• New Healthy Habits for the New Year: Small Steps to a Healthy Heart

    by User Not Found | Jan 27, 2017
    7 Steps to Healthier HeartHeart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States, but did you know that you can take steps to prevent all cardiovascular diseases? It’s all about making smart lifestyle choices, especially if you have a history of heart disease in your family.

    It’s all about taking small steps, say the caregivers at Lakewood Regional Medical Center Heart & Vascular Center.

    Some examples:

    Replace red meat, whole milk, cheeses and other foods high in saturated fat with fruits, vegetables, chicken and fish. Choose brown rice instead of white rice. And consider having a fruit salad instead of ice cream for dessert.

    Eat less. Use teaspoons, salad forks and smaller plates to help reduce your portion size, take smaller bites and eat less.

    Eat slowly. It takes 20 minutes for your stomach to send a signal to your brain that you are full.

    Listen to music instead of watching TV while eating. (People tend to eat more while watching TV.)

    Find ways to increase your daily activity to at least 30 minutes, five days a week. Walking is an easy way to get started. (Consider catching up with friends on a walk instead of by phone or text.) Biking, swimming and dancing also are fun ways to increase your activity level.

    Find ways to relax through deep breathing exercises or by listening to your favorite music.

    Pamper yourself. Get lost in a book, take a long bath or meditate.

    Be happy. Remember that the small stuff is the small stuff, so don’t sweat it! It’s a new year, so it’s an ideal time to get started. The American Heart Association says you’re never too young – or too old – to take care of your heart, which undeniably is the most important organ in the body.

     Here, the AHA provides recommendations for maintaining a healthy heart during each decade of life.
  • Knee Replacement Surgery

    by User Not Found | Nov 17, 2016

    In 1968, the Green Bay Packers won the Super Bowl, the first Hot Wheels toy car made its debut, and Richard Nixon was elected President of the U.S. It was also the year that the first knee replacement surgery was performed. Today, approximately 719,000 total knee replacements are performed in the U.S. to help relieve pain and decrease disability in people with knee problems. 

    The knee joint, which is one of the largest in the body, can wear out for numerous reasons, such as inflammation caused by arthritis, injury or everyday wear and tear. Knee replacement surgery may be recommended if pain limits activities, chronic inflammation in the knee does not improve with medications, the knee is stiff or deformed, or there is moderate to severe pain that occurs during rest. Most patients who undergo knee replacement surgery are over the age of 50. However, the procedure may be beneficial to patients of all ages depending on the individual’s levels of pain and disability. 

    A complete medical history will be taken prior to surgery and a physical examination will be completed to assess the range of motion, stability, and strength in the knee. X-rays may also be done to evaluate the extent of knee damage. 

    The majority of knee replacement procedures last approximately two hours and require some form of anesthesia, either general or spinal. During this time, the surgeon will make an incision that is eight to 12 inches long in the knee area, move the kneecap aside, remove the damaged cartilage and then insert the new metal and plastic knee joint. 

    After spending a short time in a recovery room, knee replacement surgery patients are moved to a hospital room where they will generally stay for several days before being discharged. During the hospital stay, blood thinners, support hose and compression boots (inflatable leg coverings) may be used to help prevent blood clots and decrease swelling. A continuous passive motion (CPM) machine may also be used to bend the leg back and forth to increase blood flow and mobility. 

    Knee replacement surgery patients can usually resume normal daily activities after about six weeks. Low-impact activities are encouraged after recovery, such as walking, swimming, biking or playing golf. However, physicians advise against jogging, running and participation in other high-impact activities after surgery. 

    For more information about knee replacement surgery at Lakewood Regional Medical Center, attend a free community lecture on joint replacement surgery.

Free Community Seminar


ARE YOU LIVING WITH KNEE OR HIP PAIN?

Presented by:

Dr. Eliassite 

Dr. Ramy Elias
Orthopedic Surgeon

Join Dr. Elias as he will discuss a modern approach
to treating hip and knee pain including the latest advances in
joint replacement surgery. 
Thursday, December 15, 2016
6:00-7:30 p.m.  
Lakewood Regional Medical Center Conference Center
Conference Center,  Rooms A and B  

Click here to reserve your seat online or call 
(855) 580-3668 to RSVP by phone