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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.
Last updated 2 days 18 hours 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.
Last updated 6 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.
Last updated 7 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 www.tridenthealthsystem.com or call 843.797.7000.
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Last updated 16 days ago
Have you been diagnosed with diabetes? Do you have a friend or family member with this disease? Though approximately 25 million people have diabetes, numerous myths still persist about how it develops and what it means for the health of those with it. Trident Health hopes to educate and empower those with this condition through our diabetes management services.
Diabetes Necessitates the Use of Insulin
Diabetes is a metabolic condition in which the body cannot properly produce or use the hormone insulin to help convert food to energy. However, the use of artificial insulin depends on the type and severity of the patient’s condition. Type 1 diabetes necessitates the use of artificial insulin, as the body cannot create it on its own. Only with regular injections can type 1 diabetes sufferers keep their blood glucose levels stable. However, type 2 diabetes may not require insulin injections. In some cases, patients can maintain their blood glucose levels with healthy lifestyle habits.
Individuals with Diabetes Must Eliminate Certain Foods from Their Diets
Different foods can have varying levels of impact on blood glucose levels. For instance, simple carbohydrates may lead to a fast and dramatic increase of blood glucose, and complex carbohydrates and proteins may cause a more gradual rise. Diabetes sufferers do not necessarily need to remove foods from their diets, but they must be careful to assess and monitor the impact of every meal and snack on their blood glucose levels.
Diabetes Is Passed from Parents to Children
Diabetes experts believe that the risk of diabetes can be higher in families where one individual already has the disease. Unlike some medical conditions, though, the children of parents with diabetes are not inevitably destined to have the disease as well. Even with an increased risk of it, other family members can greatly reduce their chances of developing diabetes if they adhere to nutritious eating habits and regular exercise regimens. Keeping weight at a healthy number can also lessen the danger of getting diabetes in the future.
Are you wondering how diabetes might change your life? To speak with a professional about your concerns, call Trident Health at (843) 277-6062. Our Consult-A-Nurse healthcare referral experts can explain in further detail the benefits of our diabetes management services.