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Regional Medical Center of San Jose offers world-class healthcare to residents throughout the greater San Jose community.
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Do you need surgery for osteoarthritis?

Pain, swelling and limited range of motion of the joints are all hallmark signs of osteoarthritis. If you’ve been diagnosed with it, your doctor will likely discuss nonsurgical treatment options first. Surgery may become an appropriate option when conservative treatments aren’t working well enough. At Regional Medical Center of San Jose, our orthopedic surgeons take the time to get to know each of our patients, since providing personalized, superior care is important to us.

Deciding whether to have surgery for osteoarthritis
Surgery is a major event, and the decision to have it shouldn’t be taken lightly. Your orthopedic surgeon will thoroughly review your medical information, examine you and analyze medical images to make sure you’re a good candidate for surgery. If you’re a good candidate for surgery, this means that the procedure is likely to be effective for you, and that it isn’t likely to cause serious health problems.

Learning more about osteoarthritis surgery
Before making your decision, learn as much as you can about the surgery. Watch this featured video to hear from an orthopedic surgeon at Regional Medical Center of San Jose. He explains the basics of joint replacement, and how it can relieve joint pain.

Joint replacement is a commonly performed surgery for patients with osteoarthritis. Typically, surgeons replace a knee or hip joint. These joints are more likely to be affected by osteoarthritis, as they are weight-bearing joints.

Preparing for surgery for osteoarthritis
If you do decide to have the surgery, your doctor will give you all the information you need to prepare for it. Since joint replacement can require a lengthy recovery period, you may need to make some simple modifications to your home.

You’ll also need someone to be available to assist you during your recovery. If no one is available, you can make arrangements to stay in a long-term care facility until you’ve healed enough to get around by yourself.

Regional Medical Center of San Jose operates a state-of-the-art orthopedics program that is designed to improve quality of life for our neighbors in San Jose. Our multidisciplinary team of specialists treats osteoarthritis patients frequently, which gives us a keen understanding of their unique needs. Call (888) 762-8881 to request a referral.


When is a cut bad enough to need stitches?

Lacerations, or cuts, happen every day, and they’re usually not severe enough to require emergency care. But since it’s possible for anyone to unexpectedly sustain a significant injury, it’s important to know what to do and where to go. The emergency care physicians and nurses at Regional Medical Center of San Jose have made it their life’s work to provide compassionate medical care to our neighbors.

When the wound won’t stop bleeding
All bleeding wounds should be covered with a clean bandage or cloth. Apply direct pressure to the cloth, and elevate the injured body part above the level of the heart to help the bleeding stop. If you would describe the bleeding as “profuse” or “gushing,” then get medical help right away.

Otherwise, continue to apply direct pressure. If the bleeding doesn’t stop after about 10 minutes, it’s time to seek emergency care.

If the laceration is very deep
Some cuts are so deep that they damage the underlying tissues, including muscles, tendons, ligaments and nerves. It’s possible for severe lacerations to involve a bone. Go to the ER if you suspect that any underlying tissues might be injured.

If you have injuries in addition to the laceration
Lacerations don’t always happen by themselves. When you watch the accompanying video, you’ll hear an emergency medicine physician at Regional Medical Center of San Jose explain why you should go to the ER after a major incident like a car accident. It’s possible to have internal trauma in addition to the laceration.

When there’s a risk of infection
Any wound has the potential to get infected, but some are more high risk than others. A doctor should examine your injury if it’s a dog bite, or if it was caused by a dirty or rusty object.

Responsive, patient-centered emergency care is available 24/7 at Regional Medical Center of San Jose . We understand how distressing a severely bleeding wound can be, and we’ll make every effort to relieve your pain as quickly as possible. Call 911 if you have a true medical emergency, such as a heart attack, or call (888) 762-8881 for general questions about our medical services in San Jose.

Dispelling myths about cancer

Part of the reason why there are so many misconceptions about cancer is perhaps that the disease is so intensely feared. It’s understandable for a person to resort to non-evidence-based options when his or her life is on the line. But unfortunately, believing in cancer-related myths can cause far more harm than good.

A cancer patient’s best source of reliable, evidence-based medical information is the oncology team. Regional Medical Center of San Jose brings together highly skilled cancer care professionals who work together for the best possible outcome for our patients.

Myth: Starving cancer can kill it
When you watch this featured video, you’ll hear a doctor at Regional Medical Center of San Jose discuss a couple of the cancer-related myths she encounters. One of the most harmful is the myth that starving oneself can weaken and kill cancer cells.

This simply doesn’t work. It only weakens the patient, and makes him or her less capable of tolerating cancer treatments like chemotherapy.

Myth: Staying positive will improve the odds of surviving cancer
Cancer patients often hear well-intentioned individuals instructing them to stay positive because it improves the chances of beating the disease. There is no clinical evidence that suggests this could be true.

That being said, other benefits can be derived from embracing a positive attitude. Cancer patients who actively cultivate positivity may be more resilient to the emotional consequences of their diagnosis. A positive attitude can also encourage cancer patients to make healthy decisions regarding their diet, activity level and treatment compliance.

Myth: Undergoing a biopsy can cause cancer to spread
A biopsy is a minimally invasive procedure in which a very small sample of cells is extracted for examination in a lab. Some people think that undergoing a biopsy or an interventional surgery for cancer might cause the abnormal cells to spread. This is extremely unlikely.

Doctors who must perform biopsies or surgeries on more than one area of the body use different medical instruments for each site. This eliminates the possibility that cancerous cells could hitch a ride on a surgical tool and be deposited in another part of the body.

Cancer Care at Regional Medical Center of San Jose is a carefully designed program that provides positive, encouraging support to patients and their families. We believe that our neighbors in San Jose deserve superior, personalized care when it’s necessary to fight cancer. You can request a referral to our Cancer Care team by calling (888) 762-8881.


Adjusting to your Holter monitor

Patients who see heart care specialists often undergo EKGs, which is a noninvasive test that records the heart’s electrical activity. The primary limitation of this test is that it only measures the heart’s activity during that specific time, according to the cardiologist featured in the accompanying video. This is why you may be asked to wear a Holter monitor. The cardiologists at Regional Medical Center of San Jose will provide the personalized guidance you need to adjust seamlessly to your monitoring device.

Wearing the Holter monitor
Holter monitors aren’t heavy. Once the technician attaches the electrodes to your chest, he or she will help you find the most comfortable way for you to carry it. You may decide to:

  • Attach it to your waist
  • Carry it in a pocket or pouch
  • Wear it like a cross-body purse

When you go to bed, you can set the device on a nearby nightstand.

Recording your symptoms and activities
Since the device monitors your heart’s electrical activity, your heart doctor will need to know what you were doing when your symptoms developed. You’ll be asked to keep a detailed record of your symptoms, which might include the following:

  • Chest pain
  • Dizziness
  • Heart palpitations
  • Shortness of breath
  • Nausea

For each symptom, record the date and time it occurs. Write down what you were doing when your symptoms developed. Even if you were doing nothing at all, write down whether you were lying down, sitting or standing.

Your doctor may also ask you to keep a log of all of your daily activities, regardless of whether you experienced symptoms during them. These activities may include:

  • Exercising
  • Taking medications
  • Eating
  • Engaging in sexual activity

Avoiding activities that can affect the Holter monitor
The technician will give you detailed instructions on taking proper care of the Holter monitor. You’ll need to avoid the following:

  • Bathing, showering and swimming
  • Getting x-rays
  • Going near high-voltage areas
  • Using electric blankets
  • Going near metal detectors or magnets

Should you have any difficulties while receiving heart care from Regional Medical Center of San Jose, our cardiology team will work one-on-one with you. We continually strive for healthcare excellence because we firmly believe our patients deserve superior care for the best possible outcome. Call (888) 762-8881 to request a referral to a physician in San Jose.


Treating dehydration in your child

Dehydration can happen for many different reasons in kids. By recognizing the signs and taking steps to treat it early, you could help prevent the need for emergency care. If your child has a dry mouth, is urinating less than normal or has few or no tears when crying, consider trying these treatments for dehydration.

Try oral rehydration solution

Although your first instinct may be to reach for water, an even better answer could be oral rehydration solution, or ORS. This is especially true if your child has been vomiting or has had diarrhea, as he or she could have lost a lot of electrolytes. ORS contains a blend of salts and sugars that can rehydrate your child rapidly.

ORS is available in many grocery stores and drug stores, and no prescription is required. Generally, you can start rehydrating your child with as little as a teaspoon every few minutes. If your child is not vomiting, he or she may be able to tolerate larger sips.

Serve up popsicles

Popsicles are also helpful when kids are dehydrated, because of the mix of water and sugar they contain. In many cases, kids can tolerate popsicles even if they have diarrhea or are vomiting.

If your child has gastrointestinal upset, you can start with just a portion of a popsicle and then build up little by little to increase his or her fluid intake.

Get emergency care when necessary

If your child is significantly dehydrated and doesn’t show signs of improvement, get emergency care. He or she may require IV fluids to recover. Keep your eye out for signs like increased irritability, drowsiness and dizziness that can indicate serious dehydration.

When your child needs care, you can count on Regional Medical Center of San Jose. From pediatrics specialists to emergency care, we can help your family members of all ages get the comprehensive healthcare they need in San Jose. Do you need more information about our children’s health services or a referral to a physician? Please call (888) 762-8881.


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