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    A Look at the Breast Center Community Outreach Programs of Los Robles Hospital

    Last updated 15 days ago

    At Los Robles Hospital, we strive to provide our Thousand Oaks community with the necessary resources to be proactive about good health. Through our Breast Center community outreach programs, we educate and offer support to those fighting cancer. Here is a look at some of the programs our hospital offers through the Breast Center.

    Look Good…Feel Better

    Look Good…Feel Better is a program developed by the American Cancer Society and offered through our hospital. It is geared specifically to helping women cope with the physical side effects of cancer treatment that can affect their appearance and self esteem. In these classes, women will learn techniques to manage the impact of chemotherapy and radiation on the skin from a cosmetologist certified by the American Cancer Society. This program is offered the second Monday of each month in Classroom 2 at our Thousand Oaks hospital.

    Cancer Support Community

    You may feel alone when you get a cancer diagnosis, but you’re not. Through the Cancer Support Community, you can connect with other people who are in the same fight and get the support and education you need. The Cancer Support Community offers a range of resources, including counseling, healthy lifestyle programs, and support group sessions. For meeting times, visit our website.

    Lymphedema Support Group

    Lymphedema is a common side effect of breast cancer treatment that lingers long after the disease is gone. Living with lymphedema is often frustrating, but learning to control your symptoms is empowering. The Lymphedema Support Group meets the last Wednesday of every month except December. If you or a loved one has lymphedema, attend for support and to learn more about taking control of the condition.

    These groups are just a few examples of Los Robles Hospital’s commitment to the community. To learn more about our outreach programs and other hospital services, including our emergency room and stroke care, call (805) 497-2727. 

    Exercising Safely in the Summer Heat

    Last updated 19 days ago

    Exercise is one of the best things you can do for your heart health, but summer heat can make getting your workout in a challenge. When temperatures are high, exercise can easily turn into a trip to the emergency room if you don’t take the proper precautions. This summer, protect your heart and avoid heat-related illness with these tips.

    Stay Hydrated

    Hydration is critical to exercise safely in the heat. Drink before you exercise and throughout your workout. For most people, water is the best to stay hydrated, rather than sugary sports drinks. If you want to get an idea of exactly how much you should be drinking, weigh yourself before and after a workout. The difference in your weight represents the amount of fluid you lost through sweat that you need to replenish.

    Choose the Right Time

    Plan your workouts so that you’re not active at the hottest part of the day. Try to get your exercise in first thing in the morning or later in the evening, when temperatures are cooler. It is also a good idea to build up your tolerance to working out in hotter temperatures. Cut time off your workout and gradually build up so your body can adjust to the heat, a process that takes about seven to 14 days.

    Listen to Your Body

    Even if you have chosen the right time of day and are drinking plenty of water, it is still possible to experience heat exhaustion or heat stroke. If you feel lightheaded, are sweating excessively, or feel faint, stop and get into the shade. Heat-related illnesses can be dangerous, so go to the emergency room if getting out of the heat doesn’t relieve your symptoms.

    The emergency room at Los Robles Hospital & Medical Center treats a wide range of urgent medical conditions year-round, from heat-related illnesses to heart crises. Find out more about the services at our full-service hospital in Thousand Oaks by calling (805) 497-2727. 

    Tips for Creating the Right Birth Plan

    Last updated 29 days ago

    The last few months of pregnancy can be a busy time for families. Along with adding the final touches to the nursery and selecting a pediatrician at the local hospital, expectant parents often develop a birth plan. This is a simple document that expresses your preferences for your birthing experience. At Los Robles Hospital & Medical Center, our obstetric team strives to adhere as closely as possible to parents’ birthing preferences. You can learn more about the maternity services available at our hospital in Thousand Oaks by viewing this video.

    Your Birthing Preferences

    Your birth plan can state your preferences for medical care. As you’ll learn by watching the video featured here, it’s important to choose a hospital that features a Level III NICU and maternity operating suites, just in case. For example, it is possible that a Cesarean section or an episiotomy might be indicated. Your birth plan might state that you prefer to avoid these procedures whenever possible. However, if either of these procedures is indicated, you would like to be fully informed and to be an active participant in the decision-making process. Your birth plan can also describe your preferences for pain management, pushing guidance, and positions during labor.

    Your Ideal Setting

    Labor and delivery is quite literally a life-changing event. To ease the stress of the situation, your birth plan might express your personal preferences. For example, you might prefer that, whenever possible, the lighting in your birthing suite is kept low and noises are kept to a minimum. Some expectant mothers like to bring their own soothing music to play during labor.

    Your Support Team

    Your birth plan can list the people whom you would like to be present during labor and delivery. It might include your partner or other close family member, for example. If you’ve been under the care of a midwife during your pregnancy, your birth plan will likely state that you prefer to have delivery support from your midwife.

    At Los Robles Hospital & Medical Center, we firmly believe in providing maternity services that are centered on the needs of the family and the birthing preferences of the mother. Our hospital in Thousand Oaks combines high-tech services with a personal touch. For further information about the accommodations, amenities, and healthcare services available at our Birthing Center, please call our Consult-A-Nurse referral line at (805) 497-2727.

    Recognizing the Top Health Risks of Summer

    Last updated 1 month ago

    If you’re planning some fun activities this summer, it’s a good idea to take a few minutes to consider safety issues. Taking safety precautions for activities ranging from exercising outdoors to doing some landscaping can help keep you out of the emergency room this summer. And if you do suffer an injury or illness, you can count on the emergency room team at Los Robles Hospital & Medical Center to help you get back on your feet.

    Yard Equipment Injuries

    Each year, far too many homeowners are rushed to the emergency room because of severe injuries sustained when working with yard equipment, such as mowers and power tools. One way to reduce your risk of injuries and to reduce your water consumption during the drought is to make the switch from grass to artificial turf. Or, select drought-resistant groundcovers such as thyme or golden creeping Jenny that will never require mowing. When you do use yard equipment or power tools, wear protective goggles and always turn off the equipment before servicing it.

    Heat-Related Illnesses

    If left untreated, heat-related illnesses can become life-threatening. Infants, young children, seniors, and individuals with an illness are particularly prone to developing heat cramps, heat exhaustion, and heatstroke. To prevent heat-related illnesses, sip water throughout the day and avoid alcoholic beverages. Consume a sports drink to replace the minerals you’ll lose when working out during the summer. It’s also a good idea to take frequent breaks from the outdoor heat to cool off in an air conditioned room.

    Sun Exposure

    Protecting your skin from sunburns can help reduce your risk of developing skin cancer. Apply a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of at least 15 before going outdoors. Reapply the product every two hours or as indicated by the directions. Additionally, it’s advisable to reduce exposure to the sun by wearing a broad-brimmed hat and clothing with a high Ultraviolet Protection Factor (UPF).

    The healthcare providers of Los Robles Hospital & Medical Center would like to wish our neighbors a safe and enjoyable summer. At our hospital in Thousand Oaks, you’ll find all the healthcare services you’ll need to keep your family healthy—from emergency room care to pediatric care, and many more. If you require transportation to our emergency room, please call 911 immediately; otherwise, you can speak with a registered nurse at our community hospital by calling (805) 497-2727.

    Questions to Ask Before Total Joint Replacement Surgery

    Last updated 1 month ago

    During total joint replacement surgery, an orthopedic surgeon at Los Robles Hospital & Medical Center removes the damaged or diseased components of the joint and places a prosthesis, or artificial joint. This surgery enables patients with joint problems to regain mobility and enjoy relief of pain. If you’re interested in learning more about joint replacement surgery, you can watch the video featured here and speak with an orthopedic specialist at your community hospital.

    Should I Have Joint Replacement Surgery?

    If you experience pain in your knee, hip, or shoulder, and have trouble carrying out daily activities, then joint replacement surgery may be right for you. However, only a physician at your local hospital can determine if you’re a good candidate for this surgery. During your consultation, your physician will thoroughly review your medical history, consider your joint symptoms, and conduct a physical exam. You can also expect to undergo diagnostic tests, such as blood tests and imaging scans, to determine if joint replacement surgery is right for you.

    How Should I Prepare?

    As you’ll learn when you watch the featured video, having joint replacement surgery at a hospital that provides extensive patient support is important. The hospital in this video provides pre-operative classes, which allow patients to undergo assessments and learn what they can expect from the procedure. Generally, patients can prepare for joint replacement by losing weight if necessary, quitting smoking if applicable, and modifying the home to make it safer during recovery.

    How Can I Facilitate My Recovery?

    The best way to facilitate your recovery is to follow your healthcare team’s instructions. Before you even leave the hospital, you’ll begin working through a rehabilitation program with the help of physical and occupational therapists. Prior to your surgery, you should have arranged to have someone stay at your home for a while after you’ve been discharged.

    The Total Joint Program at Los Robles Hospital & Medical Center provides patients with a personalized orthopedic experience. Our continuum of care empowers patients to become active participants in their own healthcare, from pre-operative education through rehabilitation. Residents of the Thousand Oaks area are invited to speak with a registered nurse at our community hospital by calling (805) 497-2727.

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