Posted on: October 10, 2013
The Benefits of Laparoscopy are Particularly Apparent for Seniors
by Jerald Wishner, MD, FACS, FASCRS, Co-Director of the Institute for Robotic and Minimally Invasive Surgery at NWH.
Laparoscopic surgery offers many advantages when compared to similar procedures performed through a large open incision. Patients undergoing a laparoscopic surgery experience:
- less pain
- earlier return of intestinal function
- earlier ambulation
- shorter hospitals stays
- earlier return to their baseline activities
These advantages can be particularly important to the elderly.
Posted on: March 13, 2013
Aesthetic Oncology for Breast Cancer Patients
by Danielle DeLuca-Pytell, MD, FACS
In 2004, after completing a residency in plastic and reconstructive surgery at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, Texas, I came to Northern Westchester Hospital and the Institute of Aesthetic Surgery for a fellowship in cosmetic surgery. I had a broad base of training in all elements of plastic surgery there, and had also spent time at MD Anderson Cancer Center to study microsurgical reconstruction as well. When I came to the Institute, I learned about a whole different type of breast reconstruction I had never been exposed to before: lumpectomy reconstruction. What I saw was the elegant marriage of two unique specialties blending into one: aesthetic oncology.
Posted on: February 12, 2013
Struck by Stroke: Act FAST
by Dr. Akira Todo, Director, Stroke Program, Northern Westchester Hospital
When a stroke hits, the clock starts ticking: If patients get the right treatment within the next few hours, it can make all the difference in their chances for recovery. Many people don’t realize that we have really effective treatments for stroke.
Time is of the essence and knowing the symptoms of stroke is crucial. The National Stroke Association has come up with the easy-to-remember acronym FAST:
Posted on: January 7, 2013
It’s important for everyone to know that they have the power to help keep their health care costs down. When you have a greater understanding of the options available to you and become proactive in your health and wellness, you can save money and improve your overall quality of life.
Posted on: July 20, 2012
Nutrition for a Healthy Prostate
by Mary Gocke, RD, CDN
At NWH, Food is Care
Many factors including age, race, and genetics, influence a man’s risk for developing prostate cancer. Leading a sedentary lifestyle, eating a diet high in red meats and dairy products and low in fruits and vegetables also puts a man at a greater risk for prostate cancer. While age, race and genetics are beyond our control, certainly including daily exercise and choosing healthy food are something that we can control and improve upon. Obesity is thought to increase the chance of a recurrence.
The most effective food plan for the prevention of prostate cancer is low in red meat and dairy, and high in fruits and vegetables. A vegetarian diet has been shown to be effective in some cases.
Increases in dietary soy have been associated with a decreased risk of prostate cancer. However, concentrated soy extracts have not proven to be beneficial.
Broccoli has been shown in clinical trials to help prevent prostate cancer.
Drinking 8oz of pomegranate juice has been shown to be effective at stabilizing PSA, potentially delaying the growth of prostate cancer cells.
Several studies have shown that vitamin D can inhibit prostate cancer growth.
Please join us for our monthly talk about Prostate Health and Wellness presented by the Cancer Treatment and Wellness Center at Northern Westchester Hospital in collaboration with the American Cancer Society. Monthly topics can be found at http://nwhc.net/home/education-and-events/support-groups?headerbar=99#16