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April 30, 2012


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OLOL Physician Group Doctor Leads the Way in Robotic-Assisted Gallbladder Removal

Dr. Mark Hausmann with Our Lady of the Lake Physician Group was the first South Louisiana surgeon to perform a single-incision, robotic-assisted gallbladder removal, and is one of only 40 in the country trained to perform this procedure. For patients, this new gallbladder removal technique means less pain, less bleeding, faster recovery and a virtually scarless result. For surgeons, it means  better visualization and more precision.

"As a surgeon, I am always looking for ways to improve the surgical experience for my patients. With this specialized training, I can offer patients a procedure with minimal pain and a minimal scar," said Dr. Hausmann. "This procedure shows Our Lady of the Lake is leading the way in robotic and minimally invasive surgery."

Traditional robotic surgeries may require three to four incisions. This procedure is completed with one incision through the navel and usually takes about one hour followed by only a two-hour hospital recovery time.

Learn more about Dr. Hausmann by visiting ololphysiciangroup.com and watching his video introduction.

What's 8 Feet Shorter Than Tiger Stadium and Can Save Your Life?

You’reinvited to get a birds-eye view of construction at a brief, 30-minute "Construction 101" session on Wednesday, May 2, at 6pm to learn more about building the nine-story Heart and Vascular Tower at Our Lady of the Lake.  We will meet on the 6th floor of Garage 2, where you can see for yourself our construction in progress, and hear Facilities Director Mark Sybrandt go over the preparation and plan for this innovative facility. Sybrandt will explain the foundational elements of the new Heart & Vascular tower, and you’ll have a chance to take a snapshot of history. What a great opportunity for families, especially grandparents. Be sure to bring your cameras and your questions!

For details on this and other innovations Our Lady of the Lake is building for the future, visit our website or see our photo albums on Facebook.

New Doctors to Train in Baton Rouge

In July, Our Lady of the Lake's Pediatric Residency Program will welcome 11 new residents from medical schools across the country. This largest incoming class to-date brings OLOL’s total pediatric resident count to 25. 

Pediatric residents will learn from experts in 14 specialties. Pediatrics is a particularly important medical specialty for the state. By 2015, the U.S. Census estimates Louisiana will have 53,445 more children than we did in 2010. 

OLOL will also welcome our first class of six residents for its joint program with LSU for psychiatry residency. With mental health services continuing to be a challenge across the country, we welcome these new doctors to our community.

Physicians and residents at Our Lady of the Lake’s Pediatric Academic Clinic discuss the importance of your child’s oral health.

Who Says Walking Isn't "Real" Exercise?

Are you skeptical about the benefits of walking? You might find these tips from the American Heart Association interesting:

  • For every hour of walking, life expectancy may increase by two hours.
  • Walking for as few as 30 minutes a day provides heart health benefits.
  • Walking is the single most effective form of exercise to achieve heart health.

When you’re not able to get in more robust forms of cardio, don't knock the value of going for a walk. Grab a friend, put on your tennis shoes, and take your first step to a healthier life. If you're looking for a place to start walking, please  visit OLOL's indoor and outdoor walking paths.

Find more exercise tips for your busy life.

Help Kids Like T-Paul When You Drive the Future

Did you know you could win one of five Lexus vehicles by purchasing a $50 ticket? In May, Our Lady of the Lake Children's Hospital and WAFB-Channel 9 will draw five winners. For $50, you could win a Lexus ISC convertible, a Lexus ES 4-door sedan, a Lexus CT hybrid, a Lexus HS hybrid, or a Lexus RX crossover.

Most importantly, whether or not you win a shiny new red vehicle, all proceeds will support OLOL Children's Hospital. T-Paul Morgan, pictured above, was a patient a few months ago. Learn why his family is thankful for the special care OLOL Children’s Hospital provides just for kids.

Visit this link to buy your ticket today.

Are You Prepared for the Future?

Have you made your future healthcare choices known and protected? By completing advance directives, legal documents that explain your choices about medical treatment, you can designate someone to make decisions about your medical treatment if you are too ill or hurt to express your wishes.

Louisiana law recognizes two types of advance directives: a Declaration Concerning Life-Sustaining Procedures (also known as a Living Will) and Power Of Attorney for Healthcare. You may also be familiar with a Do Not Resuscitate (DNR) order.  It is important to understand the difference between a living will and a DNR order. A DNR declares your wishes not to be revived if you experience a cardiac arrest (your heart stops beating) or a respiratory arrest (you stop breathing). A living will covers all types of life-sustaining treatments and procedures after you develop a terminal and irreversible condition.

Learn more about advance directives at olormc.com, or visit the National Healthcare Decisions Day website.

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