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Joint Replacement “Graduates” Dance the Night Away


Five years ago, Steven Berry could not even walk, let alone dance. “Every time I put my foot on the ground, it hurt so much I could hardly stand it,” says the Buncombe, Ill. resident. After undergoing a total knee replacement at Saint Francis Medical Center ...
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After-Surgery Care


When you have surgery, it is important that you follow every step of your surgeon’s instructions in caring for your incision site. “The No. 1 reason why patients experience problems is because they are not doing what their surgeon told them to do,” says Janna ...
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The Right Door

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Saint Francis Medical Center is always thinking of how better to accommodate its patients, their families and visitors. The “Right Way” program involves numbering our points of entrance, revamping internal signage and reinforcing assistance from our staff to our visitors. “As the Medical Center has rapidly expanded, ...
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New Minimally Invasive Valve Replacement Surgery


Aortic stenosis occurs when the heart’s aortic valve narrows, making it difficult for the valve to open and close properly and obstructing blood flow to the heart. People with severe aortic stenosis need a valve replacement, traditionally performed through open-heart surgery. Recently, Saint Francis Medical Center ...
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What is a Hospitalist?


While your primary care physician typically is the “hub” of your healthcare management in everyday life, a hospitalist will manage your care while you are an inpatient at Saint Francis Medical Center. A hospitalist is an internal medicine or family practice physician who only treats ...
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Diagnosing Cystic Fibrosis


Cystic fibrosis is a disorder that causes severe damage to the lungs and digestive system. Early detection can make a big difference in the treatment of this life-threatening condition. Doctors routinely screen newborns for cystic fibrosis using a blood test that checks for abnormally high levels ...
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Treat Bursitis With Rest and Medication


Bursitis is when the fluid-filled sacs – called bursa – between your bones, muscles and tendons become inflamed. It most commonly occurs in the shoulders, elbows and hips and can cause a great amount of pain. However, with proper treatment, it usually goes away within ...
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Exercise in Short Bursts


Studies have shown that exercising for short periods of time can be just as good for your health as exercising for 30 minutes or more. One of these studies focused on people who have prehypertension – a condition that is the precursor to high blood ...
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Lung Cancer Risk Factors


While smoking is the No. 1 risk factor for lung cancer, smokers are not the only people who fall prey to this serious disease. Secondhand smoke, exposure to asbestos and radon, air pollution, tuberculosis and genetics can all contribute to a person’s risk for lung ...
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From a Size 3X to a Medium

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For Monica Coleman, obesity has always been a fact of life. Both her parents were overweight, and as a child she struggled with weight issues. At one point, she weighed about 250 pounds and was frustrated with all the diets she tried, as well as ...
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