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Friday, December 21, 2012

Oklahoma Neurosurgery Improving General Health

Everything in your body is connected to your brain via your central nervous system. Although these neural pathways aren't always direct, the fact that they exist at all is indicative of how much the brain matters when it comes to your health. Problems that affect your entire body may be rooted in issues inside your skull, or complications in certain specific parts of the body may lead to brain complications. Our Oklahoma neurosurgery practice helps patients overcome various health issues by searching for their root causes inside the brain and in the rest of the nervous system.

Neurosurgery is an important treatment method that helps us provide medical care without resorting to the heavy handed approaches of decades and centuries past. By examining conditions inside the brain, spinal column, spinal cord, and other nerve clusters, we can learn about the overall state of the body as well as pinpoint the causes of specific health issues by seeing which nerves they affect. This diagnostic approach not only helps figure out why things are going wrong but how different complications relate to each other as well.

Since neurons are so small, the surgical techniques used to treat them are often far less invasive than those directed at larger tissue structures and organs. We couple these delicate procedures with advanced diagnostic and treatment techniques like MRI scanning and stereotactic surgery, ensuring that we can paint a clearer picture of the issues before we work to correct them.

Some techniques like the angioplasties that we use to widen blocked arteries and the aneurysm clippings that reduce the possibility of blood vessel rupture, are impossible to complete safely without advanced neurosurgery techniques. Our commitment to improving Oklahoma neurosurgery practices by including and advancing these techniques in a professional clinical setting is key to our ability to help patients recover from life-threatening injuries without experiencing post-treatment complications.


Monday, December 10, 2012

Protecting Eyesight for a Lifetime of Good Vision

The gift of perfect vision is a desirable one that is now achievable for most people throughout their lives. With the advanced technology offered by a professional ophthalmologist in Oklahoma, eye diseases and abnormal conditions can be easily treated with minimal discomfort. The state-of-the-art equipment available at Summit Medical Center includes advanced systems that help diagnose and treat a variety of issues including glaucoma, cataracts, ocular cancer and disorders of the retina and cornea. Our trained in-house staff consists of doctors and technicians that are all well-skilled in treating a variety of eye ailments. Each patient receives personalized attention and a medical diagnosis that addresses their needs.

Benefits of Regular Ophthalmologist Appointments

As a person ages, the condition of the eyes often deteriorates. In many cases, this decline is a gradual process that can go unnoticed for many years, but could eventually result in mild to severe loss of vision. With early detection, however, the ability to predict and treat eye disease and vision disorders greatly increases. Cataracts, for example, are a common ailment that can now be easily removed, resulting in vision that is restored to normal levels. Adults who visit an ophthalmologist on a yearly basis will benefit by keeping abreast of any changes in their eyes and children who exhibit abnormal problems should also be seen by a licensed practitioner.

Types of Treatable Eye Conditions

At the first sign of any change in the eyes, such as oozing, severe redness or swelling, an ophthalmologist should be consulted immediately. The symptoms may be caused by an infection that can be treated with antibiotics, ointments or other prescribed medications. Glaucoma is an eye disorder that affects the optic nerve and, if left untreated, may result in loss of peripheral vision or blindness. The condition can be treated with surgery or medications. Cataracts are caused by a buildup of protein and fluid in the eye that causes cloudy vision. There are several types of cataracts, each requiring a specific treatment that may include surgery, prescription lenses or medication. Other types of eye disorders, such as macular degeneration, can be serious but may be treatable during early stages of the disease.

By visiting professionals at Summit Medical Center regularly, many of the worst vision problems can be avoided and patients can enjoy a high quality of life. Oklahoma ophthalmology can ensure that those with developing eye issues can be treated, allowing them to retain the quality of their vision longer than ever before.


Thursday, December 6, 2012

The Smart Way to Handle Muscular Injuries

Stresses and strains to the muscular system shouldn't be taken lightly. While it's not unusual to try to shake it off if you don't think you're really hurt--and you know your own body well enough to tell--certain types of injuries can be deceptive. Rather than trying to distinguish a simple ache from a more acute injury, you should take precautions until you can verify that the problem is not severe. To be on the safe side, even a minor twist of the joint or sudden sprain should be taken seriously.

When you may have been injured, the first thing to do is to

  1. Cease activity right away, and don't try to work through it
  2. Rest the injury, treat it with ice and a compress, and elevate it to relieve the swelling
  3. If the injury doesn't get better, see a doctor

If experiencing a lot of pain, decreased motion range, joint swelling, instability, deformity, or are simply not getting any better, you should put aside your misgivings and meet with a medical professional. They will most likely order an X-ray to determine the presence or extent of any damage and may, if necessary, recommend an orthopedic specialist.

Far too many of us wrestle with injury and pain on a daily basis under the misguided notion that it's not that bad. These ailments only worsen and end up causing serious health issues down the line that could have been avoided in part or entirely. An orthopedic specialist should be sought out as early as possible to ensure proper treatments can be applied.

When it comes to orthopedics in Oklahoma City, Summit Medical Center offers comprehensive medical services that go well beyond simple pain management. We have an experienced medical team ready to diagnose and treat your condition and symptoms and get you back to doing the things you love. We are dedicated to providing our community the finest healthcare in a safe, comfortable environment.