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Current News from Methodist Hospital for Surgery

Jan
16
2014

Methodist Hospital for Surgery Partners with Texas Surgeon for Operation Walk USA

On Monday, December 2, Christmas came early for Shelia K., of Bella Vista, AR, and Susan S., of Waxahachie, TX, when they received the unique gift of surgery, courtesy of Methodist Hospital for Surgery, orthopedic surgeon specialist, Dr. Kurt Rathjen, and charitable surgical program, Operation Walk USA.

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Jan
13
2014

MHFS Offers a Pre-Operative Joint Wellness Class

While surgery can be a stressful and sometimes frightening event, Methodist Hospital for Surgery (MHFS) is working to take the uncertainty out of joint replacement surgery by offering a pre-operative class to its patients. This unique class, offered since June 2012, has served more than 400 patients and their families.

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Dec
10
2013

Importance of Handwashing Highlighted this Month

This year, National Handwashing Awareness Week is observed December 1-7, 2013. Campaigns associated with this annual event highlight the importance of proper handwashing in preventing the spread of communicable diseases, including the flu, common cold, pink eye, pneumonia and strep throat, to name a few.

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Nov
13
2013

The Great American Smokeout is in November

The American Cancer Society marks the Great American Smokeout each year on the third Thursday of November and encourages smokers to use the date to make a plan to quit, or to plan in advance and quit smoking that day. Quitting smoking lowers the risk of diabetes, lets blood vessels work better, and helps the heart and lungs. Studies show that quitting while you are younger will reduce your health risks more, but quitting at any age can give back years of life that would be lost by continuing to smoke.

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Oct
14
2013

Joint Wellness Program at Methodist Hospital for Surgery

In order to better serve its patients, Methodist Hospital for Surgery has created a joint wellness program to teach patients and their families about what to expect before, during and after a surgical procedure. The program was launched earlier in the summer with the intention of reducing potential fear and anxiety for each person coming to the hospital, regardless of if they are a patient or a caregiver.

Central to the program is a joint class, which is taught by Candace Callegan, who brings over 25 years of nursing experience to the job of joint coordinator. In the class, Callegan walks patients and caregivers through the joint replacement process, including helping with the coordination of their pre-op testing and ensuring they have medical clearance prior to their procedure.

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Sep
16
2013

September is Healthy Aging Month

Healthy Aging Month takes place each September and is an annual observance month designed to focus national attention on the positive aspects of growing older. The main objective of Healthy Aging Month is to provide inspiration, encouragement and practical ideas for adults, ages 50-plus, to improve their physical, mental, social and financial well-being.

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Aug
26
2013

September is Pain Awareness Month

Each September, the American Chronic Pain Association (ACPA) observes Pain Awareness Month in an effort to raise awareness about the 100 million Americans suffering from chronic pain. The ACPA is committed to raising awareness through mass media, public forums and other sources so that chronic pain may be readily recognized, better understood without the traditional stigma attached, and more fittingly treated and managed.

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Jul
19
2013

July is Juvenile Arthritis Awareness Month

While many Americans believe arthritis is a condition that only affects older people, the reality is that nearly 300,000 children in America also receive a diagnosis of arthritis. To bring awareness to this condition, the Arthritis Foundation designated July as Juvenile Arthritis Awareness Month. With proper diagnosis and early treatment, serious and permanent damage to a child’s joints can be prevented, and they can go on to live an active, healthy life.

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Jun
14
2013

June Is Men’s Health Month

Each year in June, Men’s Health Month is celebrated across the country with screenings, health fairs, media appearances, and other health education and outreach activities. The purpose of Men’s Health Month is to heighten awareness of preventable problems and encourage early detection and disease treatment among men and boys. The centerpiece of Men’s Health Month is National Men’s Health week, a special awareness period passed by Congress and signed into law on May 31, 1994.

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May
17
2013

May is National Arthritis Month

Each May, the Arthritis Foundation sponsors a nationwide team event called the Arthritis Walk that raises funds to fight arthritis. The event typically takes place during the month of May in conjunction with National Arthritis Month and helps raise awareness for the approximately 50 million Americans who suffer from the pain, cost, and disability of arthritis. During May, the Arthritis Foundation calls on the nation to take action against arthritis, America’s leading cause of disability.

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Apr
12
2013

Occupational Therapy Month

Each April, the Occupational Therapy Association, Inc., celebrates Occupational Therapy Month. During this occasion, the importance of occupational therapists and the work they do is showcased. Occupational therapists help people, ranging from the babies and young children to the elderly, participate in the things they want and need to do through the therapeutic use of everyday activities.

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Mar
29
2013

Seasonal Allergies – Nothing to Sneeze At

Most people have one of two reactions to the end of winter and the beginning of spring: anticipation and excitement that the cold months are over and warmer weather is coming. Or complete dread because for them (40 million Americans) springtime equals seasonal allergies, a stuffy nose and itchy, watery eyes. While there is no out-right cure for seasonal allergies, there are steps to make the transition into spring a little more comfortable.

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