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Posted on: 6/22/2014

How to Choose the Right Sunscreen

Summer is here, and that means more time spent outside in the sun. You need to wear a sunscreen every time you’re outdoors to protect yourself from sunburns, skin aging, and skin cancer. However, it’s important to choose the right sunscreen to get the protection you need. This video explains more.

Your sunscreen should feature SPF 30 or higher. Look for products that are water-resistant and that offer broad-spectrum protection. These sunscreens will protect you from both UVA and UVB rays.

The Cancer Care department at Tulane Medical Center offers treatment for skin cancer as well as many other types of cancer. Get answers to your questions about the services at our New Orleans hospital, including our robotic and orthopedic surgery, by calling (504) 988-5263. 

Posted on: 6/13/2014

A Patient's Guide to Sciatica

Back pain

Back pain is one of the primary reasons for doctor visits, and on occasion, that pain can radiate to other parts of the body. Sciatica, a condition in which the sciatic nerve experiences pressure from a nearby structure, can cause substantial discomfort in the lower body region. However, the orthopedic staff at Tulane Medical Center can address sciatica pain with treatment measures matched to each patient’s specific medical needs. Continue reading to find out more.

Why Does Sciatica Occur?

Any bodily structure that pushes on the sciatic nerve can cause sciatica. Because the intervertebral discs are in close proximity to the sciatic nerve, disc herniation is a common cause of sciatica. Herniation, which forces the interior of an intervertebral disc to breach the outer membrane, can occur from any number of circumstances. Abrupt pressure on the disc can produce a rupture, as can repetitive motion that gradually degrades the structure.

What Are the Signs of Sciatica?

When the sciatic nerve experiences pressure, the resulting pain can substantially impact the sufferer’s quality of life. Depending on the way in which the nerve is affected, some people with sciatica may notice a considerable decrease in leg function. In certain cases, pressure on the nerve can result in numbness. Other sufferers may experience shooting pain that radiates throughout the leg. Symptoms may last for weeks or months.

How Can a Back Pain Expert Treat Sciatica?

The key to treating pain from sciatica is to know what is causing the condition. An orthopedic expert can recommend imaging services to see what is pressing upon the nerve and how best to remedy it. Mild cases of sciatica may require only medication or physical therapy to ease pain and loss of sensation. When a significant disc herniation or other problem causes ongoing and increasingly painful symptoms, a doctor might advise surgery to correct the underlying condition and eliminate nerve pressure.

Are you suffering from sciatica? If you have tingling sensations or throbbing pain in your lower extremities, call Tulane Medical Center at (504) 988-5263 to speak with an associate about your condition. The staff at our New Orleans medical center can help you determine the best course of action to address your pain and discomfort. 

Posted on: 6/5/2014

What Should You Expect As You're Recovering from Heart Surgery?

Medical Team At Work

If you have a serious heart condition that lifestyle changes, medication, or other conservative measures cannot adequately address, your cardiologist might recommend heart surgery. Heart surgery can correct heart complications and put you back on the path to good health. Immediately after undergoing your procedure, however, you might experience the following:

Discomfort

Many types of heart surgery require only small incisions that have a minimal impact on the affected structures and organs. Because surgery typically necessitates some invasive measures, though, you might suffer some discomfort and soreness after your procedure. If your heart surgeon accessed your heart through the chest cavity, you might be particularly sensitive to pain for several days. As your incision heals, your discomfort will decrease. To ease your pain, your cardiologist might prescribe medication.

Fatigue

In many cases, heart surgery can result in renewed strength and energy, as it can restore proper cardiac function and blood flow throughout the body. As with any major type of surgery, though, it may take days or weeks for your body to fully recover. Because of this, you might be fatigued in the days following your heart surgery. As your heart gets stronger and your body heals, your energy and stamina will return.

Bed Rest

Overexerting yourself too soon after heart surgery can result in complications ranging from opened incisions to fainting spells. That is why your doctor will likely recommend that you refrain from rigorous activity for several weeks to allow your incisions and treatment site to heal. Being patient with your limitations is key to a healthy recovery.

Tulane Medical Center in New Orleans wants you to feel confident and informed about your upcoming heart surgery. If you have questions or concerns about your procedure, we are here to address them. Call (504) 988-5263 today for more information on the recovery process for this type of cardiac care.

Posted on: 5/30/2014

Would You Recognize the Warning Signs of Melanoma?

Melanoma is a type of skin cancer that is often deadly if not found early in its progression. This video reports on the visual clues that can be signs of this disease.

The five signs of melanoma are easy to remember when you keep in mind the first five letters of the alphabet. First, look for marks on the skin with asymmetrical features. Second, check for moles with ragged borders. Third, pay close attention to moles that contain several colors. Fourth, observe the diameter of your moles. A doctor should evaluate any growth bigger than the head of a pencil. Fifth, keep an eye out for moles with evolving characteristics.

Are you concerned about your risk for skin cancer? Call Tulane Medical Center in New Orleans at (504) 988-5263 to speak with a representative about your concerns.

Posted on: 5/23/2014

Spotlight on the Services of Our Comprehensive Stroke Program

Not only is stroke one of the top causes of death in the United States, but it also accounts for numerous disabilities. That is why Tulane Medical Center is dedicated to fighting this medical problem with our Tulane Stroke Program. The Tulane Stroke Program helps to stop stroke complications and fatalities through a multi-tiered approach that encompasses prevention, treatment, and recovery services. Many warning signs, including high blood pressure and heart failure, can point to an increased risk of stroke. Upon identifying these risk factors, the Tulane Stroke Program can offer management strategies to alleviate them and the subsequent danger of stroke. Should a patient experience a stroke, we have the most advanced treatment measures available to remedy the rupture or blockage and restore blood flow. Our rehabilitation department ensures that our patients receive the therapy they need for a fast and substantial recovery.

Would you like to learn more about our stroke care services? If so, call Tulane Medical Center at (504) 988-5263 to address your questions to one of our knowledgeable New Orleans associates.

Doctor Talking To Senior Woman

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