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Articles by Sharp Grossmont Hospital Health News Team

If you have exhausted all nonoperative treatments for arthritis of the hip or knee, then it may be time to consult an orthopedic surgeon about joint replacement surgery. Many patients who have hip and knee replacements report significant improvements in mobility and quality of life.

One of the early steps that is critical in your success is preparing your home for recovery after the operation. Astrid Le-Touzic, orthopedic program manager at Sharp Grossmont Hospital, provides the following checklist to help prevent accidents that will prolong your recovery.

For Tom Corbett, the symptoms came on suddenly and were quite bothersome.

He frequently experienced an overwhelming urge to empty his bladder, and would urinate an average of 12 times a day.

“When I traveled, I had to plan out where and when I could stop to pee,” says the 66-year-old retired systems engineer. “I would get up three or four times in the middle of the night to relieve myself. It got to the point that I avoided drinking for fear of constant urinating. As a result, I would get dehydrated.”

The shoulder is the body’s most mobile joint and allows for a wide range of movements, but as a result, it is the easiest joint to dislocate. Shoulder dislocations account for nearly half of all dislocation visits to the emergency room.

Dr. Jonathan Myer, an orthopedic surgeon affiliated with Sharp Grossmont Hospital, specializes in treating shoulder- and sports-related injuries.

Below, Dr. Myer answers frequently asked questions on dislocated shoulders.

What is a dislocated shoulder?

In the past 30 years, advances in technology and treatment have significantly increased cancer survival rates.

However, despite progress in early detection methods, more men than women are likely to ignore cancer symptoms.

Dr. Barry Uhl, a radiation oncologist affiliated with Sharp Grossmont Hospital, says that men are also less likely to see a doctor on their own to get important screenings that detect cancer.
10 possible cancer symptoms men are likely to ignore

Imagine what it would feel like if your head was held underwater and you couldn’t get a full breath, or if you were so exhausted that you couldn’t muster up the energy for daily activities like laundry or grocery shopping. This is what life is like for many people living with COPD — but it doesn’t have to be that way.

What is COPD?

By Robyn Bullard

Special to the East County Californian

When I was around 12 years old, I watched a man in my hometown’s city park fall to the ground and have a tonic-clonic (grand mal) seizure — the most severe type.

People gathered around him, and I remember the severity of it and feeling that he would most certainly die.

I lived nearby and hurried home, thinking how sad it must be to be “that way.”

Also, as an uninformed kid, I assumed he was not all there mentally.

Although it is not as well-known as breast, lung or colon cancer, bladder cancer is among the top 10 most common types of cancer in the U.S.

More than 70,000 people are diagnosed with bladder cancer each year. Knowing the symptoms and early detection are vital to surviving this disease.

Dr. Youssef Tanagho, a urologist affiliated with Sharp Grossmont Hospital, specializes in diagnosing and treating bladder cancer.

Your heart is only about the size of your fist, but this small organ packs a big punch. Every day it beats 100,000 times, pumping blood to every part of the body through a network of vessels.

This blood delivers oxygen and nutrients to the body’s tissues and carries away waste products, which is necessary to sustain life. In other words, your heart keeps you alive.

The heart is an extraordinarily complex organ. To help understand how it works, think of a house.

Tens of thousands of women with breast cancer may now be able to skip chemotherapy.

According to a study in the New England Journal of Medicine, researchers found that women with smaller-sized tumors that have not spread to the lymph nodes — and who did not receive chemotherapy — did just as well as those who did.

For most cancer patients, remission is a time of renewal.

With treatment behind them, they can ease back into the life they knew. But with survivorship can come a new fear — the fear of cancer returning.

And worse, some see that fear come true.

When cancer comes back, it is considered a recurrence. It happens when some cancer cells — no matter how aggressively they were targeted — never truly go away.