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    Orthopedic Care 101

    Last updated 4 years ago

    Orthopedics is a branch of medicine that involves the diagnosis and treatment of injuries and diseases that affect your musculoskeletal system. The musculoskeletal system includes your muscles, nerves, bones, joints, tendons, and ligaments. Orthopedic doctors may further specialize in certain areas of the body or certain fields such as pediatrics and sports medicine. Diseased joints, carpal tunnel syndrome, and fractured bones are just a few of the many health conditions that orthopedic doctors can treat.

    Joint Replacement

    Orthopedic surgeons commonly perform joint replacement surgeries on patients who suffer from osteoarthritis or other conditions that affect the joints. Severely diseased or damaged joints can cause ongoing pain and limited mobility. With a joint replacement, these damaged parts are removed and an artificial implant is inserted to enable mobility.

    Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Treatment

    The carpal tunnel is a narrow structure located in your wrist. Your median nerve passes through this bony tunnel. If there isn’t enough space within the tunnel, the nerve can become compressed, leading to carpal tunnel syndrome. This orthopedic condition generally starts with mild symptoms such as tingling in the hand and progresses to severe pain that radiates up the arm. Orthopedic doctors generally recommend conservative treatments first, such as bracing and physical therapy. If symptoms persist, an orthopedic surgeon can perform a carpal tunnel release surgery to give the median nerve more space.

    Fracture Repair

    There are many different types of broken bones, including stress fractures, open fractures, and greenstick fractures. If you have trouble placing weight on a certain body part, you suffer from significant pain, or you notice that a limb or joint looks misshapen, you should seek emergency care for a potential fracture. In some cases, an orthopedic surgeon may need to operate on the fractured bone. Otherwise, you may only need a cast.

    The Center for Joint and Spine Care at South Bay Hospital provides a comprehensive suite of expert orthopedic care in a relaxing, tranquil environment. Our orthopedic surgeons are pleased to offer a new, minimally invasive approach to hip replacement surgery known as the anterior approach. Residents of South Shore and nearby cities are invited to learn more about this innovative technique by calling (888) 685-1595.

    Foods to Help Improve Bone Health

    Last updated 4 years ago

    Did you know that you can have osteoporosis without even realizing it? In fact, 10 million people in the U.S. have suffered a loss in bone mass and 34 million more are at risk of it. Fortunately, a few simple dietary changes can help you improve your bone health. Eat foods that are rich in calcium, such as salmon, almonds, broccoli, and spinach. Dairy products are often fortified with vitamin D, which helps your body absorb the calcium.

    For more helpful hints on improving your diet, watch this video. This expert offers some delicious snack ideas, explains why you should always eat the yolk with your eggs, and emphasizes the importance of making small changes that add up over time.

    You can learn whether you’re at risk of osteoporosis by scheduling an appointment at South Bay Hospital. Residents of the Southern Hillsborough area can call our orthopedic department at (888) 685-1595 or read more about orthopedic topics on our website.

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    Cancer Care

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    At South Bay Hospital we pride ourselves on our ability to offer a comprehensive, multidisciplinary approach to cancer care. From our Cancer Conference team which meets regularly to review patient cases, to our ongoing community engagement programs on prevention and risk factors, South Bay Hospital is committed to providing the best cancer care possible to our community.

    Essential components of Cancer Care at South Bay Hospital include:

    • Cancer Conference (Tumor Board)
    • Cancer Committee
    • Cancer Registry
    • Pathology
    • Chemotherapy Certified Nursing Staff
    • Pain Management Team
    • Nutritional Support
    • Cancer Resource Center

    Cancer Conference (Tumor Board)
    Cancer Conference provides a multidisciplinary, collaborative format aimed at educating the medical staff and improving the care of cancer patients. These conferences provide a forum to discuss diagnostic evaluations and possible treatment options, share opinions and make recommendations for the development of an individualized plan of care for the cancer patient. This multi-disciplinary team includes Surgery, Medical Oncology, Radiation Oncology, Radiology, Pathology and Nursing.

    Cancer Care Committee
    South Bay Hospital’s Cancer Care Committee meets quarterly to plan, develop and assess cancer related activities at the hospital. This committee is multidisciplinary and includes a wide range of healthcare professionals who are involved in overseeing and guiding our cancer program.

    Cancer Registry
    The Cancer registry documents all cases of cancer seen at South Bay Hospital. The registry provides information on the incidences of various cancers, enabling the medical staff to evaluate diagnostic and treatment approaches, analyze quality of care, study survival rates and improve the overall care provided. Local cancer statistics are submitted to the Florida Cancer Data Systems (FCDS).

    Pathology plays an important role in cancer diagnosis and staging. Molecular testing is completed for breast, lung and colon cancers. This testing provides specific information about the identification and classification of the cancer cells to determine the best therapeutic treatment approach.

    Chemotherapy Certified Nursing Staff
    Cancer patients are primarily admitted to our second floor the Medical Surgical Unit. Nurses have received specialized training in caring for cancer patients and in the administration of chemotherapy.

    Pain Management Team
    Using a multidisciplinary approach, our pain management team works closely with patients, nursing and medical staff to ensure patient’s pain needs are met. This team can be consulted to help assess and make recommendations for pain therapies and to provide staff education.

    Nutritional Support
    According to the National Cancer Institute, about one third of cancer deaths are associated with malnutrition. Therefore ensuring proper nutrition is essential for healing and supporting immune function. After assessing the patient, the dietician provides the patient with nutritional counseling and assists the patient in finding foods that they can tolerate and recommends supplements to improve the use of calories.

    Cancer Resource Center
    Our resource center provides cancer patients with items to enhance their quality of life and self esteem as they undergo cancer treatments. In addition to mastectomy items, wigs and head coverings, the center provides educational resources, brochures and inspirational books. These items are given to cancer patients free of charge. Hours of operation are 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM, Monday through Friday.

    American Cancer Society
    With a shared goal of improving the quality of life for patients with cancer and their families, the American Cancer Society is a valued partner of South Bay Hospital. The American Cancer Society is the national, community-based, voluntary health organization dedicated to eliminating cancer as a major health problem by preventing cancer, saving lives, and diminishing suffering from cancer, through research, education, advocacy, and service.

    Learn more by visiting our website.



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