Category Archives: Health News

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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Getting a Leg Up on Sciatica

Posted on: January 31, 2017

You get up from bed or turn to speak to someone — and sudden burning pain shoots down one leg. There’s a good chance you may have sciatica, a condition diagnosed approximately three million times a year in America, and caused by a specific type of injury to the sciatic nerve. Here, I inform you about sciatica’s causes, sciatica symptoms and remarkably high rates of recovery. By John Abrahams, MD, FAANS, Chief of Neurosurgery and Co-Director of Spine Surgery at the Orthopedic and Spine Institute, Northern Westchester Hospital (NWH).

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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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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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Flu Season Protection

Posted on: December 5, 2016

If you haven’t already scheduled your flu shot, now is the time. Gaining full immunity can take about two weeks, and you want to make sure you’re protected before flu symptoms begin circulating in your community. By Dr. Debra Spicehandler, Co-Chief of Infectious Disease at Northern Westchester Hospital.

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