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Minimally Invasive Surgery: Advantages and Benefits


In recent years, the development of more advanced surgical techniques has revolutionized the way in which many procedures are performed. Instead of having to perform a surgery through a wide and open incision, many procedures can now be executed through incisions only centimeters long with the help of advanced camera equipment and high-definition monitoring systems. These less-invasive surgical techniques provide many benefits for the patient, including:

  • Reduced pain
    By performing the surgery through tiny “keyhole” incisions and utilizing the most advanced surgical technology, surgeons can often perform the procedure with a higher degree of precision, resulting in less damage to the skin and underlying tissues. This reduced tissue damage will in turn result in less bleeding during the procedure and significantly reduced pain after surgery.
  • Reduced scarring
    In addition to reducing the discomfort of surgery, minimally invasive techniques will also often reduce the scarring left behind by the procedure. The tiny incisions used to perform the surgery are usually much less noticeable than those used for traditional open surgical procedures.
  • Reduced recovery period
    The reduced trauma, blood loss, and pain that are associated with minimally invasive surgery translate into a shorter recovery time and a much shorter hospital stay. With this reduced recovery period comes a much quicker return to normal daily activities and reduced healthcare costs.   

West Hills Hospital & Medical Center offers our community the full range of minimally invasive surgical options performed by a team of board-certified and experienced surgeons. Our entire surgical staff is specially trained to care for the postoperative patient and is dedicated to his or her continued health and wellness. Contact our staff today at (818) 676-4000 to find out more about our comprehensive, state-of-the-art surgical services and how they may benefit you.

The Diagnosis and Management of Colorectal Cancer

Colorectal Cancer

According to the American Cancer Society, colorectal cancer is the third leading cause of cancer-related deaths in men and women living in the United States. Fortunately, colorectal cancer is one of the most preventable and curable types of cancer, as it can be easily detected through screening processes such as a colonoscopy. March is National Colorectal Cancer Month; increase your awareness and read on to learn more about the importance of an early diagnosis in the treatment of this deadly disease.

A colonoscopy is the best-known screening method for detecting and diagnosing colorectal cancer, as it has the ability to image the entire colon. During this exam, the physician looks for the presence of structures called polyps lining the inside of the colon and rectum. These polyps can be large or small, raised or flat, and while they are typically benign, they can also be a site of cancerous growth. If a polyp is found, the tissue will often be biopsied for the presence of cancer cells.

Once the condition has been diagnosed, the treatment process will often depend on the stage, or severity, of the disease. For cancers found at their earliest stage (stage 0), treatment usually involves the removal of the affected cells during the colonoscopy. If the cancer is found at stages I, II, or III, more aggressive treatments may be recommended. Chemotherapy, radiation therapy, and surgery to remove the cancer cells are among the most common treatments for colorectal cancer.

If you are over the age of 50 or have an increased risk for colorectal cancer, speak with your physician about undergoing a colonoscopy. Like most other cancers, early detection will significantly increase the likelihood of a full cure. You can contact West Hills Hospital & Medical Center at (818) 676-4000 if you have any questions regarding your potential risk factors.

Nutrition and Healthy Eating

Are you getting the nutrition you need to maintain excellent health? In this video, the American Diabetes Association presents helpful information about what it means to eat a healthy diet. The host also discusses how the body breaks down and absorbs nutrients, and how this process is interrupted in patients with diabetes. For those suffering from diabetes, nutrition is especially important for maintaining stable blood sugar levels and preventing any complications from arising. 

West Hills Hospital & Medical Center offers the patients in our community comprehensive health and wellness services, from advanced diagnostics to expert rehabilitation and support programs. Contact West Hills Hospital at (818) 676-4000 to learn more about how our healthcare team can help you improve your health.

Diabetes During Pregnancy: What is Gestational Diabetes?

Gestational diabetes is a temporary type of diabetes mellitus that occurs in about 18% of pregnant women.  Although the cause of this disease is not known for sure, scientist believe gestational diabetes could be the result of pregnancy hormones blocking the action of insulin in a mother’s body, causing insulin resistance.  In this video, you can learn more about how high blood sugar levels can occur in women with gestational diabetes and what a mother can do to keep her baby healthy during pregnancy. 

West Hills Hospital & Medical Center offers the families in our community specialized Maternal and Child Health services. You can learn more about how we work to provide mothers a safe, joyful birthing experience by visiting out website, contacting us online, or by calling (818) 676-4000.

Learn More About Your Health And Wellness With These Resources


Are you looking for more information about postpartum depression or the other topics discussed in our recent posts? Check out the following links or contact West Hills Hospital & Medical Center at (818) 676-4000.

  • In this article, The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists answers many frequently asked questions about postpartum depression and postpartum blues.
  • You can also learn more about postpartum depression from this fact sheet found on WomensHealth.gov.
  • Find out more about burn injury prevention from the American Burn Association website.
  • This article from the PubMed Health medical library provides an overview of the causes, symptoms, and first-aid procedures associated with burn injuries.
  • Read some of the statistics that are related to lung cancer and the other types of cancer from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
  • Visit the National Stroke Association website for more information on the basics of a stroke and its causes.
  • A stroke is a serious medical emergency that requires immediate treatment—read more about recognizing the symptoms on the American Stroke Association website.
  • This overview from MedlinePlus describes a few of the problems that can arise when a woman becomes pregnant.
  • KidsHealth.org provides more information about what designates a high-risk pregnancy.
  • Become more aware of the symptoms of transient ischemic attack by reading this guide from the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke.

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