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    What to Ask Before Your Hysterectomy Procedure

    Last updated 5 days ago

    A hysterectomy, which may be performed via robotic surgery, is a procedure to remove the uterus. Your doctor may recommend a hysterectomy if you’ve been diagnosed with uterine, ovarian, or cervical cancer. Other reasons why you might have a hysterectomy include having endometriosis, chronic pelvic pain, abnormal vaginal bleeding, uterine prolapse, or uterine fibroids. Before having your surgery, ask your surgeon any questions you may have.

    Which Structures Will Be Removed?

    A hysterectomy may involve the removal of part or all of the uterus. Having a hysterectomy means that you will no longer be able to get pregnant and you will no longer have periods. Sometimes, a hysterectomy also involves the removal of the ovaries and fallopian tubes. If both of the ovaries are removed, you can expect to enter into early menopause.

    Which Surgical Approach Will Be Used?

    Hysterectomies are sometimes performed as open surgeries. This means the surgeon will make one long incision across the abdomen. A hysterectomy may also be performed with minimally invasive techniques. This may be accomplished with a laparoscopic approach or with robotic surgery.

    What Can I Expect from the Recovery?

    Your recovery from the surgery depends on whether the procedure was an open surgery or was performed with minimally invasive techniques. Minimally invasive techniques, such as robotic surgery, involves a shorter recovery time than open surgery. Recovery may be as short as two weeks or as long as eight weeks. During this time, you should refrain from heavy lifting and other strenuous activities.

    The caring professionals at Trident Health welcome your questions about hysterectomies and other robotic surgeries. Trident Health is the only facility in the Lowcounty to offer single-site hysterectomies via robotic surgery. In addition to robotic surgery for gynecologic procedures, our hospital offers comprehensive cancer care, stroke care, pediatrics, and pregnancy care. You can reach our hospital by calling (843) 277-6062.

    Knee Replacement: What Happens During Recovery?

    Last updated 7 days ago

    Knee replacement surgery can help you recover your mobility, resolve chronic joint pain, and improve your quality of life. However, deciding to have any type of surgery is a major decision. Talk to your surgeon about what you can expect from the procedure and the recovery, and identify the issues that may sometimes arise after surgery that may send you to the emergency room.

    Recovering in the Hospital

    Most knee replacement patients can expect to stay in the hospital for one to four days following surgery. During this time, you’ll work with a physical therapist to regain mobility and independence. You’ll need to meet certain goals before your discharge, including being able to walk with an assistive device and being able to do physical therapy exercises at home.

    Returning Home

    Once you return home, you’ll need a friend or family member to help you out around the house. You may need help for a few days or for a few weeks. Prior to your surgery, you should have arranged your home to make it easier for you to move around, such as by removing throw rugs and installing grab bars in the bathroom.

    Identifying Complications

    Knee replacement procedures are generally regarded as safe surgeries. However, any surgery carries a risk of complications. Talk to your doctor about which symptoms warrant a trip to the local ER. These might include signs of a blood clot, such as increasing swelling, redness, and pain in the leg or foot. Signs of an infection can include fever, chills, and increasing drainage of the surgical site.

    Enjoying Normal Activities

    You’ll continue to work with a physical therapist to regain your strength and mobility. It’s important to follow your doctor’s advice regarding when you can resume your normal activities, such as driving, enjoying exercise, and returning to work.

    The orthopedic specialists at Trident Health have extensive experience performing knee replacement surgeries using minimally invasive techniques. Our hospital in Charleston also offers cardiac care, cancer care, stroke treatment, robotic surgery, and ER services, along with many other healthcare services. For a referral to an orthopedic specialist, call our Consult-A-Nurse line at (843) 277-6062.

    How Can Lymphedema Complications Be Avoided?

    Last updated 12 days ago

    Lymphedema, which refers to the accumulation of fluids, is a common complication of breast cancer treatment. During cancer treatment and afterward, patients who have been diagnosed with lymphedema can reduce their risk of complications by following their doctor’s recommendations. They can wear a compression sleeve on the affected arm, and reduce the risk of triggering inflammation in that arm by wearing sunscreen and bug repellant.

    Get more helpful tips on coping with lymphedema by watching this video. You’ll learn how to handle blood draws and blood pressure cuffs, and you’ll learn the symptoms of a serious infection that requires a prompt visit to the ER.

    Trident Health offers comprehensive solutions for cancer patients and their families. Trident Breast Care Center is recognized as a Certified Quality Breast Care Center of Excellence by the national Consortium of Breast Centers.  Learn more about the Trident Breast Care Center and our other cancer care services on our website or by calling our Consult-A-Nurse line at (843) 277-6062.

    What Are the Risk Factors for Heart Arrhythmias?

    Last updated 15 days ago

    A heart arrhythmia is a condition that involves the disruption of the electrical signals that regulate your heartbeat. This cardiac condition causes your heart to beat in an irregular fashion, or too slow or too fast. Certain risk factors may increase the probability that you will be diagnosed with this cardiac condition. These include some lifestyle risk factors such as consuming caffeine or using nicotine, or using other stimulants such as amphetamines. Excessive alcohol consumption can also disrupt the electrical signals of the heart.

    Certain underlying medical conditions can increase your risk of developing an arrhythmia. If you have high blood pressure, congenital heart disease, thyroid problems, or diabetes, you could have an increased risk. Obstructive sleep apnea, an electrolyte imbalance, coronary artery disease, and other cardiac conditions are other risk factors.

    Patients with arrhythmias and other cardiac concerns can find the healthcare solutions they need at The Heart Center at Trident Health. Patients with disorders such as atrial fibrillation or supraventricular tachycardia can contact Dr. Darren Sidney, electrophysiologist, at Charleston Heart Specialists to learn about treatment options. 

    Call our Consult-A-Nurse line at (843) 277-6062 for a referral to a cardiac specialist or to inquire about our other healthcare services, including cancer care and robotic surgery.

    A Look at the Issue of Genetic Testing for Breast and Ovarian Cancers

    Last updated 17 days ago

    A small percentage of the population has inherited BRCA 1 and BRCA 2 gene mutations, which significantly increase the risk of certain cancers, including breast and ovarian cancers. Individuals can assess their risk of cancer by undergoing genetic testing to determine whether they have these gene mutations. However, not everyone needs genetic testing.

    As you’ll learn by watching this video, whether or not genetic counseling is recommended depends largely upon an individual’s personal and family history of cancer. A genetic counselor might recommend testing if there is a pattern of early onset or multiple cancer diagnoses in the family.

    The physicians at Trident Health can help you understand your risk of breast and ovarian cancer. To speak with a registered nurse, you can call our Consult-A-Nurse line at (843) 277-6062.

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