Ruth Sensinger, right, catches up with LVHN heart-and-lung surgeon Raymond Singer, MD, at the TAVR anniversary celebration this month. “To see these patients back to their normal life, dressed up in nice clothing and telling heart-warming stories of things they can do with their families, is really motivating,” Singer told The Express-Times. “It makes me realize why I picked this as a career.”
Last year, 75-year-old Ruth Sensinger of South Whitehall Township had trouble finishing a sentence without losing her breath. Today, she talks happily about how much better she feels thanks to transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR).
She was ineligible for open-heart surgery to treat her aortic stenosis, but after the TAVR team performed the newly available heart-valve surgery through a catheter, she says her life is improved 100 percent.
Weight-loss surgery can add years to your life you are obese – and that’s why New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie says he had stomach-banding surgery in February. He wants to be healthier for his family, the governor said Tuesday.
Weight-loss surgery changes the way your body digests food. Laparoscopic adjustable gastric banding is one of the least invasive operations available for people with a body mass index of 35 or higher. A few 1 cm cuts are made in the abdomen to insert tools, including a small camera called a laparascope, that a surgeon uses to place a band around the top portion of the stomach, leaving a smaller pouch available for food. This means you feel full after eating smaller amounts of food, which helps you lose weight. Read More»
The April-May edition of AARP The Magazine recognizes Lehigh Valley Hospital (LVH) as one of America’s safest. The article, “Lessons From America’s Safest Hospitals,” showcases ways hospitals are preventing errors. LVH is one of three hospitals in Pennsylvania and one of 66 nationwide included on the list.
AARP’s article highlights LVH’s intensivists, who care for the sickest patients, and its computerized provider order entry (CPOE) system that allows doctors to enter prescriptions into the computer electronically.
How do health systems give the best care to every patient, inclusive of the person’s ethnicity or background? It’s a question hospitals nationwide are asking. Last week in Chicago, Melanie Evans of Modern Healthcare magazine – a leading source of health care business and policy news – sat down with Judith Sabino, Lehigh Valley Health Network’s (LVHN) diversity/cultural awareness liaison, to find some answers.
With the first day of spring coming next week, you might think your risk for catching the flu is long gone.
Not the case, according to Luther Rhodes, MD, director of Lehigh Valley Health Network’s Division of Infectious Diseases. It’s still a busy flu season, and it’s still wise to get a flu shot if you haven’t already, Rhodes told The Morning Call.
The number of flu-related deaths in Pennsylvania this year shows how severe it was this season: 174 people died of influenza complications, compared to only 11 last year, according to The Morning Call’s report.