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Friday, February 27, 2015

Elder Care Tips for Oklahoma Residents

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If you're currently living in the United States, there is a very good chance that you'll eventually find yourself responsible for the care of an elderly loved one. According to the Administration on Aging, there were 39.6 million people aged 65 or over in the country in 2009, about 12.4% of the entire population. That number has only grown as the years have passed, and some estimates claim that 19% of the population will be 65 or older by 2030. 

Oklahoma residents are no different from others in the country, and if you suddenly find yourself responsible for the care of an elderly relative it can feel a little overwhelming. You are taking on a huge responsibility, but with the right planning, you and your elderly loved one can lead fulfilling and peaceful lives. Before you take up your role as a caregiver, we at Summit Medical Center suggest that you remember these things:

You still need to care for yourself

When you're caring for a loved one, their health and well-being will always be a top priority, but it's always important for you to take care of yourself at the same time. Don't be afraid to ask for help from other friends and family members if you feel that you need a break from caregiving duties, and give yourself some time to relax and pursue a hobby or other interest.

Your home (or their home) needs to be as safe as possible

Maybe you only have to check on your relative a few times a week; maybe they have to stay with you permanently; maybe it'll be a mixture of both. There are some simple things you can do at home that can make it safe for your loved one. Put stick-on night lights in the hallway to ensure that they don't trip in the dark hallway. Also, take any loose decorative rugs and hallway runners out of your home. Full carpets are the best option, as other things are easy to slip or trip on. If they have trouble moving around safely, you may need to invest in a walker, cane, or other medical device. 

See if you need additional medical help

Some people start experiencing minor health problems as they age – such as urinary incontinence and high blood pressure – that can easily be controlled with medication and doctor's visits. However, there are other medical problems that can be more serious. Talk to your relative's doctor about your plans to care for them, and see if they recommend having a nurse visit them occasionally. If your loved one frequently complains of pain, look into different pain management doctors in Oklahoma City to keep them comfortable. Always be sure that they have regular doctor's appointments if they have a medical condition. Nursing can be good for some conditions, but regular doctor's visits are important. 

If you are planning on becoming a caregiver for a relative, set up an appointment for them with us at Summit Medical Center. We can help ease them into the process and ensure that they are pain free!

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Wednesday, February 4, 2015

The Myths and Realities of Weight Loss Surgery

If you've been thinking about getting bariatric surgery in Oklahoma, you aren't alone. According to the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery, about 179,000 people had a bariatric surgery in 2013 – and that number has been growing steadily for years. Because bariatric surgery is so popular, there are a lot of myths and misconceptions about what it is and what results the average person can expect. If you or a loved one is considering weight loss surgery in the future, you'll want to know everything about the procedure beforehand.

At Summit Medical Center, we're here to clear up some of the prevailing myths on the subject:

Myth: Bariatric surgery is a stomach staple

A stomach staple is only one of the many surgical procedures termed "bariatric," and these procedures employ a variety of methods. Some can reduce the functioning size of the stomach, and others bypass parts of the digestive tract, which reduces the absorption of calories and nutrients. Each kind of surgery has its own unique benefits, and one of our esteemed doctors will help you find the one that is best for your health.

Myth: Bariatric surgery is very dangerous

Every surgery will involve some kind of health risk – even very minor procedures that occur in a doctor's office. There have been a number of advances in the world of weight loss surgery, and each one is designed to improve the safety of the patients. Recent developments in this field of surgery have resulted in faster healing, less scarring, and even less pain and recovery time after the surgery is over.

When you consider the benefits of weight loss surgery, some risks can seem more than worth it. After all, many of the people considering the surgery are morbidly obese and face related conditions such as diabetes, hypertension, high blood pressure, sleep apnea, and breathing problems. All of these can significantly shorten your lifespan, so you're taking a risk if you don't get the surgery.

Myth: Bariatric surgery is a quick fix

Some people think that weight loss surgery means that they'll be able to instantly shed pounds and not have to make any serious lifestyle changes. However, these procedures are not a substitute for diet and exercise; weight loss surgery is a last resort when traditional methods have failed. In fact, your doctor will have you on a very strict diet and exercise regimen after the surgery (especially during the first few months) to manage your weight loss and keep you healthy. So make no mistake: bariatric surgery is a big-time commitment. The good news is that the reward of a healthy body and a longer lifespan are well worth it!

If you think that bariatric surgery might be the right choice for you, call or contact us at Summit Medical Center today to set up a consultation!