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Next Day Hip Replacement

Hip replacement surgery used to mean lengthy recoveries and multiple-day hospital stays for patients. Now, this joint replacement surgery can be performed as a minimally invasive procedure that allows patients to return home the next day. Watch this video to learn more.

With this new approach to hip replacement surgery, patients begin to walk again within hours of having their surgery. They generally return home the day after their procedures and are back to their normal activities within just a few weeks.

To find out if you’re a candidate for this type of joint replacement surgery, ask your doctor to refer you to the orthopedic team at University Hospital and Medical Center. Our Broward County hospital offers cutting-edge joint replacement surgery in a compassionate environment. Get a referral today by calling (954) 317-0682.


Mammograms: What to Expect

Having regular mammograms is an important part of maintaining good breast health. Before their first mammogram, many women hesitate to make that appointment because they are worried about what to expect. Don’t let your concerns about mammograms interfere with your breast health. The process is easy and fast and any discomfort is over quickly. Here is a look at what to expect at your upcoming mammogram.

Initial Consultation

When you arrive at the mammogram center, you’ll be asked to remove your shirt and bra and to change into a gown. Since you only have to remove your top, many women prefer to wear pants or a skirt instead of a dress to the testing center. The technician who is performing the test will walk you through what to expect during your mammogram. This is a great time to ask any questions you may have about the process.

X-Ray

To perform the mammogram, the technician will place one of your breasts on a flat plate on an X-ray machine. Above the plate is a second, plastic top plate. The top plate is lowered to compress your breast for the X-ray. Making the breast tissue thinner makes it easier for the radiologist to read the results. Although this compression can be uncomfortable, it only lasts for a few seconds. You can minimize any discomfort by avoiding scheduling your mammogram right before or during your period. This entire process is then repeated for your other breast.

Results

After your mammogram, your results will be provided to a radiologist, who will examine the images to look for any abnormalities in your breast tissue. If you have had previous mammograms, the images will be compared to past X-rays to see if there have been any changes. You will be notified if your images are normal or if further testing may be needed.

If you need a mammogram, make an appointment at the Women’s Center at University Hospital and Medical Center. We provide breast health care for women in Broward County, as well as other women’s health services. For a referral or more information, call (954) 317-0682.


Knowing the Signs of Substance Abuse

Would you recognize the signs of substance abuse in yourself or someone you love? Knowing the signs can help you determine when to seek behavioral health care for someone struggling with a substance problem. Here are the signs that you need to know.

One of the biggest signs of a substance abuse problem is neglecting responsibilities. People dealing with substance abuse often begin to fall behind at school or suddenly have difficulty keeping up at work. Substance abuse can also cause physical symptoms, such as changes in personal hygiene, unusual fatigue, nausea, and restlessness. Depression is also possible. Substance abuse can also lead to risky behavior and legal trouble.

Substance abuse doesn’t have to take over your life or the life of someone you love. Help is available from the behavioral health department at University Hospital and Medical Center. Find out more about our addiction support services or get a referral to a behavioral health doctor by calling (954) 317-0682.


Are You at Risk for a Heart Attack?

How well do you understand your heart attack risk factors? By knowing your risk of having a heart attack, you can take steps to reduce them and be prepared to go to the emergency room quickly for diagnosis if symptoms do occur. Here is what you need to know about the risk factors for heart attacks.

Age

Heart attack risk increases with age. Approximately 82 percent of people who die of coronary heart disease, which is the main cause of heart attacks, are age 65 or over. With age, the chance of dying from a heart attack also increases. Although this risk increases across the board, women over age 65 are more likely to die within a few weeks of having a heart attack than men. While age is a major risk factor for heart attack, it’s important to note that heart attacks can and do strike at any age.

Gender

Although it is common for women to underestimate their risk of having a heart attack, it is true that men are the most vulnerable. The risk of heart attack for men starts increasing earlier than it does for women, and even when women’s risk of heart attack climbs, men still have them more often. Women should not take their lower risk as a reason to ignore heart attack symptoms, however. Doctors believe the reason why women are more likely to die from their heart attacks is that they tend to delay going to the emergency room longer than men.

Smoking

Age and gender are two risk factors that you can’t change, but smoking is a major contributor to heart attacks that is in your control. Smoking makes your heart have to work harder and contributes to conditions that increase your heart attack risk, like atherosclerosis.

If you suspect you or someone you love is having a heart attack, go immediately to the emergency room at University Hospital and Medical Center for care. For a referral to a physician at our Broward County hospital or for more information about our emergency room services, please call (954) 317-0682.


A Look at Posttraumatic Stress Disorder

Posttraumatic stress disorder is a type of anxiety disorder that can impact people after a life-changing event. Posttraumatic stress disorder can take a serious toll on your wellbeing, but the good news is that it can be treated with the help of behavioral health specialists. If you or someone you love has been diagnosed with posttraumatic stress disorder, here is what you need to know.

What Is Posttraumatic Stress Disorder?

Posttraumatic stress disorder is a debilitating condition that is caused by witnessing or being a part of events that are life-altering and potentially life-threatening. Women are twice as likely to develop posttraumatic stress disorder, or PTSD, as men. Children are also sometimes PTSD sufferers. PTSD can interfere with work and relationships and can compromise your ability to complete even basic daily tasks.

What Are the Symptoms?

The symptoms of PTSD can vary from person to person, but there are a few general signs that most patients experience. These include chronic anxiety, depression, and panic attacks. Sometimes, certain things, like sounds, trigger the onset of symptoms. Many people with PTSD re-experience the traumatic event over and over again in their minds, and they may avoid people and places that remind them of what happened. It is also common for people with PTSD to have difficulty sleeping and to be jumpy and easily agitated.

How Is PTSD Treated?

PTSD can be treated with behavioral health treatments, including individual and group therapy. Medications can also be helpful in controlling some of the symptoms, including anxiety and depression. Both inpatient and outpatient behavioral health treatment can be useful.

The behavioral health team at University Hospital and Medical Center in Broward County offers treatment to patients of all ages for several different conditions, including PTSD, depression, anxiety, and more. For a referral to a behavioral health specialist or additional information about our hospital services, call (954) 317-0682.


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