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Posted on: 9/4/2012

Can Weight Loss Surgery Reduce the Risk of Cancer?

Obesity is a common problem in the United States, and can increase a person’s risk for developing a variety of serious health conditions. Men and women who are overweight are more likely to develop heart disease, osteoarthritis, diabetes, and even cancer. 

This video provides a view of one woman’s experience with obesity and how bariatric surgery has allowed her to change her life for the better.  The host also discusses the association between obesity and cancer—and how losing weight may help to prevent this deadly disease. Watch to learn more.

At Tulane Medical Center, our weight loss experts offer a variety of bariatric surgical options to help men and women regain control of their weight and life. To find out more about bariatric surgery and its benefits, contact our staff today at (504) 988-5263.

 

Posted on: 8/28/2012

An Overview of Cardiovascular Disease

According to the American Heart Association, cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death in both men and women living in the United States.  The disease can come in many forms and can result in dangerous medical conditions such as heart attack.  By watching this video, you can learn more about how heart disease affects the people of the United States and what you can do to get healthier today. 

Even if you have a family history of heart disease or heart attack, there are steps that you can take to reduce your risk and lead a healthier, longer life.  Contact the heart care experts at Tulane Medical Center to evaluate your risk factors and begin living heart healthier today.  Call (504) 988-5263 to schedule an appointment with one of our experienced physicians.

 

Posted on: 8/21/2012

Which Weight Loss Surgery Method Might Be Right For You?

Less weight.

If you or a loved one is suffering from morbid obesity, you may be wondering what treatments are available that may be able to help.  At Tulane Medical Center, we understand how frustrating it can be to struggle with weight gain.  For this reason, our Weight Loss Surgery Clinic is dedicated to helping patients determine the cause of their weight gain and formulate a plan for sustainable weight loss.  For many men and women, weight loss surgery can be a powerful first step toward a healthier life.  Below, you can learn more about the treatments that we offer and which may be right for you.

  • Gastric bypass:  One of the most commonly performed bariatric surgeries, gastric bypass works to promote long-term weight loss by altering the capacity and absorptive capability of the digestive tract.  The procedure involves limiting the size of the stomach and rerouting digestion to bypass much of the first section of the small intestine.  These changes cause patients to become full more quickly and prevent the absorption of some ingested nutrients.
  • Lap-Band gastric banding:  The Lap-Band is a type of adjustable gastric band that is placed around the upper portion of the stomach to limit its capacity.  By using a band to form a smaller stomach pouch, the bariatric surgical patient has a decreased appetite and does not need to eat as much to become full.
  • Sleeve gastrectomy:  The sleeve gastrectomy procedure involves removing up to 85 percent of the patient’s stomach, turning the organ into a “sleeve”-looking pouch.  This procedure, like gastric banding, helps to promote weight loss by reducing the patient’s appetite.

Although weight loss surgery can be very successful in facilitating long-term weight loss, it is not right for everyone.  To find out if one of the above procedures is right for you, schedule a primary consultation with one of the weight loss specialists at Tulane Medical Center by calling (504) 988-5263 today.  Our physicians are happy to help you find a healthy way towards sustainable weight loss.

Posted on: 8/16/2012

5 Common Sports Injuries to Be Aware Of

Ankle Bruise

An injury to an ankle, knee, or back can prevent an athlete at any level from playing at their optimal level of performance. Though most of us are not professional athletes, we all rely on our muscles, bones, and other tissues to help us stay active and healthy. As you and your loved ones participate in athletics this summer, make sure that you are aware of the following common sports injuries.

1. Sprained ankle: An ankle sprain occurs when the ligaments holding the ankle joint become stretched beyond their normal range. These injuries are very common and typically occur when stepping on uneven surfaces or participating in sports that involve pivoting, twisting, or turning rapidly.

2. Torn ACL: The anterior cruciate ligament, or ACL, is one of the four major ligaments that hold and stabilize the knee joint. Due to the increased demand for high-speed movement in sports such as basketball and soccer, it is these athletes that are more likely to damage or tear the ACL.

3. Achilles tendinitis: The Achilles tendon is a large, elastic tissue that connects the calf muscle to the heel bone. When consistently overused, this tendon can become inflamed and injured, leading to Achilles tendinitis.

4. Rotator cuff strain: The rotator cuff is composed of the muscles, tendons, and other connective tissues that connect the upper arm bone to the shoulder blade.  Tennis and racquetball players, who consistently perform overhead arm motions, can injure the rotator cuff and potentially tear the tendons of the joint. 

5. Tennis elbow: Another common tennis injury, tennis elbow occurs when inflammation or injury occurs in the tendons of the elbow joint. The tennis backhand motion is the most common cause of the symptoms of tennis elbow.

Even when you take care of your body and do your best to prevent injury, accidents can happen. If you are ever in need of medical care for a sports-related injury, seek treatment at the Tulane Institute of Sports Medicine. As a part of Tulane Medical Center, the Institute of Sports Medicine strives to get the athletes of New Orleans back to their active lives as soon as possible. Call our staff today at (504) 302-0664 for more information about our comprehensive healthcare services.

Posted on: 7/20/2012

What is Sleep Apnea?

Sleep Apnea

Getting quality, restful sleep is vital for all people. Without enough sleep, the body can suffer from fatigue, decreased cognitive function, and even a reduced immune response.  Sleep apnea is a serious, chronic medical condition that can influence a person’s sleeping patterns and prevent him or her from getting adequate rest. A person suffering from sleep apnea will experience brief pauses in breathing throughout the night, which can occur from five to 30 times per hour. If you are concerned that you or a loved one may be burdened with this condition, read on to learn more about its symptoms and treatment.

According to the American Sleep Apnea Association, men are at a higher risk for suffering from the symptoms of sleep apnea. Those who are overweight or obese also tend to be affected more often. You or a loved one may be experiencing the effects of sleep apnea if you notice the following symptoms: 

  • Loud, chronic snoring that contains pauses
  • Gasping or choking after the pauses in snoring
  • Headaches that occur in the morning
  • Daytime sleepiness and fatigue
  • Difficulty concentrating or making decisions
  • Nighttime urination
  • Dry, scratchy throat upon waking in the morning

Fortunately, there are treatments available that can help to alleviate the symptoms of sleep apnea and help those affected to get a more restful night’s rest. Although medications are typically not used as a treatment, lifestyle changes such as losing weight, improving eating habits, and exercising more can improve the condition. Mouthpieces and specialized continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) devices can also help to reduce airway obstruction during sleep. 

If you are interested in learning more about the diagnosis and treatment of sleep apnea, let the medical experts at Tulane Medical Center be your resource. Our hospital’s staff is dedicated to providing only the highest quality of comprehensive medical care to the community of New Orleans and the surrounding areas. Call today at (504) 988-5263 for more information about improving your health.

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