You took great care with me. The doctor was so patient and thorough. Thank you all from the bottom of my heart. You are a great group of people. - Katherine S.
Spring is officially here!
If you're gearing up for a session of spring cleaning but are concerned about causing your allergies to flare up, try these tips to cut down on discomfort.
1) Dust with a slightly damp cloth. The dust and other allergens will cling to the cloth instead of flying up into your face or back into the air.
2) Clear away the clutter. Figurines, magazines and other items that sit on shelves and tables collect dust. Clearning off surfaces and getting rid of things you don't need or use will help you breath easier all year long.
3) Use natural cleaning supplies. Avoid products with strong smells, heavy chemicals, dyes and masking agents.
March is National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month. To celebrate, learn to be aware of the following three symptoms that, according the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, could indicate the presence of precancerous polyps or colorectal cancer.
1) Blood in or on the stool.
When allergens trigger sneezing, congestion, and itchy eyes, simple home remedies can help control the symptoms and provide relief.
1. Hot Tea. Green tea contains antioxidants that may inhibit allergic reactions, and the menthol properties of peppermint tea can reduce congestion. However, people with ragweed allergies should avoid chamomile tea, since the two plants are closely related.
2. Steam. Inhaling steam can ease nasal congestion. Fill a bowl with boiling water and, if you choose, a few drops of eucalyptus oil. (Take care not to get the oil on your skin. In concentrated amounts, it's toxic.) Drape a towel over your head, and then lean over the bowl to inhale the steam 5 or 10 minutes.
3. Shower. Pollen clings to clothing and hair. When you come in from extended time outdoors, rinse away the pollen with a shower, and toss your clothing in the washing machine.
4. Dehumidify. Dust mites - a common indoor allergen - thrive in humidity. Use a dehumidifier to remove excess moisture from the air. It also helps control another common allergen: mold.
5. Create an indoor sanctuary. Make one room in your home an "allergen-free zone". Most people spend the largest part of their time in the bedroom. Replace carpeting with hard flooring, use allergen-proof coverings on the mattress and pillows, and in the summer keep the door closed and an air conditioner running to eliminate airborne allergens.
If your allergies are severe, consult with an allergist and other treatments, such as sublingual immunotherapy (SLIT) and prescription antihistamines.
According to Dr. Harter, the prevalent hearing devices you see stuck in the ears of children, teenager, fitness junkies and commuters are, in fact, dangerous to your hearing.
Ear buds are particularly efficient at producing loud volume. They fit tightly in the ear and are much closer to the eardrum than ear phones. That tight fit ensure tall the sound energy is focused on the hearing mechanism, as opposed to ear phones, which allow some sound to escape.
Dr. Harter says that, while more expensive, noise-cancelling earphones are a safer alternative. If you do use earbuds, make sure the volume is low.
Effective January 1st, 2013, the Jefferson Surgical Clinic ENT doctors will no longer be seeing patients at the Braeburn Drive location. All future appointments with Drs. Harter, Zachmann and Lenkowski will be at their 1234 Franklin Road S.W. office in Roanoke. ENT patient files and paperwork will automatically be transferred.
Jefferson Surgical's Braeburn office will continue to see neurosurgery and spine surgery patients.
If you have questions regarding the ENT department, please contact us.
Jefferson Surgical Clinic is aware of the recent CDC and VDH reports of Aspergillus Meningitis cases associated with epidural spinal injections using Methylprednisolone acetate. JSC's Interventional Center does not use this drug in the administration of spine injections.
Jefferson Surgical Clinic and our associated physicians use the FDA approved drug Kenalog for all spinal injections administered at The Interventional Center.
Jefferson Surgical Clinic takes pride in offering the safest, most updated and effective treatments available. If you have further questions or have specific concerns regarding the Aspergillus Meningitis situation, please contact the Virginia Department of Health – Roanoke District at 540.283.5050.
It’s a good thing that hearing aid technology is developing too. Because of loud music and machinery, more people need hearing aids at a younger age than ever before. And since hearing loss is also a common birth defect – about 12,000 babies are born with hearing defects each year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention – it’s important to evaluate your child’s hearing at an early age.
Have your child’s hearing professionally evaluated at regular doctor’s appointments, or make an appointment with an audiologist about once a year until he or she turns ten, and then once every other year until the age of eighteen.
Remember your grandparents’ big, beige hearing aid that you could hear whistle and buzz when you’d give them a hug? Hearing aids have come a long way since those early models, and the new technology is making it easier for people with hearing challenges to enjoy the sounds of life.
Digital hearing aids are miniscule compared to their ancestors of 20 years ago, and they can do so much more. Today’s listening devices contain microcomputers that filter out background noise, clarify sound and adjust volume. They’re also programmed to exactly match nuances of an individual’s hearing loss.
Some of the latest hearing aid models incorporate everyday conveniences, like the ability to directly interface with the television to enhance your hearing and viewing experience.
As hearing aid technology advances, the features and capabilities become more and more sophisticated and customizable. Learn about all your options from your Audiologist.
The Jefferson Surgical Clinic is sponsoring an event to honor our founding partner, Dr. Robert L.A. Keeley and his Healing Arts Program for Carilion Clinic.
On June 14th community members will gather together and celebrate Dr. Keeley’s lifetime of service to patients and physician leadership. Funds raised will benefit Dr. Keeley’s Healing Arts program, designed to create restorative and calming environments for patients, visitors and staff by integrating the creative arts into the healing process.
May is Better Hearing and Speech Month! In celebration the Jefferson Surgical Clinic has put together a list of 20 hearing facts, statistics, definitions, and JSC service information. Learn more about hearing right here, on our Facebook page, and in our offices.
1.) Approximately 600 million people worldwide have hearing loss
2.) Some medications can cause tinnitus, or ringing of the ears. Ask your prescribing physician if the medications you’re taking could be harmful to your ears.
3.) Loud sounds in everyday life are a leading cause of hearing loss. Jefferson Surgical Clinic can provide customized hearing protection for use with lawn mowers, weed-eaters and firearms.
4.) A 12-year study conducted by the neurology department at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine found that untreated hearing loss increased the risk for dementia.
5.) Eustachian tube dysfunction is that “plugged up feeling” some people experience in their ears. The otolaryngologists at Jefferson Surgical Clinic are specialists trained to treat Eustachian tube dysfunction.
The Staff at Jefferson Surgical Clinic presented a check this week for $1,500 to the Feeding America Southwest Virginia Food Bank in honor of the Clinic’s 16 physicians as part of the “Go Orange” campaign sponsored by FASWVA.
“We all feel privileged to be participating in such a worthwhile cause, and made this a company-wide initiative to collect ‘change for Change’ knowing it will benefit people right here in our community who are going hungry,” said Karen Tuttle, CEO of Jefferson Surgical Clinic. “It is gratifying and overwhelming to know that because of the efforts of FASWVA, our donation of $1,500 translates into $12,500 worth of food for those in need” she adds.
Jefferson Surgical Clinic has been helping patients through their quality care and dedication to health and wellness for 55 years in the Roanoke Valley and surrounding areas. Jefferson Surgical Clinic has 16 board certified physicians offering expert care in 7 different specialties.
55 Years 16 Physicians 6 locations