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Unicompartmental Patellofemoral Arthroplasty

A unicompartmental arthroplasty is the replacement with a prosthetic of just one of the three compartments of the knee when it is affected by the condition of severe osteoarthritis (OA). Musculoskeletal providers divide the knee into three compartments: medial (inside) compartment, lateral (outside) compartment, and the kneecap on the femur (patellofemoral joint). Osteoarthritis is a systemic inflammatory condition that affects the entire joint, causing aching, swelling, stiffness, and deformities. One of its physiological signs is to degrade the cartilage lining of the bones.

Fall Prevention

Simple Tips to Stay Independent

Whether you choose to stay at home or start to resume a “normal” life since the start of the pandemic, one thing seniors should be aware of is their fall risk while at home and while out-and-about. Measuring your fall risk is more than thinking about physical abilities, age and medical conditions. You should also consider the following, which all increase your risk for falls.

How is your vision? Consider visual field loss, age-related changes, depth perception, as well as diagnosed conditions, such as macular degeneration or diabetic retinopathy. Also, consider how frequently you wear prescription glasses.

Babies will no longer be delivered at Bluffton Hospital

Of the 33 critical access hospitals in Ohio, only 9 continue to offer labor and delivery services

Babies will no longer be delivered at Bluffton Hospital.

Instead, labor and delivery services, which moved to Findlay in December due to the covid-19 pandemic, will remain in Findlay.

The announcement, made May 7, from Blanchard Valley Health System follows:

Blanchard Valley Health System (BVHS) will maintain the consolidation of labor and delivery services to the Findlay main campus. Bluffton Hospital labor and delivery services temporarily closed in December of 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

There is hope for relief

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is a condition that directly affects one's mental health and disrupts daily activities. PTSD may arise from a wide variety of contexts, such as natural disasters, motor vehicle-related accidents, sexual assault and assault. It is also commonly associated with wartime activities like direct combat. 

When to go to a Primary Care Office vs Urgent Care Center vs Emergency Department

Health care needs occur at all hours of the day and night. This article is meant to provide helpful information that can be used when determining if you should schedule an appointment with your primary care physician or need more immediate care by choosing a nearby urgent care or hospital emergency department. 

Primary Care Offices: Patients are provided with ongoing medical needs, the ability for continuation of care and treatment options. Patients who seek care at their doctor’s office will need to call and schedule an appointment based on available openings.

These services include, but are not limited to:   

Screening examinations

During COVID-19 pandemic

During the COVID-19 pandemic, which has lasted the better part of a year now, many things have been postponed, cancelled or rescheduled. Family gatherings, vacations and sports are just a few examples of things that may have been put off for another time. Unfortunately, many people have also experienced this with their recommended health screening examinations during the COVID-19 pandemic. For many reasons, routine screening examinations may have been postponed, cancelled or rescheduled. In fact, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that an estimated 31.5% of U.S. adults had delayed or avoided routine medical care due to the COVID-19 pandemic.