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Spine Surgery Technology at Bay Medical-Sacred Heart

Spinal problems cause pain in the back and neck that can then radiate to the legs or arms. Treatments such as physical therapy and injections are sometimes used, but when that doesn't work, spinal surgery can.

"My pain was very much diminished. I was much more comfortable, much more able to get up and do things without the cramping, the leg pain or the burning...it just all disappeared." says  Adana Ward, who had surgery on her spine six weeks ago to correct her spinal cord compression and to correct the alignment in her spine.


Heart Patient Receives Less Invasive Heart Surgery

A game-changing procedure for open heart surgery was introduced at Bay Medical - Sacred Heart. The surgery uses robotic technology without opening up the patient's chest. We were first introduced to this technology in december of last year...when Dr. Lynn Seto held a news conference. "What this means for the patient is that they have much less pain after the operation, less risk of requiring a blood transfusion, they go home quicker, and most importantly they are able to get back to their life quicker."


Bay Med Opens New Area for Chest Pain Patients

Sacred Heart is utilizing a new program to help patients get treated faster. news 13's jessica foster has more in tonight's modern medicine report. Bay Medical-Sacred Heart has opened up the clinical decision making unit or c-d-u. it's an observation unit for cardiac patients that helps doctors determine the extent of the illness. Only patients who aren't sick enough to qualify for an in patient bed are going to populate the CDU with the purpose of doing further testing and evaluation to see if they qualify to move upstairs.


Can Surgery Be Avoided with Physical Therapy?

Neck and back pain can be debilitating and often leads to surgery. Physical therapists say there are techniques to help patients alleviate the weakness, pain or numbness associated with neck and back pain and it doesn't require you to go under the knife.


Less Invasive Heart Surgery

Open heart surgery doesn’t have to mean sawing through the breastbone and large chest scars anymore.

Dr. Lynn Seto, cardiothoracic surgeon, announced two completely robotic mitral valve repairs on two local patients, a first for this area, using the da Vinci Si HD Surgical System, according to BayMedical CenterSacred Heart Health System.


Bay Medical-Sacred Heart Participates in Carotid Stent Registry

Dr. Amir Haghighat talk with WMBB's Jessica Foster about the importance of following patient's progress in a carotid stent registry. Carotid Stenting was approved in 2011 for use in all carotid patients, however select hospitals, like Bay Medical, are monitoring patients progress in a registry to enhance the care that carotid patients receive in the future all over the country.


Modern Medicine: Preventing Pregnancy Complications

After the first trimester of pregnancy, many women feel less anxious. However, a cervical insufficiency, or weak cervix, can cause problems even in the second trimester.  A simple, outpatient procedure can help babies stay in the womb longer.

Samantha Phillips had a heartbreaking loss.  An insufficient cervix caused her to deliver early, and her baby did not survive.


Expert: Parents should model good communication

It’s time to turn off the TV and pick up books, pens, puzzles and learn.

Peggy Kundo, speech pathologist at Bay Medical Center Sacred Heart Health System’s HealthPlex, said speech and language development occurs in predictable sequences and when those sequences don’t happen at the right time, it can affect development and learning for years to come.

“That is one thing we see a lot more of, kids with decreased attention spans, because children are used to the flashy stimuli from the screen,” Kundo said. “It’s hard to compete with that. It’s addicting. Number one, turn off the TV, and number two, a quiet environment. Interact with the child and find out what they’re doing.”


Preventing Pregnancy Complications

After the first trimester of pregnancy, many women feel less anxious. However, a cervical insufficiency, or weak cervix, can cause problems even in the second trimester.  A simple, outpatient procedure can help babies stay in the womb longer.

Samantha Phillips had a heartbreaking loss.  An insufficient cervix caused her to deliver early, and her baby did not survive.

Obstetrician and Gynecologist Dr. Gregory K. Morrow from Coastal OBGYN explains, "It's kind of like a trap door cervix that the baby just comes out...often alive and moving...but usually pre-viable...It's a horrible thing."


Local Autistic 5 Year Old Finds Help Through Occupational Therapy

Leona Rhodes is an energetic 5 year old who just started kindergarten.

Something her mom didn't think was possible a year ago.

"My son is only 18 months older than her and it was like years difference in their developmental skills," says Melissa Rhodes.

At the age of four when Leona couldn't identify letters of the alphabet or write her name, mom knew it was time to get help.

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