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    Are You at Risk for Hepatitis C?

    Last updated 3 years ago

    Hepatitis C is a virus that causes liver damage, and in some cases, liver cancer. This video discusses who should get tested for this disease.

    Healthcare experts have found that a high number of hepatitis C patients fall into a certain age range. In fact, many people with this virus are between 49 and 69 years of age. For this reason, doctors advise patients born between 1945 and 1965 to undergo testing for hepatitis C. Especially because this virus can be asymptomatic for several decades, knowing if it is present is key to getting early treatment for it.

    Are you worried about your risk for hepatitis C? Then call Largo Medical Center in Pinellas County today at (727) 470-6826 to speak with one of our Consult-A-Nurse healthcare FREE physician referral representatives.

    Minimally-Invasive Spine Surgery at Largo Medical Center

    Last updated 4 years ago

    Pain and limited mobility caused by spine injury or disease can detract from your overall quality of life. If medication and physical therapy treatments are not successful, minimally-invasive spine surgery could be the right solution for you.

    Minimally-invasive spine surgery offers advantages for both surgeons and patients. Patients can enjoy a faster recovery period with less post-operative pain and scarring, thanks to the smaller incisions used in this type of surgery. Post-surgery hospital stays are also much shorter following a minimally-invasive procedure. You can learn more about minimally-invasive spine surgery at Largo Medical Center by watching this video.

    At Largo Medical Center, we are dedicated to providing cutting-edge healthcare for the benefit of our patients. We offer minimally-invasive and robotic surgery techniques for a variety of conditions, including bariatric surgery and cardiac procedures. Please visit our website or call (727) 470-6826 for more details.

    What to Do After Getting Burned

    Last updated 4 years ago

    Burns occur when the body is subjected to intense heat or certain types of chemicals that cause damage to the tissue. These common injuries require specialized care to prevent further tissue damage or infection. While many burns can be treated at home, if you aren’t sure how to address a burn or cannot control bleeding and pain on your own, visit your hospital emergency room immediately for treatment.

    Treating a Minor Burn

    Minor burns affect only the top layers of the skin; these burns are typically characterized by red, swollen, and painful skin. More significant burns may also cause blisters. To treat a minor burn, cool the area by running it under cold water for 10-15 minutes until the pain has diminished. Alternatively, you can place a cool, wet cloth against the skin or soak the burn in a sink or tub of cold water. Avoid using ice to cool a burn. Once the burn is cool, wash the area carefully with soap and water and cover the burn with a thin layer of aloe or petroleum; avoid using lotions, creams, or cortisones. Place gauze or a non-stick bandage over the burn and take over-the-counter medication to address any further pain and swelling.

    Treating a Major Burn

    Major burns should be considered medical emergencies. If a burn is very deep, larger than two inches in size, or concerns you in any way, you should visit an emergency room immediately. Chemical burns and burns that result directly from a fire or electrical equipment should also be treated by a physician. Furthermore, burns on the face, groin, hands, feet, knee, ankle, shoulder, wrist, or elbow should be evaluated by a medical professional, even if home care appears sufficient.

    Largo Medical Center’s Emergency Department is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week to treat medical emergencies in Pinellas County. Our emergency rooms treat more than 40,000 patients each year for injuries, illnesses, and more. You can learn more about the proper treatment of illnesses and injuries on our blog, or receive personalized advice by calling (727) 470-6826.


    Preparing for a Partial Knee Resurfacing or a Total Knee Replacement Surgery

    Last updated 4 years ago

    The knee joint is one of the largest joints in the body, as well as one of the most complex. As the body ages, osteoarthritis of the knees is a common problem; osteoarthritis causes the cartilage that naturally cushions the joint to wear down, leading to pain, inflammation, and difficulty moving. Knee resurfacing or replacement removes the damaged portions of the bones that make up the joint and replaces them with artificial components.

    Undergoing Medical Evaluations

    Prior to knee replacement surgery, you must undergo a variety of medical evaluations. These evaluations may include a regular physical exam, blood and urine tests, and a dental exam. Your surgeon will also examine your medical history to ensure you are healthy enough to undergo surgery and evaluate any medications you are currently taking to determine whether they must be changed prior to or after surgery.

    Planning for Recovery

    After a partial or total knee replacement surgery, you should plan on having assistance at home for several weeks. You will need help moving around your home and may be unable to perform most household tasks on your own during this time. Additionally, you will not be able to drive; you should arrange for someone to help you get to and from any follow-up appointments, physical therapy appointments, and other commitments.

    Understanding Your Post-Surgery Expectations

    Talk to your surgeon beforehand about what you can expect after surgery and recovery. In 90% of cases, knee replacement patients experience a dramatic reduction in pain and are able to return to normal activities without pain. However, some high-impact activities should not be resumed after surgery. DELETE It’s important to make sure you are comfortable with any restrictions you may have after your knee resurfacing or replacement to ensure you are pleased with the results.

    If you are considering joint replacement surgery in Largo, FL, Largo Medical Center’s Florida Knee & Orthopedic Pavilion specializes in partial and total knee replacement as well as hip replacement surgery. You can visit our hospital’s website for more details about the services we offer, or contact us by calling (727) 470-6826 today.

    Tips for Keeping Your Heart Healthy

    Last updated 4 years ago

    Cardiovascular disease is a significant health concern for both men and women. Maintaining a healthy heart through simple lifestyle changes such as diet, exercise, and weight loss can help you reduce your risk of heart disease, as well as many other chronic conditions. Largo Medical Center offers a wide variety of heart and vascular services at our hospital and affiliated specialty centers.

    Eat a Healthy Diet

    A healthy diet provides your body with the building blocks it needs to maintain every system, including your cardiovascular system. Reducing calories, sodium, fats, and sugars can also help you to maintain a healthy weight and control your blood pressure, which will improve cardiovascular heath as well. Include plenty of fruits, vegetables, and lean proteins in your diet. Keep in mind that healthy eating doesn’t mean never enjoying a restaurant meal or cutting out all the treats you love. Focusing on a few healthy eating goals can help you to slowly change your eating habits while discovering new ways to enjoy the foods you love.

    Get Regular Exercise

    Exercise is also an important part of maintaining heart health. Regular exercise strengthens not only the muscles, but the cardiovascular system as well. Even if you are new to exercise, you can build up strength and stamina slowly by taking part in low-impact activities such as walking, bicycling, or swimming. Even simple activities such as housework can be considered light exercise. The American Heart Association recommends that adults aim to get either 30 minutes of moderate cardiovascular exercise five days a week or 25 minutes of intensive exercise three days a week. Additionally, performing muscle-strengthening exercises three to four times per week can also aid in heart health.

    Improving your heart health can lower your risk for high blood pressure, heart attack, and stroke. Largo Medical Center is pleased to offer our H2U – Health to You program as part of our goal of improving community health in Largo, FL. Visit our website or contact us today at (727) 470-6826 for additional information about cardiovascular and overall health.


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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