focusing on knowing the real-life impact of viral hepatitis and increasing awareness of the disease on a global scale.

    Are you interested in learning more about how you can participate in the World Hepatitis Day celebrations? Visit the World Hepatitis Alliance website or contact Los Robles Hospital & Medical Center at (805) 497-2727 for more information about viral hepatitis.

  • How Expecting Moms Can Stay Cool and Comfortable All Summer Long

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    When a woman is expecting a child, several physiological changes occur that can make the hot summer weather even more uncomfortable. Fortunately, there are ways for moms-to-be to stay cool and comfortable despite spikes in temperature. If you are finding that the hot summer weather is too overwhelming for you to adequately enjoy the season, read through this brief guide for some helpful tips.

    Keep Out of the Hot Sun
    The sun is at its hottest and most intense from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. every day on average. To limit your sun exposure, schedule your outdoor activities for before or after this time. If possible, stay indoors when the temperature is near or exceeds 90 degrees. Wearing light-colored, breathable clothing and having a water spray bottle on hand at all times are also great ways to keep cool while outdoors.

    Drink Plenty of Fluids
    Though it is important for everyone to drink plenty of water during the hot summer weather, it is especially important for expecting mothers. Enjoying cool, fresh water during the day will help you to replenish any fluids lost through sweating and keep you well-hydrated. Drinks with supplemented electrolytes or healthy fruit smoothies are great ways to stay comfortable while also replenishing salt and other vital nutrients.

    Ask for Help
    If you are too uncomfortable to do those errands or outdoor chores, ask a friend or family member for their help. If something doesn’t need to be done immediately, you can always wait until later in the day or postpone the errand until the weather is more forgiving.

    Frequent naps in an air-conditioned home can also help to combat any discomfort or fatigue that the summer heat brings. For more information regarding maternity health and wellness, contact the women’s health experts of Los Robles Hospital & Medical Center at (805) 497-2727. We are committed to providing mothers with only the highest quality of compassionate and comprehensive medical care.

  • Quick Facts About Juvenile Arthritis

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    Arthritis is characterized by inflammation caused by loss of the cartilage between the bones of a joint. Cartilage is a tough but smooth connective tissue that allows the bones of the knee, elbow, or other joint to glide across one another without pain or grinding. When the cartilage is worn away or lost, bones rub directly on one another, causing inflammation, pain, and mobility problems.

    Juvenile arthritis is a term used to describe a group of arthritic disorders that affect children aged 16 or younger and may be autoimmune or inflammatory in nature. These diseases can arise in several different forms and may involve the skin, gastrointestinal tract, and eyes, as well as the joints. No concrete cause has been determined for most forms of this disease, but genetics, diet, allergies, and other factors may impact disease development.

    Receiving a diagnosis of juvenile arthritis can be difficult for the entire family. To find expert medical support for yourself and your family, contact the experts at Los Robles Hospital & Medical Center at (805) 497-2727 today.

  • Coping with Juvenile Diabetes

    Juvenile diabetes, also known as type 1 diabetes, occurs when a child’s pancreas is unable to produce the amount of insulin needed to manage blood glucose levels. While this diagnosis may be overwhelming to children and their families at first, juvenile diabetes can be effectively managed with the help of a skilled physician. By watching this video, you can learn more about one child’s experience with the disease and how she has learned to cope.

    Los Robles Hospital & Medical Center has a skilled and compassionate pediatric care team dedicated to helping kids get well and stay healthy. Call our Consult-A-Nurse physician referral line today at (805) 497-2727 to find a pediatrician in the Thousand Oaks area.

  • Preventing Trips to the ER This Summer Season

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    The sunny, beautiful weather of summer can come with its fair share of risks. With increased time spent outdoors hiking, swimming, playing sports, or enjoying social events, the risk of injury also increases. The team at Los Robles Hospital & Medical Center urges you to avoid any unnecessary trips to the emergency room this summer by staying safe outdoors. Below are a few of the ways that you can stay healthy throughout the season and avoid a medical emergency.

    Stay Safe Around Fire
    Summer is a great time to spend time outdoors enjoying fireworks, barbeques, or campfires with family and friends. Unfortunately, all of these activities can cause severe burns and other injuries. To prevent any fire-related injuries, restrict any fireworks to public shows and stay at a safe distance. Supervise children around barbeques and campfires carefully.

    Supervise Young Swimmers Carefully
    As more families turn to the ocean and swimming pools to stay cool over the summer, drowning becomes an increasingly serious risk. If you are planning on taking your family to swim, be sure to practice “touch supervision”—always be within arm’s reach of a swimming child. Children should also wear approved floatation devices if necessary.

    Exercise Smart
    More physical activity over the sunny summer months means more traumatic and overuse injuries. To help prevent any trauma, wear protective gear when playing contact sports, cycling, or skateboarding. Take the time to stretch, warm up, and cool down after a strenuous exercise regimen to help reduce the likelihood of overuse injuries to your muscles, tendons, and other soft tissues.

    Even with ample preparation, accidents may still happen. If you are in need of medical assistance this summer, Los Robles Hospital & Medical Center is here for you. Our emergency care center is always open to help heal your family in the event of any medical emergency. Call our Consult-A-Nurse health line at (805) 497-2727 for more information about our healthcare services.