Category Archives: Expert Health Advice

Joint Replacements at Ambulatory Surgical Centers are the Next Frontier

Posted on: February 3, 2017

Today many patients undergoing knee surgery or hip surgery can often go home the same day.

By Eric L. Grossman, MD FAAOS, Co-Director, Joint Replacement Surgery, Orthopedics & Spine Institute, Northern Westchester Hospital

Eric Grossman, MDA recent article in The New York Times stated that physicians are deeply split about whether or not Medicare should allow outpatient knee replacements. While this is certainly a hot topic and a question Medicare is contemplating, orthopedic surgeons performing joint replacements at ambulatory surgical centers is the inevitable next frontier.

Joint replacement surgery—knee and hip in particular—has undergone a major renaissance in the last five to 10 years, particularly in the way we manage our patients. In the past, joint replacement surgery recovery required patients to spend several days in the hospital followed by a stay in a rehabilitation center. Today, due to advances in surgical techniques, implant technology, and anesthesia and pain management, recovery time for joint replacement surgery is much faster.

How is this possible?

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The Obesity Epidemic: Are We Addicted To Sugar?

Posted on: January 24, 2017

In my mind, as someone who has treated obesity for close to 20 years, the increasing consumption of simple carbohydrates leading to sugar addiction is a sentinel reason for the growing obesity epidemic. By Mitchell Roslin MD, Director of the Bariatric Surgery Program at Northern Westchester Hospital.

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Cervical Stenosis: Symptoms and Effective Treatments

Posted on: January 24, 2017

It may start as a slight clumsiness in picking up a coin or a subtle numbness in one hand. But that could signal the start of a serious problem that doesn’t originate in the hand at all, but rather in the cervical (neck) spine. In this post, I help you understand the condition called cervical stenosis and give you the good news about effective treatments. By Marshal D. Peris, MD, FAAOS, Co-Director, Spine Surgery, Orthopedic and Spine Institute, Northern Westchester Hospital

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Empowering Women with a Breast Cancer Risk Assessment

Posted on: January 16, 2017

Do you need a breast cancer risk assessment? If you are shaking your head “no” because you believe you have no breast cancer risk factors, prepare to be surprised. At least 75 percent of women in the U.S. who develop the disease are not high-risk; they are either low- or average-risk. That makes a breast cancer risk assessment essential for every woman. Here, I describe the crucial information you gain during an assessment, and how it empowers you to take action proven to substantially reduce your risk of developing breast cancer. By Dr. Karen Arthur, FACS, breast surgeon, Medical Director of The Breast Institute at Yorktown and Co-director of Northern Westchester Hospital’s new Breast Health Program.

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Pap Smears Save Lives

Posted on: January 4, 2017

If you’ve ever wondered what the “Pap” of “Pap smear” stands for, here’s the answer: It’s a shortened form of the name of the test’s inventor, George Papanicolaou. Papanicolaou discovered that normal and abnormal smears can be viewed under the microscope and be correctly classified, resulting in a significant decline in cervical cancer. But what if you do receive an abnormal smear result? Read on as I give you answers about what a Pap test consists of, the next step in the case of an abnormal result, and find comfort in the Pap test’s efficacy in saving women’s lives. By Elisa Burns, MD, FACOG, Director of Quality and Outcomes at the Institute for Robotic and Minimally Invasive Surgery, Northern Westchester Hospital

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