Category Archives: Health News

Caregivers and Loved Ones – It’s Time to Fight Back against Movement Disorders

Posted on: April 17, 2017

Being diagnosed with a movement disorder such as Parkinson’s can lead to an entirely different way of life for both patient and caregiver. Those diagnosed, may experience slight tremors in the hands or limbs, which may signal the first sign of the disease. Over time, motions may become limited and speech may soften or become less pronounced. Husbands, wives, children and friends often become the caregivers – tending to their loved ones needs, but sometimes forgetting that they too need to be cared for. If you, or someone you love, is diagnosed with a movement disorder it’s important to get the support you need before the disease starts to affect your quality of life. Whether you are a patient or caregiver, read on to learn about opportunities within your community that will empower you to fight back against movement disorders. By Michael Silverman, Director of Rehabilitation and Wellness at Northern Westchester Hospital’s (NWH) Chappaqua Crossing.

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Tips for Kidney Stone Prevention

Posted on: March 20, 2017

You probably know that kidney stones can be painful. What you may not know is that they often form in response to our eating habits, and so can frequently be prevented. Read on to learn how making simple dietary changes can help reduce your risk of forming a stone. By Dr. Warren Bromberg, FACS, Chief of the Urology Division and Co-Director of the Institute for Robotic and Minimally Invasive Surgery at Northern Westchester Hospital.

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Finding Relief from Acid Reflux Disease

Posted on: February 20, 2017

Your stomach produces acid in order to digest food. If things go properly, that acid remains in your stomach, finally passing into your intestines. However, if you have acid reflux disease, also known as gastroesophageal reflux disease or GERD, stomach acid leaks backward and upward, “refluxing” into the esophagus, the tube leading from your mouth to your stomach. By Darren I. Rohan, MD, FACS, Westchester Regional Director of Thoracic Surgery for Northwell Health at Northern Westchester Hospital, Mt. Kisco, NY and Phelps Memorial Hospital, Sleepy Hollow, NY

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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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