Showing posts from July, 2013

Robotic Hysterectomy

A wide variety of conditions can affect a woman’s reproductive system, which consists of the uterus, vagina, ovaries and fallopian tubes. Gynecological conditions can cause chronic pain and heavy bleeding as well as other disabling symptoms. A few of these common conditions include:

Fibroids—non-cancerous growths in the uterine wallEndometriosis—non-cancerous growths in the uterine liningProlapse—falling or slipping of the uterus
Women who experience these symptoms are often treated with a hysterectomy—the surgical removal of the uterus. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, this procedure is the second most common surgery for women in the United States; an estimated one-third of women will have a hysterectomy by age 60.
Learn how Gwinnett Medical Center offers minimally invasive hysterectomies.

Women: Make Time for Preventive Care

Your work commitments. Your son’s soccer game. Your dog’s vet appointment. Your sister’s birthday. With all the commitments on your calendar, it may feel impossible to find a moment for yourself—let alone for your healthcare.

Still, the fact remains: There’s no better way to maintain your health and detect illness early than by practicing preventive care. So, just for a few minutes, put yourself first and talk to your doctor about the preventive screenings below.

What's Your BMI? Knowing Can Keep You Healthy

No less an institution than the World Health Organization has declared that obesity has reached epidemic proportions worldwide, with more than 1 billion adults overweight. In the United States, more than two-thirds of adults are overweight or obese.
Carrying extra pounds has serious health implications. Obesity raises the risk for diabetes, heart disease and some types of cancer. It can make you more susceptible to high blood pressure, high cholesterol, stroke, sleep apnea and other respiratory problems, liver and gallbladder disease, osteoarthritis (cartilage and bone degeneration) and gynecological problems such as infertility.
To see how your health measures up, there are three numbers to focus on: weight, body mass index (BMI) and waist circumference. Learn more about your BMI.

Tips to Help You Prevent Sunbun This Summer

Did you know that one severe sunburn in childhood doubles your chances of getting melanoma, a type of skin cancer, as an adult? Five or more sunburns at any age double your risk for skin cancer in general, according to Mayo Clinic research.

Recipe Friday: A Twist On Salads

Need fun recipes, but without all of the heat. Have a salad. Try out these salad recipes with a twist. And for more tasty recipes, visit

A Peaceful Pregnancy

Women typically describe pregnancy is two ways: “It’s the most amazing and natural feeling in the world” and “It’s the kind of torture nobody should have to endure for nine months.” The adjectives may vary, but the responses seem to be at one extreme or the other.
This begs the question, were the ones who enjoyed pregnancy more informed about what to expect and thus more prepared for the experience? Each trimester of pregnancy brings about new symptoms, new emotions, new concerns and new requirements for medical care. Let’s explore each stage so moms-to-be know what’s heading their way.

Living Well With Diabetes: Taking Care of Yourself From Head To Toe

When it comes to your body, diabetes knows no bounds. Diabetes can reach anywhere blood flows—which means everywhere. The high blood glucose that’s the hallmark of diabetes can damage the blood vessels. That includes the small blood vessels that are important for eyes, kidneys and nerves, and the larger blood vessels such as those of the heart.
Fortunately, a lot of potential damage can bestopped in its tracks with good blood glucose management. That requires attention to healthy eating,exercise, weight control and, if needed, medication.
Here are some other tips for good preventive care for people with diabetes, from head to toe.

Assess Your Risk For Cancer

Are your odds of developing cancer higher than they should be? Ask yourself these questions.

Eat To Beat High Blood Pressure

If you’ve been reading this or any other health publication for a while, you’ve no doubt heard about the DASH diet. You already know that diet plays a huge role in preventing or controlling high blood pressure. You know that the DASH diet (Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension) recommends eating lots of fruits and vegetables, reducing amounts of red meat and salt, and choosing low-fat or nonfat dairy products. You’re sold. But how do you get started?

Weight Loss Isn't One Size Fits All! Learn Custom Solutions

It’s hard to escape the hype: Quick, easy weight loss can be yours for a low, low price. Just try the latest pill, powder or potion.
Pursuing a healthy lifestyle that promotes good weight management has to be tailor-made for each individual. Do you sit at a desk all day? Take care of children or parents? Eat out a lot for work?
But as you work through your individual challenges, one of several common issues may be holding you back from your weight-loss goals. Do you need more information or better motivation, or is it time for medical intervention? Read below to learn solutions for weight loss.

Summer Road Trip Tips

Summer is a great time to take a road trip, but don’t leave your common sense at home. Pack up your vehicle with the gear you need to be ready for anything. 
Even if you’re just headed around the corner, it’s a good idea to have a first-aid kit in your car at all times. You can buy a ready-made kit or put together your own. Learn what the American Red Cross says you should always have with you. 

Know The Signs Of Concussion

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates there are as many as 3.8 million sports- and recreation-related concussions in the United States every year. While concussions are a risk in school sports with frequent collisions, such as football, any athletic environment can be dangerous. A CT scan or MRI often cannot detect a concussion, defined as a hard blow or bump to the head or to the body that makes the head whip around. The athlete may not even lose consciousness.
Read to learn the signs of a concussion and how GMC is helping athletes through the ImPACT Concussion Management Program.