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A number of medical services and programs offered at St. John’s have recently been featured in the news. Click on the links below to view articles posted by the Ventura County Star.

 

Sinusitis: It's Nothing To Sneeze At
For sinusitis sufferers—nearly 29 million in the U.S., according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention—this aggravating, tiresome ritual affects home and work life, and can lead to more serious health problems. Learn more about sinusitis and why it causes lost time in the workplace, and what you can do about it.

Modern Technology Fuels Advances in Wound Care
With the ability to see up to 12 patients a day in the three hyperbaric oxygen chambers, St. John’s Wound Center offers one of the largest oxygen treatment options in Ventura County. The therapy is an outpatient procedure offered two hours daily for four to six weeks. Learn more about wound care treatment options available at St. John's.

After Diagnosis: The Realities of Breast Cancer
Breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in women exceeded only by lung cancer. The American Cancer Society estimates 231,840 new cases of invasive breast cancer will be diagnosed in women in the United States this year. The good news, according to Dr. Lisa Babashoff, a general surgeon with St. John’s Regional Medical Center, is that she and her colleagues are learning more about the disease. Learn more about breast cancer treatment options at St. John's.  

Travel Not Necessary for Expert Spinal Centers
When patients consider a major spine surgery, they often assume that the best surgeons are located in Los Angeles. But Ventura County is home to dozens of specialists incorporating many of the cutting-edge technologies that are changing the expectations of surgery time, recovery and rehabilitation. Learn more about the services available at St. John's.

Combatting the Most Deadly Disease: An Open-Hearted Discussion
As the leading cause of death for both men and women, heart disease doesn’t discriminate, and its effects will likely be felt in every family. According to the American Heart Association, every year about 610,000 people die of heart disease in the United States—that is one in every four deaths. Learn more about the services available to recent heart attack patients at St. John's Outpatient Cardiac Rehabilitation Program. 

Early Detection is Key in the Fight Against Colorectal Cancer
According to the Colon Cancer Alliance, the general lack of public awareness of the disease has kept colon cancer patients unaware of their treatment options and preventative measures. Dr. Neal Dixon, a surgeon at St. John’s Pleasant Valley Hospital, has been working with colorectal cancer patients for over 25 years. The key to survival is early detection, so learn more about important screenings available at St. John's.

Why Being 'Off-Beat' is a Major Health Risk 
According to the American Heart Association, approximately 2.7 million Americans have atrial fibrillation, or AFib, the most common heart rhythm disorder. Many don’t even know they have it. And the numbers are expected to grow. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention project 12 million people will have AFib by 2050 due to the aging of the U.S. population. Learn more about this growing epidemic and what you can do about it.

An Eye on Advanced Cataract Surgery
The National Eye Institute says that by age 80, more than half of all Americans have had cataract surgery, the only treatment for cataracts. At St. John's in Oxnard, Dr. Lee Wan offers minimally invasive surgical options for the eyes. Learn more about the latest advancements in cataract surgery.

STAR Program Supports Patients' Care Throughout Cancer Journey
Although the survival rate for cancer is increasing every year, patients go through intense treatments to fight it off, and these methods take a toll on their bodies. Dr. Timothy O’Connor, a radiation oncologist with Radiation Oncology Centers of Ventura County and on staff at St. John’s Regional Medical Center, worked with St. John’s cancer committee to tackle this issue. Learn more about the STAR Program at St. John's and how it can help.

Advances Make Hernia Treatment Less Ominous
Although nearly 5 million Americans have hernias, only a fraction seek medical treatment each year. But new, less invasive procedures make the prospect of hernia treatment much less ominous, according to Brian Tuai, M.D., of General Surgery Medical Group in Oxnard, Calif. Learn about advanced surgical options available at St. John's using the da Vinci robot.  

New Treatments Help Those with Leaky Bladders
Urinary incontinence or involuntary loss of urine is a real problem that affects women of all ages. Sherif Aboseif, M.D., a private practice doctor on staff at St. John's Regional Medical Center, discusses various causes for incontinence and treatments that may help. Learn more about the latest treatment innovations available at St. John's. 

No "Weighting" for Advances in Bariatric Surgery
Three bariatric procedures may be performed using a laparoscope for reduced risk and fewer complications than traditional “open,” longer-incision surgeries, says Helmuth Billy, M.D. of Ventura Advanced Surgical Associates in Ventura, Calif. He performs bariatric surgeries at St. John’s Regional Medical Center in Oxnard. Learn more about surgical weight loss options available to you at St. John's. 

Chest Pain in Women Could Signal Serious Problem
Chest pain is not only frightening, but typically requires an immediate evaluation by a health care professional that can be lifesaving. That’s because in addition to acute myocardial infarction, or heart attack, chest pain can result from a collapsed lung, anxiety or panic disorder, asthma, bronchitis, pneumonia or pleurisy, a chest wall or lung injury, or even a simple pulled muscle. Learn more about chest pain in women and how you should react.   

Surprising Procedure Could Save Millions of Americans 
While antibiotics can be lifesavers, their increasingly frequent and common use is contributing to a number of unforeseen health issues, including C-diff, which is spreading at an alarming rate through nursing homes and the general population. Learn about the surprising new treatment for this condition, offered at St. John’s.

Life After Breast Cancer Treatment – What Happens Next?
What happens after you have successfully undergone treatment for breast cancer? Will you have to continue medical visits? How will your family and friends interact with you? Do you need to keep checking for warning signs that your cancer might have returned? Learn more about what you should do following your battle against breast cancer.

Cancer Detected Earlier with Simple Scans
Recent medical research suggests that CT scans can provide early detection of one of the most deadly diseases in the U.S., helping dramatically improve survival rates. Learn more about steps you can take to catch lung cancer earlier and improve your outcome.

Robots aren’t Just for Sci-fi, Surgical Robots are Here to Help
Proponents of robotic surgery say the equipment and surgical procedure provide a variety of benefits, including a steadier working platform for doctors, fewer incisions during an operation, smaller scars, shorter hospital stays, quicker recovery times, reduced blood loss and less chance of an infection and other complications. Learn more about robotic surgery and its benefits.


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