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Thousands of people are living better lives today due to the treatment they received over the past decade at the Jefferson Surgical Interventional Center in Roanoke, Virginia.

The Center is marking its 10th anniversary of offering medical procedures for a variety of conditions performed by board-certified physicians. Our staff of ACLS-certified RNs, LPNs, and licensed radiologic technologists provides careful attention to patients’ needs and concerns.

Hearing loss and depressionAge-related hearing impairment (ARHI) affects more than just the ability to hear – it can lead to feelings of social isolation, depression and possibly cognitive decline.

The connection between ARHI and cognitive decline has grown in recent years, with more studies finding associations between the two.

A study of 639 senior citizens determined that the rate of cognitive decline grew linearly with the amount of hearing loss the person experienced. The research also showed that the presence of mild, moderate or severe hearing impairment respectively corresponded with a 2-, 3-, or 5-fold increase in the risk of developing dementia.

cholesterolMore than 100 million American adults have higher-than-recommended cholesterol levels, with 35 percent of them at a high risk for heart disease – the leading cause of death in the U.S.

September is National Cholesterol Education Month, designed to encourage people to get their levels checked and take appropriate steps to lower them if necessary. For adults, total cholesterol levels should be below 170 mg/dL. Levels should be checked at least every five years for individuals over the age of 20.

PROSTATEResearch into prostate cancer – the most common non-skin cancer in American men – has helped lower the U.S. death rate by more than 50%.

Approximately 13 out of 100 American men will get prostate cancer during their lifetime, with two to three dying from it. African-Americans and those with a family history of the disease are at a higher risk for the disease. Still, it remains a cancer that many men don’t want to think or talk about.

BackToSchool 300x200Germs run rampant through schools’ hallways, classrooms, bathrooms and cafeterias, making it a challenge to keep our children healthy during the school year.

Reports suggest that elementary-aged children contract up to a dozen cases of the flu every school year. Still, there are some behaviors you can instill in them to keep their immune systems at the front of the class when it comes to resisting illnesses.

JSC Mini Face OH Aug 2018 300x300Jefferson Surgical Clinic is holding a Mini Facelift Open House on Thursday, September 6, 2018, at 6:00 p.m.

The event will be held at:

JSC Salem office
1924 Braeburn Circle
Salem, VA

Dr. Steven Harris, MD is a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon and will be sharing information about various simple procedures that can restore your look.   

Register online or call 540-283-4962 to attend this event and learn how you can get fast results with little downtime.

Avoid Heat StrokeWhile it’s important to get out and enjoy the outdoors, heart patients may need to take special precautions to avoid heat exhaustion during the summer.

In addition to those with a history of heart problems, people who are over 50 years old or overweight should also check with their healthcare professional before beginning an exercise routine. Some heart medications such as diuretics, beta blockers, ace inhibitors, ace receptor blockers and calcium channel blockers can increase the possibility of heat exhaustion or heat stroke.

Savannah WillsRoanoke, VA – June 2018. Jefferson Surgical Clinic (JSC) announces the addition of Savannah Wills, PA-C, MS to their talented team of providers. She began working alongside Dr. Thomas Conlee in the Vascular Surgery Clinic in March. Wills specializes in various procedures designed to manage peripheral arterial disease, carotid stenosis, and venous insufficiency as well as varicose vein treatment. She also has experience in vascular, thyroid, and parathyroid surgeries.

“Savannah has quickly found her way with both the staff and the patients at Jefferson Surgical Clinic,” said Beth Bankston, Chief Administrative Officer at JSC. “Our team really appreciates her work ethic and attention to detail, and her bedside manner has already made her a favorite among our patients. We’re glad to have her on board.”

JSC Mini Face OH July 2018 blog

Jefferson Surgical Clinic plastic surgeon Steven Harris, M.D., is hosting a mini facelift open house at 6 p.m. on July 19 at his Salem office.

The event at 1924 Braeburn Circle is an opportunity for those interested in plastic surgery to discover how safe, simple procedures – including the mini facelift – can restore your look. Dr. Harris will provide an overview of the procedure, which can give patients quick results with very little downtime. 

A mini facelift or other plastic surgery procedure can be a good choice for individuals with the following conditions:

Image of healthy men talking while grillingWith June being recognized as Men’s Health Month, it’s an opportune time for men to be proactive in addressing their well-being.

Statistically, men are more at risk for less healthy lifestyles and shorter lifespans than women – partially because women visit their doctors for annual exams and screenings at twice the rate of men.

Jefferson Surgical Clinic, serving Virginia’s Roanoke Valley, offers many services and screenings that can help men stay on top of their health:

Vascular Screenings

An important method of detecting problems before they strike, vascular screenings can help identify potential health risks such as stroke, aortic aneurysmal disease, carotid occlusive disease and peripheral arterial disease. There are three pain-free tests we offer to screen for strokes, aneurysms and vascular diseases.

Image of person with varicose veins walking.

Varicose veins can be more than a cosmetic concern causing you to cover your legs in the summer – they can also pose health problems that require treatment.

Surgeons at Jefferson Surgical Clinic can treat varicose veins with an effective process known as endovenous laser ablation.

Varicose veins are enlarged, gnarled veins, most commonly occurring in the legs and feet due to increased pressure from standing and walking. Oftentimes, varicose veins are basically a cosmetic issue – but some people experience pain and discomfort from them. The condition may also signal other more serious circulatory problems.

Nurses doing paperwork National Nurses Week has been set aside on May 6-12 each year to celebrate the importance of nurses in providing expert care to their patients. At Jefferson Surgical Clinic, we want to thank each and every one of our nurses for upholding the highest standards of the nursing profession in their encounters with our patients.

The first U.S. National Nurse week was observed in October 1954, although it was not made an annual event. In 1982, President Ronald Reagan made a proclamation designating May 6 as National Recognition Day for Nurses. In 1993, the American Nurses Association expanded the recognition permanently to a week-long event, to be known as National Nurses Week.

Vascular team photoOn April 14, Jefferson Surgical Clinic hosted a vascular screening event at the main office location. In one day, 86 individuals took the opportunity to receive the ultrasound screenings, taking a proactive step in their vascular health.

We are appreciative of our amazing staff who came together to help this event run efficiently. 

Jefferson Surgical Clinic offers Aortic Ultrasound, Carotid Artery Ultrasound, and Peripheral Arterial Disease Screenings.  These pain-free and non-invasive screening services can help identify potentially serious conditions, such as stroke, aortic aneurysmal disease, carotid occlusive disease, and peripheral arterial disease. 

To learn more about the benefits of these screenings, or to schedule your appointment, contact Jefferson Surgical Clinic at 540-283-6000.  

Allergy SeasonAs pollen counts soar in the spring, so does the sneezing and wheezing.

There are reasons that allergy symptoms seem to worsen each year. A study in the Annals of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology reported pollen counts are steadily on the rise and could double by the year 2040.

Jefferson Surgical Clinic’s Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT) department can help you better deal with the allergy symptoms you face at this time of year.

Making you miserable

Common allergens in the early springtime include pollens from trees such as cottonwood, maple, elm, birch, walnut and poplar trees. Although allergies are often attributed to flowering plants, their pollen is generally too heavy to be airborne and cause allergic reactions.

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