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Health & Wellness News Briefs: Tuesday, October 29, 2013

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Preoperative clinic opens

KINGMAN - Kingman Regional Medical Center has opened a preoperative clinic, which provides a place to prepare patients who are scheduled for surgery.

Most patients will visit the clinic three weeks prior to their surgery. During the visit, a healthcare provider will evaluate the patient's medical history, complete diagnostic testing, meet with a healthcare provider to discuss options for anesthesia as well as pain relief following the operation, and receive specific instructions for necessary preparations prior to surgery.

"With this new service, our patients will be better equipped with the information they need to ease the stress of surgery, improve their overall experience, and recover more quickly and safely," said Brian Turney, KRMC's CEO,

The KRMC Preoperative Clinic is located at the Medical Professional Building, Suite 103 on the KRMC campus. For more information about the clinic, contact your doctor or call the clinic at: (928) 681-8728.

Lymphedema treatment available

KINGMAN - The Physical Therapy Department at Kingman Regional Medical Center now provides specialized services to help patients with lymphedema.

Lymphedema is a progressive inflammatory disease that involves swelling in an arm, leg or body. It occurs when lymph vessels do not adequately drain lymph fluid. It can be a hereditary condition or it can result from an injury to the lymph nodes or lymph vessels. It is especially prevalent after breast cancer treatment. It can also develop after an injury or surgery or after prolonged swelling due to some vein or blood disorders. If left untreated, lymphedema can lead to chronic wounds or infections.

There is no cure for lymphedema, but it can be controlled with professional therapy and diligent care. KRMC's lymphedema therapy services uses advanced therapeutic methods to minimize swelling, control pain, reduce risk of infection, maintain skin integrity, and increase the patient's functional independence.

The therapy involves specialized massage to move lymph fluid toward healthy lymph nodes where it can drain, compression bandaging, light exercises and patient education for self-management of the condition and preventing infection.

KRMC physical therapist Gretchen Hildner received training and certification through the Norton School of Lymphatic Therapy to administer lymphedema therapy. For more information, contact KRMC's Outpatient Physical Therapy Department at (928) 692-4630.

Ngo changes duties

KINGMAN - Dr. Thien Ngo is now seeing patients on an outpatient basis at Kingman Regional Medical Center.

Ngo specializes in helping people function to the best of their ability after a debilitating injury or chronic illness.

Ngo came to Kingman in July as the medical director of KRMC's Acute (inpatient) Rehabilitation Unit and supervised the transition of the unit's medical programs to its new location at the Hualapai Mountain Campus. Now that the unit is operating at full capacity, Ngo has begun seeing patients on an outpatient basis at his new clinic in Suite 102 at the Medical Professional Center on the KRMC campus. He also continues to serve as medical director of KRMC's Acute Rehabilitation Unit.

Ngo received his doctorate in medicine at Ross University in Roseau, Dominica and completed a four-year residency in physical medicine and rehabilitation at the University of Kentucky Medical Center in Lexington, Ky. He specializes in evaluating skeletal muscle and nerve function with such tests as electromyography and nerve conduction studies.

He also specializes in managing musculoskeletal disorders and pain using ultrasound-guided injections. He is able to address a range of disabling conditions, from carpal tunnel syndrome to spinal cord injuries.

For more information or to schedule an appointment, call (928) 681-8732.

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