• 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.