A Walk on the Sidelines

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Sports Medicine at North Kansas City Hospital

High school football teams playing under Friday night lights often do so under the watchful eyes of orthopedic physicians from North Kansas City Hospital. Attend a football game at one of 10 area high schools and chances are an orthopedic specialist is on the sidelines in case of injury. On any Friday evening, high school […]

Support for the Tiniest Patients

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NICU baby

One in every 10 babies born in the U.S. is admitted to a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) because of premature birth or another medical condition. For parents with a baby in a NICU, the experience can be frightening, confusing and overwhelming. That’s why North Kansas City Hospital recently joined the NICU Family Support® network […]

‘OK Glass, Time to Operate’

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Google Glass

A surgeon on the staff at North Kansas City Hospital is putting one of the most talked-about high-tech devices in recent times to work in the operating room. Jeff Colyer, MD, says the wearable computer known as Google Glass enhances visualization during procedures and enables him to operate with greater precision and control—which in turn […]

Acute Rehab to Expand

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Soon you’ll have even more reason to keep your patients close to home for acute rehab. North Kansas City Hospital will add 18 beds to the Acute Rehabilitation unit this fall, bringing the total to 48 private rooms in what’s already the largest, most comprehensive acute inpatient rehabilitation facility in the city.  “The inpatient acute rehab […]

Allergy Services Offer Relief

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allergies

Meritas Health ENT adds new allergy testing and immunotherapy services to its growing list of expertise. The new services include scratch testing and custom-formulated immunotherapy, an FDA-approved method to desensitize allergies which has been proven to effectively alleviate allergy symptoms for life in many cases. “We want the best possible care and treatment for our patients,” […]

Overcome the Battle for Good Sleep

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Good Night's Sleep

Sleep deprivation ranks as a factor in three of society’s worst disasters: the Exxon Valdez oil spill, the Three Mile Island nuclear accident and the Chernobyl nuclear meltdown. Investigators said mistakes made by sleep deprived workers triggered these catastrophes. In our own lives, sleep deprivation occurs on a smaller scale but with potentially disastrous results […]

June is Hernia Awareness Month

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It’s estimated that there are over 700,000 hernia repair surgeries in the U.S. each year. For Hernia Awareness Month, Brian Wittek, MD with Meritas Health Comprehensive Surgical Specialists, explains what a hernia is & how it’s treated. Additional Facts About Hernias The risk of hernia can be minimized, but hernias cannot be prevented. In fact, […]

National Colorectal Cancer Month

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Colon Cancer

Colorectal cancer ranks as the second leading cause of cancer-related deaths in the United States when combining both sexes, according to the American Cancer Society’s 2013 statistics. With advanced treatments now available, colorectal cancer-related deaths can be significantly reduced. If we can catch it in time, we can cure it. Approximately 98% of my surgeries […]