• From Guthrie Cardiovascular Center

    How long will my stent last?

    Forever, but there is still a small chance of restenosis (a new blockage forming). It is very important for you to take an active role in living a heart healthy lifestyle, as doing so will lessen your chance of restenosis. The stent (coronary) will never be removed.

  • From Guthrie Specialty Eye Care

    What is involved in cataract surgery?

    Cataract surgery is one of the most common operations performed and one of the safest and most effective. Surgery involves removing the cloudy lens and replacing it with a substitute lens. If cataracts are present in both eyes, they cannot be removed at the same time. Your physician will need to perform surgery on each eye separately.

    Cataracts are generally removed in one of two ways:

      Phacoemulsification (Also called small incision cataract surgery.)

      This, most common, type of cataract removal procedure involves the surgeon making a small incision on the side of the cornea - the clear, dome-shaped surface that covers the front of the eye - where a tiny probe emits ultrasound waves to soften and break up the cloudy center of the lens. The cataract is then removed by suction through the same incision.
      Extracapsular Surgery

      During this procedure, a longer incision is made on the side of the cornea to remove the hard center of the lens; the remainder of the lens is then removed by suction.

  • From Lourdes Regional Cancer Center

    What is a diagnostic mammogram?

    A diagnostic mammogram is used for problem solving. For example, a diagnostic mammogram would be performed if a lump is found in the breast, or if there are other signs suspicious for breast cancer. A diagnostic mammogram might also be used to follow a particular finding over time. Diagnostic mammograms are tailored to each patient’s case and are monitored by a board certified radiologist who interprets the images and determines whether further testing is needed.

  • From Lourdes Regional Cancer Center

    What is Breast Ultrasound?

    Ultrasound is a noninvasive test that uses sound waves to produce pictures of the inside of the breast. Breast ultrasound is used as a supplemental tool in detecting and diagnosing fluid-filled versus solid abnormalities in the breast.

  • From Guthrie Cardiovascular Center

    Are statins safe?

    Statins, also known as HMG-CoA reductase inhibitors, are highly effective cholesterol-lowering medications. Statins have been studied extensively and overall have been proven to decrease the risk of heart attack, stroke, and other coronary artery diseases that are related to high cholesterol levels Statins have been around for 20 years, and their safety record is convincing. It’s true that nobody knows about the very long-term side effects, which could take decades to show up. But from what we know now, the rare adverse effects are far outweighed by the lifesaving benefits. And, if anything, the studies pointing to potential additional benefits (prolonging life) seem stronger than those suggesting additional adverse effects.