Methodist Hospital for Surgery Welcomes New President

In October 2014, Methodist Hospital for Surgery proudly welcomed Dan Gideon, FACHE, as its new president who has since been working to implement new programs and enhance current offerings. With almost 30 years of experience leading and managing hospitals and ambulatory surgery centers, Gideon is well-equipped to guide Methodist Hospital for Surgery toward continued success, which is ultimately expressed in quality outcomes and patient satisfaction.

“Becoming President of Methodist Hospital for Surgery is an incredible opportunity,” Gideon said. “In this role, I’m able to act as a leading influence in one of the nation’s most respected surgical facilities, and I trust that my team and I can find additional opportunities for its success.”

In the course of his 27-year career, Gideon has held the titles of chief executive officer, chief operating officer and chief financial officer, and has worked with both for-profit and not-for-profit organizations, to include hospitals and hospital management companies. Prior to joining Methodist Hospital for Surgery, he served as a group vice president for Nueterra and, during that time, was responsible for the overall operations of hospitals and ambulatory surgery centers in the Texas area.

Methodist Hospital for Surgery is one of the nation’s leading establishments for a variety of surgeries and is most noted for spinal and orthopedic procedures. In recognition of their excellent performance, the hospital has received the following awards: Healthgrades® Patient Safety Excellent AwardTM, Top 10% in the Nation for Public Safety, America’s 100 Best Hospitals for Spine SurgeryTM, Spine Surgery Excellence Award, Joint Replacement Excellence AwardTM, Top 10% in the Nation for Joint Replacement, Five-Star Recipient for Total Knee Replacement (2013, 2014), Five-Star Recipient for Back Surgery, Five-Star Recipient for Spinal Fusion Surgery (2013, 2014).

“This hospital has an incredible reputation, and it’s one I intend to reinforce and help expand,” said Gideon. “With advanced tools and equipment in the hands of award-winning surgeons and physicians, we have everything needed to continue performing as one of the country’s best hospitals.”

How Joint Wellness Classes Are Empowering Patients

For most people who are nervous about the idea of surgery, it is the fear of the unknown that concerns them most. No one likes to enter a situation with unanswered questions, but the feeling is seriously compounded when you add things like anesthesia and recovery to the equation.

To help ease surgery-related fears, Methodist Hospital for Surgery has developed a joint wellness class called Improving Your Moving. This free class is available to all Methodist Hospital for Surgery patients undergoing total hip or knee replacement and is taught by the hospital’s joint and spine coordinator, Candace Callegan, RN.

Total joint replacement is a unique surgery in that it is generally not an emergency; this means patients have time to plan, prepare and voice their concerns, which means they’ll know exactly what to expect going into surgery. In this one-day class, patients will learn numerous surgery-related topics, including how to prepare the home, what patients can expect on arrival and after discharge, what medications to take and avoid and how to manage pain.

Methodist Hospital for Surgery has been offering this class to patients for nearly three years, and the response has been tremendous. Most patients leave the class with a sense of relief, knowing what they can expect in surgery, and many have responded saying everything happened in just the way she said it would.

“By eliminating the fear of the unknown and getting all their questions answered, patients are better prepared,” explains Callegan. “Because they know what to expect, they can play an active role in their recovery, which leads to better outcomes.”

Dan Gideon, president of Methodist Hospital for Surgery, adds, “The overall patient experience is enhanced when the patient population is well informed because it reduces anxiety for both the patient and their family. With less energy given to worry, patients are better able to put their energy toward recovery.”

Patients are also encouraged to bring a friend or family member to class as their “coach.” By attending class alongside the patient, the “coach” is armed with the same knowledge and can help the patient in preparing for surgery and during recovery as well.

As a destination medical center for orthopedic surgery, Methodist Hospital for Surgery has a commitment to provide patients with the best possible medical care. The joint wellness class demonstrates this commitment by providing patients with information that empowers them and leads to an overall positive surgical experience.

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Methodist Hospital for Surgery named in top 10

Methodist Hospital for Surgery was recently named one of the top 10 cleanest hospitals in Dallas by Becker’s Hospital Review.  Patient care, quality and satisfaction are of the utmost importance and Methodist Hospital for Surgery is honored to be recognized.

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Understanding Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

What exactly is carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS)? The carpal tunnel is a narrow passageway of ligament and bone at the base of the hand and it houses the median nerve, which runs through the forearm into the palm. CTS occurs when the median nerve becomes compressed or squeezed at the carpal tunnel site.

As for the “why,” call it a common condition of living. We use our hands every day; eventually, wear and tear sets in, which is one reason CTS is generally associated with older adults. Pregnancy is actually another common cause. During pregnancy, excessive fluid can cause tissue swelling and pressure on the nerve.

So everyday use of the hands is the most common culprit for CTS, but certain medical conditions can also leave patients predisposed to the disorder. In addition to pregnancy, these include diabetes, some auto-immune arthritic conditions and untreated thyroid disease. Some experts believe that occupations involving heavy vibration to the hand, such as use of a jack hammer or consistent and repetitive forceful gripping, may also lead to CTS.

If you suspect you have CTS, look for the most common symptom:

numbness or tingling in the fingers

You may notice it throughout the day, while sleeping or when you first wake up. If untreated the numbness can eventually become permanent and lead to motor loss or weakness.

The first level of treatment for CTS is almost always a wrist brace, which keeps the wrist still and gives the affected tendons opportunity to heal, and may be used in conjunction with non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications. If symptoms persist or become moderate to severe, patients can either receive a cortisone shot into the carpal tunnel or be recommended for surgery.

Corrective surgery for CTS is almost always effective, provided the diagnosis is correct and the patient did not wait too long to receive treatment. Carpal tunnel surgery is an outpatient procedure that uses local anesthesia and takes only five or so minutes to complete. Patients receive a couple of stitches and a small dressing on the hand and are instructed to not use their hand for two weeks while the wound heals.

Want to discuss possible carpal tunnel issues with an orthopedic specialist at Methodist Hospital for Surgery? Call us today at 469-248-3900.

How to Choose Between a Podiatric Versus Orthopedic Surgeon

Navigating America’s healthcare system can be a daunting task, especially when patients are faced with choosing a specialist to address their specific need. Further complicating the matter is having to choose between two specialists that seem similar, like a podiatric versus orthopedic surgeon. What is the difference? And how is a patient to know which is the better choice for their specific condition?

According to Kevin Myer, a doctor of podiatric medicine at Methodist Hospital for Surgery (MHFS), there are probably more similarities than differences between these two specialties. In terms of practicality, a general orthopedic surgeon is capable of treating all bones, joints and soft tissues of the body, while a podiatrist is focused on the foot and ankle specifically. Additionally, a foot and ankle orthopedist is going to manage aspects of the foot and ankle that pertain to the bones, soft tissues and joints of the foot and ankle, while a podiatric doctor actually manages all these same aspects, as well as the dermatology and biomechanics of the foot and ankle.

Dr. Myer also points out that, from an educational background, the core difference between the two specialties is that orthopedic doctors specialize in medical and surgical management of all the bones and joints of the entire body, while podiatric doctors focus on the foot and ankle from day one of podiatric medical school and thereafter in residency. Although podiatric and orthopedic training is very similar in terms of core sciences and exposure to various medical specialties in residency training, the podiatrist approaches each phase of his medical school and residency training with an emphasis on the foot and ankle.

So which choice should a patient make between an orthopedic versus a podiatric surgeon?

Whether the patient is having a bunion fixed or an ankle fracture repaired, if they are working with a well-trained podiatric or orthopedic surgeon, Dr. Myer believes the outcome will be similar between the two specialists because they were trained with similar principles and utilize the same equipment to accomplish the repair.

A patient should always choose a specialist in whom they are completely confident, but Dr. Myer recommends that, when it comes to specific treatments of the foot and ankle, a patient should probably not opt for treatment from a general orthopedist. A podiatric or orthopedic foot and ankle surgeon is highly specialized in treating specific areas, whereas the general orthopedist is likely more adept at managing hips, knees and shoulders, as opposed to the foot and ankle.

If you are in need of a podiatric or orthopedic specialist, Dr. Myer praises the expertise represented at MHFS in his fellow colleagues, as well as their genuine care and concern in addressing the medical problem at hand and not just performing another surgery. If you would like to schedule an appointment to speak to a podiatric or orthopedic specialist, please call 469-248-3900.

Launch of New Spine Surgery Program

We just experienced an exciting moment in the life of our hospital!  Our new Spine Surgery Program kicked off on Tuesday, May 6, with our first Spine Wellness Class.  The turnout was wonderful to see, and we were thrilled to hear several patients comment that their concerns were alleviated.

The Spine Wellness Class is led by Candace Callegan, Nurse Navigator.  Candace has more than 27 years of experience in nursing.  Her positive, practical, and humorous presentation helps patients to understand the recovery process and gives them the confidence to quickly return to an active lifestyle.

The Spine Surgery Program offers a broad spectrum of surgical and interventional treatments making the program appropriate for chronic pain patients and surgical candidates alike.  Patients of the program will have the ongoing support of Candace who will guide them through the entirety of their treatment.