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Palms West Children's Hospital Santa Visit

Thank you to all who came to our Winter Wonderland! We had a blast and enjoyed seeing all your smiling faces. Happy Holidays from all of us at Palms West!

Preventing HPV-Related Cancers

HPV is the common term used to describe more than 100 viruses that can harm the body in different ways. Some forms of HPV can lead to cancer in both men and women.

This video highlights how the spread of HPV causes widespread illness in the United States. Each year, approximately 25,000 men and women are diagnosed with cancers that stem from HPV viruses. Cervical cancer in particular often develops from HPV strains with which women are infected. However, the high rate of these cancers can be lowered with the HPV vaccination. When given to children in adolescence, this vaccination can prevent the transmission of these viruses.

Would you like to learn more about the HPV vaccination? Then call Palms West Hospital near Wellington and Royal Palm at (561) 798-3300 to speak with a caring professional in our pediatrics department.

What Happens During a Cesarean Birth?

During labor, a medical circumstance may arise that prompts the need for a cesarean birth. Even when advocated under unforeseen conditions, cesarean deliveries are extremely safe for both mothers and babies. However, understanding what entails such a procedure can put expectant mothers at ease in the event that they should need one. Palms West Hospital welcomes the inquiries of our patients should they have any questions about this type of obstetric surgery. 

What Happens During a Cesarean Birth? - Palms West Hospital

Preparing for Surgery

Unlike other kinds of surgery, a cesarean birth typically allows the recipient to be awake during the procedure. To ensure that the mother is completely at ease, though, medication is given to anesthetize her lower body. As a result, she can experience the birth of her child without feeling any discomfort.

Performing the Procedure

Once the mother is ready, the surgeon can make an initial incision across her lower pelvic region. This incision provides the surgeon with access to the uterus. He can then make another incision into this organ, which allows him to reach the baby. Given the compact space in which the baby resides, the surgeon may require assistance to retrieve the baby from the womb. After the baby has been taken out of the uterus, the medical staff can immediately evaluate him to ensure that he can breathe on his own. When the surgical nurse confirms the vital signs of the baby, they may give the child to his mother.

Completing the Process

Given the nature of cesarean birth, the attending surgeon must make sure that the mother is properly attended to after the baby is born. He can remove the placenta from the uterus and begin the suture process. Once the mother receives the necessary stitches to close all incisions, the surgery is complete.

The New Life Center at Palms West Hospital offers safe and swift cesarean birth services at our facility serving those in the Western Communities. If you are considering your delivery options, we can help you decide if our hospital is right for your needs. Call (561) 798-3300 to schedule a consultation with one of our caring physicians today. 

Signs You've Gone Into Labor

Signs You've Gone Into Labor - Palms West Hospital

Could it be? Is that cramping feeling a sign that you’re in labor? Your body can provide multiple clues that you’re ready to head to the hospital. Consistent contractions are just one symptom of active labor. If you feel strong cramps that come and go in recurrent intervals, you may want to consult your obstetrician. While many women experience contractions primarily around the belly region, the development of acute back pain can also signal labor. Aside from sensation, you should also pay attention to fluid changes in your body. As it readies for labor, your cervix may release a thick discharge. You may also experience symptoms similar to urinary incontinence. While this problem often occurs during the final months of pregnancy, leaking fluids close to term can indicate that your amniotic sac has erupted.

Do you have a new arrival on the way? Then call The New Life Center at Palms West Hospital at (561) 798-3300 for information on our obstetrics department. Our healthcare facility provides quality prenatal and delivery services for expectant mothers in the cities of Wellington and Royal Palm.

What to Expect During a Coronary Angioplasty

Do you have coronary heart disease? Have you recently suffered a heart attack? If you have been diagnosed with either of these conditions, your cardiovascular physician at Palms West Hospital may recommend coronary angioplasty. This minimally invasive procedure offers recipients extensive health benefits. Unlike bypass surgery, this process requires only minimal access to the interior structure of the heart. As a result, patients often experience fewer postoperative complications. They also can enjoy speedier recovery periods. 

What to Expect During a Coronary Angioplasty - Palms West Hospital

Inserting the Catheter

Coronary angioplasty produces far less trauma to the body because it demands access to the heart through a catheter. A catheter is a small, narrow tube. When used during coronary angioplasty, it provides the means through which the corrective devices can travel to the heart. The insertion of this minimally invasive device comprises the initial step of coronary angioplasty.

Opening the Balloon

A physician may advise coronary angioplasty because a patient’s coronary artery is too small to capably pass blood to the heart. This narrowness results from the accumulation of fat, calcium, and cholesterol on the wall of the artery. To restore function to the artery, a small balloon is next introduced through the catheter to the blockage site. Upon placing it in the correct position, the physician can open the balloon to widen the artery and allow healthy blood flow once more.

Introducing the Stent

The conditions that necessitate coronary angioplasty typically weaken the coronary arteries. Both coronary heart disease and heart attacks can compromise the integrity of the arterial walls, so even if a balloon can temporarily open the passageway, the artery may collapse in the future. This can cause another heart attack. To prevent this outcome, a physician may insert a stent into the artery. A stent is a thin, hollow device that buttresses the arterial walls, keeping them open despite their weakened state. Once the stent is in place, the coronary angioplasty procedure is done.

Do you have more questions about coronary angioplasty? If so, call Palms West Hospital at (561) 798-3300. Our cardiovascular department offers individualized treatment and support services for individuals in Royal Palm and the surrounding communities.

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