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Making the decision to have joint replacement surgery

Joint replacement surgeries aren’t performed on an emergency basis. This means you should have all the time you need to carefully consider whether to have the surgery or not. Know that joint replacement surgery is a routine surgery these days, but there are still risks you should know about. The orthopedic specialists at Regional Medical Center of San Jose can guide you in making your decision.

Trying conservative treatments
Before you make the decision to have joint replacement surgery, you can try a range of nonsurgical treatment options. These include:

  • Medications
  • Pain-relieving injections
  • Physical therapy

If nonsurgical interventions aren’t enough to manage your symptoms, it may be time to consider joint replacement surgery.

Assessing your overall health
It’s primarily your decision whether to have joint replacement surgery. However, your doctor will need to make sure you’re a good candidate for it first. To determine if you’re a good candidate, the doctor will consider whether you have any of the following health concerns:

  • Weight over 300 pounds
  • Unhealthy skin over the joint
  • History of infections in the joint
  • History of previous injuries or surgeries near the joint
  • Weak quadriceps muscles
  • Heart or lung conditions

In some cases, patients can become good candidates by working with their doctors and physical therapists to improve overall health.

Evaluating your symptoms
When you watch the accompanying video, you’ll hear an orthopedic surgeon at Regional Medical Center of San Jose explain how he works with patients to help them decide whether it’s time for surgery. If you have a great deal of joint pain and stiffness, this surgery may be a good option for you, even if your imaging studies show minimal joint damage.

Additionally, consider the extent to which your pain and other symptoms are interfering with your daily activities. If you find it difficult to meet obligations and enjoy the things you love, then joint replacement surgery may be right for you.

When you become a patient of the orthopedic and joint replacement team at Regional Medical Center of San Jose , you’ll receive all the information you need to make a thoughtful decision for your health. Our orthopedic surgeons and nurses are always here to help if you have any questions about surgery or would like further guidance with the decision-making process. Call a registered nurse in San Jose any time, day or night, at (888) 762-8881.

What to know about July Cord Blood Awareness Month

It’s natural for parents to want to give their kids the best possible start in life. But since so many diseases and conditions only develop later in life, how can parents protect their grownup kids? One way is to bank your child’s cord blood for later medical use. During National Cord Blood Awareness Month this July, expecting parents are encouraged to explore the possibilities with cord blood banking or donation. The compassionate obstetrics providers at Regional Medical Center of San Jose are always here to help if you have questions or concerns.

What cord blood is
Unborn and newborn babies are attached to an umbilical cord, which is removed shortly after birth. Cord blood is found inside the umbilical cord and placenta. Cord blood is significant for medical reasons because it contains stem cells.

What stem cells do
Stem cells are unique because they have the potential to turn into many different kinds of cells. This allows doctors to put them to work treating diseases that the individual may develop, such as anemia, cancers and certain immune system disorders.

The stem cells found in cord blood are particularly advantageous because they almost never carry infectious diseases. Plus, they aren’t likely to be rejected by the body.

How cord blood is extracted
The process of extracting and preserving cord blood is painless for mothers and babies. If you decide to have your baby’s cord blood preserved, you’ll need to inform the obstetrician ahead of the birth.

Once your baby is born, the obstetrician will clamp the umbilical cord before cutting it. Then, a needle is used to extract blood from the cord.

How cord blood is preserved
Families may choose to donate their baby’s cord blood to a public cord blood bank. There is no cost to donate.

Alternatively, families may choose to privately bank cord blood. Note that there is typically a high one-time fee, plus a yearly maintenance fee.

Family Birthing Center at Regional Medical Center of San Jose is a beautiful, peaceful place to welcome your baby into the world. Our highly trained obstetrics providers deliver world-class, family-centered services because we believe our youngest patients deserve the best of care. Call (888) 762-8881 if you have any questions about our women’s and family services in San Jose.

Which mental disorders affect teens most?

Mental disorders are not just a problem for adults. Many disorders start during adolescence, but unfortunately, many teens go undiagnosed because of lack of awareness of their vulnerability to mental illness or because symptoms are written off as typical teenage behavior. Too often, teens don’t get treatment until they need emergency care due to a suicide attempt or other major incident. Getting treatment early for mental disorders can prevent complications in the long term, so for teens who are suffering, care is essential. Here is a look at some of the most common mental disorders to affect teens.

Depression—also sometimes called major depressive disorder or clinical depression—is common in teens. Without treatment, teens can experience poor grades, social isolation, self-harm, and suicidal thoughts.

Symptoms of depression can affect nearly every part of life. Some common signs of depression in teens include:

  • Weight changes
  • Changes in sleeping patterns
  • Becoming withdrawn
  • Loss of interest in usual activities
  • Changes in peer group

Eating Disorders
Teens are vulnerable to anorexia, bulimia, and binge eating disorder. Young women are most likely to develop these disorders, but an increasing number of males are experiencing them as well. If teens don’t get treatment, the impacts on their physical health can be life threatening.

Eating disorder symptoms vary depending on the disorder. Some signs that the disorders have in common are:

  • Preoccupation with food and weight
  • Food rituals, such as only eating one kind of food or excessive chewing
  • Withdrawal from social groups
  • Mood swings

Schizophrenia typically presents itself in the late teens and early 20s for men. Women may not develop the disease until their late 20s. However, in many cases, early warning signs for schizophrenia appear during adolescence. If teens can get treatment when these initial symptoms appear, they can often achieve better control of their disease and prevent serious future complications.

Some signs of schizophrenia in teens are:

  • Sleep changes
  • Complaint about being watched or talked about
  • Disordered thinking
  • Hallucinations
If you’re a teen or parent concerned about mental health, Regional Medical Center of San Jose is here to help. Getting a diagnosis is a crucial first step, so contact our hospital in San Jose for a physician referral . Call (888) 762-8881 to find a physician who is right for your needs.

How does arthritis affect women?

Arthritis is an umbrella term that encompasses over 100 different diseases that affect the joints and connective tissues. Many forms of arthritis disproportionately affect women, including the most common forms of the disease, osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. Because most forms of arthritis are chronic, women who are diagnosed need ongoing care.

Women and arthritis statistics
Approximately 25.9% of women have arthritis, compared to 18.3% of men. Some forms of arthritis, such as lupus, occur almost exclusively in women. Eight out of 10 adults who are diagnosed with lupus are women. Arthritis can happen to women at any age. Some forms of the disease are most common in seniors, while other can appear during childhood or during the childbearing years.

The reason that arthritis is more common in women is not understood, but there are some clues. Hormones, bone length, and bone shape in women may all play roles, along with genetic predisposition and environmental factors.

Arthritis impacts on women
Arthritis can affect women in many ways. Women with arthritis can experience:

  • Financial insecurity, due to inability to work and the cost of medical care
  • Delayed schooling
  • Withdrawal from social life
  • Poor quality of life
  • Increased risk of heart disease
  • Increased risk of early death

Many women with arthritis experience long-term absences from work or school, which can significant, long-term impacts on earning potential and access to health insurance.

Arthritis during pregnancy
The way pregnancy impacts arthritis depends on the specific type of the disease a woman has. For example, women with rheumatoid arthritis often experience a remission during pregnancy. However, some medications used to treat arthritis can increase the risk of miscarriage or can be harmful to developing babies. Women with arthritis who become pregnant must work closely with their healthcare team to manage their symptoms safely.

If you’re suffering from joint pain or need help with an arthritis management plan, choose Regional Medical Center of San Jose. Our hospital provides a comprehensive range of medical services and can help you live your healthiest life. To find out more about our services or to get a referral to a physician in San Jose, please call (888) 762-8881.

Making the connection between Afib and stroke

Atrial fibrillation, or Afib, is a significant risk factor for stroke, but not all Afib sufferers recognize that their chances of having a stroke are higher than other people’s. Afib sufferers should be vigilant about symptoms, so they can get stroke care quickly if needed, and get informed about the things they can do to cut their stroke risk.

What is Afib?
Afib occurs when the upper chambers of the heart, called the atria, beat erratically or quickly. When this happens, blood begins to pool in the heart, where it can potentially form a clot.

Afib affects over two million people in the US and is most common in people over 60. It frequently doesn’t cause any symptoms, so many sufferers don’t know that they have it unless their physicians refer them for cardiac testing.

Why does Afib increase the risk of stroke?
People with Afib have an increased risk of stroke because of the clots that can form in the heart when the beats of the atria are irregular. These clots can break off and travel through the blood vessels to the brain.

In the brain, the clot can partially or completely block blood flow, causing an ischemic stroke to occur. Tissue in the part of the brain that is being cut off from the flow of blood will die, causing potentially permanent complications. About 15% of people who have strokes have Afib. People with Afib are five times more likely to have a stroke than other people.

How can I reduce the risk of stroke with Afib?
Approximately 80% of strokes associated with Afib could be prevented. To cut the risk of stroke when you suffer from Afib, try these strategies:

  • Take medications as directed by your doctor

  • Maintain a healthy weight

  • Exercise regularly

  • Eat a diet of fruits, vegetables, lean protein, and whole grains

  • Limit alcohol

  • Don’t smoke

  • Manage other conditions that increase stroke risk, such as diabetes and high blood pressure

When stroke symptoms occur, seek emergency care at Regional Medical Center of San Jose . Our Comprehensive Stroke Center provides the prompt treatment necessary for better stroke outcomes. To find out more, contact our hospital in San Jose at (888) 762-8881.

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