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How do You Decide If You Really Need Surgery?

How do you know when surgery is right for you? In some cases, doctors use surgery as a preventative measure, and in others, it's a last resort. Dr. Kamran Parsa shares how to weigh your options and decide if surgery is best for you.


The Important Warning Signs of a Stroke

If you have a stroke, getting medical care as quickly as possible can help prevent death or minimize the lasting effects of stroke. Michelle Irving discusses why it is important for you to know the signs and symptoms of a stroke, risk factors and identify what you need to do in case you or a loved is suffering a stroke.


How to Choose the Right Weight-Loss Surgery For You

When diet and exercise have not worked, there’s an alternative. John Yadegar, MD, Medical Director of the Bariatric Program at Palmdale Regional Medical Center, discusses how to choose the weight loss surgery that might be right for you.


Snoring: It's More Common Than You Think

Have you been told by your partner you snore? According to the Sleep Foundation approximately 90 million American adults, 37 million on a regular basis. Dr. Ruwanthi Campano gives her best advice on treatments options for those that snore and their loved ones that have to listen to it.


Latest Treatments for Inflammatory Bowel Disease: Crohn’s Disease and Ulcerative Colitis

Many people are confused when it comes to the differences between inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), Crohn's disease, and ulcerative colitis (UC), and whether they will have to accept a new normal in their life. Gastroenterologists at Palmdale Regional Medical Center diagnose and treat diseases of the stomach, intestines and related organs, including the esophagus, stomach, liver and pancreas. These physicians are highly trained and educated on inflammatory bowel disease (ulcerative...


Are You Prepared for an Emergency? Palmdale Regional Medical Center is!

According to the CDC, only about half of adults in the United States have the resources and plans in place for a possible emergency. Families can make emergencies less stressful by preparing in advance and working together as a team. Before making your disaster plan, it is important to know what types of emergencies are likely in your area and the best way to respond. It is also important to know what type of emergency services are available in your community, so that you know who to turn...


What to Expect in the ICU & PCU

Most people are familiar with the ICU in hospitals, however they may not be aware of all of the services offered at an ICU. They may also not be aware of what patients and their families can expect when a loved one has to be admitted to the ICU. Here to speak with us today about what to expect in the ICU and PCU is Sharon Ormsby. She is the Director of the ICU, PCU and Cath Lab at Palmdale Regional Medical Center.


What is a Patient Advocate?

The staff at Palmdale Regional Medical Center wants you to have the best possible care by those treating you. They also want you to know what your rights are as a patient, as well as what your obligations are to yourself, your physician and the hospital. Being your own best advocate can help to ensure better outcomes. Here to tell us about the importance pf patient advocacy is Jeanetta McDow, she is the Director, Patient Experience/Service Excellence.


Hyperbaric Medicine for Non Healing Wounds

Chronic wounds caused by diabetes, poor circulation or other conditions affect about 6.5 million Americans every year, according to the National Institutes of Health, and keep them from enjoying their favorite activities. If you have a chronic, non-healing wound, the staff at the Center for Wound Care and Hyperbaric Medicine can help you get back to the activities you enjoy. Dedicated doctors and nurses specialize in treating non-healing wounds, including those that have resisted healing...


Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) For Musculoskeletal Injuries

Platelet Rich Plasma therapy (PRP) is a new non-operative treatment option that may relieve the pain of certain musculoskeletal conditions by naturally promoting long lasting healing with the bodies own platelets. In this segment, Dr Katayoun Motlagh discusses platelet rich plasma as a means to aid in the rehabilitation of chronic tendon injuries , acute ligament and muscle injuries, or knee arthritis.


What Do Case Managers and Social Workers Provider for Patients?

If you have selected Palmdale Regional Medical Center to provide your medical care, know that employees at Palmdale Regional Medical Center are committed to service excellence. Their goals are to provide you with high quality care, and make your stay as comfortable as possible. Case management services at Palmdale Regional Medical Center can help patients and their families cope with the problems and stress that can often accompany illness or hospitalization. Registered nurse case...


When Should You Consider Chiropractic Treatment?

According to the American Chiropractic Association, chiropractic is a health care profession that focuses on disorders or the musculoskeletal system and the nervous system. Typically, a chiropractor uses techniques to treat Nero musculoskeletal issues such as back and neck pain, pain in the joints, and headaches. If you've have pain in your joints, neck, or back, or have debilitating headaches you might want to consider seeing a chiropractor. What are the positive effects of...


Robotic Surgery for Prostate Cancer

The National Cancer Institute estimates there are almost 200,000 newly diagnosed cases of prostate cancer in the United States annually. Prostate cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in men in the United States with approximately 28,000 men dying of it each year. Listen as Dr. Jaspreet Parihar, urological oncologist and a member of the Medical Staff at Palmdale Regional Medical Center, discusses Prostate Cancer and the use of robotic surgery as an option for treatment that...


Palliative Care for Symptom Management

Many people mistakenly think that palliative care is the same as hospice care and so they may be reluctant to seek advice about palliative care. However, it is important medical care that focuses on people who are seriously ill. It is meant to help patients get relief from their symptoms, pain and stress; whatever their diagnosis. Listen as Dr. Manjula G. Vaghjiani, board certified internist and member of the medical staff at Palmdale Regional Medical Center, discusses palliative care...


Quality and Outcomes In the Hospital Setting

With all the changes in the United States healthcare system, it can be very confusing for the consumer when looking for a medical facility to meet their needs. Hospital systems are always evolving and finding new ways to serve their community. More and more savvy consumers are asking for detailed information on quality of care and outcome measurements of hospitals. Kyle Cologne, MD, a , is here to discuss the changes being made to to the healthcare system and how they affect you the...


Pelvic Physical Therapy

Pelvic Floor Physical Therapy can be a crucial part of someone’s complete medical care. The pelvic floor acts like a hammock that supports your bladder, uterus, vagina, and rectum. When this becomes weak, due to pregnancy, illness or other reason, it can go through rehab just as any other group of muscles. Andrea Wise, PT, is here to teach you how to exercise and strengthen your pelvic floor muscles for better control of urologic functions.


What is Cervical Disc Arthroplasty?

Arthroplasty is an orthopedic surgical procedure where the articular surface of a musculoskeletal joint is replaced, remodeled, or realigned by osteotomy or some other procedure. Loss of space between your cervical vertebrae from cervical disk degeneration, or wear and tear, is common. Cervical disks begin to collapse and bulge with age; this happens to most people by age 60. Cervical disk replacement surgery involves removing a diseased cervical disk and replacing it with an artificial...