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    A Look at Mitral Valve Repair

    Last updated 3 days ago

    The heart is made up of four chambers, with those on the left moving oxygenated blood directly from the lungs. The mitral valve separates the left atrium and left ventricle to keep blood moving forward through the two chambers. It may malfunction if the valve becomes hardened or loose, which can stop blood from moving forward or cause backflow. If either of these issues occurs, you may need mitral valve repair to repair the valve or reinforce it with manmade materials. When the damage is significant enough, a new valve will replace the malfunctioning one. This surgery may be performed with minimally invasive techniques to reduce surgical risks. Here’s a closer look at what is involved with this surgery to help you prepare.

    When surgery is needed

    Mitral regurgitation, mitral stenosis, and mitral valve prolapse are all causes for mitral valve repair. These conditions may cause symptoms such as fainting spells, shortness of breath, heart failure, or chest pain.

    What happens during surgery

    Surgery takes 2-4 hours during which you will be asleep under general anesthesia. You will either be hooked up to a heart-lung machine or have your heart rate slowed to ensure a complication-free procedure.

    What to expect in recovery

    Once surgery is complete, you will need to spend 3-5 days in the hospital with monitoring in the ICU. While you recover in the ICU, tubes will drain fluids from your chest. After these are removed, you will be transferred to a regular hospital room where a nurse will help you get back on your feet with gradual activity and rehabilitative care.

    At Oak Hill Hospital, you can expect exceptional care throughout your mitral valve repair procedure and recovery in Brooksville. You can reach us to learn more about our cardiac and surgical services on our website or by calling our Consult-A-Nurse healthcare referral line at (352) 398-4240. 

    Knowing When to Go to the Emergency Room

    Last updated 11 days ago

    Sometimes medical situations may seem like a big deal, but they can be easily handled at home with the right type of first aid and a visit to the doctor later on. Alternatively, an emergency situation may not be immediately identified, because conditions such as heart attack or concussions might have symptoms that are not recognizable right away. Since it can be a little tricky knowing when medical care at the ER is needed, here is a quick guide to some of the critical symptoms that should be met with emergency care.

    Chest pains

    Chest pain is not always indicative of a heart attack, but it might be caused by respiratory, abdominal, or cardiac conditions that shouldn’t be ignored. Take note of when your chest pain starts and how long it lasts, as the nature of your pain may narrow down the diagnosis.

    Uncontrolled bleeding

    The size of a laceration does not always match up with its severity. In the case of puncture wounds, there may be only a small cut that penetrates deep into the tissue and continues bleeding even when pressure is applied. In situations like this, it is important to keep the wound clean and protected with gauze or a towel on the way to the ER.

    Head injuries

    It can be difficult to assess the severity of a head injury, but you won’t want to chance it when a blow to the head causes loss of consciousness, blurred vision, or a severe bump. ER physicians will use imaging tests to explore the extent of the trauma and help you recover quickly.

    Severe dehydration

    If you’ve been suffering from food poisoning or other types of gastrointestinal stress, you may be unable to drink enough water to stay hydrated. You may need emergency care to relieve dehydration and get medication to let you keep down water.

    The emergency room at Oak Hills Hospital will let you get the quick and reliable care you need in Brooksville. Our commitment to quality and patient-centered care has helped us receive the Lantern Award from the Emergency Nurses Association, a recognition only 17 hospitals in the nation were awarded. You can see our ER wait times or learn more about our hospital on our website or by calling (352) 398-4240. 

    The Benefits of Robotically Assisted Surgery

    Last updated 21 days ago

    Robotically assisted surgery may sound like science fiction, but it has actually become quite common for procedures ranging from valve repair to hysterectomy. With robotically assisted surgery, surgeons work from a control panel featuring high-definition cameras to view the surgical site in real time. The surgeon guides specially designed tools through tiny incisions to precisely and accurately perform a wide range of procedures.

    Because robotically assisted surgery involves minimally invasive incisions, there is a lower chance of surgical complications like bleeding or infection. Robotic surgical tools are also capable of very fine movements that even the most skilled surgeons cannot manage with their hands alone, creating the potential for new surgical procedures that may advance medical care in the future.

    At Oak Hill Hospital, we are proud to offer robotically assisted surgery with the da Vinci Surgical System. Take a look at our high-tech surgical center on our website or find a physician with our Consult-A-Nurse healthcare referral line at (352) 398-4240. 

    Coping with Cancer Fatigue

    Last updated 1 month ago

    Patients with cancer frequently experience fatigue, which can affect a person physically, emotionally, and mentally. Fatigue is often caused by cancer treatment as well as the cancer itself. Although fatigue isn’t likely to be serious enough to warrant a trip to the emergency room, it can certainly interfere with your daily activities and decrease your quality of life. Talk with your oncologist about ways of managing your fatigue.

    Balance Activity with Rest

    If you have severe fatigue, it can be tempting to lie in bed all day. Cancer experts typically advise patients to take short naps of 30 minutes or less throughout the day, rather than one very long nap. Resting too much can actually reduce your energy. In between resting, try to incorporate some moderate exercise into your routine, such as going for a walk. Exercise can boost your energy levels.

    Determine Your Priorities

    When you’re going through cancer treatments, it can be helpful to prioritize your activities. Decide which activities you must do each day, and ask family members or friends to help you with the rest.

    Plan Soothing Activities

    Because of the frustrating nature of severe fatigue, it can quickly consume your thoughts. Many cancer patients have found it helpful to plan quiet activities to distract themselves from their fatigue, such as reading a book or watching a favorite movie.

    Consult a Registered Dietitian

    Oncologists often advise cancer patients to work with a registered dietitian. Your dietitian can not only help you deal with issues such as loss of appetite; he or she can also provide nutritional advice to combat fatigue. Generally, it’s advisable for patients to consume plenty of fluids and to eat enough protein.

    At Oak Hill Hospital, our caring physicians, nurses, and other healthcare providers work together to provide a personalized, patient-centered treatment plan for those battling cancer. In addition to our state-of-the-art diagnostic and treatment options, we provide support groups, cancer education, nutrition support, religious support, and much more. Families throughout Spring Hill and Brooksville can call us at (352) 398-4240 or visit our website to explore our other service areas, including robotic surgery, spine care, heart care, and emergency care.

    An Overview of Spinal Anatomy

    Last updated 1 month ago

    Although your spine performs important tasks for your body, you might not give your spinal anatomy a second thought until you begin to experience back pain or other problems. When you meet with an orthopedic expert to discuss your spinal symptoms, it can be helpful to have a basic understanding of the parts of your spine. You may hear the spine care expert refer to your cervical region, thoracic region, and lumbar region. These refer to your neck area, middle back area, and lower back area, respectively. Additionally, your spine is made up of the following components.


    The vertebrae are the bones of your spine. The vertebrae in your cervical region are relatively small, while those in your lumbar region are much larger. This is because the lower back must bear more of the burden of the weight of your body.

    Intervertebral Discs

    Intervertebral discs are round, flat “cushions” located between your vertebrae. The discs lend flexibility and strength to the spine. If the exterior of the disc develops a tear and the inner material pushes through that tear, patients can experience pain and other symptoms. This condition is referred to as disc herniation.

    Facet Joints

    Facet joints are located on the back of the vertebrae. They feature a surface made of cartilage. Facet joints enable the rotational movement of the spine. Sometimes, neck pain or low back pain can be attributed to arthritis of the facet joints.

    Spinal Cord

    The spinal canal is a space that runs through the middle of each vertebra. The spinal cord is located within the spinal canal. Nerves branch out from the spinal cord. A common condition that involves this part of the spine is called spinal stenosis. This occurs when the spinal canal is narrower than usual, compressing the spinal cord and the nerves.

    Have you been experiencing severe back pain or other spinal problems? Consider scheduling a consultation with the spine care experts at Oak Hill Hospital to discuss your spinal care treatment options. Residents of Spring Hill and Brooksville can learn more about our orthopedic services by calling our Consult-A-Nurse referral line at (352) 398-4240.


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