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    Important Information about Mammograms

    Last updated 1 month ago

    Breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer deaths among American women. Every year, breast cancer claims the lives of around 40,000 women. Perhaps the most tragic aspect of that statistic is that many of these deaths could be prevented with proper screening. If you’re a woman over the age of 40, the medical professionals at Raulerson Hospital recommend that you learn more about mammograms and go in for annual screenings.

    What are Mammograms?

    A mammogram is a procedure that uses x-ray technology to examine breast tissue. A mammogram can detect abnormalities that cannot be detected during a routine breast self-exam. After taking a few images of the breast tissue, a doctor looks for any signs of calcifications, tumors, and other abnormalities. Though a mammogram can identify trouble areas, it cannot identify whether a particular abnormality is cancer (you need a biopsy for that).

    What to Expect During the Procedure

    Consider scheduling your mammogram a week after your menstrual period, when your breasts are less tender. Before your mammogram, the technician will ask you to remove your shirt and bra so your breasts can be examined. Your breasts will then be compressed between two plates, allowing the machine to see more of your breast tissue. This part of the procedure may feel uncomfortable, but should only last about 20-30 seconds per breast.

    When to Get a Mammogram

    Doctors recommend that all women over the age of 40 go in for a mammogram every year. If you have a close relative who has or has had breast cancer, you may want to go in for a mammogram even earlier. If you have multiple breast cancer risk factors—such as starting your period at an early age, a cigarette smoking habit, or obesity—your doctor may recommend additional screening.

    Raulerson Hospital has some of the most modern digital mammography equipment available, and we’re standing by to help you identify your risk of breast cancer. Don’t put your life at risk—call us at (888) 725-3918 to schedule an appointment or a screening.

    Understanding EKGs

    Last updated 1 month ago

    Heart disease is the number one killer of American men and women. If you have even the slightest risk of developing heart disease, it’s important that you work closely with your doctor and embrace healthier lifestyle habits. One way a doctor can evaluate your heart health is through a procedure called an electrocardiogram, or EKG.

    An EKG is designed to check the electrical activity of your heart. During the EKG, you will lie flat on a table while doctors and nurses attach electrodes to your legs, arms, and chest. Over the next 5 to 10 minutes, you will lie still and breathe normally as a machine records your heart activity. An EKG can help identify the cause of chest pain, determine how well heart medications are working, and evaluate the function of a pacemaker or other device.

    If your family has a history of heart disease, it may be a good idea for you to undergo an EKG at Raulerson Hospital. We’ve been serving Okeechobee and the surrounding areas for over 35 years. Call our Consult-A-Nurse healthcare referral line at (888) 725-3918 if you have any questions.

    How does an MRI Work?

    Last updated 2 months ago

    Medicine would be a very difficult enterprise if surgeons had to physically operate on an individual every time they complained of bodily pain. Fortunately, medical professionals can see inside the body with magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) machines. While traditional x-rays can also see into the body, they can’t produce detailed images of the body’s soft tissues. If you’re planning on having an MRI at Raulerson Hospital, read on to learn more about the procedure and its benefits.  


    Before your MRI, you should be sure to inform your physician of your medical history, current medications, and allergies. You should also tell your doctor if you have a pacemaker or any other metallic device. Since an MRI uses strong forces of magnetism, you will be asked to remove credit cards and all metallic jewelry. You will wear a hospital gown and lie down on a table which will slide into the donut-shaped MRI machine.


    The most significant component of an MRI machine is the super-powered magnet, which creates a large magnetic field. The MRI’s wire coils help create the magnetic field by conducting electricity through the system. The magnetic field orients the body’s hydrogen atoms so they’re facing the same direction. During an MRI, you’ll hear loud noises similar to bongo drums—this is caused by the electricity in the wires interacting with the magnetic field.


    This complex procedure results in a series of two-dimensional cross sections, which your doctor can then examine for abnormalities. These abnormalities should up on the MRI as a different shade of gray, making them easier to detect. Just by looking at the images, a doctor can detect cancer, torn ligaments, multiple sclerosis, and a wide range of other ailments. The earlier your doctor identifies an abnormality, the sooner you can receive treatment.

    Raulerson Hospital offers a range of sophisticated imaging procedures, including MRIs, CT scans, and mammograms. Call us at (888) 725-3918 or visit our website to discover our range of wellness services.


    The Benefits of Minimally Invasive Hip Surgery

    Last updated 2 months ago

    Your hip joint may experience severe damage and pain as a result of an injury, disease, or wear and tear. If it becomes difficult to walk and perform routine tasks, you might ask your doctor about hip surgery. During hip surgery, a surgeon replaces your hip socket and the top part of your femur with prosthetics. Traditionally, hip replacement surgery required a large incision and a significant recovery period. Today, the surgeons at Raulerson Hospital can perform minimally invasive hip surgery, which comes with a great number of benefits.

    Less Pain

    There’s no way around it—every surgical procedure involves pain during recovery. Still, if you have the opportunity to reduce your pain, you would probably go for it. In the long run, minimally invasive hip surgery will reduce or eliminate your hip pain. During recovery, you’ll experience significantly less pain than you would while recovering from traditional hip surgery.

    Short Recovery Time

    Many people are hesitant to undergo surgery because they’re afraid of a long recovery process. After traditional hip replacement surgery, patients usually can expect to stay in the hospital for four or five nights, but after minimally invasive surgery, a typical hospital stay is typically one or two nights. Since minimally invasive surgery involves smaller incisions, patients can enjoy a much faster recovery period.  

    Improved Mobility

    The limited mobility that comes with an arthritic knee can have a significant impact on the quality of your life. If you undergo hip surgery, you can once again enjoy the use of your hip. To determine whether you qualify for a minimally invasive hip procedure, don’t hesitate to contact your doctor.

    Raulerson Hospital has a modern and sophisticated orthopedics unit with all the latest surgical equipment. If you live in Okeechobee and are in need of joint replacement surgery, call (888) 725-3918 to schedule an appointment with one of our orthopedic doctors.

    Deciding Whether Speech Therapy Is Right for Your Child

    Last updated 2 months ago

    In general, children develop basic skills at difference rates. However, some children have significant difficulty mastering the subtleties of speech and language. If it’s clear that your child is behind their peers when it comes to speech development, you may want to look into speech therapy. This brief guide will help you determine whether speech therapy at Raulerson Hospital is right for your child.  

    Understanding Speech Disorders

    First, it might be helpful to become familiar with a few of the most common kinds of speech disorders. Many children have difficulty with fluency and may stutter or prolong certain syllable sounds. Other children have difficulty articulating their words to the point where others can’t understand what they’re trying to say. Another common speech disorder involves the inability to control one’s pitch or volume.

    Evaluating Their Academic Performance

    Your child’s elementary school teacher likely knows a lot about early development and acts as your child’s guardian for much of the day. During a parent-teacher conference, your child’s teacher may provide insight into your child’s speech development. If their speech skills are causing them to fall behind in class, you might consider taking your concerns to a specialist in speech-language therapy.   

    Speaking with an Expert

    An expert in speech should be able to identify your child’s speech disorder and whether it requires professional treatment. During an appointment, be sure to ask plenty of questions about what speech therapy entails and what kind of results you can expect. Speech therapy may involve the use of pictures, books, and exercises to help stimulate speech so your child can catch up to their peers.

    Speech therapy is just one of the many wellness services provided by Raulerson Hospital. We also have speech services for adults as well. If you or a loved one has suffered a stroke, it may be beneficial to consider speech therapy.  We also specialize in minimally invasive orthopedics, laparoscopic joint replacement, and much more. Call our Consult-A-Nurse healthcare referral service at (888) 725-3918 for more information, or visit our hospital located in Okeechobee if you require emergency care.    


The materials provided are intended for informational purposes only. You should contact your doctor for medical advice. Use of and access to this website or other materials does not create a physician-patient relationship. The opinions expressed through this website are the opinions of the individual author and may not reflect the opinions of the hospital, medical staff, or any individual physician or other healthcare professional.
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