Sebastian River Medical Center April 2021 Newsletter

Fighting Sudden Cardiac Death

Sebastian River Medical Center is offering the latest treatment for those at risk for sudden cardiac arrest. The EMBLEM™ Subcutaneous Implantable Defibrillator (S-ICD) System is a subcutaneous (beneath the skin) implantable defibrillator providing protection for a broad range of patients at risk for sudden cardiac arrest. Learn more about this new technology.

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Revolutionizing Spine Treatment

Sebastian River Medical Center surgeons are utilizing the Excelsius GPS®, technology designed to improve safety and accuracy during spine surgery. Excelsius GPS® provides improved visualization of patient anatomy throughout the procedure, optimizing treatment. Patients who may qualify for this technology include those with pain, numbness, tingling or weakness secondary to nerve compression and potentially instability that is no longer successfully treated by conservative measure such as physical therapy, medication, and injections.

Learn more about Excelsius GPS®.

Sebastian River Medical Center Doesn’t Smell Like a Hospital

The scent of lavender greets patients and as soon as they pass through the doors of the emergency department. In other areas, warm, inviting whiffs of vanilla waft through the air. In the main lobby, part of the hospital’s recent 90,000 square-foot expansion, the aroma of freshly brewed coffee beckons visitors to grab a cup of joe to enjoy indoors or head out to the lushly landscaped courtyard to sip in the sunshine.

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Welcome Christopher Vivas, MD

Sebastian River Medical Center and Steward Medical Group are pleased to welcome Dr. Vivas to North County Medical Group. Dr. Vivas is bilingual in English and Spanish and is committed to the general overall health of his patients, treating patients in congestive heart failure, diabetes management, COPD, and infectious disease.

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Sebastian River Medical Center on YouTube

In this informative video, Patrick Domkowski, MD, general surgeon, discusses obesity and sleep apnea. Obesity can worsen and even cause a person to develop sleep apnea. Jim Wethington, a former patient, joins Dr. Domkowski and talks about how losing weight helped him overcome this health condition.

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Obesity and Fatty Liver Disease

Nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) is rapidly becoming the most common cause of chronic liver disease. NAFLD results from excess fat stored in the liver, not caused by alcohol, and it affects one in three adults. It is diagnosed through tests including a blood test that measures liver function and inflammation of the liver, a CT scan, MRI, ultrasound, or a biopsy. Blood tests can be used to determine if individuals have liver biomarkers of 35 and higher, an indication of NAFLD.

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Upcoming Events

Post Op Bariatric Nutritional Classes
Classes are held the first Wednesday of every month at 4 p.m., in the third-floor classroom of the new medical tour. Class size is limited, and masks are required.

To register, call (772) 388-4379.

To find a doctor or schedule an appointment, visit Steward DoctorFinder™.