Raulerson Hospital
We are a 100-bed acute care facility providing a full range of medical and surgical services. We have been serving the Okeechobee and surrounding communities for more than 30 years.

What Is a Colon Resection?

Pain in the abdomen

Colon resection is a surgical measure typically considered after less-invasive options have failed to alleviate a particular ailment. In particular, this procedure may be necessary for individuals with extensive colon disease.

Colon disease can encompass any number of conditions. For instance, patients with advanced Crohn’s disease may require colon resection to remove damaged tissue that is obstructing proper colon function. This procedure may also be necessary if the colon has malignant growths or if cancer from another part of the body has spread to the colon. Though colon resection may require several days of hospitalization, it can prove integral to preserving quality of life for those who undergo it.

Have you been told that you require a colon resection? Then call Raulerson Hospital today at (888) 725-3918 to speak with one of our registered nurses available 24/7. We can refer you to the appropriate physician for more information on this procedure and its benefits.

Diabetes-Friendly Recipes for Breakfast and Lunch on the Go

Are you too busy to make a sit-down breakfast or lunch? With the help of your blender, you can still eat healthily even when you’re running short on time.

This video demonstrates how to create nutritious yet delicious smoothies. With just a few ingredients, you can make a wholesome and satisfying breakfast or lunch. For a breakfast smoothie, try fresh or frozen berries and low-fat yogurt for a tasty and portable meal. When you don’t have time for a traditional lunch, you can use your blender to mix together peanut butter, jelly, and other diabetes-friendly ingredients for a filling fix to your afternoon cravings.

Are you looking for more diabetes management information? Call Raulerson Hospital at (888) 725-3918 to speak with one of our Consult-A-Nurse associates.

Medical Emergency: Insect Bite Allergy

Bug bites

The bite of a fire ant or the sting of a bee can be incredibly painful for many people. Such an event can also be life-threatening for individuals with insect allergies. Raulerson Hospital recommends that individuals with known insect allergies or those who suffer an anaphylactic response seek emergency care as soon as possible if they suffer an insect bite.

Allergy Triggers

The bite or sting of any insect has the potential to cause a severe allergic reaction. However, a select few species account for the majority of anaphylactic responses. Creatures that live in hives or nests, including hornets, yellow jackets, and wasps, can induce a serious reaction in those with insect allergies. As mentioned, fire ants are also responsible for many trips to the emergency room due to the reactions that their venom can cause in some individuals.

Warning Signs

A bite or sting normally produces tenderness and redness. For those with insect allergies, a bite or sting can lead to a wide range of serious side effects. Some people may exhibit extreme respiratory difficulties. For instance, your throat can swell, making it challenging to breathe. Allergic reactions can also induce gastrointestinal issues. You may experience abdominal pain, vomit, or suffer from diarrhea. A bite or sting can also lead to the formation of welts over the body.

Treatment Options

Anaphylaxis requires immediate emergency treatment. If the victim of a bite or sting cannot breathe or loses consciousness, his symptoms may turn fatal if he does not receive professional medical attention. Epinephrine can prove integral to stabilizing the patient until an emergency team can better assess his symptoms and provide appropriate care.

Do you know how to identify the warning signs of anaphylaxis? Recognizing the symptoms and getting emergency care could save your life or that of someone you love. Call (888) 725-3918 to speak to a registered nurse available 24/7 to find out more about the emergency care services that Raulerson Hospital provides for allergy reactions and other life-threatening conditions.

Answers to Your Hip Replacement FAQs

Doctor Examining Male Patient With Hip Pain

Raulerson Hospital provides comprehensive orthopedic treatment options that cater to the individual needs of our patients. While medication, physical therapy, and injections can often ease joint pain for many people, those with advanced joint deterioration may require more extensive treatment. Hip replacement surgery can give recipients a second chance to enjoy the quality of life they once had without arthritic joint pain. If you are thinking about getting hip replacement, the following questions and answers can help you better decide if it is the right procedure for you.

Why should I consider hip replacement?

Arthritis typically becomes more difficult to manage with conservative treatment measures. If the medication, healthy diet, and exercise that once controlled your joint pain no longer offer the lasting relief you desire, you may be the ideal candidate for hip replacement. If medical imaging reveals extensive cartilage or bone damage, surgery may be the best choice for removing diseased tissue and introducing functioning artificial replacements.

What happens during hip replacement surgery?

The goal of hip replacement surgery is to restore healthy function to your damaged joint. To do so, the orthopedic surgeon must first remove the sections of cartilage and bone that no longer perform as needed. Once the diseased structures are gone, the surgeon can then introduce artificial components that once again enable movement and range of motion.

How can hip replacement improve my quality of life?

Mild arthritis may cause pain only when you engage in strenuous activity. However, advanced joint damage can produce pain when you attempt even simple actions such as walking, sitting, or lying down. Such obstructions to your mobility can then limit your independence and life satisfaction. Hip replacement surgery can eliminate your pain and allow you to once again enjoy life as you did without the hindrance of chronic discomfort, stiffness, and inflammation.

Would you like to learn more about the hip replacement process? Call (888) 725-3918 to speak with a registered nurse. Our nurses are available around the clock to answer your questions and direct you to the appropriate orthopedic professionals.

How to Help Your Kids Curb Sodium Intake

High sodium intake is a leading risk factor for hypertension, a condition that affects adults and children alike. This video offers tips on reducing the amount of sodium your children eat.

Sodium can be found in many places beyond your saltshaker. For taste and preservation purposes, many food manufacturers add salt to their products. In fact, nutrition experts warn that many popular packaged foods, including soup, crackers, and frozen pizza, contain ample amounts of salt. For this reason, try to limit the amount of processed foods that your kids eat. Replacing salt with fresh herbs and spices can help lower your family’s sodium intake.

Raulerson Hospital provides both preventive and treatment services to help our patients enjoy their best health. For more information about our healthcare options, call (888) 725-3918.

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