Plantation General Hospital
Plantation General Hospital is a full-service facility that has been providing a range of healthcare services to residents of Plantation and Central Broward County for 40 years.

The Future Is Now with Robotic Surgery

You may already know that a surgeon can take different approaches to any particular procedure. An operation might be an open surgery or a minimally invasive surgery, for example. One method of performing minimally invasive procedures is with robotic surgery systems. Robotic surgery might sound like futuristic, space age technology, but in fact, it’s already being used all over the world-including at Plantation General Hospital.

Components of the Surgical System
The robotic surgery platform consists of the surgical instrumentation and the surgeon’s console. During the procedure, the surgeon remains at the console, which is in the same room as the patient. The console provides a 3D, high-resolution view of the surgical field. The surgeon makes hand movements that directly control the movements of the tiny surgical instruments; the system does not do anything unless the surgeon directs it to. These miniature wristed instruments are capable of executing much more precise movement than the hand of a human. With robotic surgery, there is no possibility of slight tremors of the surgeon’s hand creating surgical problems. The instrumentation also includes a tiny 3D camera, which is inserted into one of the small incisions. This provides superior real-time imaging despite the minute nature of the surgical field.

Benefits for the Patient
It’s important for patients to understand that every medical procedure has certain risks. Robotic surgery is associated with a lower rate of complications, but complications can and do still occur from time to time. In general, patients undergoing robotic surgery may look forward to a shorter stay in the hospital and a reduced recovery time overall. They may have less pain and require less pain medicine.

Types of Robotic Surgeries
Robotic surgery can be used for a variety of procedures, including gynecologic surgeries such as minimally invasive hysterectomies. Robotic surgery may be appropriate for patients undergoing prostate gland removal, gallbladder removal, or colorectal procedures. Urologic, cardiac, thoracic, and head and neck procedures may also be performed with robotic equipment.

Plantation General Hospital is pleased to offer sophisticated robotic surgery in Plantation, FL. We provide a continuum of care for our patients-from diagnostics to inpatient care to rehabilitation with physical therapy. You can direct general questions about our hospital services to our Consult-A-Nurse line at (954) 587-5010.

How Your Family Can Prepare for a Medical Emergency

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From respiratory infections to broken bones, asthma attacks to anaphylactic shock, medical emergencies are bound to affect your family at some point. It’s best to be prepared for an unexpected trip to the ER at Plantation General Hospital. Get your family ready by assembling important medical information and keeping a first aid kit fully stocked.

Organize Medical Documents
It’s easy to forget important information when a medical emergency occurs, which is why it’s a good idea to assemble important documents in advance. The ER doctors need information such as the medications the patient is taking and which medical conditions he or she has. In some cases, the ER staff might ask whether the patient has had a tetanus shot recently and whether he or she has ever been hospitalized for a major illness or surgery. Keep a list of medical information and update it as needed. Keep a copy in your wallet or purse and leave a copy at home for babysitters or other caregivers.

Create a Home First Aid Kit
Every home needs a first aid kit, especially those with young children or senior citizens. If your home is child-proofed, consider keeping two first aid kits at home. One should contain medicines such as fever reducers and cough medicine; this kit should be kept out of reach of children. The other should be readily available and should contain basic items like bandages, antibiotic ointment, tweezers, hydrogen peroxide, and instant cold packs.

Make a Mobile First Aid Kit
Some situations call for a mobile first aid kit. If you’re still carrying around a diaper bag for your young children, then it’s a good idea to pack a small first aid kit in there. Use a slim case or a small clutch-style purse for your first aid kit to save space. Include bandages, antibiotic ointment, hydrocortisone cream, antiseptic wipes, and pain relief spray for insect bites. Include children’s formulations of allergy medicine, fever reducers, and medicine for upset tummies. You could even add a lollipop to help distract your little one from the discomfort of a skinned knee or poison ivy rash.

When your family requires emergency care in Plantation, FL, you can trust the team at Plantation General Hospital to be available 24/7. In addition to our state-of-the-art ER, our hospital offers pediatric orthopedics, psychiatric care, and general surgery. Call 911 now if you have a medical emergency; otherwise, you can call 954-321-4099 to speak with a registered nurse.

Answering Common Questions About Heart Failure

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Heart failure is commonly thought of as a condition in which the heart stops working. In fact, it occurs when the heart cannot pump enough blood to fulfill the body’s needs. Heart failure can occur over time and it may lead to other serious complications that might require a quick trip to the ER at Plantation General Hospital. Although heart failure is not curable, it is manageable.

Am I at risk of heart failure?
Consider talking to your physician about whether you could be at risk of heart failure. It is more common among people with diabetes, high blood pressure, and coronary heart disease (CHD). Your risk might also be elevated if you have sleep apnea, a prior history of heart attack, congenital heart defects, valvular heart disease, heart arrhythmias, or obesity. Some lifestyle habits are associated with an increased risk of heart failure, such as tobacco use and heavy alcohol use.

What are the signs of heart failure?
If you notice any abnormal changes, consider bringing them to the attention of your doctor. Heart failure is typically indicated by shortness of breath, persistent wheezing or coughing, and swelling in the abdomen or lower body. Fatigue, nausea, and loss of appetite are other possible signs of heart failure.

How is heart failure diagnosed?
After evaluating your symptoms, reviewing your medical history, and performing a physical exam, your physician might recommend some tests to check whether you could have heart failure. Chest X-ray images might reveal enlargement of the heart and fluid buildup in the lungs. An echocardiogram uses sound waves to show your doctor the shape and size of your heart, and check how well it is pumping. You might also be asked to take a stress test. During this test, your cardiovascular function is evaluated while you walk on a treadmill or pedal a stationary bicycle. Other tests that might be helpful include magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), computed tomography (CT) scans, electrocardiogram (ECG), and coronary angiogram.

At Plantation General Hospital, you’ll find comprehensive diagnostic services, including stress tests, echocardiograms, and chest X-rays. We also offer emergency care in Plantation, FL, in addition to robotic surgery, cardiovascular surgery, and psychiatric care. If you have general questions about our cardiovascular services, you can call our Consult-A-Nurse line at 954-321-4099.

Getting Back on Your Feet After Hip Surgery

Getting Back on Your Feet After Hip Surgery

Your orthopedic care plan may include hip surgery if you have fractured a hip or developed severe symptoms of osteoarthritis. Hip replacement surgery is a common intervention for patients who have not found sufficient relief of their symptoms from conservative treatment measures. The best time to plan for your post-surgery recovery is before you have the procedure, rather than afterward. Your orthopedic care team at Plantation General Hospital will help you learn what to expect from the recovery process.

Assistive Devices

Your doctor may ask you to purchase or rent some durable medical equipment for your recovery at home. You may need to use a walker, crutches, or a cane for a while. The physical therapist will show you how to use these devices before you leave the hospital. Because you’ll need to be careful with activities that require bending, you may also wish to purchase a sponge or loofah attached to a long handle, a long-handled shoehorn, and a “reacher” or grabbing tool.

Physical Activity

Your doctor will let you know when you can resume your normal activities, such as driving, working, and exercising. For the time being, exercise caution about weight-bearing activities. Your physical therapist will show you how to stretch and exercise gently in ways that will not adversely affect your hip joint. He or she may recommend gradually resuming low-impact activities such as walking, swimming, ad golfing.

Everyday Habits

Before you leave the hospital, you’ll be given a list of precautions to follow for about six to eight weeks. These precautions will vary, depending on the specific surgical technique that was used. In general, hip replacement patients are advised to avoid crossing the legs when sitting, bringing the knees higher than the hip, or leaning forward while sitting down. You may be asked not to bend at the waist greater than 90 degrees, which may include simple activities like reaching down for an extra blanket while in bed.

After you undergo hip surgery at The Orthopedic Center in Plantation, FL, The Rehabilitation Medicine Unit of Plantation General Hospital can help you get back on your feet. Call our Consult-A-Nurse line at 954-321-4099 to request a referral to an orthopedic care specialist. Our community hospital also connects families to specialists in pediatric orthopedics.

Taking Care of Yourself When Your Child Is in the NICU

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The birth of a child is a joyous occasion, but when the child is in critical condition, parents must cope with emotional challenges. The Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) is specially designed to closely monitor and care for newborns who are born prematurely or who otherwise have special medical needs. When a child is in the NICU, parents can reach out to the maternity care staff at Plantation General Hospital for extra support and guidance.

Become an Informed Patient
When a baby is in the NICU, often the most difficult feeling for parents to cope with is the feeling of helplessness. You might feel as though there’s little you can do to help your child, but actually, it’s still possible to stay involved in his or her care. Use the time to learn as much as you can about your baby’s medical needs. Ask the maternity care staff for printouts to read and ask about taking parent education classes from the NICU staff. Learn everything you can about caring for your baby after he or she is cleared to return home with you.

Accept Offers of Support
During this time, your family and friends might want to help you, but they might not be sure of what they can do. Accept any offers of help you receive and make a list of things others can do for you. Since you’ll be in the hospital longer than you’d expected, perhaps you need someone to walk your dog, take care of your other children, or bring extra clothing and other personal items from home.

Get in Touch with Your Emotions
After childbirth, it’s normal for your hormone levels to fluctuate. The added stress of having a newborn with medical issues can make it even more difficult to come to terms with your emotions. Give yourself permission to cry, to feel anger and guilt, and to accept these emotions as being perfectly normal. Consider confiding your worries in a professional counselor.

The maternity care services at Plantation General Hospital include a Level III NICU for babies who require critical care and a Level II NICU for newborns who are more stable. The team at our Neonatal Intensive Care Unit in Plantation, FL, provides compassionate parent education and discharge planning to help new families feel confident when it’s time to bring their little ones home. A registered nurse is available at 954-321-4099.

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