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Posted on: 12/20/2012

Helpful Information About Your Health

Your health is your greatest asset, which is why knowing that you can turn to a reliable healthcare provider when the unexpected occurs is important. These articles detail some common reasons why you may seek medical attention and treatment options.

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Are you considering having a baby? WomensHealth.gov details the steps every woman should take before getting pregnant.

Many congenital heart conditions can be managed with medical care. The American Heart Association gives readers a more in-depth look at congenital diseases and their impact on families.

Surgical advances now allow physicians to perform thyroid surgery without leaving a scar. Science Daily explains robotic surgery.

Diabetes is a widespread medical issue among Americans of all ages. The American Diabetes Association offers an extensive overview of this condition.

Have you recently been diagnosed with multiple sclerosis? The National Multiple Sclerosis Society gives readers answers to common questions about this disease.

Tulane Medical Center provides comprehensive medical care to those in the greater New Orleans area. Our staff of professionals specializes in a wide range of medical procedures, including orthopedic surgery, heart surgery, and robotic surgery. Call our patient referral line today at (504) 988-5263 to learn more about our services or to schedule a consultation.

Posted on: 12/12/2012

When Is Cardiovascular Care Necessary for Children?

Cardiovascular disease is often thought of as a condition that afflicts mainly older people, but children can also experience issues regarding heart function. Proper diagnosis by a cardiologist often allows for the successful management or treatment of many pediatric cardiovascular conditions. Abnormal heart rates, heart defects, and acquired heart damage constitute the three primary types of cardiovascular problems most commonly suffered by children.

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Abnormal Heart Rate

Every beat of the heart is controlled by an electrical impulse. This impulse allows the heart to pump blood to the lungs and the rest of the body. Yet, sometimes, these electrical signals are too fast, too slow, or erratic. When this occurs, a child may be diagnosed with a heart arrhythmia, or abnormal heart rate. Depending on the cause of the arrhythmia, a cardiologist may prescribe medication that will regulate the patient’s heartbeat. In situations where a structural defect of the heart is contributing to its abnormal heart rate, a heart surgeon may administer surgery to fix the problem.

Heart Defects

A congenital heart defect is a structural flaw of the heart chambers or valves that is present at birth. Heart defects in children often require cardiovascular care. Treatment for this condition varies according to its severity. When possible, a heart surgeon will perform surgery to address the defect and restore proper heart function. Yet, in cases where a child is born without a heart value or chamber, a heart transplant may be needed to alleviate his or her condition.

Acquired Heart Damage

Some children are born with healthy hearts, but then suffer damage from a disease that compromises their heart function. Kawasaki disease in particular affects the cardiovascular health of children. Though its cause has yet to be determined, Kawasaki disease typically damages both the heart and blood vessels. Children are also susceptible to rheumatic fever after contracting strep throat. When rheumatic fever occurs, it can damage the heart structure. To avoid the onset of rheumatic fever, always consult a pediatrician when your child develops strep throat.

Tulane Medical Center offers many medical services to patients in the greater New Orleans area. To find out more about our cardiovascular care options for children or to schedule an appointment with a pediatric cardiologist, please call our patient referral line at (504) 988-5263.

Posted on: 12/7/2012

The Incredible Accuracy of the da Vinci Robotic Surgery System

As you can see in this video, the da Vinci robotic surgery system is so precise that it can peel a grape without damaging the fruit’s internal structure. With the expertise of a qualified surgeon guiding the robotic arms, the da Vinci robotic surgery system can safely remove even a paper-thin covering from its soft inner core. It’s this pinpoint accuracy that allows surgeons to administer surgical treatment that is more effective and less invasive than any other surgery technique previously offered to patients. When an individual undergoes treatment with the da Vinci robotic surgery system, they will receive superior results and enjoy significantly reduced recovery times.

Tulane Medical Center offers the da Vinci robotic surgery system to patients in the greater New Orleans area. Call us today at (504) 988-5263 to learn more about our hospital’s innovative treatment options.

Posted on: 12/1/2012

A Look at Scarless Robotic Thyroid Surgery

Some people become hesitant when they hear that they may need surgery to remedy a medical condition. In particular, they worry over recovery time and potential scarring. Yet, advances in medical technology now allow for the least invasive surgical methods ever performed. At the forefront of this healthcare revolution is the da Vinci robotic surgery system. By using digital imagery and computerized pinpoint accuracy, robotic surgery allows patients to undergo treatment for many conditions, including thyroid issues, without the fear of scarring.

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What is robotic thyroid surgery?

Robotic thyroid surgery is exactly as it sounds. With a qualified surgeon guiding it, a robotic system performs a patient’s thyroid surgery. While the robotic arms make all incisions and perform all surgical steps, the surgeon tracks and analyzes the patient’s condition with magnified computer imagery. In real time, the surgeon can monitor the progress of the procedure and make any necessary modifications to it. With these advances, patients can be guaranteed the best possible surgical results.

Why is robotic thyroid surgery preferable to traditional surgical options?

The thyroid, which resides in the neck area, often presents a unique challenge to surgeons because they have so little room in which to work when performing traditional surgery. The da Vinci robotic surgery system eliminates this concern, as its features can easily maneuver in the most confined areas. This allows for more effective surgical techniques. Also, in the past, patients would typically be left with a conspicuous scar across the back of their neck after thyroid surgery. Because robotic thyroid surgery makes only two small, “keyhole” incisions, one under the arm and the other in the chest, patients have no visible scarring after the procedure.

Who is a candidate for robotic thyroid surgery?

Any individual who requires thyroid surgery is a potential candidate for robotic surgery. If you have been diagnosed with a thyroid condition that requires invasive treatment, consult with your physician about your eligibility for robotic surgery.

Tulane Medical Center offers the da Vinci robotic surgery system for patients. If you must undergo surgery for your medical condition, call our patient referral line at (504) 988-5263 to find out more about our robotic surgery options.

Posted on: 10/26/2012

Learn More About Breast Cancer Prevention And Treatment

During the month of October, which is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Tulane Medical Center is doing our part to inform patients about the importance of screening and early diagnosis for this disease that affects thousands of women every year. Learn about our breast cancer screening services and Breast Health Center on our website or by calling us at (504) 988-5263. 

Breast cancer care

- Explore some of the most common options for breast cancer treatment at CDC.gov.

- RadiologyInfo.org can help you prepare for your mammogram and understand why it is such an important part of your breast health.

- The National Breast Cancer Foundation explains how early detection can make a significant impact in breast cancer care.

- Find out if you have an elevated breast cancer risk with this risk calculator from Cancer.gov.

- WomensHealth.gov discusses the physical symptoms associated with breast cancer.

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