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Health Matters: Preparing for Surgery

Whether it’s minimally invasive, robotic, or open surgery—health experts say there are a few things patients need to do to prepare for the procedure. It’s very important to pay attention to your diet. A lot of fresh fruits and veggies, try to limit processed foods, eat a lot of lean proteins, chicken breasts, fish. Try to increase or at least maintain physical activity,” explained Andrea Berecz-Prewitt, a physician assistant with Lee Health. If patients smoke or drink alcohol—health experts say it’s also important to stop using before surgery. “Smokers have significant risk factors due...

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Health Matters: Pediatric Robotic Surgery

From across the room, using controls and pedals—pediatric surgeons at Golisano Children’s Hospital are now able to operate on patients without even touching them. “It allows performances of deep surgeries in the pelvis or abdomen through tiny, little incisions as opposed to a traditional, large incision to get access to the areas where urologists often operate,” explained Dr. Rahman Abd-El-Barr, a pediatric urologist with Golisano Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida. The DaVinci robot is a robotic platform that allows surgeons to do minimally invasive surgery, leaving patients with...

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Health Matters: Before You Go Home After Surgery

From building strength to increasing endurance, health experts at Lee Health’s post-acute rehabilitation work with patients to get them home safely after surgery. “We do a lot of orthopedic patients who come in after a knee or a hip surgery. We have back surgery patients, stroke patients, and then medical patients, who had some severe illness and were debilitated,” said Frances Haas, a nurse practitioner with Lee Health. Post-acute rehab is also important for patients with heart failure and pulmonary issues. “We want to make sure that they are able to take care of themselves, to do their...

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