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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.

All About Colonoscopies [INFOGRAPHIC]

Did you know that one in every 20 people will develop colon cancer during his or her lifetime? The American Cancer Society estimates that there will be over 100,000 new cases of colorectal cancer in 2013 alone. The health of your large intestine is very important, which is why your doctor may recommend that you get a colonoscopy. A colonoscopy may sound scary, but it is a much less frightening prospect than cancer. During this procedure, you will be anesthetized to keep you comfortable. Your doctor can actually perform minimally invasive surgery during your colonoscopy to remove precancerous polyps or other suspicious growths. Take a look at this infographic from Raulerson Hospital, a center that provides minimally invasive surgery, to understand what a colonoscopy is and to learn the truth about colonoscopies. Please share this info with your friends and family to help them learn about the importance of colonoscopies. 

All About Colonoscopies [INFOGRAPHIC]


Learn the Warning Signs of Appendicitis

Appendicitis is a condition characterized by inflammation or swelling of the appendix, the small organ attached to the large intestine. In most cases, appendicitis is caused by an infection, or blockage due to fecal matter or a foreign object. In rare cases, the swelling is associated with the development of a tumor. Individuals with appendicitis often require emergency surgery—but unfortunately, the symptoms are not always easy to recognize. Make sure you know when to visit Raulerson Hospital by reading over this article about the warning signs of appendicitis. 

Learn the Warning Signs of Appendicitis

Abdominal Pain

The earliest symptom of appendicitis is often a dull pain that begins near the navel or upper abdomen. This pain usually increases over a six to 12 hour period, during which time the pain may become sharper and move to the right side of the abdomen. Additionally, this pain tends to worsen when coughing, sneezing, or taking deep breaths.

Difficulty Moving

As the swelling increases, the appendix grows in size and begins to make it much harder to move. For example, individuals with appendicitis often struggle to walk as the pain is too much to handle, and instead spend most of their time in bed or lying down. In some cases, this difficulty moving may also be caused by a fever, which is common after the pain and swelling set in.

Gastrointestinal Symptoms

Appendicitis may also lead to a number of gastrointestinal symptoms, such as nausea, loss of appetite, vomiting, abdominal swelling, constipation, and diarrhea. In the event that the appendix ruptures, the pain will become more intense and spread to other areas of the abdomen, while the fever continues to rise.

If you are showing any of these symptoms, it is important to seek immediate care Raulerson Hospital’s Emergency Services are available 24/7. You can also learn more about our laparoscopic and minimally invasive surgical procedures. 


Raulerson Hospital Included on The Joint Commission's Top Performers List

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Raulerson Hospital was listed as a Top Performer by The Joint Commission. HCA announced that 80 percent of its hospitals made the list.

“This distinction by The Joint Commission is significant because the measures they use to determine Top Performers are based on scientific evidence about practices that lead to better patient outcomes,” said Dr. Jonathan B. Perlin, HCA’s Chief Medical Officer and President of the Company’s Clinical and Physician Services Group. “We are pleased that 80 percent of our hospitals have been recognized for their clinical excellence and are listed among the top U.S. hospitals.”

Hospitals on The Joint Commission’s list met the following criteria: First, each hospital achieved performance of 95 percent or above on a single, composite score that includes all the accountability data for which it reports data to The Joint Commission, including measures that had fewer than 30 eligible cases or patients. Second, each hospital also met a 95 percent performance threshold for every accountability measure for which it reports data to The Joint Commission, excluding measures with fewer than 30 eligible cases or patients.

To view the full list of Top Performers, click here, and for more information about Raulerson Hospital, visit our website.


Understanding Breast Biopsy Procedures

Understanding Breast Biopsy Procedures

A biopsy is a type of medical procedure in which a small portion of tissue is excised or removed so that it can be analyzed and assessed for disease. A stereotactic breast biopsy is one type of biopsy that uses mammogram technology to identify the area of the breast tissue to be removed.

Stereotactic breast biopsies are highly accurate, minimally invasive tests that are often used to identify evidence of breast cancer, cyst, or other breast abnormalities. After the area is cleansed and treated with a numbing medication, the mammogram technology will produce images of the inside of the breast. Once the area is identified, a small cut will be made so that a special machine, needle, or sheath can be guided into the exact location and remove the tissue.

Find out if you may be in need of a breast biopsy by contacting Raulerson Hospital at (888) 725-3918 today. We are your resource for high-quality laparoscopic and minimally invasive surgery


Living Well with Incontinence

Incontinence is a condition that refers to the loss of bladder or bowel control, and it affects men and women alike. While your healthcare provider can determine if you are suffering from either urinary or bowel incontinence, it is important to educate yourself on these conditions. Continue reading to learn more. 

Living Well with Incontinence

Causes and Risk Factors

Urinary incontinence is often caused by weakened or overactive bladder muscles that allow urine to pass through the urethra at unexpected moments—such as while sneezing, laughing, or lifting heavy objects. Other causes of urinary incontinence may include damage to the nerves that control the bladder, diseases such as arthritis or multiple sclerosis, or potential blockage of the urethra. Bowel incontinence is generally also the result of weakened anal muscles, and may be caused by chronic constipation, repetitive laxative use, injury during childbirth, nerve or muscle damage, severe hemorrhoids, and rectal prolapse.

Common Symptoms

The symptoms of incontinence will vary based on the severity of the condition. For example, some individuals with either urinary or bowel incontinence may only experience minor leakage when performing stressful activities, while others may experience much larger, uncontrollable accidents without excess strain. Other individuals may experience an intense urge to urinate or have a bowel movement, but are unable to reach the bathroom in time.

Treatment Options

Individuals suffering from incontinence have a number of treatment options at their disposal, including several bladder control exercises designed to help gain better control of the bladder muscles. These include pelvic muscle exercises or Kegel exercises, biofeedback using sensors to help you become aware of warning signs, and timed voiding—or an exercise in which you slowly extend the time between urinations to strengthen the muscles and control urges. When conventional treatment methods do not work, your healthcare provider may recommend a minimally invasive surgical procedure to repair any damaged or weakened muscles.

For more information on living with incontinence or to learn more about your minimally invasive surgical treatment options, give Raulerson Hospital a call today at (888) 725-3918. 


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