Newsletter September/October 2013 Download the PDF version WVU Center for Joint Replacement The WVU Healthcare Center for Joint Replacement team works to restore your activity and keep your quality of life at its highest level. If you are having trouble walking, exercising, or taking part in other activities due to chronic joint pain from arthritis, injury or other condition, our center is available to help. Our total joint replacement experts provide the most advanced reconstruction methods available to relieve pain, restore your independence, and get you back to what is important to you. We offer minimally invasive: Hip and knee replacement Direct anterior total hip replacement Hip and knee arthritis relief and an accelerated recovery program Our team includes staff at both our new off-campus outpatient facility and at Ruby Memorial Hospital, ranked the #1 Hospital in West Virginia by U.S. News & World Report. From pre-operative teaching to post-operative exercising, you will be involved in your treatment through each step of the program, and have experts available at all times to help you. The WVU Healthcare Center for Joint Replacement is now open in our new, off-campus location, 1075 Van Voorhis Road, Morgantown. Call 304-598-4830 for information and appointments. Joint Replacement services are operated by WVU Hospitals. Mary Babb Randolph Cancer Center FREE BREAST CANCER SCREENING It’s a frightening statistic: one in eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer during her lifetime. Breast cancer is the second leading cause of death among women, but with early detection, many people can continue to lead a normal life. WVU Healthcare’s Mary Babb Randolph Cancer Center is leading the fight against this deadly cancer in West Virginia. We will be offering free breast cancer screenings this month to help detect breast cancer in its early stages when it is most treatable. The Mary Babb Randolph Cancer Center at the Health Expo on October 4 The Cancer Center booth will offer free clinical breast exams from 8 am – 7 pm. No appointment needed — just walk in. The Cancer Center exhibit will be located between Garfield’s and JC Penney at the Morgantown Mall. Also at the Expo Bonnie’s Bus will be available for mammograms from 8 am – 2 pm. Mammograms are not free. Bonnie’s Bus bills the cost of mammograms to your insurance. If you do not have insurance, the cost will be covered for you through special grant funds. A physician’s order is required to be screened, but women who visit the Cancer Center exhibit can obtain one there. No pre-registration is needed. Can’t make it to the mall? Bonnie’s Bus will be making stops around the state this month. You can find the schedule at wvucancer.org/bonnie. 2013 WVU Healthcare Expo Friday, October 4 Morgantown Mall 8 am to 7 pm Don’t miss the 2013 WVU Healthcare Expo, featuring Healthcare experts, free screenings & assessments, flu shots, and more! Some popular screenings are listed below. WVU Heart Institute Blood pressure screenings with heart failure education Body fat analyses Carotid artery screenings Electrocardiograms (EKGs) Leg varicose vein and circulation consultations: Ultrasound screenings – abdominal aorta WVU Stroke Center Stroke risk assessments Talk with a stroke specialist, John F. Brick, MD WVU Spine Center Spine pain evaluations WVUH Department of Radiology Bone density screenings Ultrasound screenings – gallbladder and abdominal aorta WVUH Diabetes Education Center Diabetes risk assessments Glucose screenings We’ve also teamed up with the Rotary Club of Morgantown to offer blood screenings from 6:30 am – noon. Click to learn more about these screenings and other details about the 2013 WVU Healthcare Expo. WVU Eye Institute LASIK WVU Healthcare offers our patients laser vision correction using the most advanced technology. WVU Eye Institute expert, Lee Wiley, MD, provides answers to some commonly asked questions. What is LASIK? Laser Assisted In-Situ Keratomileusis, better known as LASIK, is a procedure that reshapes the cornea in order to correct vision. LASIK is the most popular choice for laser eye surgery. It involves creating a flap on the cornea, lifting it back and reshaping the surface underneath. By reshaping the inner cornea, the eye can better focus images onto the retina. What are the benefits of LASIK? Laser vision correction has been shown to reduce dependence on glasses and contacts. Over 95% of our patients undergoing laser vision correction achieve 20/40 vision or better. This will enable you to pass a driver’s license exam without glasses. The WVU Eye Institute offers the latest in laser technology, Z-LASIK, a total-laser procedure that uses a laser instead of a blade to create the flap on the cornea. Is LASIK really painless? For many patients, LASIK is indeed painless. Anesthetic drops numb the eye prior to the procedure. Some patients may experience temporary symptoms such as scratchy or watery eyes after the procedure, but this usually disappears within 24 hours. Keeping the eyes closed and using the medication drops as instructed can help minimize any discomfort. Do the results last? LASIK is considered to be a permanent procedure; however, refractive surgery will not prevent any age-related conditions such as presbyopia (the need for reading glasses) or cataracts. In a small number of cases, eyes do change over time and develop a new prescription. If this happens, you may be able to be re-treated. How much work will I miss? Most patients return to their normal activities the day after the procedure. The doctor can give you more details on what to expect when you come in for an evaluation. How do I know if I am a candidate for laser vision correction? LASIK is used to correct many vision problems including nearsightedness, astigmatism and farsightedness. While it is a very safe and effective procedure, not everyone is a candidate. Certain eye and medical conditions will rule out LASIK surgery. If you have questions, call our patient counselor at 304-598-4494. For more information: 304-598-4494 WVU Eye Institute services in Morgantown are operated by WVU Hospitals. Radiation Oncology Experienced Physicians Most Advanced Technology Better Outcomes for Patients Cancer is a complex disease and successful treatment requires the skillful coordination of many types of therapy. In addition to surgery and chemotherapy, some cancers are best treated with high energy x-rays, also known as radiation therapy. Radiation oncology teams treat many types of cancers using radiation to kill tumors, including: Brain Breast Head and neck Lung Prostate Skin Radiation therapy is also used to treat leukemia and lymphoma. Our cutting-edge equipment enables our board-certified physicians to treat cancer with the highest precision and accuracy available in the region. Our recently installed linear accelerators enable our team to visualize a tumor’s position before and during treatment, allowing us to precisely target cancer and avoid normal healthy tissue. This reduces side effects and helps ensure a quicker recovery. We are the only program in the state offering Gamma Knife radiation therapy, which allows us to treat both cancerous and non-cancerous diseases of the brain and head with sub-millimeter accuracy. While the use of the latest technology in cancer treatment is important, the skill of the Radiation Oncology team is a critical factor. Our team has years of specialized training in radiation therapy and is comprised of highly-trained: Physicists Dosimetrists Nurses Therapists and other staff Our board-certified radiation oncologists are the head of the team, creating the best treatment plan for each patient’s individual needs. As the only academic medical center in the region, we are continually seeking advancements in cancer care. Whether it is through clinical trials or technology, our patients have access to the most advanced treatments available. It is due in part to this commitment that U.S. News scored the Mary Babb Randolph Cancer Center as 64 of 900 cancer centers in the nation, which is the highest score in the state by far. This past summer we began renovating the Fairmont Regional Cancer Center. With the installation of a new linear accelerator and other improvements, patients in Marion County will have access to the same level of high technology and WVU Healthcare expertise in their local community. The Center will open in early October. WVU Radiation Oncology services are operated by WVU Hospitals. WVU Morgantown E.N.T. Clinic WVU Morgantown Ear, Nose, & Throat Clinic has moved to new offices. We will see patients at our new Suncrest Towne Centre location beginning October 21. Whether you are suffering from an ear infection or allergies, our board certified physicians are here to help you and your family. We specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of: Ear Nose Throat Head and neck disorders Our physicians, hearing aid specialists, and certified clinical audiologists provide help for patients with: Balance problems Allergies Sinus issues We also deliver a variety of services including hearing tests, digital hearing aids, and repairs. Our experienced doctors use the latest technology and provide care that goes beyond treating common ENT problems. WVU Morgantown ENT physicians also see patients at the Otolaryngology Clinic located in the Physician Office Center, next to Ruby Memorial Hospital. ON OCTOBER 21, LOCATED AT: 1065 Suncrest Towne Centre Drive, Morgantown, WV. (behind Buffalo Wild Wings). Call 304-599-3959 to make an appointment. WVU Dental Care Specialized Dental Care Want a great and healthy smile? Visit WVU Dental Care at our new location in Suncrest Towne Centre. Our experienced faculty dentists can help patients with all types of specialized dental care, including: Orthodontics Prosthodontics Endodontics Periodontics We also provide the latest dental technologies in our comfortable, brand new offices. We work with our patients to provide them with high quality and personalized dental care. NOW LOCATED AT: 451 Suncrest Towne Centre Drive, Morgantown, WV. Call 304-293-5831 to make an appointment. WVU Children's Hospital Join our team and help ensure every kid’s a winner. WVU Children’s Hospital provides world-class, life-saving medical care to kids in West Virginia and nearby states. More and more families have been turning to us for care, and now the need is so great that we have to grow. That’s why we’ve launched a major Expansion Campaign. We’ve never turned away a young patient or expectant mother who needs our care – and with your help, we never will. Please visit our website givetowvukids.com to learn how you can help. wvukids.com Ruby Memorial Hospital WVU Children’s Hospital Jon Michael Moore Trauma Center Physician Office Center WVU Eye Institute We want to make sure patient appointments and visits to loved ones in the hospital are not disrupted during football season. The Gold South Parking Garage behind the hospital is reserved for all patients and visitors on game days. You will be able to enter the hospital through the Emergency Department, which is adjacent to the garage. WVUH security personnel will be available at a checkpoint near the garage to help you and give you a game day hospital pass when you arrive. Patients and visitors may park in the Gold South Parking Garage beginning at 1 p.m. the afternoon before game day. For urgent visits, park in the Parking Garage and enter through the Emergency Department. For more information on urgent visits, or if you have problems with access, call Hospital Security at 304-598-4444.