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Replacement Recovery Takes Joint Effort

Recovering from a joint replacement surgery is not a one-person job. “The most important aspect of a patient’s recovery is their support system – their family, friends and coaches that are going to be in the hospital with them,” says Patrick R. Knight, MD, orthopedic surgeon at Saint... Read more

Respiratory Care Program Earns Recognition

Saint Francis Medical Center has earned Quality Respiratory Care Recognition (QRCR) under a national program aimed at helping patients and families make informed decisions about the quality of the respiratory care services available in hospitals. Saint Francis has been a consecutive recipient of this award since... Read more

Restless Legs Syndrome Can Impair Sleep

Restless legs syndrome (RLS) is a disorder in which a person experiences a “creepy-crawly” feeling in his or her legs and has an irresistible urge to move them — most often when lying or sitting down. It is considered a sleep disorder because it can significantly... Read more

Reverse Diabetes Diagnosis

While you cannot completely erase the effects of Type 2 diabetes, you can significantly slow its progression and reduce your need to take diabetes-related medication. “The key is losing weight and establishing a regular exercise routine,” says Ahmad Z. Sheikh, MD, FACE, ECNU, CCD, endocrinologist, Saint Francis... Read more

Reverse Diabetes With Surgery

If you are obese (BMI greater than 35) and suffer from type 2 diabetes, weight loss surgery may be your best option. A recent Cleveland Clinic study found that many patients no longer had a need for insulin and medication after undergoing bariatric surgery. "While diet, exercise... Read more

Reversing Sun Damage

If you have wrinkles and sunspots on your skin due to sun damage, you may be able to minimize their appearance. Prescription creams such as Retin-A can smooth the appearance of wrinkles, while bleaching agents can lighten dark spots. Doctors can also use specialized laser treatments... Read more

Reye’s Syndrome

Reye’s syndrome is a rare, serious condition that causes swelling in a child’s liver and brain. The exact cause is unknown, but researchers have observed it most often occurs when children take aspirin following a viral infection such as chickenpox or the flu. Symptoms of Reye’s syndrome... Read more

Risk Factors for Shingles

Anyone who has had chicken pox is at risk for having shingles, an infection that causes a painful rash. That is because both chicken pox and shingles are caused by the varicella-zoster virus.  Sarah A. Aydt, MD, FAAP, FACP "After you have had chicken pox, the virus lies... Read more

Robotic Surgery for Kidney Cancer

The best way to treat kidney cancer is to remove the tumor, and the easiest way to remove the tumor is to use robotic surgery. When you undergo minimally invasive, robotic surgery, you experience less pain, a quicker recovery and a shorter hospital stay than in... Read more

Rosacea Triggers

Rosacea is a skin condition often called “adult acne” because of the pimples it causes on your face.  It is often accompanied by flushing or redness on the nose and cheeks.  Doctors do not know what causes rosacea, but they have identified several different triggers that... Read more

Rotator Cuff Surgery

A rotator cuff (shoulder) injury can occur due to wear and tear over time or sudden injury. When the injury is severe, surgery may be required. The Orthopedic Institute at Saint Francis Medical Center works with each patient to determine the best approach. “During the surgery, we... Read more

Round Ligament Pain

One common source of concern for pregnant women is round ligament pain. This type of pain in the lower belly or groin area typically occurs during the second trimester. The best way to distinguish round ligament pain from other, more troublesome issues is that round ligament... Read more

Safe Sitter Course Promotes Child Safety

The Safe Sitter® program prepares preteens for the responsibilities required to care for younger children. This medically accurate program teaches students CPR, first aid, injury prevention, safety, childcare essentials, behavior management and online and social media safety. Students receive training on how to run their own babysitting... Read more

Saint Francis Begins New Partnership With Kneibert Clinic

It’s a new partnership for the new year! Kneibert Clinic, a multispecialty clinic in Poplar Bluff, Mo., has joined the Saint Francis Healthcare System. As of January 1, all providers at Kneibert Clinic are now part of Saint Francis Medical Partners, physicians and providers affiliated with... Read more

Saint Francis Earns Blue Distinction Honors

Saint Francis Medical Center has been designated as a Blue Distinction Center for Spine Surgery® and a Blue Distinction Center for Knee and Hip Replacement® by the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association. Saint Francis is one of only six facilities in Missouri to receive the spine... Read more

Saint Francis Health Center – Dexter Opens

Saint Francis Healthcare System is committed to making quality healthcare available to Missouri residents in their own communities. That is why Saint Francis Health Center – Dexter recently opened in Dexter, Mo. Located at 1212 Saint Francis Drive, near US 60 Outer Road and Harris Drive, the... Read more


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