Mercy Hospital
305.854.4400
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.

A Look at Our Surgical Weight Loss Information Sessions

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Obesity is a serious medical condition, and sometimes diet and exercise alone are not enough to treat it. If you’ve tried repeatedly to lose weight without success, then it may be time to consider weight loss surgery. At Mercy Hospital in Miami-Dade, we offer quarterly information sessions to help patients make informed decisions about bariatric surgery.

At our information sessions, patients will learn about the different types of bariatric surgeries provided at our hospital and get an overview of the preparation and recovery for each procedure. During the sessions, a bariatric surgeon, nutritionist, and psychologist will all be on hand to answer your questions about weight loss surgery and tell you how to take the next step.

If you’re interested in attending an information session at Mercy Hospital, visit our website or call (305) 854-4400 for the most up-to-date class schedule. You can also get answers to your questions about our hospital services and get a referral to a physician. 


Debunking Common Myths About Cancer

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Finding out that you have cancer can be overwhelming. With so much information about your cancer and treatment plan to digest, the last thing you need is false information clouding your judgment. Unfortunately, there are many myths about cancer that refuse to go away. Your best source of information about your case is your care team at the Miami Cancer Center at Mercy Hospital. Here is the truth behind some common myths about cancer.

Myth: There Are Herbal Products That Cure Cancer

Herbal products may have a place in your cancer treatment plan, as some herbals help treat the side effects of cancer treatments. However, there is no evidence that herbal products are effective treatments for cancer itself. In fact, some products could interfere with radiation and chemotherapy treatments and make them less effective. If you’re interested in adding alternative therapies to your cancer treatment plan, talk to your doctor during your next hospital visit. It’s important that you make sure your herbal remedies are compatible with your treatment plan.

Myth: All Cancer Treatments Make You Sick

Chemotherapy has a reputation for devastating side effects, including nausea and hair loss. However, modern chemotherapy drugs are very different than those that were on the market even a few decades ago. While some chemotherapy and other cancer treatments may cause significant side effects, not all treatments do, and doctors are better than ever at managing them.

Myth: Cancer Is Always Terminal

Cancer isn’t terminal in every patient. Death rates have declined every year since the 1990s, and some cancers have a 90 percent or better survival rate. Hospitals offer advanced cancer care options that have dramatically increased survivability, so you have every reason to fight your disease.

Your fight against cancer starts at Mercy Hospital in Miami. From diagnostic imaging services to post-treatment rehabilitation, our hospital has the care you need to face your cancer battle head-on. Call our hospital at (305) 854-4400 to learn more. 


Symptoms, Causes, and Treatments of Spinal Stenosis

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Spinal stenosis is a painful condition that involves the compression of the spine cord or nerves. There are two types: lumbar spinal stenosis and cervical spinal stenosis. While lumbar stenosis is more common, cervical stenosis is often more serious. At Mercy Hospital in Miami, our spine surgeons treat these conditions. Here’s a look at what you need to know about spinal stenosis.

Symptoms

Symptoms of spinal stenosis vary depending on the type. With lumbar spinal stenosis, the spinal nerves in the lower back are compressed. For most patients, this means symptoms of sciatica, which include numbness, tingling, and weakness from the lower back down to the buttocks and legs. With cervical spinal stenosis, the actual spinal cord itself is compressed, making the condition much more dangerous. Patients with cervical spinal stenosis experience whole body weakness, and in severe cases, paralysis. 

Causes

Many different things can contribute to spinal stenosis. Some common causes include herniated discs, thickened ligaments, bone overgrowth, and injury. In some cases, a tumor that grows inside the spine can cause spinal stenosis. Determining the cause of your symptoms could help shape your treatment.

Treatment

For many people with spinal stenosis, non-surgical treatments are effective. These include exercises prescribed by a physical therapist, activity modification, and epidural pain injections. Activity modifications may include things like using a walker or sitting in a recliner. Other patients may need spinal decompression surgery to alleviate symptoms. Surgery for spinal stenosis usually provides relief and allows patients to return to their normal activities.

Mercy Hospital’s multidisciplinary team of spine experts brings together physicians, surgeons, nurses, physical therapists, and pain management specialists to create a tailored treatment program for patients with back pain. Visit one of our hospital’s physicians for a diagnosis of your back pain and for more information about spinal stenosis treatments. For answers to your questions about our hospital’s spine services, please call (305) 854-4400. 


What Is Pastoral Care?

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When facing a health crisis, many patients and their families need spiritual support to complement the care they are receiving. Pastoral care provides that support for the comfort of patients and their loved ones. At Mercy Hospital in Miami, we are proud to offer pastoral support services to all patients in our hospital, regardless of faith. What can you expect when you request pastoral care? Here is what you need to know.

Pastoral Care Explained

Sometimes, pastoral care is referred to as “intentional friendship.” That is because a pastoral caregiver is committed to seeing a patient through all stages of his or her experience in the hospital and purposely providing a spiritual side to his or her care. Because the sick and their families often look to their religious beliefs for comfort and guidance during health crises, pastoral care can be an important part of the patient experience.

Religion and Pastoral Care

At Mercy Hospital, our pastoral care team is staffed by Catholic priests and a sister seven days a week, but the service is not intended just for Catholic patients. We also offer pastors from other denominations as well a Rabbi that visits patients upon request. Our 25 pastoral care volunteers visit patients of all faiths who are seeking prayer and religious support.

Pastoral care is just one way Mercy Hospital provides conscientious, compassionate treatment to our patients. From our hospital’s emergency room to our cancer care team, our patients’ physical and emotional wellbeing is our top priority. How can our Miami-Dade hospital help you and your family maintain good health? Find out more by calling (305) 854-4400 to talk to one of our nurses about our services or to ask for a physician referral. 


Spotlight on the Clinical Research Center at Mercy Hospital

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Part of delivering the best possible patient care is staying ahead of the curve when it comes to medical advances. At Mercy Hospital, innovation is on our doorstep at our Research Institute. Via the Mercy Hospital Research Institute, patients have the ability to participate in clinical trials that can improve their care and offer new solutions to existing health problems.

At the Research Institute, we work with investigational drugs and treatment modalities for a range of medical fields, including cardiology, diabetes care, oncology, and infectious disease treatment. We’re pleased to offer patients the chance to participate in these trials and get access to cutting-edge care in a managed environment. Our hospital team works closely with patients to help them understand their role in clinical research so they can make informed decisions about participation.

If you’re interested in learning more about the Research Institute at Miami’s Mercy Hospital, call (305) 854-4400. The nurses on our hospital’s Consult-A-Nurse line will connect you with physicians who can provide more information. 


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