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    What to Expect When You're Recovering from Childbirth

    Last updated 1 day 21 hours ago

    Labor and childbirth are exciting but often exhausting events. Along with pregnancy, childbirth causes many changes to your body and emotional state. Even if you’ve previously given birth, it can be helpful to talk to your care team at Trident Health about what you can expect during labor and delivery. Care teams at Trident Medical Center and Summerville Medical Center can also help you understand what to expect after you take your child home and how you can best care for yourself while you’re recovering.

    Understanding Physical Changes

    After labor and delivery, you’ll have vaginal discharge that typically contains clots. It will gradually lessen and typically resolve within a few weeks to two months. You’ll notice that your breasts become sore as your milk comes in. Many women experience constipation for several days after labor and delivery, and some experience hemorrhoids, which can make bowel movements painful. Additionally, it’s normal to experience temporary urinary or fecal incontinence due to the stretching of your muscles. For the first few days after labor and delivery, you’re likely to feel physically exhausted.

    Identifying Psychological Issues

    Most new mothers experience the baby blues, which are typically characterized by crying, sadness, anxiety, and irritability. These feelings are often the product of hormonal changes, sleep deprivation, adjustments to a major life event, and exhaustion. These symptoms often resolve within two weeks. If they persist or are severe, you should consider seeing a doctor. You may have postpartum depression, which is a serious health issue that is treatable with medications and therapy.

    Implementing Self-Care Measures

    The women’s services teams at Trident and Summerville Medical Centers can help you learn how to care for yourself and your new baby. While recovering from childbirth, it’s important to rest as much as you can. Limit your visitors and take short naps while your baby sleeps. Enjoy relaxing activities and follow your doctor’s advice regarding physical activity. Remember to schedule a follow-up appointment with your doctor in four to six weeks.

    Trident Health delivers more babies than anyone else in the Lowcountry, and we can’t wait to welcome yours! Give us a call at (843) 277-6062 for more information or a tour of our birthing centers.

    How Robotic Surgery Can Help You [INFOGRAPHIC]

    Last updated 7 days ago

    When you are going into the hospital for surgery, it’s natural to feel a little bit apprehensive. In the past, having certain procedures meant that you would be in pain for a while, and have to go through a lengthy recovery process. However, there are many procedures that can now be performed using robotic surgery. Robotic surgery uses much smaller incisions than traditional open surgery, and has a lowered risk of infection in addition to a quicker recovery time. There is less trauma inflicted on the body, so you may experience less pain once the surgery is over. Your surgeon manipulates robotic controls in real time for precise results and less blood loss. Take a look at this infographic for more information on robotic surgery, and for a closer look at the da Vinci Surgical System. Please share with your friends and family. 

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    FAQs About Lung Cancer Screening

    Last updated 8 days ago

    The early detection of cancer is crucial for providing patients with the best possible chance of survival. Until recently, it was very difficult for doctors to diagnose lung cancer early. Thanks to new guidelines that recommend lung cancer screening for certain people, early diagnosis is a possibility.

    Is Lung Cancer Screening Right for Me?

    Only your doctor can determine if lung cancer screening is right for you. Your doctor will need to review your complete medical history, and discuss the benefits and potential risks of screening with you. The current guidelines recommend lung cancer screening for individuals who are between the ages of 55 and 74, and have a smoking history of 30 pack years or more. A pack year means smoking one pack a day. In other words, if you currently or formerly smoked two packs a day for 15 years, or one pack a day for 30 years, you could be a good candidate. If you do not meet these candidacy guidelines, you can still talk to your doctor about whether screening is right for you.

    What Are the Risks of Screening?

    Lung cancer screening might save your life. However, it’s important to understand the potential risks before having it. The test does use some radiation, although it is a very small dose.

    What Can I Expect from Screening?

    Screening itself does not cause any discomfort. You’ll lie on a table, which is placed within the CT scanner. The machine rotates around your body to take images. The technician may ask you to hold your breath briefly to improve the clarity of the images. Your doctor will review the results and explain them to you.

    As the first hospital in the Lowcountry to provide South Carolinians with low-dose CT screenings for lung cancer, Trident Health is committed to saving lives via the early detection of cancer. We are pleased to offer this important screening at a very low cost -- $149.  For a referral to a physician, call our Consult-A-Nurse line at (843) 277-6062.

    How Robotic Surgery Can Help You Beat Cancer

    Last updated 12 days ago

    Robotic surgery is often a good option for individuals with prostate, gynecologic, or other types of cancer. Like traditional surgical techniques, the goal of robotic surgery for cancer patients is to remove the all of the cancerous mass. However, robotic surgery differs in a number of critical ways. Since the surgeon has greatly improved visuals thanks to the 3D imaging, the surgery itself can be much more precise. Patients who undergo robotic surgery also enjoy an accelerated recovery time, typically returning home the same day or the next day.

    You can hear more about the benefits of robotic surgery by watching this video. You’ll hear from Thomas Hall, a prostate cancer survivor who praises the technique for helping him get back on his feet faster. You’ll also see the equipment itself and hear a doctor explain how he uses it.

    Trident Health is a leader in performing robotic surgeries for patients in South Carolina. If you have any general questions about robotic surgery, call our Consult-A-Nurse line at (843) 277-6062.

    The Joint Commission Names Trident Health to Nation's Top Hospital List

    Last updated 13 days ago

    Less than 3% of hospitals nationwide earned this designation four straight years

    North Charleston, S.C./ November 13, 2014 – For the fourth year in a row, Trident Health has been recognized as a Top Hospital in Quality by The Joint Commission, the leading accreditor of health care organizations in America . Trident, Summerville and Moncks Corner Medical Centers achieved some of the highest performance scores in the nation in treating heart attacks, heart failure, surgical care and pneumonia. Less than 3% of the nation’s hospitals earned this quality designation for four straight years. Trident Health is the only hospital system in the Charleston area to achieve the recognition in 2013. 

                Trident Health is one of 1,224 hospitals in the U.S. earning the distinction of Top Performer on Key Quality Measures for attaining and sustaining excellence in accountability measure performance. The ratings are based on an aggregation of accountability measure data reported to The Joint Commission during the 2013 calendar year. The list of Top Performers increased by 11% from the previous year.

    Trident and Summerville Medical Centers are the only Charleston area hospitals and one of only 147 nationwide to achieve this distinction four years in a row. We are very proud that our physicians and staff have a dedication to quality care that continues to benefit our patients year after year. To be in the top 3% of hospitals in the nation speaks volumes about our focus on quality patient care,” said Todd Gallati, Trident Health CEO.

    Trident Health and each of the hospitals named as a Top Performer on Key Quality Measures must: 1) achieve cumulative performance of 95 percent or above across all reported accountability measures; 2) achieve performance of 95 percent or above on each and every reported accountability measure where there are at least 30 denominator cases; and 3) have at least one core measure set that has a composite rate of 95 percent or above, and (within that measure set) all applicable individual accountability measures have a performance rate of 95 percent or above. A 95 percent score means a hospital provided an evidence-based practice 95 times out of 100 opportunities to provide the practice. Each accountability measure represents an evidence-based practice – for example, giving aspirin upon arrival for heart attack patients, giving antibiotics one hour before surgery, and providing a home management plan of care for children with asthma.

    Trident Health is an HCA hospital system comprised of two acute care hospitals – Trident Medical Center and Summerville Medical Center – as well as two free standing emergency departments- Centre Pointe Emergency and Moncks Corner Medical Center. The Joint Commission recently named Trident Health to their list of the nation’s top hospitals for quality and safety. In 2013, Trident Health provided almost $50 million in charity and uncompensated care and contributed over $30 million in taxes. Accredited by The Joint Commission, Trident Health is committed to providing quality health services along with wellness information and opportunities to the communities it serves. For more information about Trident Health, please visit our website at or call 843.797.7000.

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