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    Spotlight on the Orthopedic Joint Care Center

    Last updated 10 months ago

    The Orthopedic Joint Care Center of Ocala Health combines exceptional care and personalized comfort for each patient who walks through our doors. Many orthopedic issues can be effectively addressed with noninvasive treatment. When medication and physical therapy cannot adequately remedy a patient’s pain, though, surgery may be a viable option. Our Orthopedic Joint Care Center can provide patients with the surgical treatment they require. Given the mobility restrictions that joint replacement surgery may demand, we have fashioned our rooms with the ultimate privacy of the patient in mind. Patients can rest, eat, and even exercise in the comfort of their own rooms. When orthopedic pain necessitates medical care, look to Ocala Health’s Orthopedic Joint Care Center for the help you need.

    If you require hip, knee, or another form of joint surgery, come to Ocala Health. Ocala Health's Orthopedic Joint Care Center is accredited by the Joint Commission for knee, hip, and spine.  To speak with a Registered Nurse, call (352) 401-1000. You can also find more information on our Orthopedic Joint Care Center by visiting Ocala Health online. 

    Get the Facts about Lung Cancer

    Last updated 10 months ago

    Did you know that lung cancer accounts for more deaths by cancer in the United States than any other form of the disease? That is why Ocala Health hopes to provide the Ocala community with a greater understanding of this common problem. With wider awareness, we hope to change for the better the number of people who are affected by this disease.

    Why Lung Cancer Occurs
    As with any cancer, a percentage of individuals with lung cancer may have no discernable cause for it. However, statistics indicate that the vast majority of people with this disease have a history of smoking. Tobacco usage is the overwhelming cause of lung cancer, attributing for approximately nine of 10 cases. Lung cancer can also occur in individuals who live or work in environments where they are exposed to carcinogens or toxic materials.

    How You Can Detect It
    A primary reason why lung cancer takes so many lives is because it presents very few symptoms. Even lifetime smokers may not develop clear signs of the disease until it has progressed throughout the lungs and into nearby tissues and lymph nodes. Breathing difficulty and persistent coughing are two signs of lung cancer, and individuals with these symptoms should seek medical help for them.

    What a Doctor Can Do to Treat It
    Early detection often translates into more effective treatment. Some physicians recommend that patients with a history of tobacco usage undergo chest screenings even in the absence of symptoms. If cancer is found and contained to the lungs, surgery may be able to rid it from the body. More advanced cases of lung cancer may necessitate additional treatment means. Radiation therapy and chemotherapy can both eliminate cancer cells at the primary cancer site and eradicate cancer cells that may have traveled to other regions of the body.

    With the only accredited cancer program in Marion County since 1983, let Ocala Health be your cancer care source. Our staff can discuss your treatment options and determine a course of action that is right for your needs. Call our Consult-A-Nurse line at (352) 401-1000 and ask to speak with our oncology patient navigator, 

    Knowing When to Visit the Emergency Room

    Last updated 10 months ago

    A medical emergency can yield more than physical trauma. It can also result in emotional distress that may leave you questioning your next steps. When seconds count, though, you need to take action. Ocala Health offers comprehensive emergency care for the greater Ocala community. If you experience one or more of the following scenarios, do not hesitate to seek help.

    You Have Suffered a Blow to the Head.
    If you suffer blunt force to the head, it can lead to long-term neurological ramifications. A condition such as an undiagnosed concussion can be extremely dangerous, as can complications that result in a cranial fracture. Given the effects that a severe blow can have on your perception and vision, it is important to have a friend or family member transport you to emergency care.

    You Cannot Breathe with Ease.
    Respiratory problems demand immediate medical attention. Should you experience difficulty breathing due to emphysema, pneumonia, asthma, or another lung-related problem, get emergency aid. If your body does not receive the oxygen it needs, you may lose consciousness, suffer brain damage, or experience more serious complications.

    You Are Experiencing Chest or Abdominal Discomfort.
    Chest pain is not a normal experience. If you suddenly feel tightness in your chest, or you experience the sensation of weight on it, emergency help is necessary. This type of event is often the sign of a heart attack. Acute pain in the stomach region may also be cause for emergency assistance. Sudden discomfort that presents without a known cause may be due to appendicitis or another medical emergency.

    You Cannot Stem Blood Flow From a Wound.
    The body’s clotting system can typically stop a wound from bleeding freely in a matter of minutes. However, lacerations that are deep or large may produce pronounced bleeding that you cannot alleviate on your own. Cuts to the abdominal area can be particularly dangerous if they lacerate an internal organ. Seek help as soon as possible for swift and effective emergency care.

    Ocala Health can help when you are experiencing a medical emergency. Call us at (352) 401-1000 to learn more about our full range of services for residents of Ocala and the surrounding communities. You can also visit our website to see our current ER wait times or text ER to 23000.

    Ocala Health's Orthopedic Joint Care Center

    Last updated 1 year ago

    Joint replacement surgery is an involved procedure, but it can produce amazing results and dramatically improve your quality of life if you seek care through a dedicated provider like the hospitals at Ocala Health.
    In this video, you can hear about the exceptional care received by one patient when he underwent his second hip replacement surgery. He describes his experience as being “treated like royalty,” which is the standard for patients receiving orthopedic care at West Marion Community Hospital and Ocala Regional Medical Center.

    To explore the advanced orthopedic procedures offered by Ocala Health, contact us through our website or at (352) 401-1000. We are committed to providing compassionate and personalized care accompanied by the most sophisticated surgical technologies available.

    How Much Water Should You Be Drinking Every Day?

    Last updated 1 year ago

    Your body is approximately 60 percent water and depends on this chemical for all of its vital functions. Throughout the day, your body loses water through sweating, breathing, urination, and bowel movements. Depending on the weather, your physical activity level, and a variety of other factors, the amount of water lost during the day can vary.

    So, how much water should you be drinking to make up for these losses? The Institute of Medicine recommends that the average man should be drinking approximately 13 cups of water when living in a temperate climate, while women should be consuming about 9 cups each day. During the hot summer months or on days when you participate in rigorous exercise, your fluid intake should increase. Illness, pregnancy, and breastfeeding also generally require increased fluid intake.

    Drinking enough water during your family’s summer activities can help to reduce the risk of dehydration and other heat-related illnesses. If a medical emergency does occur, look to the staff of Ocala Health’s Emergency Department for compassionate and skilled medical care. When minutes matter, go to the fastest ERs in town—call us at (352) 401-1000 for more information.

Disclaimer: The materials provided are intended for informational purposes only. You should contact your doctor for medical advice. Use of and access to this website or other materials do not create a physician-patient relationship. The opinions expressed through this website are the opinions of the individual author and may not reflect the opinions of the hospital, medical staff, or any individual physician or other healthcare professional.
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