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When Surgery Is Necessary

Surgeries are performed for a wide range of reasons and vary greatly in scope, from medically necessary emergency operations to elective cosmetic procedures. This video explores some common reasons why your doctor may recommend surgery.

Many emergency room patients undergo surgery to treat urgent problems like appendicitis and gall bladder issues. Sometimes, doctors will recommend surgery to address issues with colorectal and breast health. Occasionally, surgery is used as a diagnostic tool to determine the best course of treatment. If you have chronic joint pain, joint replacement surgery could be the answer.

At University Hospital & Medical Center in Tamarac, FL, our skilled surgeons are ready to diagnose and treat patients as quickly and effectively as possible. Our Kid Friendly Emergency Room is also staffed by a compassionate emergency care team 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Learn about our comprehensive range of services by calling (954) 721-2200.

What You Should Know About Joint Replacement

If you’re suffering from chronic joint pain, your doctor may recommend joint replacement surgery. As the U.S. population ages, joint replacement surgery is increasingly being performed and is considered to be one of the safest surgeries a patient can have. Joint replacement can solve arthritis pain and help you reclaim your active lifestyle. Are you considering joint replacement surgery? Here is some helpful information:

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What Happens During Joint Replacement Surgery?

During a joint replacement procedure, your surgeon will remove damaged cartilage around the joint, resurface the joint, and place artificial implants that will function like your natural joint. Most joints in the body can be replaced, and most replacement joints last 20 years or more. Hip and knee replacements are the most common.

Why Might My Doctor Suggest Joint Replacement?

Although joint replacement is considered safe and has a high success rate, surgery is almost always the last solution your doctor will suggest. Most patients undergo surgery after they have exhausted non-surgical treatments without finding pain relief. Joint replacement is also performed when non-surgical treatments that previously helped become less successful.

What Should I Expect After Joint Replacement Surgery?

Recovery is usually relatively fast after joint replacement. How quickly you are able to return to normal activities depends largely on your overall health before the procedure. You will need to complete physical therapy after your surgery to rebuild muscle strength around the joint. In most cases, there are few, if any, restrictions on joint replacement patients once they recover. In some cases, your doctor may recommend that you avoid high-impact activities that require jumping, running, and lifting.

Are you living with joint pain? Consider joint replacement surgery at University Hospital & Medical Center’s Orthopedic and Spine Institute. Our center is a Blue Cross Blue Shield Distinction Center for Knee and Hip Replacement and is certified by The Joint Commission in hip and knee replacement. Our facility offers warm and inviting rooms that can accommodate a family member overnight. We also have a patient navigator to see you through every step of the process. Make your appointment today by calling our Tamarac hospital at (954) 721-2200.

Spotlight on Mental Illness Awareness Week


Each year, the first full week in October is designated Mental Illness Awareness Week, or MIAW. Congress launched MIAW in 1990, and since then, it has provided an important opportunity to educate the public about these often-ignored diseases. It is also a time when those with mental illnesses and their families can share their stories to draw attention to the important issue of mental health

Although they are seldom in the spotlight, mental illnesses are very common. One in four adults in the U.S. experience mental illness annually, and one in 17 live with chronic mental illnesses. The homeless population is disproportionately affected, with 46% dealing with severe mental illness. MIAW is an opportunity to shine a light on these health conditions so more accurate diagnoses and better treatments can be made possible.

If you or someone you love is dealing with mental illness, University Hospital & Medical Center can help. We offer outpatient and in-patient behavioral health services in Broward County for many mental health issues. Visit our hospital and medical center, or find answers to your questions about our services by calling (954) 721-2200. 

Symptoms that Commonly Lead to ER Visits

Millions of people visit the ER every year for treatment of a variety of medical symptoms and injuries. What are some of the most common reasons why people head to the emergency room? Here is a look at some symptoms that may require urgent care:



Headaches are common. Up to 90% of people get them at least once per year. However, while most headaches are easily treated at home with over-the-counter pain medications and rest, severe headaches frequently send people to the hospital. If you have a sudden, intense headache, going to the ER is a good idea. Emergency room doctors can treat or rule out serious medical issues, like stroke, brain aneurysm, and meningitis. They may also prescribe stronger pain medications for very intense headaches. If your headache seems particularly severe, don’t wait. Fast care at the ER could be life-saving.

Chest Pain

Any kind of chest pain demands immediate medical attention at the ER. Although not all cases of chest pain are caused by heart attacks, it’s essential to diagnose cardiac emergencies early for the best possible outcomes. In many cases, chest pain is caused by indigestion or panic attacks, but don’t try to self-diagnose. Let an ER doctor decide what kind of care you need.

Abdominal Pain

Abdominal pain may be caused by something as simple as overindulgence on food, but it can also be the sign of some serious medical conditions. Depending on the location of the pain, kidney stones, pancreatitis, appendicitis, and other emergency problems could all be to blame. By seeking ER care, you can get help controlling your pain and receive the treatment you need.

If you have symptoms that concern you, don’t try to wait them out. Play it safe and visit the emergency room at University Hospital & Medical Center. Our team of ER doctors can provide fast, accurate diagnoses and care, and you will have immediate access to the rest of our hospital’s facilities, including emergency surgery, as needed. Find out more about our Tamarac hospital by calling (954) 721-2200.

Keep Track of Your Medications with This App

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Taking your medication as prescribed is an essential part of staying healthy, yet statistics show that many people don’t take their pills on schedule. Life is hectic, and it’s easy to miss a dose during the day. Avoid the serious repercussions of medication mishaps and keep all of your medical information in one handy place with the Med Helper iOS app. This useful app lets you take charge of your health in a few clicks.

The Med Helper app stores all of the important prescription information you need to have access to, and notifies you when your dose is due. You can even export reports about your medications and any side effects you’re experiencing to your doctor. The app can also be used to store doctor’s appointments and set refill reminders.

This app can be helpful when you are discussing your medications with your University Hospital & Medical Center doctor. We offer residents in Tamarac, Coral Springs, Sunrise and surrounding areas access to emergency room care, orthopedic care, and much more. Call (954) 721-2200 to find out more. 

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