Mercy Hospital
Mercy Hospital is a 488-bed acute care U.S. hospital located in Coconut Grove, Miami, Florida. It is Miami-Dade County’s only Catholic hospital and is a recipient of the MAGNET award.

Tips for Talking to Your Loved Ones About Weight Loss Surgery

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When you make the decision to have weight loss surgery at your local community hospital, your doctor will help you learn about all the adjustments you’ll need to make to your lifestyle. These changes are to be expected; however, you may not expect that having bariatric surgery at your local hospital may also change your sense of self and the way in which others perceive you. The journey toward losing a significant amount of weight can shift the dynamic of relationships. Before heading to the hospital for the surgery, talk with your loved ones about your decision and what it means to you.

Broaching the Subject

Your loved ones may already know that you’ve tried countless times to lose weight through diet and exercise, and they may have even joined in your weight loss efforts. However, they may still be surprised about your decision to have bariatric surgery at the hospital. You can explain your reasons for having the surgery, such as enjoying improved health, reducing your risk of chronic diseases, and feeling a renewed sense of self-esteem. Tell your loved ones how important it is for you to become healthier and that you would appreciate their support.

Encouraging Family Involvement

If your loved ones are concerned about the surgery or they would like to learn more about it, you might consider talking to your physician about getting them involved. Your community hospital may offer informational classes on weight loss surgery and your family members may be welcome to attend along with you. You can also encourage your family members to join in on your exercise program and healthy meal choices.

Seeking Family Counseling

Sometimes, weight loss surgery may upset spouses and other loved ones because they may feel as though they’re “losing” a version of yourself. If your loved ones have trouble accepting these changes, you might consider suggesting family counseling.

At the Surgical Weight Loss Center at Mercy Hospital, Miami-Dade residents will find all the information and support they need to successfully undergo surgical weight loss at our community hospital. You may wish to bring your spouse to our complimentary Informational Sessions. We also invite you to contact the Consult-A-Nurse line at (305) 854-4400 with any questions you may have about surgical weight loss or the other healthcare services available at our state-of-the-art hospital. 

How to Prepare Your Body for Pregnancy

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Expectant mothers can protect the new life growing inside them by making wise lifestyle decisions and dietary choices. But did you know that the health of a woman prior to becoming pregnant also influences the health of the child? When it’s time to grow your family, consider visiting your local community hospital. At your Mercy Hospital, a physician can assess your general health and provide recommendations for preparing your body for pregnancy.

Consult Your Physician

When you schedule a preconception visit at your local hospital, you can expect that your doctor will review your family and personal medical history. If your medical history has changed, inform your physician of any new medications or supplements you’re taking, or any new medical conditions you have. Your physician will also check that you’re up-to-date with immunizations, and he or she will ask you about your lifestyle habits. If you have certain medical conditions, such as diabetes or high blood pressure, you’ll work with your doctor to manage these conditions. Additionally, your physician may advise you to discontinue certain medications or supplements that may be unsafe for a developing baby.

Avoid Lifestyle Vices and Toxins

Even before you become pregnant, it’s critical to avoid smoking, exposure to secondhand smoke, and excessive alcohol consumption. Remember that as soon as the pregnancy test turns positive, you’ll need to give up alcohol altogether. If applicable, it’s important to talk to a physician about the use of recreational drugs. You might also consider limiting your caffeine consumption and avoiding exposure to hazardous chemicals, such as pesticides.

Enjoy a Healthy Diet

The physician at your local hospital can offer dietary guidance to prepare your body for pregnancy. Eating a well-balanced diet and maintaining a healthy weight can support your general health. Women who are trying to become pregnant should also take a folic acid supplement to reduce the risk of neural tube birth defects.

The Maternity and Women’s Health Center at Mercy Hospital welcomes more than 1,400 little miracles into the world each year. When you choose our hospital for the birth of your little one, your family will enjoy state of the art , comfortable labor and delivery rooms, along with private, spacious postpartum suites that overlook Biscayne Bay. Our community hospital in Miami invites families to speak with a registered nurse by calling (305) 854-4400.

Benefits of Good Blood Pressure Control

Blood pressure is a measurement of the force your blood exerts against your arterial walls. If you have high blood pressure, or hypertension, you can suffer from damage to the blood vessels, heart, and kidneys over time. If left uncontrolled, high blood pressure increases your risk of heart attack, stroke, and other serious health problems. You can work with a doctor at to explore ways of managing your blood pressure. We encourage you to get checked soon!

When you watch this video, you’ll hear the story of Kenneth, a participant in the American Heart Association’s “Check. Change. Control.” program, which is designed to empower patients to take control of their blood pressure. Kenneth describes how changing his diet by eliminating fast food and making other healthy changes has drastically improved his blood pressure.

The physicians at Miami’s Mercy Hospital work closely with patients to help them reach their health goals. Call Consult-A-Nurse now at (305) 854-4400 and let us know how we may assist you.

Understanding Types of Depression

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Depressive disorders affect many people, causing serious issues such as loss of energy, difficulty concentrating, sleep disturbances, and other symptoms. If you’ve been experiencing symptoms of depression, you can work with a behavioral health expert at your local hospital to learn what type of depression you have. Major depression involves symptoms that are severe enough to interfere with your daily routine. Many people with major depression experience episodes of depression several times throughout their lifetime.

In contrast, persistent depressive disorder is characterized by the symptoms of depression that linger for at least two years. It is possible for a patient to suffer from persistent depressive disorder and to experience episodes of major depression. Sometimes, depression can arise due to specific circumstances. Postpartum depression can affect women who have recently given birth. This serious illness is associated with the hormonal and physical changes of giving birth, in addition to the major life changes.

Mercy Hospital’s Behavioral Health Services unit provides personalized, compassionate care within a supportive environment. For more information about our Behavioral Health Services unit or our other healthcare services, call our location in Miami at (305) 854-4400.

What to Expect from Your Colonoscopy Procedure

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If you’re scheduled for your first colonoscopy, chances are that you have a lot of questions about what to expect. Although many patients are a little apprehensive before having this life-saving procedure, the vast majority are surprised just how easy the process really is.

Before the colonoscopy, you will be asked to drink a solution designed to help clean out your colon so that your doctor can see it more clearly. On the day of the colonoscopy, you will be given a sedative plus pain medication to make the procedure comfortable. Thanks to the sedative, most patients remember very little, if anything, about the colonoscopy itself. During the procedure, your doctor will insert a scope into your colon and inflate the colon with air to check for polyps. If any polyps are found, your doctor may remove them then or schedule you for another procedure. After your colonoscopy, expect to rest for the remainder of that day to allow the sedative to wear off completely.

Don’t postpone your colonoscopy screening. Instead, schedule an appointment at Mercy Hospital in Miami-Dade. It could just save your life. Dial (305) 854-4400 to find out more about our hospital departments. 

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