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As part of the cancer care multi-disciplinary team, radiation oncologists coordinate every aspect of care with oncologists, radiologists, surgeons and pathologists to provide personalized treatment plans for each patient.
The ACTIVE Diabetes Program helps patients with poorly controlled diabetes reach their personal health goals. Our program uses an integrated interdisciplinary care team approach, which includes your Primary Care Provider, Clinical Pharmacist, Registered Dietician, Case Manager (Social Worker), and Medical Assistant.
AlignRT™ is a radiation-therapy guidance system that has been shown to reduce radiation exposure to the heart while patients are being treated for left breast cancer.
Minimally invasive treatment of brain aneurysms using coils and stents. Coiling is proven to lead to shorter recovery times and better outcomes than surgery for acute hemorrhagic stroke patients.
Ankle injuries can set the stage for osteoarthritis to develop. One of the best ways to alleviate the pain associated with arthritis in the ankle is to undergo total ankle replacement surgery, also known as ankle arthroplasty.
When minimally invasive intervention methods for treating abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) are no longer an option, a vascular surgeon may recommend aortic surgery as the best course of treatment. Repair is typically performed when the AAA reaches five centimeters or larger, due to increasing risk of rupture.
Aortic root replacement involves the removal of a section of the aorta and aortic valve. The section of aorta is replaced with an artificial tube (graft), and the aortic valve is replaced with a mechanical or biological valve.
Aortic root surgery is a surgical procedure to treat a dilation or enlargement of a section of the large blood vessel (aorta) that carries blood from your heart to your organs. The aortic root is located near the junction of your aorta and your heart.
An ascending aortic aneurysm is a bulge in the portion of the aorta closest to the heart. The ascending aorta begins at the heart's left ventricle and extends to the aortic arch, or the bend in the aorta. Aneurysms in the ascending aorta and aortic arch usually require immediate surgery.
Long Beach Medical Center's outcome data demonstrates that at least 90 percent of individuals identified at risk for falling are no longer at risk after completing their rehabilitation program.
CABG (pronounced like the word "cabbage") stands for Coronary Artery Bypass Grafting. Coronary artery bypass (CABG) surgery, also referred to as Coronary Revascularization, reroutes blood flow around a blockage in the coronary artery so the heart muscle can maintain a good blood supply.
This procedure, a variation of the original Bentall procedure, is a simultaneous replacement of the aortic valve, root and the entire ascending aorta.
Bi-Level Positive Airway Pressure (BiPAP) is a variant of Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) where the pressurized air is delivered at higher pressure when you breathe in than when you exhale.
Biotherapy (also called biological therapy or immunotherapy) is a treatment to activate or repair the ability of the body’s immune system to fight cancer, rheumatoid arthritis, infections, and other diseases.
The BirthCare Center at Miller Children’s & Women's Hospital Long Beach is a dedicated center for expectant women, providing compassionate, quality health care during pregnancy.
The Bowel Disorder and Motility Center at Long Beach Medical Center offers advanced digestive diagnostics for bowel disorders.
As part of the cancer care multidisciplinary team, our radiation oncologists coordinate every aspect of care with surgeons and pathologists to help decide the best course of treatment for each patient.
At MemorialCare, we know that being well-informed will help you make the best choices about your cancer care when you consult with our physicians. We have provided some links to independent online resources for breast cancer information.
According to the National Cancer Institute, breast cancer is the second most common cancer in women after skin cancer, in the U.S. It can occur in both men and women, although very rare in men. Each year there are about 2,300 new cases of breast cancer in men and about 230,000 new cases in women.
Our specialized breast surgeons are experts in breast-sparing surgery.
At the MemorialCare Breast Centers, a team of specialists ensure patients receive the best, most comprehensive breast care available. The care teams work closely with referring physicians to coordinate care and provide seamless communication and reporting.
At MemorialCare, we believe that breastfeeding is the best source of nutrition for your baby. To make the most informed choice about this important decision, we encourage you to attend our breastfeeding class during your seventh to ninth month of pregnancy.
Your breasts are becoming fuller and are getting ready to make colostrum.
To assist with your success while breastfeeding, it is important to educate yourself before your baby is born.
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Cancer care Services include: Tumor Boards – Cancer Treatment Planning, Tumor Registry, Fatigue Management, Pain Management, Infusion Centers and Nutritional Counseling
Cancer Rehabilitation is designed to provide you optimal outcomes for daily living. You will receive specialized one-on-one care from our physical therapy staff and be immersed in a culture of healing, education and motivation.
We encourage you to gather information about your family history before your appointment. Some tips for collecting a cancer family history are...
As part of the cancer care multidisciplinary team, our surgeons coordinate care with oncologists, radiologists and pathologists to help decide the best course of treatment for each patient.
Heart Attack (Myocardial Infarction) is a Medical Emergency
MemorialCare is proud to offer cardiac rehabilitation to help heart care patients recover quickly and to return to doing the things they love. Our cardiac rehabilitation centers will help you improve your overall physical, mental and social functions.
Cardiac resynchronization therapy (CRT), also called biventricular pacing, is delivered by a small, battery-operated device that can be permanently placed inside you. This new therapy is typically used for ventricular dysynchrony, a type of heart failure, where the two ventricles in the heart are not beating at the same tim
Cardioversion is a procedure that can restore a fast or irregular heartbeat to a normal rhythm. A fast or irregular heartbeat is called an arrhythmia. This is commonly used to treat arrhthymia commonly known as Atrial Fibrillation. Arrhythmias can prevent your heart from pumping enough blood to your body.
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Carotid angioplasty is a minimally invasive procedure to treat a narrowing in the carotid artery which carries critical blood flow to the brain. This procedure can be done in lieu of Carotid Endarterectomy surgery in patients who are considered a ‘high surgical risk’
When minimally invasive interventions to clear a blocked carotid artery, such as carotid angioplasty and/or stenting, are no longer an option, a vascular care physician may recommend carotid endartectomy surgery as the best course for treatment.
Catheter ablation is a non-surgical technique used to pinpoint and interrupt specific abnormal heart rhythms (arrhythmias). State-of-the-art mapping equipment is used to generate 3-D images of the heart’s chambers to locate the area causing the arrhythmia.
A cervical discectomy and fusion is a surgical procedure performed on the cervical (neck) region of the spine to help relieve pressure on nerves, and also occasionally on the spinal cord.
Your surgeon’s office will give you an appointment time for your arrival. Please be sure to arrive at the hospital where you are scheduled to have your cesarean at the given time.
Chemotherapy is the treatment of cancer with cytotoxic drugs. Chemotherapy is a systemic therapy; it usually treats the whole body, as opposed to radiotherapy or surgery that provides focused treatment to a specific area of the body.
Your obstetrician-gynecologist (Ob/Gyn) may be the most important health care partner you ever have. Your Ob/Gyn will see you through some of the most significant times in your life: menstruation, PMS, conception, childbirth and menopause.
Choosing physician specialists to treat your cancer is an important decision to make. When selecting a team of physicians to treat cancer, it is important to look for specialists who are highly trained in their fields.
MemorialCare Saddleback Medical Center is one of the few stroke receiving centers to offer clot retrieval, an advanced, minimally invasive treatment for acute stroke to restore blood flow to the brain.
MemorialCare Imaging Centers (MCIC) offer convenient locations throughout south Los Angeles and Orange Counties. These facilities provide the most advanced imaging technology available in a community-based setting. Our warm, friendly and compassionate staff provide insurance verification and assistance with authorizations.
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Pancreatic and liver cancers are often hard to find, which results in late detection. We offer interventional endoscopy, which is an advanced level of gastrointestinal diagnostic and therapeutic care that focuses on providing patients with safe and effective alternatives to invasive diagnostic testing or surgery.
The Comprehensive Aortic Program is dedicated to the early detection, monitoring and treatment of various aortic diseases using evidence-based treatments.
When minimally invasive interventions such as cardiac catheterization or valvuloplasty are not an option, to treat congenital heart disease, a pediatric or adult heart care physician may recommend surgery as the best course for treatment.
Continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) is the primary treatment for obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). A small mask or nasal cannula is applied to the nose which is connected by tubing. Air pressure is controlled by a generator, similar to an air purifier.
Coronary angioplasty, also called percutaneous coronary intervention, is a procedure used to open clogged heart arteries. Angioplasty involves temporarily inserting and inflating a tiny balloon at the site of the artery clog to help widen the artery.
When angioplasty and other minimally invasive methods of clearing blocked arteries are no longer an option, or if multiple vessels are blocked, your physician may recommend Coronary Artery Bypass Surgery (CABG pronounced like cabbage) as the best course for treatment.
CyberKnife is a robotic radiosurgery system commonly used for the treatment of cancerous and non-cancerous tumors in the brain or the base of the skull. It is also used in certain cases to treat cancers of the pancreas, liver, prostate and lungs. CyberKnife offers a non-invasive alternative to surgery.
Patients treated for Cystic Fibrosis are living fuller, longer lives because of the outstanding care by a multidisciplinary team of renowned; pulmonologists, gastroenterologists, allergists- immunologists, respiratory therapists, physical therapists, dieticians, social workers, nurses and a nurse practitioner.
As its name indicates, this procedure is used for the replacement of the aortic root and ascending aorta only.
At the MemorialCare Heart and Vascular Centers, a team of specialists ensure patients receive the best, most comprehensive cardiac care available. The care teams work closely with referring physicians to coordinate care and provide seamless communication and reporting.
Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS) may be an effective treatment option for patients with movement disorders; specifically essential tremor, dystonia or Parkinson’s disease, and those whose symptoms are too severe to be controlled with medication.
Our diabetes in pregnancy programs provide pregnant women with the skills necessary to control their diabetes to help ensure a healthy pregnancy. Our programs follow the Sweet Success Model of Care developed by the California Diabetes and Pregnancy Program.
The elephant trunk procedure is a two-stage procedure used to treat extensive aneurysms involving both the ascending aorta and aortic arch, and the descending thoracic or thoraco-abdominal aorta
At MemorialCare we are committed to improving the health and well being of individuals, families and our community. We offer a wide variety of programs, events, classes and screenings designed to help you reach and maintain your optimal health and well being.
Endovascular surgery – operating from inside the blood vessel – is performed through tiny holes, rather than through large external incisions.
Epidural steroid injections (ESI) involve an injection of steroid and anesthetic directly into the area of inflamed nerves in the back. This inflammation is usually the result of nerve compression caused by a narrowed spinal canal (spinal stenosis) or a herniated disc.
When patients require a total joint replacement, proper placement and alignment of the implant is critical to the implant’s overall longevity and function.
The ExcelsiusGPS® system creates a surgical plan based on your unique anatomy, guiding the robotic arm to a specific region of your spine, similar to a planned pathway on GPS. The surgeon uses this pathway to accurately conduct spine surgery with the utmost of precision.
External cardiac counterpulsation is a non-invasive outpatient technique performed to decrease chest pain (angina pectoris) by increasing oxygen-rich blood flow to the heart. The external counterpulsation system inflates and deflates pressure cuffs on the legs, moving the blood from the lower limbs toward the heart.
Facet joints are the small joints between vertebrae along the back of the spine. Facet injections can be used to either help confirm or deny the location and source of the pain, or they can be used to reduce inflammation and possibly offer long-term relief.
Flu shots are available at many of our urgent care locations. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends anyone over the age of six months gets a flu vaccination annually to reduce your chances of getting the flu and spreading it to others.
The gastric balloon is a non-surgical procedure to aid in weight loss. The balloon acts as a “filler” for the stomach so that the patient experiences less hunger and will consume smaller portions while still feeling full and satisfied after meals.
The Roux–en–Y gastric bypass (RGB) is the most common weight-loss surgery procedure and combines two approaches. First, a small pouch is created by stapling the stomach, reducing the amount of food it can hold.
Gastric sleeve surgery or sleeve gastrectomy involves stapling approximately 70-80 percent of the stomach's natural capacity without involving the intestinal tract.
Gastroenterology is the study of the structure, functions, and diseases of the digestive organs and the alimentary canal (the route of nutrition through the body from intake to output). MemorialCare Medical Group’s services include a Digestive Disease Center specializing in gastroenterology.
Our Gastrointestinal (GI) Cancer Program offers the latest in cutting-edge technology, diagnostics and advanced treatments. We care for patients suffering from a wide range of gastrointestinal cancers including: Esophagus, Stomach, Colon and rectum, Pancreatic and Liver.
Heart valve repair or replacement surgery is performed to repair a defective or diseased heart valve. Heart valve repair or replacement surgery is an open-heart surgery.
According to the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, more than 285,000 total hip replacements are performed each year in the United States. As one of the most successful types of operations in medicine, hip replacement surgery is an effective procedure to help those who suffer from the aches and pains of joint pain.
Holmium Laser Enucleation of the Prostate (HoLEP) uses a laser to remove the obstructive portion of the prostate. It is similar to prostate surgery, but does not require incisions. It is a more effective and less invasive method for removing prostate obstructions.
Homografts are the most resistant to infection, making this the preferred technique for the treatment of aortic root infection and endocarditis at Comprehensive Aortic Program.
Chemicals called hormones are produced in glands in the reproductive system, in the ovaries for women and the testicles for men. Cancers most commonly treated with hormone therapy are breast and prostate cancer.
MemorialCare is proud to provide state-of-the-art imaging and radiology services to improve the lives of residents in Southern California. Utilizing the most advanced imaging technology, we offer efficient appointment scheduling and fast, accurate results for diagnostics. Beyond diagnostics, we offer the latest imaging-guid
Endovascular surgical repairs of the thoraco-abdominal aorta and aortic arch offer a less invasive alternative to conventional open surgical repair.
The Comprehensive Aortic Program offers hybrid repairs for thoracoabdominal and aortic arch aneurysms.
Hyperbaric oxygen (HBO) therapy is a medical treatment that is used to treat a variety of illnesses. During a treatment, 100 percent oxygen is breathed at an increased pressure for a prescribed amount of time.
The Hyperemesis Program at the Cherese Mari Laulhere BirthCare Center at Miller Children's & Women's Hospital Long Beach offers an effective treatment for severe morning sickness.
Hyperthermia is a specialized therapy that involves heating selected tumors to 106 to 108 degrees for up to one hour. Hyperthermia can be delivered in combination with radiotherapy.
An implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD) or subcutaneous implantable cardioverter defibrillator (SICD) is a small, battery-operated device. The ICD can be permanently placed inside the chest or just under the skin to monitor heart rate and rhythm to detect any rapid and/or irregular heart rhythms (arrhythmias).
Patients experiencing chronic pain, who have not had success with other treatment options, may benefit from this minimally invasive procedure. A spinal cord stimulator is surgically placed under the skin. This device sends signals to the spine to block pain impulses which can provide a tremendous reduction in pain.
Patients whose pain has not been controlled with more conservative therapies, may be candidates for an Intrathecal Pump. An Intrathecal Pump is a device that continuously administers pain medication directly into the spinal fluid to relieve pain or muscle spasm.
Designed to foster health and wellness, our infusion service centers are equipped with six recliners, four televisions with head sets and all the amenities to make for a private, safe and comfortable area. Under the direct supervision of our qualified nursing staff we see several patients at one time.
Managing rehabilitation after catastrophic injury or disabling disease is a team effort. Our interdisciplinary team helps each patient achieve the highest level of recovery and independence.
A diagnosis of cancer is a life-changing and often overwhelming experience. At the Integrated Cancer Medicine Program at the Cancer Institute at Long Beach Medical Center, we empower our patients to achieve the best quality of life throughout their cancer journey by promoting wellness in mind, body and spirit.
Interventional oncology is a field of medicine and a sub-specialty of interventional radiology that utilizes imaging, including X-ray, CT, ultrasound, MRI and PET, to perform minimally invasive procedures for the diagnosis and treatment of cancer.
Interventional radiology (IR) is the use of radiology, image guidance, to perform minimally invasive procedures for diagnostics and treatments. Doctors can now do remarkable things from within the blood vessels of your body.
Intraoperative radiation therapy (IORT) integrates a lumpectomy (the removal of a tumor from the breast) and radiation treatment into a single surgery. During IORT, a precise, concentrated radiation dose is delivered to the tumor immediately after it’s removed.
MemorialCare teaches and encourages Kangaroo Care, which has been shown to have a significant impact on survival and growth rates and can decrease the number of days in the hospital.
Severe knee pain is an ailment that many Americans endure. One of the most effective ways to correct the problem is with total knee replacement surgery. In fact, the procedure is so effective that around 600,000 knee replacement surgeries are performed each year in the United States.
Kyphoplasty is a minimally invasive surgical procedure for people suffering with compression fractures of the spine. The procedure involves the insertion of a balloon into the collapsed vertebra, followed by injection of a special material.
Patients who have metastatic cancer in their spinal bones can get compression fractures of their vertebral bones. Many of these patients are not surgical candidates and can experience debilitating pain.
Your entire birthing experience takes place in a private labor, delivery and recovery (LDR) suite, complete with a bathroom and shower. Each suite is equipped with a state-of-the-art birthing bed that allows you to deliver in the position that makes you most comfortable.
Laser Vein Ablation (LVA) is a quick, minimally invasive laser procedure that eliminates unwanted leg symptoms and unsightly veins at the source.
We perform implant, extraction and replacement of pacing leads.
Left ventricular reconstruction surgery is performed to repair a left ventricle that has been damaged during a heart attack. Heart attacks in the left ventricle weaken the tissue wall which forms scar tissue or an aneurysm (a balloon-like bulge of a blood vessel).
LINX is the most recent procedure for treating GERD and has proved to be highly effective in relieving severe GERD symptoms completely. The LINX procedure consists of implanting a flexible titanium bracelet with a core of magnetic beads that encircles the malfunctioning lower esophageal sphincter (LES).
A lumbar fusion is an operation to stabilize the lower back by creating bony bridges between at least two vertebrae and eliminating motion between them. This can be accomplished by fusing the vertebral bodies in front (anterior fusion) or by fusing the facet joints and lamina in the back (posterior fusion).
The lumbar area of the spine is better known as the lower back. The lamina is a part of each vertebra. A lumbar laminectomy is the surgical removal of the lamina or part of the lamina on one or more of the vertebrae in the lower back.
Lumbar microsdiscectomy is a surgical treatment for the lumbar spine (lower back). The discs are the shock absorbing cushions in between each of the lumbar vertebrae. Discs can become injured or worn resulting in a herniation. Sometimes, this is referred to this as a slipped or ruptured disc.
Orange Coast Medical Center offers an innovative comprehensive Lung Cancer Treatment Program which provides patients state-of-the-art, integrated, coordinated and compassionate care through a collaborative approach in the development of their treatment plan.
Lymphedema rehabilitation focuses on teaching patients how to effectively manage lymphedema or secondary lymphedema on an independent basis through intensive one-on-one training. Individual sessions can last 60 to 120 minutes per day, depending on the severity of the condition.
MemorialCare offers Mako® Partial Knee — an innovative treatment option designed to relieve the pain caused by joint degeneration due to osteoarthritis. By selectively targeting the part of the knee damaged by osteoarthritis, our surgeon can resurface your knee while sparing the healthy bone and ligaments surrounding it.
If you are suffering with degenerative hip disease (DJD), Mako™ Robotic-Arm Assisted Surgery may be a good alternative to traditional total hip replacement surgery.
We understand that each patient is unique and can experience joint pain for different reasons. So, it’s important to talk to your doctor first about the reason for your knee pain, so you understand the best treatment options available to you.
If you are living with mid to late-stage osteoarthritis (OA) of the knee, Mako™ Robotic-Arm Assisted Surgery may be an option for you. During Mako assisted surgery, your orthopedic surgeon will use a robotic-arm assisted procedure that includes real-time information and images of your knee, allowing for more precise placeme
Marti’s Closet, at Long Beach Medical Center and Orange Coast Medical Center, gives cancer surgery patients the opportunity to select button-down blouses free of charge. All blouses are gently worn, clean and ready to wear.
To help you become well-informed about your pregnancy and learn how to care for your newborn, we have provided some links to independent online resources.
If the minimally invasive maze procedure or robotic assisted minimally invasive maze surgery is not ideal for you the maze surgery can also be performed as open-heart surgery with a heart-lung machine.
Choosing the place to deliver your bundle of joy is an important decision. That’s why we’re so proud to deliver award-winning, exceptional maternity care in a beautiful, comfortable environment at The Women’s Hospital at MemorialCare Saddleback Medical Center in Laguna Hills.
The Women's Hospital at MemorialCare Saddleback Medical Center now offers women the option to give birth using the services of a Certified Nurse Midwife. Women who prefer this option can now have a midwife by their side and deliver within the comfort and safe environment of our hospital.
Innovative advancements in coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG) surgical techniques have allowed CABG surgery to be performed without having the heart stopped and connected to a heart-lung machine—cardiopulmonary bypass (CPB), and without having the breastbone split open.
Long Beach Medical Center is among an elite group of hospitals to offer the Minimally Invasive Hysterectomy Program and procedures such as the da Vinci® Robotic Surgical Assist System.
Minimally invasive maze surgery, also known as mini-maze, is an advanced procedure for atrial fibrillation. This minimally invasive procedure, similar to MAZE surgery, uses ablation rather than a scalpel. Unlike traditional open-heart surgery, this procedure also does not require the use of a heart-lung machine.
MemorialCare offers a complete range of minimally invasive surgery options which often result in less scarring and improved recovery time. Whether it is robotic-assisted surgery, laparoscopic surgery, thoracoscopic surgery or arthroscopic surgery, our surgeons are equipped with the latest technology.
MR-guided Focused Ultrasound is an incisionless treatment for Essential Tremor patients who have not responded to medication. It uses focused sound waves guided by MRI to provide treatment deep in the brain with no incisions or permanent implants.
The neonatal intensive care teams of highly trained perinatologists, neonatologists, nurses, therapists, dietitians, lactation consultants and other specialists at MemorialCare are dedicated to saving fragile lives of infants born in need of intensive care.
Neurological injuries affect thousands of people each year. Whether the injury is from a recent stroke, trauma to the spinal cord or a progressive disorder such as multiple sclerosis, neurological impairments can significantly decrease independence in daily activities and limit mobility.
MemorialCare Saddleback Medical Center’s comprehensive Rehabilitation Services includes speech therapy, occupational therapy and physical therapy with one-on-one, individualized treatments and modern equipment.
MemorialCare’s renowned neurosurgeons perform complex surgical procedures and treat neurological conditions using the latest innovations and techniques in neurosurgery, such as minimally invasive surgery, intraoperative MRI, computer-assisted brain surgery, stereotactic radiosurgery, awake brain surgery
Nissen Fundoplication has a long track record with exceptional results and can be performed on almost every severe GERD patients. It is the most commonly performed fundoplication worldwide. During the procedure, the surgeon wraps the top part of the stomach around the esophagus to prevent the backflow of acids.
A nucleoplasty is a minimally invasive procedure that is used for alleviating back and leg pain caused by a herniated or bulging disc. Rather than making an incision, the physician uses X-ray guidance to place a needle-like device inside the problem disc to remove tissue.
The Heart and Wellness Center at Saddleback Medical Center offers Nutrition and Wellness services to promote your health, well-being, and overall performance leading you to a healthier and happier life.
The O-arm® allows surgeons to perform complex spine surgery with unparalleled accuracy, since it gives the surgeon a 3D real-time visualization of spinal structures, increasing precision.This technology allows surgeons to perform major spine surgery through minimal incision with un-paralleled safety and accuracy.
Occupational Therapists play an important role in assisting patients increase their quality of life and achieve their highest level of function. After a thorough evaluation, we create an individualized treatment plan to improve your functional level and adapt to your environment.
Oncoplastic breast surgery uses an aesthetic approach to breast cancer treatment by removing the cancer while also preserving and rebuilding the breast to maintain its natural look and feel. This type of conservation surgery removes the cancer, reshapes the breast and prevents excessive scarring.
The surgical removal of some portion of diseased aorta is called aortic resection.
An artificial pacemaker is a small, battery-operated device that can be permanently placed inside the chest or attached externally for temporary use. A pacemaker may be needed when problems occur with the electrical conduction system of the heart.
To assist cancer patients in providing relief from the symptoms and stress of their illness, the MemorialCare Todd Cancer Institute hosts a weekly Palliative Care Clinic on Friday mornings.
MemorialCare Patient Navigators help newly diagnosed breast cancer patients gain awareness of resources and services available to them during this difficult time. They also assist with care coordination, symptom management, and education to help get them through the journey.
The Pediatric and Adult Congenital Cardiac Surgery team partners with Miller Children’s & Women's Hospital Long Beach and Long Beach Medical Center to provide prenatal, infant, pediatric, and adult heart care for patients with congenital or acquired heart disease.
Miller Children’s Hospital Long Beach provides total prenatal, infant, pediatric and young adult heart care for patients with congenital or acquired heart disease or who have a family history of heart problems.
Miller Children’s Hospital Long Beach cares for children from newborns to young adults, who need common or complex surgical treatments in a leading, state-of-the-art pediatric surgical center designed just for kids.
The Pelvic Health Program at MemorialCare Long Beach Medical Center offers comprehensive treatment options for women with pelvic problems. Treatment options range from non-surgical treatments, such as medication, pelvic muscle rehabilitation and intravaginal devices to a wide spectrum of surgical procedures.
Percutaneous disc decompression, is a minimally invasive procedure used to treat pain from a herniated, non-ruptured disc. Unlike traditional methods of discectomy, percutaneous decompression removes the herniated disc material through a needle instead of an open incision.
An interspinous spacer is a device that is inserted into the spine to treat pain associated with spinal stenosis. Spinal stenosis causes a narrowing of the space between vertebrae resulting in compression of nerves and subsequent pain, numbness and weakness.
Peripheral angiography captures images of peripheral arteries (arteries in the lower abdomen, kidneys, arms, legs and feet). Peripheral arteries, that supply blood to the head and neck or the abdomen and legs, do not normally show up on X-rays.
Peripheral artery disease, also referred to as peripheral arterial disease, is a common circulatory problem in which narrowed arteries reduce blood flow to the lower extremities (legs).
When noninvasive methods of clearing blocked arteries are no longer an option, or if multiple vessels are blocked, a vascular care physician may recommend peripheral vascular surgery as the best course for treatment.
The aortic root is replaced with a preserved pig aorta.
Please complete a Pre-Admission Form and send it to the Admitting Office as soon as possible prior to your due date.
Certain tumors consist of a rich blood supply, which makes surgery risky. By pre-operatively blocking a blood vessel (embolization), the blood supply is closed off, which allows the tumor to be removed in a safer setting.
You and your doctor have agreed that you need surgery. To help you understand what to expect during your surgery and recovery period please review the information below.
Pulmonary rehabilitation is designed to address the difficult challenges facing individuals including shortness of breath, decreased strength and endurance, reduced energy levels, reduced self-esteem and ability to care for oneself.
Accredited by the American College of Radiology, the Thomas and Dorothy Leavey Radiation Oncology Center at the MemorialCare Todd Cancer Institute (TCI) at Long Beach Medical Center offers a comprehensive program providing a range of radiation therapy options for patients.
As part of the cancer care multi-disciplinary team, radiation oncologists coordinate every aspect of care, with surgeons and pathologists to help decide the best course of treatment for each patient.
When recovering from a condition or disease that includes rehabilitation and physical therapy as part of your follow-up care, it is important to look for specialists who are highly trained in their fields.
Acute aortic dissection can be treated surgically. In surgical treatment, the area of the aorta with the intimal tear is resected and replaced with a graft.
Parkinson’s not only affects persons with the disease, but also spouses, family, friends and co-workers. For this reason, programs have been developed to offer support to these individuals.
Weight-loss surgery is typically very effective when patients follow their dietary and exercise plans, but in 20-30 percent of cases, these procedures may not produce lasting weight loss results and regaining weight may occur.
The robotic surgical system uses robotic computer technology providing breakthrough minimally invasive surgical capabilities that offer many benefits.
During a robotic-assisted cholecystectomy procedure (removal of the gallbladder), the surgeon retracts the gallbladder and dissects the cystic artery and cystic duct. The common bile duct from the liver is protected.
A robotic-assisted Gastrectomy procedure is performed by making four small incisions – one 12 mm incision at the patient’s belly button, and three 8mm incisions at the upper abdomen.
The robotic surgical system provides breakthrough minimally invasive surgical capabilities.
Hysterectomy is one of the most common surgeries among women and is often recommended to resolve serious and sometimes painful conditions such as endometriosis, excessive menstrual bleeding or uterine fibroids.
Inguinal hernia repair is a surgery to repair a hernia in the abdominal wall of the groin. A hernia is tissue that bulges out of a weak place in the abdominal wall. In some cases, the intestines may also bulge out in the weakened area.
The goal of myomectomy is to remove uterine fibroids while preserving normal uterine tissue, usually in anticipation of future pregnancy. Historically, this surgery required a large incision, with subsequent increased risks, patient discomfort and prolonged healing time.
Nissen fundoplication has a long track record with exceptional results and can be performed on almost every severe GERD patients. It is the most commonly performed fundoplication worldwide. During the procedure, the surgeon wraps the top part of the stomach around the esophagus to prevent the backflow of acids.
Using Single-Site™ robotic instruments, surgeons are able to perform a laparoscopic cholecystectomy (removal of the gallbladder) with only one incision, which is approximately one inch.
MemorialCare is committed to being at the forefront of technology and providing our patients with the best care and outcomes. Our highly skilled surgeons are trained in a number of minimally invasive robotic-assisted surgical procedures.
Essentially a pulmonary valve autograft is placed in the aortic valve position, and a homograft (human donor) valve replaces the pulmonary valve.
We want you to have the best possible experience with MemorialCare. Part of that is understanding your health benefits and the estimated out-of-pocket expenses you are responsible for prior to receiving services. Since healthcare benefits vary, we encourage you to contact your health plan to estimate your cost.
Selecting a surgeon to perform your surgery is an important decision to make. When selecting a surgeon, it is important to look for surgeons who are highly trained in their fields. MemorialCare’s experienced and compassionate surgeons provide high quality care and have vast expertise in a variety of surgical specialties.
Selecting physician specialists to treat your breast cancer is an important decision to make. When selecting a team of physicians to treat breast cancer, it is important to look for specialists who are highly trained in their fields. The comprehensive teams of expert breast cancer specialists at MemorialCare Breast Centers
If you think you may be experiencing a heart attack, it is important to call 9-1-1 immediately so treatment can start as soon as possible. Do not drive yourself or wait for a ride from a friend or family member. Have an ambulance take you to the hospital that is a Cardiac Receiving Center right away.
SIRT is a form of radiation therapy for selected patients with cancers that cannot be treated surgically, especially metastasis to the liver.
Septal myectomy surgery is performed to remove part of an enlarged heart muscle called the septal muscle. This surgery is typically performed if medications are not working or are not an option to treat hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, an enlarged heart muscle in the left ventricle.
According to the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, each year 53,000 people in the U.S. have shoulder replacement surgery - also called total shoulder arthroplasty.
At the MemorialCare Neuroscience Institute at Saddleback Medical Center, our team provides a multi-disciplinary approach for the diagnosis and treatment of skull base tumors.
Outpatient speech therapists provide a full range of auditory and speech language pathology services, all aimed at improving a patient's communication, cognitive and linguistic skills, hearing and swallowing abilities.
Non-surgical and minimally invasive treatment of the spine is sometimes referred to as “conservative” treatment. The vast majority of back or neck problems are successfully resolved with conservative treatments. Treatment may be as simple as a reassurance that the problem is not serious and all that is needed...
Kyphoplasty and verebroplasty are minimally invasive surgical procedures commonly performed to treat spinal compression fractures, also known as vertebral compression fractures (VCFs). Osteoporosis causes twice as many spinal fractures than hip fractures.
A pre-participation physical examination - also known as a sports physical - is an overall check-up to see if an individual’s health and fitness are suitable for the particular sport they play.
The Angiography Suite is a unique innovation offered through the MemorialCare Heart & Vascular Institute. The suite takes minimally invasive capabilities to a higher level, with advanced imaging technology supporting a wide variety of interventional vascular procedures.
"Stereotactic" in Greek means "movement in space" and refers here to the way your radiation oncologist locates the tumor or target of a radiation dose by means of a 3-D coordinate system.
Many cancerous and non-cancerous brain tumors can be effectively treated with stereotactic radiosurgy (SRS).
Stroke Program Outcomes at Long Beach Medical Center and Saddleback Medical Center.
If you think you or someone else is having a stroke, call 9-1-1 immediately and note the time of when any of the symptoms first appear. Do not drive yourself or wait for a ride from a friend or family member. Have an ambulance take you to the hospital that is a stroke receiving center right away.
In surgical aneurysm repair, your aortic surgeon repairs or removes an aneurysm through an incision in your skin.
Performing more than 500 cardiac surgeries each year, our MemorialCare Heart & Vascular Institute at Long Beach Medical Center has specialized care teams and three dedicated operating rooms exclusively for the needs of cardiac patients.
Surgery for aneurysm of the descending and thoracoabdominal aorta typically involves older, higher risk patients who may have hypertension, atherosclerosis, pulmonary obstructive disease (COPD), a history of smoking and some degree of existing kidney disease.
At the MemorialCare Cancer Institute, our patients are never alone in their cancer journey. We believe that patient and family education and support are essential to a speedy recovery and long-term wellness.
There are more than 12 million cancer survivors in the U.S. today. Although the initial cancer care may be complete, there is still physical, emotional and psychological healing to be done. Everyone’s experience is different, therefore it is important to customize your plan to address individual needs.
MemorialCare is here to help you prepare for your baby’s arrival and care for your newborn. Expectant mothers and your partners are invited to participate in a special maternity orientation. Tour our facilities and get information on programs and services that provide the best care for you and your baby.
Targeted therapy uses customized chemotherapeutic drugs to treat cancer by stopping the growth and spread of cancer cells. Each patient’s cancer cells are unique and each patient responds differently to chemotherapies.
No matter what time a stroke happens, patients have instant access to a neurology specialist upon arrival via telemedicine, so they receive immediate treatment.
Within approximately 15 minutes of arrival at Saddleback Medical Center’s Emergency Department, stroke patients have a board-certified neurologist at their bedside thanks to highly advanced technology.
This surgical procedure destroys a small group of cells in the thalamus, a major area that receives information from the basal ganglia. This procedure is mainly effective in abolishing tremor on the opposite side of the body to the surgery.
The Comprehensive Stroke Center also has the Division of Neuroradiology (DINR) in partnership with the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), making it one of California’s most comprehensive centers for the diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation of the central nervous system and peripheral vascular malformations.
Common Misconceptions and Concerns
If your thoracic aortic aneurysm is small and not causing symptoms, your physician may recommend conservative medical therapy, which means that your risk factors and blood pressure are tightly controlled, and you will be monitored every six months to a year for signs of changes in your aneurysm.
Many surgeons have been using less invasive endovascular surgery on abdominal aortic aneurysms.
Thoracic Endovascular Aortic Repair (TEVAR) is a minimally invasive procedure to repair the major blood vessel in the body, called the aorta.
Surgical repair of thoraco-abdominal aortic aneurysms (TAAAs) enables the replacement of the diseased aortic segment and helps prevent aneurysm rupture.
One way you can help lower your risk for problems from your surgery is to talk with a member of your surgical care team before surgery about the type of care you should receive. Your care team includes your surgeon, your anesthesiologist and your nurses.
As part of the cancer care multi-disciplinary team, our radiation oncologists coordinate every aspect of care, with oncologists, radiologists, surgeons and pathologists to help decide the best course of treatment for each patient.
TACE injects small embolic particles that are coated with chemotherapy drugs in to an artery directly supplying the tumor. The particles block both the blood supply and introduce cytotoxicity to attack the tumor in several ways.
TCAR is a groundbreaking method to open up a blocked carotid artery with a small flexible metal mesh tube called a stent to improve blood supply to the brain. TCAR is a new option for patients with carotid artery disease considered to be at high-risk for the conventional operative approach, called carotid endarterectomy or
The human heart is a muscular organ that is made up of four chambers and there are four valves that allow blood to flow through the heart. The right side of the heart pumps blood through the lungs where it picks up oxygen and the left side receives this oxygenated blood and pumps it to the rest of the body.
Transitional Rehabilitation Services (TRS) incorporates an interdisciplinary treatment approach where each client is assigned an experienced rehabilitation team.
MemorialCare Long Beach Medical Center is an adult and pediatric Level II Trauma Center, verified by the American College of Surgeons Committee on Trauma. The Long Beach Medical Center Emergency Department (ED) treats more than 100,000 patients each year — more than 1,600 of those patients are treated by the Trauma Center.
Tumor ablation is a minimally invasive surgical method to treat solid cancers. Special probes are used to “burn” or “freeze” cancers while avoiding traditional surgery. CT, ultrasound or MRI technology is used to guide and position the needle probe in to the tumor.
Uterine Fibroid Embolization (UFE) is a safe and effective alternative to surgery. A non-surgical, uterus sparing treatment, UFE blocks the blood supply to the fibroids causing them to shrink.
Uvulopalatopharyngoplasty (UVPPP) is a robotic-assisted, minimally invasive surgery procedure designed to treat sleep apnea that involves the removal of obstructive tissues found in the back of the throat to open the airways.
The decision to repair versus replace the aortic valve is based on complex factors, as well as the experience and results of the particular treatment center.
Valvuloplasty is a minimally invasive procedure performed to increase the opening of a narrowed or defective valve in the heart. This procedure is performed in a cardiovascular catheterization laboratory.
The Varian Edge™ radiosurgery system works by using highly focused beams of powerful radiation to overwhelm cancer cells.
Vascular disease is a disease of the blood vessels. When blood vessels are working as they should, blood moves through an intricate system to supply the organs, limbs and muscles with the right amount of this vital fluid. The circulation system also carries toxins to organs that eliminate them from the body.
Cancer patients often have an increased tendency toward blood clotting. In certain cases where anti-coagulation medication does not work or is not permitted, small wires and catheters can be placed directly in the veins of the extremities to remove the clot.
The Vision Rehabilitation Program at the MemorialCare Rehabilitation Institute at Long Beach Medical Center provides comprehensive rehabilitation to assist people with macular degeneration and other low vision conditions to make the most of their available eyesight.
How Does the WATCHMAN™ Device Work?
Atrial fibrillation (AFib) is a heart rhythm disorder in which the heart beats irregularly. During AFib, the two upper chambers of the heart (the atria) quiver instead of beating properly to effectively move blood into the heart’s two lower chambers (the ventricles). AFib can cause blood
The Yacoub remodeling procedure uses a scalloped design to create a new aortic root out of Dacron.
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