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October 11, 2012 - Image 42

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The Detroit Jewish News, 2012-10-11

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WOMEN'S HEALTH

Specialized services, top-quality care

LE S S IS MORE WHEN IT COMES
TO GYNECOLOGIC SURGERY

Many women are finding that less

Dr. Corsi says the gyneco-

is more—at least when it comes

logical team has created a

to gynecologic surgery and the

center of excellence to treat

size of the incisions used to per-

some of the most common

form operations.

gynecological conditions.

Among the minimally inva-

Women who need gynecologic

PAUL CORSI, MD

surgery can turn with confidence

sive gynecologic procedures

performed at St. Joe are:

to St. Joseph Mercy Oakland
(SJMO). St Joe is a recognized leader in women's health

• Hysterectomies (removal

care and one of the area's leaders in performing minimally

• Myomectomies (removal
of fibroids)

invasive gynecologic surgery, including robotic-assisted

surgery. St. Joe's Minimally Invasive Gynecologic Surgery

program was designed by board-certified gynecologists,

who are experts in minimally invasive surgery, says SJMO

obstetrician-gynecologist Paul Corsi, MD.

Open hysterectom

daVinci hysterectorn incisio

of the uterus)

Minimally invasive surgery offers many benefits over traditional open surgery.

• Oncologic (cancer)
procedures

• Less blood loss because of precise surgical dissection
• Less scarring

• Pelvic floor (incontinence)
• Sacrocolpopexy for vaginal vault prolapse
• Resection of endometriosis

• Shorter hospital stay
• Faster recovery time and return to regular activities

The expert team of surgeons, nurses and clinicians at St. Joe

operates with the smallest possible incision.The hospital of-

Many women prefer minimally invasive surgery because

fers a number of minimally invasive gynecologic procedures

Many times, women who undergo minimally invasive gy-

it offers numerous benefits to the patient over traditional

that use laparoscopes, hysteroscopes or the do VinciTM Sur-
gical System. All minimally invasive surgeries use tiny video

open surgery, says Dr. Corsi. Benefits of minimally invasive

necologic surgeries are able to return home the same day
as their procedure.

surgery include:

cameras and surgical tools placed in the body through small

• Smaller incisions with less pain

incisions that are often less than I centimeter in size.

For more information or referral to a gynecologist who

• Decreased risk of infection

performs minimally invasive surgery, call 800-372-6094.

WHAT WOMEN NEED TO KNOW ABOUT STROKE

A stroke is a brain attack, which

time is brain. A patient with a stroke has a window of up to

occurs when the blood supply

TREATMENT When women are brought to the hospital

4Y2 hours before brain cells begin to die.The sooner a patient

for treatment of stroke, the physician will administer a

to the brain is cut off. Usually, a

reaches the emergency room, the sooner treatment can begin

stroke is caused by a blocked ar-

clot-busting drug to dissolve the clot. However, if the

and the sooner the patient can be on her way to recovery.

woman is admitted outside of the time window for

tery, preventing the flow of blood

treating the stroke with IV medications, the physician

and oxygen to the brain. When

RISK FACTORS Common risk factors for stroke are

this happens, brain cells die, lead-

advanced age, excess weight, smoking, family history of

ing to brain damage or death.

stroke, lack of exercise, high blood pressure, diabetes or

SYMPTOMS Generally, men and

women have common symptoms when it comes to stroke:

high cholesterol. Women have added risk factors, including:
• Having migraines with auras
• Having an autoimmune disease, such as lupus, or a

Sudden numbness or weakness of face, arm or leg,
especially on one side of the body
• Sudden confusion or trouble speaking or understanding

blood-clotting disorder

stroke isn't caught in time, it may take weeks or months

• Using birth control pills or menopausal hormone
therapy

to recover, if at all. The younger you are, the better your

• Sudden trouble seeing in one or both eyes
• Sudden trouble walking, dizziness, or loss of balance
or coordination

• Being pregnant
• Being postmenopausal and having a waist larger than
25 inches

• Sudden severe headache with no known cause

• Having a triglyceride level higher than 128 mg/dL of
blood

GREGORY
NORRIS, MD

However, women may have symptoms unique to them:
• Sudden face and limb pain • Sudden hiccups • Sudden

nausea • Sudden general weakness • Sudden chest pain
• Sudden shortness of breath • Sudden palpitations

If you experience any of these symptoms, have a family

member call 91 I immediately. Stroke is an emergency, and

will use a specially designed suction device to pull out
the clot.

Because each individual is different, people recover at

different rates, notes Dr. Norris. "Either people recover

quickly, in a matter of hours or days," he says. "But if the

chances of recovery.The goal is to get back to [the activi-
ties of] daily living."

PREVENTION You can reduce your risk for stroke

by controlling your blood pressure and cholesterol

levels, maintaining a healthy weight, exercising and not
smoking.

According to Gregory Norris, MD, a St. Joseph Mercy

Oakland neurointensivist/neurologist, "stroke in women

St. Joseph Mercy Oakland is Michigan's first certified pri-

is related to birth control pills and smoking. Additionally,

mary stroke center. It is the home of the Michigan Stroke

pregnancy is a risk for stroke because of hormone changes."

Network (MSN), which provides expert, state-of-the-art

African American and Hispanic women are at higher risk
for stroke than Caucasian women.

telemedicine 7 days a week, 24 hours a day.

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stroke care to 30 partner hospitals in Michigan through

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