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    Tips for Planning a Successful Hip Replacement Surgery Recovery

    Last updated 4 hours 54 minutes ago

    Recovering from any kind of orthopedic surgery takes time, and a hip replacement is no exception. Part of having a smooth and successful recovery is taking the time to prepare in advance for the things you’ll need as your hip heals. Before you go in for hip replacement surgery, here are some things you can do to get ready for a fast and easy convalescence.

    Plan for Help

    Although you will be encouraged to get up and start walking almost immediately after your surgery, your mobility will be limited. After your discharge from the hospital, you will need help on hand at home for assistance with cooking, errands, and other household chores. Don’t wait until after surgery to decide who is going to give you the help you need. Arrange for someone to stay with you, or work out a care schedule with family and friends.

    Set Up a Recovery Area

    Right after surgery, it’s a good idea to avoid going up and down steps frequently. If your bedroom is upstairs, consider setting up a comfortable recovery area downstairs in your home. Ideally, this space should have a chair and a bed, as well as things you’ll need to entertain yourself, like books, TV, and your laptop. If it’s not possible to get a bed into the space, set up the area so you can spend most of your day there, and only go up and down your stairs once a day to get to and from your bedroom.

    Stock Up on Supplies

    Your orthopedic surgeon will prescribe medications to help your recovery, including pain medications. Although you may receive new prescriptions after surgery, you should fill as many as you can before your operation. Also stock up on other things you may need, like heat and ice packs, a toilet chair, and a grabber. It’s also a good idea to grocery shop before your procedure so you have food on hand.

    The orthopedic surgery team at Tulane Medical Center is available to answer your questions about your hip replacement procedure. Learn more about our orthopedic surgery department and the rest of our surgical services by calling (504) 302-0664.  

    What Is Acute Pancreatitis?

    Last updated 7 days ago

    With acute pancreatitis, the pancreas becomes inflamed, causing pain, nausea, and, in some cases, fever. The symptoms usually come on quickly and can be intense. This video explains what happens to the pancreas during a bout of pancreatitis and how the condition is treated.

    Acute pancreatitis is usually caused by excessive alcohol consumption or gallstones, but high triglycerides, tumors, and infections can also be to blame. Most patients recover after a few days of treatment in the hospital, though some patients require surgery to remove inflamed portions of the pancreas or the gallbladder.

    If you experience symptoms of acute pancreatitis, go to the ER at Tulane Medical Center right away. In addition to our state-of-the-art ER, we also provide heart surgery, orthopedic surgery, robotic surgery, and much more. Find out about our hospital services by calling (504) 302-0664. 

    Understanding High-Risk Pregnancies

    Last updated 11 days ago

    When your doctor tells you that you have a high-risk pregnancy, you’ll likely feel scared and concerned. However, the “high-risk” classification doesn’t exist to scare you—it’s only to ensure that you and your unborn child get the care you need. The women’s health department at Tulane Medical Center is equipped to provide excellent care during high-risk pregnancies.  

    Types of Risk

    Pregnant women who suffer from certain conditions while pregnant are said to have a high-risk pregnancy. For example, if you have diabetes, high-blood pressure, cancer, or another serious condition, your doctor will likely classify your pregnancy as high-risk. Pregnant women who are younger than 17 or older than 35 may be more at risk than women who get pregnant between those ages. Women who smoke, drink, or have a history of pregnancy issues may also be considered high-risk.   

    Care Considerations

    If your doctor classifies your pregnancy as high-risk, you will undergo more tests than women with normal-risk pregnancies. Your doctor will monitor your blood pressure more closely, administer ultrasound tests more frequently, and evaluate you for signs of preeclampsia. To reduce your risk, you must quit drinking and smoking, take your doctor-recommended vitamins, and stay away from people with colds. Throughout your pregnancy, closely follow your doctor’s directions regarding activity and diet.

    Causes for Concern

    If anything seems out of the ordinary during your pregnancy, call your doctor or call 911 right away. You should call your doctor if you have a fever, lower back pain that doesn’t go away, or if you experience cramping. Call 911 if you lose consciousness, if you have severe vaginal bleeding, or are in serious pain. If you take care of yourself and seek prompt care whenever a problem arises, you can carry a healthy child to term despite the risk.

    Tulane Medical Center of New Orleans has some of the most sophisticated medical equipment and a team of highly skilled medical professionals. We’ll help you and your unborn child get through your high-risk pregnancy. Call (504) 302-0664 to schedule an appointment.

    How to Help Your Child Cope with a Type 1 Diabetes Diagnosis

    Last updated 21 days ago

    Type 1 diabetes occurs when one’s immune system makes it difficult for the body to produce sufficient amounts of insulin, which is essential for the absorption of glucose, or sugar. Type 1 diabetes usually presents itself during childhood, and is linked to genetic and environmental factors. If your child is diagnosed with type 1 diabetes, it’s your duty to help them understand and cope with the condition. The medical professionals at Tulane Medical Center recommend the following coping strategies:

    Correct Their Misconceptions

    If you don’t tell them otherwise, your child may assume that their diabetes is some form of punishment. To put your child’s mind at ease, tell them that their diabetes diagnosis has nothing to do with their actions, and that it is just something that happens. Answer all your child’s questions about the disease, and encourage them to ask their doctor directly.

    Acknowledge Their Feelings

    Understandably, your child will experience a range of emotions upon learning that they have diabetes. For example, they might feel isolated from their peers because they alone have to visit the school nurse for injections and blood tests. They might also be angry, depressed, or embarrassed. Instead of brushing off your child’s feelings, acknowledge them and help your child work through them.

    Encourage Friendships

    The way you react to your child’s diagnosis will influence the way your child reacts. If you treat the diagnosis as a minor event, your child will likely do the same. Try to explain to your child that they should not define themselves by their diagnosis, and encourage them to participate in normal childhood activities. For example, you might urge them to make friends and help them focus on the positive aspects of their life.

    If you suspect that your child has type 1 diabetes, schedule an appointment at Tulane Medical Center. Our skilled doctors and nurses will help you and your child understand how to manage the condition so your child can life a full, happy life. Call (504) 302-0664 or visit our website to learn more about our New Orleans facility.  


    Exploring Tulane Medical Center's Pediatric Heart Care Services

    Last updated 28 days ago

    When most people think of heart problems, they tend to think of people who are 55 and older. However, young children can suffer from life-threatening heart problems, too. That’s why Tulane Medical Center offers pediatric heart care services for New Orleans’ smallest patients.

    Our Pediatric Heart Center offers some of the most advanced equipment and techniques in the country. We have experts in fetal cardiology and pediatric heart surgery who are standing by to provide whatever services are necessary. We are also fully equipped to perform non-invasive procedures, interventional cardiac catheterization, and hybrid catheterization. In fact, our hybrid catheterization lab and operating room suite are unmatched in the state of Louisiana, and our medical facilities are truly world-class. For heart care that begins at infancy and goes well into adulthood, trust the doctors and nurses at Tulane Medical Center.

    If you have any questions for an experienced cardiologist, call the Tulane Medical Center patient referral line at (504) 302-0664. We provide top-quality heart care services for patients of all ages.

Disclaimer: The materials provided are intended for informational purposes only. You should contact your doctor for medical advice. Use of and access to this website or other materials do not create a physician-patient relationship. The opinions expressed through this website are the opinions of the individual author and may not reflect the opinions of the hospital, medical staff, or any individual physician or other healthcare professional.
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