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.

Answers to Your Hip Replacement FAQs

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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.

Understanding Periodic Limb Movement Disorder

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Getting a good night’s rest can be difficult for many reasons. Sleep apnea and insomnia are two of the most common culprits, but periodic limb movement disorder can also prevent individuals from sleeping through the night. The Sleep Disorders Laboratory at Raulerson Hospital offers effective solutions for those suffering from this disruptive and frustrating condition.

What is periodic limb movement disorder?

Periodic limb movement disorder occurs when the arms or legs begin to involuntarily shake for several seconds. The frequency with which periodic limb movement disorder happens can vary from person to person. In many cases, its effects can impact others. For example, the sudden and aggressive nature of the movements can wake up both the person with periodic limb movement disorder and his or her sleeping partner.

Why does periodic limb movement disorder occur?

Sleep experts are stilling looking into the reasons why periodic limb movement disorder occurs. While sleep specialists suspect that the condition may have a neurological origin, they believe that it has no life-threatening complications for sufferers. However, the exhaustion that periodic limb movement disorder can cause may significantly impact the quality of life for sufferers and their partners. Insufficient sleep can affect mood, immunity, and even cardiovascular health. Chronic exhaustion can also raise the risk of accidents that may endanger patients and those around them.

How can a sleep expert address periodic limb movement disorder?

Key to the successful management of periodic limb movement disorder is talking to a professional about it. With the correct diagnosis, a sleep expert can make recommendations for different prescription medications that may reduce the frequency or intensity of periodic limb movement disorder. Treatment can also bring to light associated problems that may be contributing to the side effects of this condition.

Do you wake up in the middle of the night because of leg or arm tremors? If so, help is available. To talk to a registered nurse about your sleep disorder treatment options, call Raulerson Hospital at (888) 725-3918.

Spotlight on Electrocardiograms

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Modern medical technology allows physicians to conduct a wide array of diagnostic procedures that require no invasive measures. In fact, many of these tests can be done in just minutes, allowing patients to return to their normal activities immediately following their appointments. The electrocardiogram is one such procedure that can provide important information about a patient’s heart function with little inconvenience or discomfort. For more information about electrocardiograms, you can talk to your doctor or visit our website and read the following guide.

What They Do

Heart function is controlled by electrical impulses that make the muscles contract on a regular basis. When these electrical impulses occur too fast, too slow, or in an erratic manner, it can negatively impact the rate at which the heart provides oxygenated blood to the rest of the body. An electrocardiogram can record the electrical impulses that move through the heart.

How They Work

An electrocardiogram is a completely noninvasive and painless procedure. Prior to the beginning of the test, the patient may need to disrobe from the waist up so that the technician can apply special stickers, called leads, to their chest. These leads are the devices through which the electrocardiogram gathers and records its information on the heart’s electrical impulses. Once the leads are in place, the test can begin. The patient may be told to relax on a medical table and breathe normally. As he remains still, the electrocardiogram collects data on the impulses controlling the heart contractions.

Who Needs Them

In many cases, an electrocardiogram requires only a few minutes of time to gather enough data about a patient’s heart. While this test can be given as a preventive health screening for individuals with no warning signs of a heart problem, it may also be used to confirm a potential diagnosis. Because an electrocardiogram records the electrical impulses of the heart, a doctor may order it if he suspects that a patient is suffering from a heart-related problem, such as an arrhythmia or heart attack.

The cardiopulmonary department at Raulerson Hospital offers multiple diagnostic tests that can precisely determine the heart or lung issues causing a patient’s symptoms. For more information on our diagnostic services, you can call our Consult-A-Nurse line at (888) 725-3918 to speak to a registered nurse available 24/7. The nurses and representatives at Consult-A-Nurse associates can address your questions and concerns!

Looking at the Healing Powers of Massage


Did you know that hospitals often use massage therapy to aid in the treatment of serious medical conditions? Many people know massage only as a way to soothe stress and about its healing properties. While it’s true that massage can improve the emotional wellbeing of those who receive it, it also has several important physical health benefits. Massage therapy is often used as a component of sports injury recovery, as it can minimize the formation of tough scar tissue that may hinder joint and muscle function. Massage can also promote blood flow to areas of illness or injury. With the introduction of more oxygen and nutrient-rich blood, the afflicted area can benefit from faster healing.

Raulerson Hospital offers certain treatment and rehabilitation care plans that include message therapy. To learn about our complete healthcare services or answer any medical related questions, you can call our Consult-A-Nurse line at (888) 725-3918 to speak to a registered nurse available 24/7. You can also go to our website for in-depth information about our physical medicine options.

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