• Why Your Orthopedic Surgeon Might Recommend Arthroscopy

    If your orthopedic surgeon is unsure what is happening inside a joint, he or she may recommend an arthroscopy. Arthroscopy is a surgical procedure that allows doctors to get an internal view of a joint and remove damaged tissue as needed. The recovery is much faster than open orthopedic procedures, with most surgeries being performed on an outpatient basis. Here is a closer look at some of the reasons your Good Samaritan Hospital orthopedic surgeon may recommend an arthroscopy.

    You Have Unexplained Joint Pain

    If you are experiencing joint pain, particularly in your knee or hip, your doctor may recommend arthroscopy as a way to diagnose the cause of you discomfort. Using the small camera, your doctor is able to see inside the joint and detect any signs of illness, such as rheumatoid arthritis, or injury. Depending on the nature of the problem, your doctor may also be able to repair your joint during the same procedure, or he or she may use the information to develop a treatment plan.

    You Have Torn Cartilage or Ligaments

    Sometimes, an arthroscopy is not performed to diagnose a problem but instead specifically to treat it. Often, your doctor can determine if torn cartilage or ligaments are interfering with a joint without performing surgery, but using the small instruments attached to the arthroscope, your doctor can repair or remove damaged tissues as needed.

    You Have Synovitis

    Synovitis is the inflammation of the synovial membrane that surrounds joints. It is common in patients with rheumatoid arthritis but can be associated with other types of arthritis as well. During an arthroscopy, your doctor can remove inflamed synovial tissue to decrease your pain.

    At Good Samaritan Hospital , we provide a range of orthopedic procedures, including arthroscopy for painful joints. Our hospital in San Jose offers comprehensive care for the entire family, including emergency and cardiac care as well as labor and delivery. For additional information about our services, please call (888) 724-2362.

  • Comparing Partial and Total Knee Replacement Procedures

    If you have knee pain caused by arthritis, then joint replacement surgery could help you find relief and regain your mobility. Both partial and total knee replacement procedures help patients with knee pain, so which procedure is right for you? At the Silicon Valley Joint Replacement Center at Good Samaritan Hospital in San Jose, we offer both types of surgery, and our orthopedic specialists will help you decide which procedure meets your treatment goals. Here is a closer look at how these surgeries compare.

    Partial Knee Replacement

    During partial knee replacement , only the arthritic portion of your knee is removed and replaced. During the procedure, your surgeon will inspect your knee to ensure that only one area is damaged and then use a metal and plastic implant to replace that diseased region. Because only part of the knee is operated on, recovery is usually faster and there is less post-operative pain. Likewise, patients often report that their knee feels more natural and bends better after a partial knee replacement than a total replacement procedure.

    Total Knee Replacement

    As the name suggests, during a total knee replacement, the entire knee is removed and replaced with a metal or plastic prosthesis. The recovery from this procedure is longer because the surgery is more extensive, but most patients are quickly able to return to activities they couldn’t do before surgery because of their pain. Because the entire knee is replaced, it may not bend as smoothly as a natural knee.

    Choosing a Procedure

    Partial knee replacement candidates generally have active lifestyles and only have arthritis in a single portion of the knee. For arthritis that affects the entire knee, a total replacement is usually the only appropriate surgery. After a partial knee replacement, further surgery may be needed in the future if arthritis develops in another part of the knee.

    The best way to determine what procedure is best for you is to schedule a consultation with an orthopedist at Good Samaritan Hospital in San Jose. In addition to orthopedic care, we offer a comprehensive range of services, including maternity, cardiac, and emergency care. To request a referral, call (888) 724-2362.

  • A Healthy Start to the School Year [INFOGRAPHIC]

    Back-to-school time is exciting for kids and parents alike, but it can also take a toll on your child’s health. With the exhaustion of adapting to a new school schedule and exposure to germs in the classroom, many kids find themselves under the weather soon after school starts. The good news is that there are plenty of things you can do to make sure your child starts the school year out healthy. Before school begins, work to relieve any back-to-school anxiety and talk to your child about hygiene at school, such as washing hands and sneezing into tissues. Learn more about getting a healthy start this school year in this infographic from Good Samaritan Hospital . From our San Jose hospital, we provide treatment for the entire family, including cardiac care and emergency care. Use these tips to keep your kids healthy this school year, and please share this information with your fellow parents.

  • What to Expect with Total Hip Replacement at Good Samaritan Hospital

    If you have arthritis in your hip that is causing pain that can’t be controlled with medications or other therapies, your doctor may recommend a total hip replacement . During the procedure, your damaged hip joint is replaced with an artificial one made of metal, plastic, or ceramic. If you are scheduled for this procedure at Good Samaritan Hospital, here is a look at what you can expect.

    Before the Surgery

    Before your procedure, your doctor will review your medical history and may perform a variety of lab tests to make sure you are healthy enough for surgery. Your doctor will also discuss what medications you are taking, as you may need to discontinue some and adjust the way you take others for your procedure. During this period, you may want to make plans for your recovery , such as deciding who will help you at home after the surgery.

    Day of Surgery

    Arrive at the hospital as directed by your doctor. In most cases, you will need to abstain from eating or drinking for between six and 12 hours before your procedure. Once at the hospital, the surgical team will review your procedure with you and prepare you for surgery. You will receive general anesthesia or regional anesthesia, like a spinal block. After surgery, you will be transferred first to a recovery room to monitor you as your anesthesia wears off and then to an orthopedic floor.

    After the Surgery

    Most patients begin walking in the hospital the same of their surgery. Once you return home, you will need physical therapy to rebuild your strength and mobility. Initially, you will use a cane or walker. Your surgeon will prescribe medications to control your pain and reduce the risk of infection. Full recovery can take as long as six months, though you can return to your normal activities sooner.

    Hip replacement surgery at Good Samaritan Hospital can put an end to your pain and help you regain your mobility. To find out if this procedure is right for you, call (888) 724-2362 for a referral to one of our orthopedic specialists.

  • Taking a Look Back at Good Samaritan’s Roots in the San Jose Community

    In 2015, Good Samaritan Hospital celebrates 50 years of providing the San Jose community with word-class healthcare with strong local roots. Our logo—a centuries-old oak tree that was incorporated into our initial hospital design—symbolizes the deep roots we have in the area, where residents often refer to us as Good Sam. Today, we remain as committed as ever to providing our neighbors with quality care.

    Good Samaritan Plants Its Roots

    In the early 1960s, the Silicon Valley area was growing but lacked a hospital to cater to the needs of the community. Members of the Episcopalian and Methodist churches in the area came together to raise money to build a hospital that could treat mind, body, and spirit for the entire population. The Cilker family donated land for the new hospital, which opened its doors in 1965 after a successful fundraising campaign.

    A Hospital Takes Hold

    Thanks to community involvement, Good Samaritan doubled in size between 1968 and 1974, when it added licenses for cardiac care, diagnostic imaging, emergency care, and intensive care. Throughout the 1970s and 1980s, the hospital continued to grow with the community, continuously adding new service lines, including a family birthing center and oncology. Good Samaritan purchased Mission Oaks hospital in Los Gatos and dedicated it to behavioral health and rehabilitation services. By the 1990s, the hospital was a national leader in stroke care and neonatal care and added a helipad to take critical patients from less-equipped surrounding hospitals.

    A Future of Continued Growth

    As Good Samaritan Hospital has grown, it has always stayed true to its small town roots, and despite a booming population, it has maintained its neighborly feel. For our future, we’re committed to continuing to provide nationally recognized care in a community hospital environment.

    The oak tree in the Good Samaritan Hospital logo has since been replaced with a new one, but the community roots our San Jose hospital was founded on will never grow old. Find out more about the care we can provide for your family by calling (888) 724-2362.