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    What Is Partial Knee Resurfacing?

    Last updated 3 years ago

    Do you suffer from osteoarthritis of the knee? Has a past knee injury impacted your joint function? Then you might be an ideal candidate for partial knee resurfacing, a procedure that can restore knee function without the need for total knee replacement.

    Partial knee resurfacing is often performed as an outpatient procedure because of the minimally invasive nature of its technique. Damaged bone and cartilage can make it difficult to move the knee joint without stiffness and pain. Partial knee resurfacing addresses these problems by removing only the deteriorated parts of the joint and leaving healthy bone and cartilage. To facilitate joint function, the surgeon can introduce artificial joint parts that replicate those removed during the procedure. In as little as a few weeks, partial knee resurfacing recipients can be back to enjoying pain-free knee movement.

    Are you a candidate for partial knee resurfacing? To find out, call Largo Medical Center at (727) 470-6826. Our Consult-A-Nurse associates can discuss the details of your condition and guide you to the appropriate Pinellas County professionals.

    Learn Why Flu Vaccines Are So Important

    Last updated 3 years ago

    Fall is the beginning of flu season, which can last into spring. Getting a vaccination now can prove critical to your health and that of those around you.

    This video discusses why flu vaccinations are integral to public health. The flu virus mutates frequently, making it necessary to get an annual vaccination. This vaccination is recommended for everyone over the age of 6 months for good reason. The flu can impact the health of even robust adults. Each time a person becomes sick with the flu, he can transmit the virus to those around him. Especially for those with weak immune systems, contracting the flu can become a life-threatening situation. To find out more about the flu vaccine, call our Consult-A-Nurse representatives at (727) 470-6826.

    Should You Consider Hip Replacement Surgery?

    Last updated 3 years ago

    Older age should not mean lesser life enjoyment. Many older individuals believe that problems such as hip pain or loss of movement is a normal part of the aging process, but Largo Medical Center stresses that a pain-free and mobile future is possible at any age. Our hip replacement surgery services can restore hip function if the following considerations apply to you:

    You cannot enjoy your normal quality of life.

    Normal wear and tear of the hip joint may place mild limitations on certain activities that were easy at a younger age. For instance, running or biking might become more difficult for older individuals. However, issues such as osteoarthritis of the hip can make even the simplest movements difficult to carry out. If you can no longer get up from a chair or walk around your home without feeling discomfort, hip replacement surgery, including our muscle sparing surgical procedure, may be the treatment you need to once again enjoy the mobile life you deserve.

    More conservative treatment measures cannot alleviate your pain.

    Physicians often recommend the least invasive measures possible for patients. So in many cases, people with hip issues might be given pain relief medication or instructed to undergo physical therapy to alleviate their symptoms. For some individuals, these measures alone can ease their pain. If you too have been prescribed medication or told to get physical therapy, yet you feel no relief from your symptoms, now may be the time to speak with an orthopedic expert about hip replacement surgery.

    You understand the recovery needs of hip replacement surgery.

    Hip replacement surgery is an effective method to eliminate hip pain and restore easy movement for patients. However, as with other types of surgical treatment, hip replacement procedures typically demand a recovery period during which you might need to refrain from activities that could hinder the healing process. To facilitate recovery of your joint, you might also need to undergo rehabilitation to strengthen the hip and surrounding muscles.

    Largo Medical Center wants you to enjoy your best life at every age. That is why we offer hip replacement surgery for eligible Pinellas County patients. Call (727) 470-6826 to find out more about the benefits of this surgical treatment option.

    How to Stay Heart Healthy While Dining Out

    Last updated 3 years ago

    Are you worried about the health implications of having a restaurant meal? This video provides suggestions on how to eat nutritiously when enjoying a night out.

    Key to eating healthily is knowing what ingredients are in your meals. When considering your dining options, select an establishment that can offer meal preparation details. If the restaurant offers complimentary bread, you might want to consider skipping it, as it typically contains high amounts of cholesterol and sodium. Should you decide to order chicken or turkey, remove the skin to save on calories and fat. You can also enhance the heart benefits of your meals by having a side of veggies instead of rice or fries.

    Largo Medical Center provides the H2U, health and wellness program for Pinellas County residents. Call (727) 470-6826 for more information on our complete healthcare services.

    A Patient's Guide to Acute Pancreatitis

    Last updated 3 years ago

    The pancreas is an essential part of the digestive system. Not only does it provide the insulin that moves blood glucose from the bloodstream into other cells, but also it breaks down the food you eat into substances that the body can use. Pancreatitis, or inflammation of the pancreas, can disrupt this gland’s important functions and cause permanent damage. Acute pancreatitis requires immediate medical treatment, which patients can find at Largo Medical Center.

    Why does pancreatitis occur?

    In some individuals diagnosed with pancreatitis, physicians may not be able to determine a specific cause. However, this condition can often arise from an existing medical condition. An infection of the pancreas or damage to it can lead to gland inflammation. The development of gallstones can also cause pancreatitis. The excessive ingestion of alcoholic beverages may increase the risk of pancreatitis as well.

    How does pancreatitis present?

    Discomfort in the abdominal region is one of the most common signs of pancreatitis. Intense abdominal pain demands rapid medical care, so individuals who experience this symptom should seek professional attention as soon as possible. Because of inflammation, pancreatitis may also make the stomach area tender to the touch. This condition also interferes with digestion, so if an individual suffers from pancreatitis for an extended period of time, he may suffer weight loss. Feeling sick to one’s stomach can also indicate the presence of this condition.

    What can doctors do to treat pancreatitis?

    Treatment for pancreatitis typically focuses on improving patient comfort and restoring pancreas function. The cessation of alcohol usage is one way to alleviate pancreatitis symptoms. Reducing the consumption of high-fat foods can also ease pancreatitis pain and gland dysfunction. Some pancreatitis sufferers may also have to undergo surgery if they have persistent or severe symptoms. The removal of the gallbladder can prove beneficial if gallstones are the cause of the condition. The excision of damaged gland tissue may also be necessary to restore pancreas function.

    Don’t wait for your abdominal pain to disappear on its own. Seek emergency treatment for your symptoms at Largo Medical Center. For more information on our ER services for the greater Pinellas County community, call (727) 470-6826.


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