• Healthy New Year’s Resolutions to Consider This Year

    It’s easy to get caught up in results-based New Year’s resolutions such as setting weight loss goals or achieving a certain clothing size, but resolutions don’t have to be a grueling exercise in perseverance. While some bad habits probably won’t cause any immediate health effects, the cumulative effects of a poor diet or exercise can have long-lasting and potentially serious effects on your health. Make this upcoming year a good one with these simple resolution tips from Los Robles Hospital & Medical Center .

    New Years Resolutions

    Track Your Activity Levels
    Diet and exercise are staple New Year’s resolutions for many, but changing your entire lifestyle overnight is easier said than done. Most people quickly tire of a new routine, burn out early on or get discouraged without immediate results. There is no diet and exercise plan that will fit everyone’s needs, but consistency is the most important part of any new routine. This simple  diet and exercise tracking tool  from the USDA can provide you with a better idea of your daily habits and where to make improvements, though it’s still important to receive periodic checkups from a medical professional for a more comprehensive picture of your overall health and nutritional needs.

    Make Small Changes
    Getting sick or injured is no fun, and while our bodies are usually well-equipped to handle most bacteria, bumps, and bruises, the little things can add up: not getting enough vitamins, excessive smoking and/or drinking, not protecting your eyes or ears, etc. Living healthier doesn’t have to be as difficult or drastic as a new diet or exercise routine. Simply adding a multivitamin to your nutrition plan, washing your hands regularly, or even doing some light cardio exercises can prevent future health complications.

    Los Robles Hospital & Medical Center is a leading  healthcare provider  in the region, and we’ve built our reputation through compassionate and comprehensive service for patients of all ages. Call (805) 497-2727 for a physician referral.

  • Los Robles Hospital Opens a Weight-Loss Surgery Center

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    Los Robles Hospital Opens a Weight-Loss Surgery Center

    • By Hannah Guzik Special to The Star
    • Posted December 27, 2013 at 2:13 p.m.

    Los Robles Hospital & Medical Center is hoping to become a top destination for people seeking weight-loss surgery in Ventura and Los Angeles counties.

    The Thousand Oaks hospital opened a Center for Weight Loss Surgery this month, offering three types of bariatric surgery for obese patients.

    “It’s a growing problem, but the more we know the more we realize it’s complex and we know there are a lot of barriers to access to bariatric care,” said Dr. Donald Waldrep, a bariatric surgeon and co-director of the center. “There are a lot of misconceptions about it and this really provides a resource for the community.”

    Waldrep and Dr. Amir Mehran, also a bariatric surgeon and co-director of the center, have been performing bariatric surgeries for a number of years in the Thousand Oaks area and focus on minimally invasive surgery.

    The center offers gastric bypass, sleeve gastrectomy and gastric banding surgeries, all of which are designed to reduce the size of the stomach, thus reducing the amount of food patients can eat. Gastric bypass surgery also bypasses part of the intestinal tract.

    The procedures are typically performed laparoscopically, or through small incisions in the abdomen.

    “A lot of doctors here in the area are treating overweight patients or obese patients, but they’re not treating obesity itself, because of limitations of time and access,” said Waldrep, who said he’s performed more than 3,000 bariatric surgeries over the past 14 years. “Now they’ll have more definitive and impactful treatments available.”

    It is estimated that more than half of people in the U.S. will be considered obese by 2030, according to the hospital.

    Those who fit certain health criteria can be considered for gastric surgery. Typically, insurance companies that cover weight-loss surgery require patients to be morbidly obese, Waldrep said.

    Gastric surgery can cause blood clots, gastrointestinal leaks and other problems, so candidates must be carefully screened. In rare cases, death occurs.

    Doctors determine obesity using body mass index, a calculation based on a person’s weight and height. A BMI over 25 is considered overweight and one over 30 is considered obese. Morbid obesity occurs in those with BMIs over 40, or those who have BMIs over 35 and other health problems, such as high blood pressure, diabetes or sleep apnea.

    Those who are morbidly obese face higher risks of other health problems, including diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, infertility and depression. Obesity is the second leading cause of preventable death in the U.S., according to the National Institutes of Health.

    The Thousand Oaks center, which also offers nutrition counseling and psychosocial support, is able to take on a high volume of patients and perform as many as 20 surgeries a week, Waldrep said.

    In the coming months, the center will hire bariatric nurses and clinicians to help care for patients, he said. The center also will offer online support services for patients.

    In addition to performing surgeries on morbidly obese patients, Waldrep is exploring offering weight-loss surgery to those who fall beneath the traditional guidelines but who have not been able to lose weight another way, he said.

    “There are more procedures being performed and investigated for those lower-weight patients who are still overweight and still have health risks but are kind of in a gray area,” he said.

    © 2013 Ventura County Star. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

  • Healthy New Year’s Resolutions to Consider This Year

    It’s easy to get caught up in results-based New Year’s resolutions such as setting weight loss goals or achieving a certain clothing size, but resolutions don’t have to be a grueling exercise in perseverance. While some bad habits probably won’t cause any immediate health effects, the cumulative effects of a poor diet or exercise can have long-lasting and potentially serious effects on your health. Make this upcoming year a good one with these simple resolution tips from Los Robles Hospital & Medical Center .

    New Years Resolutions

    Track Your Activity Levels
    Diet and exercise are staple New Year’s resolutions for many, but changing your entire lifestyle overnight is easier said than done. Most people quickly tire of a new routine, burn out early on or get discouraged without immediate results. There is no diet and exercise plan that will fit everyone’s needs, but consistency is the most important part of any new routine. This simple  diet and exercise tracking tool  from the USDA can provide you with a better idea of your daily habits and where to make improvements, though it’s still important to receive periodic checkups from a medical professional for a more comprehensive picture of your overall health and nutritional needs.

    Make Small Changes
    Getting sick or injured is no fun, and while our bodies are usually well-equipped to handle most bacteria, bumps, and bruises, the little things can add up: not getting enough vitamins, excessive smoking and/or drinking, not protecting your eyes or ears, etc. Living healthier doesn’t have to be as difficult or drastic as a new diet or exercise routine. Simply adding a multivitamin to your nutrition plan, washing your hands regularly, or even doing some light cardio exercises can prevent future health complications.

    Los Robles Hospital & Medical Center is a leading  healthcare provider  in the region, and we’ve built our reputation through compassionate and comprehensive service for patients of all ages. Call (805) 497-2727 for a physician referral.

  • Los Robles Hospital Opens a Weight-Loss Surgery Center

    about

    Los Robles Hospital Opens a Weight-Loss Surgery Center

    • By Hannah Guzik Special to The Star
    • Posted December 27, 2013 at 2:13 p.m.

    Los Robles Hospital & Medical Center is hoping to become a top destination for people seeking weight-loss surgery in Ventura and Los Angeles counties.

    The Thousand Oaks hospital opened a Center for Weight Loss Surgery this month, offering three types of bariatric surgery for obese patients.

    “It’s a growing problem, but the more we know the more we realize it’s complex and we know there are a lot of barriers to access to bariatric care,” said Dr. Donald Waldrep, a bariatric surgeon and co-director of the center. “There are a lot of misconceptions about it and this really provides a resource for the community.”

    Waldrep and Dr. Amir Mehran, also a bariatric surgeon and co-director of the center, have been performing bariatric surgeries for a number of years in the Thousand Oaks area and focus on minimally invasive surgery.

    The center offers gastric bypass, sleeve gastrectomy and gastric banding surgeries, all of which are designed to reduce the size of the stomach, thus reducing the amount of food patients can eat. Gastric bypass surgery also bypasses part of the intestinal tract.

    The procedures are typically performed laparoscopically, or through small incisions in the abdomen.

    “A lot of doctors here in the area are treating overweight patients or obese patients, but they’re not treating obesity itself, because of limitations of time and access,” said Waldrep, who said he’s performed more than 3,000 bariatric surgeries over the past 14 years. “Now they’ll have more definitive and impactful treatments available.”

    It is estimated that more than half of people in the U.S. will be considered obese by 2030, according to the hospital.

    Those who fit certain health criteria can be considered for gastric surgery. Typically, insurance companies that cover weight-loss surgery require patients to be morbidly obese, Waldrep said.

    Gastric surgery can cause blood clots, gastrointestinal leaks and other problems, so candidates must be carefully screened. In rare cases, death occurs.

    Doctors determine obesity using body mass index, a calculation based on a person’s weight and height. A BMI over 25 is considered overweight and one over 30 is considered obese. Morbid obesity occurs in those with BMIs over 40, or those who have BMIs over 35 and other health problems, such as high blood pressure, diabetes or sleep apnea.

    Those who are morbidly obese face higher risks of other health problems, including diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, infertility and depression. Obesity is the second leading cause of preventable death in the U.S., according to the National Institutes of Health.

    The Thousand Oaks center, which also offers nutrition counseling and psychosocial support, is able to take on a high volume of patients and perform as many as 20 surgeries a week, Waldrep said.

    In the coming months, the center will hire bariatric nurses and clinicians to help care for patients, he said. The center also will offer online support services for patients.

    In addition to performing surgeries on morbidly obese patients, Waldrep is exploring offering weight-loss surgery to those who fall beneath the traditional guidelines but who have not been able to lose weight another way, he said.

    “There are more procedures being performed and investigated for those lower-weight patients who are still overweight and still have health risks but are kind of in a gray area,” he said.

    © 2013 Ventura County Star. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

  • Practicing Food Safety This Holiday Season

    Don’t let bacteria spoil your family dinner plans this holiday season. This brief video guide from the USFDA provides some simple tips to keep your dinner fresh and delicious.

    Make sure that all cookware, utensils, and cooking surfaces are clean prior to cooking and wash your hands when handling different items. It’s advisable to use more than one cutting board for produce and raw meat. A food thermometer can help you accurately cook foods to safe temperatures, and a chart for different foods is available at holidayfoodsafety.org . Don’t let food sit out for more than two hours and use or freeze leftovers within three to four days.

    Of course, accidents can still happen—and when they do, Los Robles Hospital is here to provide personalized and cost-effective care 24/7 all year long. Stay connected and instantly check in on ER waiting times with our  free iTriage app , or call (805) 497-2727 to receive more information about our healthcare services.

  • Practicing Food Safety This Holiday Season

    Don’t let bacteria spoil your family dinner plans this holiday season. This brief video guide from the USFDA provides some simple tips to keep your dinner fresh and delicious.

    Make sure that all cookware, utensils, and cooking surfaces are clean prior to cooking and wash your hands when handling different items. It’s advisable to use more than one cutting board for produce and raw meat. A food thermometer can help you accurately cook foods to safe temperatures, and a chart for different foods is available at holidayfoodsafety.org . Don’t let food sit out for more than two hours and use or freeze leftovers within three to four days.

    Of course, accidents can still happen—and when they do, Los Robles Hospital is here to provide personalized and cost-effective care 24/7 all year long. Stay connected and instantly check in on ER waiting times with our  free iTriage app , or call (805) 497-2727 to receive more information about our healthcare services.

  • Preventing Fires In the Home this Winter

    In addition to normal home fire risks such as cooking appliances, candles, and smoking, there are plenty of seasonal indoor fire hazards to worry about during the holidays. Below are some tips to prevent a potentially deadly situation and a trip to the emergency room :

    Winter home fireplace woman relax red armchair

    Traditional Heating
    Traditional heating sources such as fireplaces and woodburning stoves have a rustic charm, but smoke and carbon monoxide fumes can easily build up without proper ventilation. Wood stoves and fireplaces should have plenty of clearance from flammable surfaces (approximately 36”) and the floor underneath should provide proper support and protection. It isn’t uncommon for birds to nest in the top over summer and spring, so make sure that the chimney/flue pipe is free of debris before use.

    Space Heating
    Homeowners often keep certain areas warm with kerosene or electrical space heaters. Kerosene and other fuels should be safely stored in a well-ventilated area outside of the home. Kerosene does produce carbon monoxide, so it is important to exercise space heater safety and use kerosene-based units in a well-ventilated room with a carbon monoxide detector; never leave one unattended. All space heaters should be located well away from any loose curtains or clothing.

    Electrical Hazards
    Plugging in several extension cords to the same outlet is a major electrical hazard, and a short could easily result in an electrical fire. A standard household 120V power outlet can handle about 16 amps at most, so keep track of how many lights you have plugged in at any given time and follow safety instructions carefully. Be aware that even if you’re within safety parameters, a heavy outlet extender or loose extension cord can expose the terminals and still cause a short.

    Here at Los Robles Hospital & Medical Center, we understand the importance of family and friends, which is why our family of healthcare professionals work to provide a superior standard of care based on the latest treatments. To find a medical specialist in the Thousand Oaks area, call (805) 497-2727 today.

  • Preventing Fires In the Home this Winter

    In addition to normal home fire risks such as cooking appliances, candles, and smoking, there are plenty of seasonal indoor fire hazards to worry about during the holidays. Below are some tips to prevent a potentially deadly situation and a trip to the emergency room :

    Winter home fireplace woman relax red armchair

    Traditional Heating
    Traditional heating sources such as fireplaces and woodburning stoves have a rustic charm, but smoke and carbon monoxide fumes can easily build up without proper ventilation. Wood stoves and fireplaces should have plenty of clearance from flammable surfaces (approximately 36”) and the floor underneath should provide proper support and protection. It isn’t uncommon for birds to nest in the top over summer and spring, so make sure that the chimney/flue pipe is free of debris before use.

    Space Heating
    Homeowners often keep certain areas warm with kerosene or electrical space heaters. Kerosene and other fuels should be safely stored in a well-ventilated area outside of the home. Kerosene does produce carbon monoxide, so it is important to exercise space heater safety and use kerosene-based units in a well-ventilated room with a carbon monoxide detector; never leave one unattended. All space heaters should be located well away from any loose curtains or clothing.

    Electrical Hazards
    Plugging in several extension cords to the same outlet is a major electrical hazard, and a short could easily result in an electrical fire. A standard household 120V power outlet can handle about 16 amps at most, so keep track of how many lights you have plugged in at any given time and follow safety instructions carefully. Be aware that even if you’re within safety parameters, a heavy outlet extender or loose extension cord can expose the terminals and still cause a short.

    Here at Los Robles Hospital & Medical Center, we understand the importance of family and friends, which is why our family of healthcare professionals work to provide a superior standard of care based on the latest treatments. To find a medical specialist in the Thousand Oaks area, call (805) 497-2727 today.

  • How to Prevent Spine Injuries During Holiday Decorating

    With the rush to hang up lights and decorate the home, it’s all too easy to make a mistake and spoil your holiday fun. Slips and falls are some of the most common causes of accidental injuries during winter, so take care to prevent spine injuries with these simple guidelines.

    Regular step ladders should be positioned on hard and level ground and reach within 3 to 4 feet of the maximum height. Remember: Ladders become more unstable the higher you go, which is why it is inadvisable to step on the top few rungs. Extension ladders should follow the 1-to-4 rule: For every 4 feet up, place the ladder one foot away from the wall. Don’t cut corners and try to balance on a chair for those hard-to-reach indoor areas; a stepladder is a one-time investment and you won’t risk damaging your back (or your furniture). When moving heavy items, lift with your legs and avoid handling boxes overhead—the key is to maintain the natural curve in your lower back.

    Hanging Holiday Lights

    Los Robles Hospital & Medical Center  is here to ensure that your entire family has a happy, healthy, and safe holiday season. To set up an appointment with a medical specialist in Thousand Oaks, CA, contact us at (805) 497-2727 today.

  • How to Prevent Spine Injuries During Holiday Decorating

    With the rush to hang up lights and decorate the home, it’s all too easy to make a mistake and spoil your holiday fun. Slips and falls are some of the most common causes of accidental injuries during winter, so take care to prevent spine injuries with these simple guidelines.

    Regular step ladders should be positioned on hard and level ground and reach within 3 to 4 feet of the maximum height. Remember: Ladders become more unstable the higher you go, which is why it is inadvisable to step on the top few rungs. Extension ladders should follow the 1-to-4 rule: For every 4 feet up, place the ladder one foot away from the wall. Don’t cut corners and try to balance on a chair for those hard-to-reach indoor areas; a stepladder is a one-time investment and you won’t risk damaging your back (or your furniture). When moving heavy items, lift with your legs and avoid handling boxes overhead—the key is to maintain the natural curve in your lower back.

    Hanging Holiday Lights

    Los Robles Hospital & Medical Center  is here to ensure that your entire family has a happy, healthy, and safe holiday season. To set up an appointment with a medical specialist in Thousand Oaks, CA, contact us at (805) 497-2727 today.