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.

Maintain a Healthy Spine with These Tips

Orthopedics & Spine

Is back pain slowing you down? If so, you’re not alone. Most people will experience back pain at some point in their lives, and many of these cases turn into chronic pain that needs to be managed with medication, therapy, or spinal surgery. The good news is that you don’t have to be a statistic. There are many things you can do to protect your spine and prevent injuries that can cause pain. If you are already dealing with back pain, an orthopedic specialist can help. To keep spine issues at bay and avoid a hospital stay, keep these tips in mind:

Lift Wisely

Many cases of back pain start with poor lifting techniques. Any time you lift a heavy object, start by testing its weight before you pick it up. If you’re at all in doubt about your ability to lift it, wait for help. When you do pick something up, bend your legs, not your spine, and propel yourself upwards with your leg muscles. Keep your back straight and avoid twisting your spine as you lift. Twisting is always hard on your spine, but doing it while you lift is especially dangerous.

Adjust Your Sitting Style

Spending the day in front of the computer can be as bad for your spine as manual labor. Pay attention to how you sit to protect your back. Don’t slouch over your keyboard. Instead, keep your shoulders slightly back and your head level. Your knees should be slightly above your hips, and the small of your back should be against your chair.

Quit Smoking

Your spine health is one more reason to say goodbye to smoking. Smokers experience more back trouble than non-smokers, and because smoking diminishes blood flow, back injuries heal more slowly in smokers. Ask your doctor for help in beating this habit.

The spinal surgery team at Mercy Hospital can help you put an end to your back pain for good. You’ll find a full range of services at our Miami hospital to meet all of your medical needs. Call our hospital at (305) 854-4400 to learn more about spine care and the rest of our treatment services. 


A Quick Look at the CyberKnife System

at the doctor's office

CyberKnife is a revolutionary non-invasive treatment for cancerous and non-cancerous tumors, including those that have previously been determined to be inoperable. Treatment is pain-free and most patients resume normal activities right away.

CyberKnife is a robotic, radiosurgery system that uses radiation to target tumors without damaging neighboring healthy tissue. During treatment, which occurs in a hospital, patients lie on a table while the CyberKnife arm works its away around them, delivering doses of radiation to the tumor from all angles. Throughout treatment, the integrated, image-guided software adjusts radiation delivery in response to patient movement or movement of the tumor. Thanks to the non-invasive approach, tumors that are unreachable through surgery or that are surgically complex can now be treated without any incisions.

Ask your doctor if treatment at the CyberKnife Institute at Mercy Hospital is right for you. To get more information about CyberKnife treatment or our other hospital services, please call us in Miami at (305) 854-4400. 


What Is Culturally Competent Care?

When it comes to healthcare, there is no such thing as a one-size-fits-all solution. Every patient has his or her own unique background and story that helps to shape what kind of care is best. At Mercy Hospital, we’re committed to responding to these needs and treating each patient like the individual he or she is.

Watch this video to learn about our hospital’s commitment to culturally competent healthcare. Our staff is trained to respect cultural differences in everything from family relationships to attitudes about treatments. We also strive to provide necessary language services to non-English-speaking patients.

At Mercy Hospital, our goal is to provide you with the best possible care for all of your medical needs. You can learn more about our Miami-Dade hospital and get a referral to one of our physicians by calling (305) 854-4400. 


Pregnancy Care at HCA Hospitals

Pregnancy typically lasts for 39 to 40 weeks—during which time your body will undergo many changes as your baby develops and gets ready to meet the world. How can you make sure you’re doing everything you can for you and your baby’s health? Watch this video to learn about an app that can keep you on track.

The My 39 Weeks app provides daily health recommendations to help you focus on taking small steps that add up to big benefits for your pregnancy. The app also helps you understand the impacts your healthy decisions have on your baby and provides special offers for the things you need most during pregnancy, like prenatal vitamins.

When it’s time to have your baby, choose Miami’s Mercy Hospital. We welcome more than 1,400 babies into the world each year in our spacious, private maternity suites. Learn more by calling our hospital at (305) 854-4400.

 


An Overview of Some Common Sleep Disorders

man in bed eyes opened suffering insomnia and sleep disorder

Getting enough sleep isn’t just important for helping you ward off yawns during your afternoon meeting. It’s actually a vital part of staying physically and emotionally healthy. When you don’t get enough sleep, your entire body is affected, from your heart to your brain. If you’re struggling to sleep or are dealing with daytime drowsiness, the Sleep Laboratory at Mercy Hospital may be able to help. In our hospital, we can pinpoint the cause of your sleep problems and devise a treatment plan to help you get the rest you need. Here’s a look at some of the conditions we see most often.

Insomnia

Everyone has a hard time sleeping every now and then, but when the problem persists, it’s a condition known as insomnia. Some people with insomnia can’t fall asleep, while others can’t stay asleep—some suffers even experience both issues. Insomnia isn’t caused by a specific condition. Instead, things like anxiety, certain medications, and certain medical problems, like thyroid disease, can be to blame. Identifying the cause of your insomnia is the first step in treating it.

Parasomnias

Parasomnias are abnormal behaviors acted out while you are sleeping, such as sleepwalking. Night terrors also fall under this category. They can occur at any stage during the sleep cycle, though those that happen during REM sleep tend to be most intense. Although parasomnias are most common in children, they can occur in people of all ages. Sometimes, developing a healthy bedtime routine is enough to decrease parasomnias, but in severe cases, medication may be needed.

Sleep Apnea

Sleep apnea is an extremely serious condition in which a sufferer repeatedly stops breathing, sometimes hundreds of times per sleep cycle. If you have sleep apnea, you may not realize that you are waking up during the night, and instead, you may find yourself exhausted without knowing why. Left untreated, sleep apnea can cause weight gain and heart disease, and increase your risk of experiencing fatigue-related auto accidents.

If you’re not sleeping soundly, ask your doctor to send you to the Sleep Laboratory at Mercy Hospital in Miami. In addition to sleep care, our hospital offers a comprehensive list of medical services. To learn more, call us at (305) 854-4400. 


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