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July 30, 2010

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Enhanced Surgical Experience

Our Lady of the Lake recently completed an expansion of our surgery area to enhance the experience for patients and their families. Patients are greeted at the St. Mary’s Admissions desk located on the second floor at the top of the escalators. Patients are then escorted to a private area where they can wait comfortably both before surgery and while in recovery. Recognizing the importance of emotional and spiritual support, these bays include a sitting area where family members are welcome to remain with the patient.

Children are also special guests when coming to Our Lady of the Lake for surgery. These younger patients and their families experience the same best in class space design and care in an area dedicated just for kids.

To learn more about what to expect when coming to Our Lady of the Lake for surgery click here.

Surgical Advances to Treat and Prevent Colorectal Cancer

Colorectal cancer –the cancer no one wants to talk about. And this diagnosis may mean surgery. A traditional surgical approach requires a large incision in the abdomen and possibly longer recovery time. For some patients, there may be an option for a minimally invasive procedure called TEM or transanal endoscopic microsurgery.

TEM is for patients with polyps or lesions that cannot be removed with a colonoscopy or for patients with an early stage colorectal cancer. The procedure is incision free which means patients a faster recovery. After transanal endoscopic microsurgery, patients typically stay in the hospital for one night, experience very little pain and are able to return to work and other normal activities in a short amount of time. Our Lady of the Lake is the only hospital in the area offering this advanced surgical approach.

Coming in September, The Cancer Program of Our Lady of the Lake and Mary Bird Perkins is offering free prostate cancer screenings.  Check www.ololrmc.com for dates and times.

Our Lady of the Lake is ready for hurricane season. Are you?

Our Lady of the Lake recently completed the installation of five natural gas generators. These new generators are in addition to the diesel fuel generator already in place to support essential, life-support equipment such as defibrillators, ventilators, and fire alarm systems. The five new generators will provide additional power for the hospital and medical office buildings.

Just like you, Our Lady of the Lake has a disaster preparedness checklist. For example, before the beginning of every hurricane season we conduct inventory of our supplies, test systems and update staffing plans. These are all steps we take to make sure you have access to critical medical care in the event of an emergency.

How do you prepare? Click here for tips to prepare your home and family for hurricane season.

Upcoming Events

  • Are you a candidate for weight loss surgery? Join us to learn more about your weight loss options in a free community seminar. Thursday, August 5, 6pm, OLOL Auditorium, 5000 Hennessy Blvd. If you can’t make it on August 5, don’t worry. This free seminar is offered the first Thursday of every month.  Click here to watch a video and learn more.
  • Suffering from reflux or heartburn? Join us for a free seminar to learn more about an incisionless procedure for the treatment of acid reflux and heartburn. Monday, August 16, 6 pm, OLOL Auditorium, 5000 Hennessy Blvd. Click here to watch a video and learn more.
  • The annual Men’s Health Conference is Saturday, August 21, 7 am to 1 pm at Pennington Biomedical Research Center in the CB Pennington Jr. Building.  You won’t want to miss the valuable health information at the Our Lady of the Lake booth. Visit www.lamenshealth.org for more information.
  • Are you a mom interested in a makeover? Join Dr. Jonathan Kaplan on September 15 between 10 am and 2pm or between 4 pm and 7 pm, 7777 Hennessy Blvd. Suite 708. Dr. Kaplan will discuss plastic surgery options, injectables, and other ways to help women return to their pre-pregnancy shape.  Refreshments provided.  Vendors include Bia Brazil/Pilates by Miriam, Salon Boheme and Pamela Regira, Aesthetician.

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