West Hills Hospital & Medical Center
West Hills Hospital & Medical Center is your community resource for better health. We have the capability and expertise to perform emergency open heart procedures, perform brain and spine surgery.

The Funniest Flu Video Ever!

HCA interviews the flu. Check it out!

TONIGHT! Weight-Loss Patient Support Group with Guest Speaker Nancy Samuelian, RD - 6:30pm at West Hills Hospital

The Center for Bariatric Surgery will host its monthly support group meeting for weight loss patients tonight, Nov. 8, 2011 at West Hills Hospital at 6:30 p.m. 

Our guest speaker will be Nancy Samuelian, RD, who will discuss ways to eat healthy!  For more information please call the Center at (818) 676-4141.  Looking forward to seeing you there!


Pregnancy Health Tips - Eating Well During Pregnancy

It is important to maintain a balanced diet both before and during your pregnancy to ensure the health of your growing baby.

In this video, NHSChoices.com provides several healthy eating tips to follow during the course of your pregnancy. One of the most important things you’ll want to obtain, even before you become pregnant, if possible, is folic acid. Folic acid helps to prevent neural tube defects such as spina bifida. You can get your recommended dose of folic acid by taking oral supplements or consuming plenty of whole grains, fruit juice, spinach, and other leafy greens. Learn more about which foods to eat, as well as which food to avoid, in this full clip.

West Hills Hospital & Medical Center is one of the region’s best maternity hospitals. Let our family take care of your family by calling (818) 676-4000 for more information.

Halloween Safety Tips from West Hills Hospital & Medical Center

West Hills Hospital & Medical Center would like to wish you and your family a safe and happy Halloween!

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The Importance of Physical Therapy after Total-Joint Replacement Surgery

Physical Therapy

Knee replacement surgery is one of the most common total-joint replacement surgeries done today. In fact, studies by the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons show that approximately 581,000 knee replacements are performed each year in the United States. Physical therapy is a crucial part of the recovery process, and most patients use a continuous passive motion machine immediately after surgery. The machine is designed to slowly move the knee to restore function, decrease swelling, and improve circulation.

Physical therapy provides evaluation and treatment services to help restore function for individuals following a joint replacement procedure or those patients suffering from impairments that limit their mobility. These rehabilitation treatments are designed to improve one’s balance, strength, endurance, cognition, and overall safety.

Here at West Hills Hospital & Medical Center, our Center for Fitness and Rehabilitation provides physical therapy and rehabilitation services to help patients increase their mobility, restore movement, and strengthen their joints following a total knee replacement. We also provide functional assessments, functional training, discharge planning, guided home physical therapy programs, and educational services to help patients and their families understand the steps necessary to recondition one’s joints following a replacement procedure.

Without proper rehabilitation or physical therapy, patients who have undergone a total knee replacement are at risk for re-injury, decreased range of motion, joint stiffness, and lack of mobility. It is not uncommon for an individual to suffer from minor muscle atrophy following a joint replacement procedure. Fortunately, physical therapy programs can help rebuild weakened muscles in order to support the knee joint and provide stability to other crucial tissues.

Whether you are interested in inpatient rehabilitation or outpatient physical therapy services, West Hills Hospital & Medical Center is here to help. For more information, visit our website or contact us at (818) 676-4000.

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