• Breaking Through Misconceptions About Colon Cancer

    As with many medical procedures and conditions, from stroke care to orthopedic surgery, colon cancer is something people are familiar with but may misunderstand. Don’t let these misconceptions about colon cancer put your health on the line. Instead, educate yourself with the facts to protect yourself and your loved ones.

    Myth: Only People with Symptoms Need to Be Screened

    Some people believe that they only need to consider colon cancer screenings if they have symptoms of a problem. As Dr. Roger Hsiung of Southern Hills Hospital & Medical Center explains in this video , colon cancer is frequently asymptomatic, especially in its early stages. By the time people experience colon cancer symptoms, the disease could have progressed considerably and may have spread outside of the colon. For this reason, everyone should have regular colon cancer screenings at intervals recommended by his or her doctor.

    Myth: Colon Cancer Is Not Preventable

    Colon cancer is actually one of the few cancers that actually can be prevented in many cases. The vast majority of cases begin with the growth of a precancerous polyp. When a polyp is found during a colon cancer screening, such as colonoscopy, it can be removed so that the cancer is prevented. You can also lower your risk of developing colon cancer by eating a diet that is rich in fiber, fruits, and vegetables and by getting physical activity every day.

    Myth: Only Men Need to Worry About Colon Cancer

    Women and men get colon cancer at nearly the same rate, with men only slightly more likely to develop it. Both genders need to take their risks of colon cancer seriously. Age is the most important indicator of colon cancer risk. Most cases occur in people over 50, though those with a family history of the disease may have an increased risk of developing it at a younger age.

    Southern Hills Hospital and Medical Center offers advanced diagnostics services for colon cancer screenings and more, alongside emergency care, stroke care, and orthopedic surgery in Las Vegas. Request a referral to a provider by calling (702) 880-2700.

  • What to Know About Your Neighborhood ER Staff

    When you seek emergency care, who will be in charge of your treatment? Several staff members work together to ensure that every patient gets the interventions they need in the ER, from stroke care to stitches. Here are some of the people you can expect to encounter when you get emergency care.

    Triage Nurse

    After a receptionist in the ER takes your personal information, the first member of the medical staff you will encounter is usually a triage nurse. Triage nurses are responsible for collecting information about patients’ symptoms and making a decision about the urgency of their needs. Under this system, patients who are experiencing life-threatening emergencies, like strokes or heart attacks, get treated before people with less serious conditions. Triage nurses also take your vitals and begin a medical record for your visit that other providers will add to as you proceed through the ER.

    Primary Nurse

    When you are moved to a treatment room, the primary nurse is the next provider you will meet. In the ER, primary nurses are trained to respond a wide range of medical complaints and react quickly to begin treatment for life-threatening conditions. Additionally, primary nurses typically answer the questions families have when loved ones are receiving emergency care and arrange for patients to admitted for inpatient care when necessary. These nurses are assisted by other nurses in the ER who provide supportive care and assist the primary nurses managing patient cases.


    ER physicians are specially trained in providing critical care for a number of different conditions. They evaluate symptoms and either direct treatments to begin or order additional lab tests or diagnostic imaging to make a diagnosis. When necessary, the attending ER physician may refer patients to specialists for advanced care, such as cardiologists or neurologists.

    The ER at Southern Hills Hospital and Medical Center provides life-saving care 24 hours a day with highly trained staff, including specialists, on hand around the clock. We are also pleased to bring emergency care in Las Vegas to more residents with our ER at The Lakes facility, set to open in the third quarter of 2016. Speak to one of our nurses or learn more about emergency care by calling (702) 880-2700.

  • Reduce Your Risk of Skin Cancer with These Summer Safety Tips

    Summer is the perfect chance to spend time outside with family and friends, but this fun in the sun comes at a risk. In addition to the burns and heat-related illnesses that could require emergency care , sun exposure can also cause skin cancer. Skin cancer cases are on the rise, but you can protect yourself from the blistering Las Vegas sun this summer with these safety tips.

    Wear Sunscreen

    Sunscreen isn’t just for summer. You can and should use it all year long, especially on your face. However, any time you have an outdoor activity planned during the summer, be sure to apply sunscreen before you go. Choose a product with SPF 15 or higher, and be sure that it protects from both UVA and UVB rays. Sunscreen doesn’t last all day with a single application, so be sure to reapply it every two hours, or sooner if you have been swimming or sweating.

    Avoid Peak Sunlight Hours

    The sun usually reaches its peak strength between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. During these hours, your skin is especially vulnerable to the sun’s harmful rays. Avoid scheduling outdoor activities for these times. Not only does being outside during these peak hours increase your skin cancer risk, but it also makes you more vulnerable to heat-related illnesses. If you must be outside for an extended time, seek shade as much as possible and reapply sunscreen often.

    Dress for the Weather

    Most people think that wearing shorts and sleeveless shirts is the best way to dress for summer, but covering up is actually healthier. Wear light-colored, loose-fitting clothing that covers your arms and legs to feel cooler and protect your skin. Add a hat with a wide brim that protects your face and wrap-around sunglasses with polarized lenses that offer UVA and UVB protection.

    At Southern Hills Hospital and Medical Center, our ER in Las Vegas is ready to provide emergency care for all of your summer emergencies, from bad burns to broken bones. Find out more our comprehensive medical services, including geriatric psych , orthopedic surgery, and stroke care in Las Vegas, by calling (702) 880-2700.

  • Don’t Get Injured by Your Summer Shoes

    Of all of the things that could cause you to need emergency care or a visit to the orthopedic surgeon , you may not put your summer shoes high on the list. In reality, summer footwear is notorious for causing injuries that can leave people in chronic pain. Keep your feet safe from injury this summer with this advice.

    Tennis Shoes

    Many people use summer as an opportunity to get back into their favorite outdoor activities. Often, this involves reaching into the back of the closet and shaking the cobwebs off your old tennis shoes. Although you don’t need new shoes every summer, if you haven’t updated your pair within the last few years, you could be risking injury. Shoes get worn out over time and may no longer provide an adequate level of support. This can lead to overuse injuries that can not only leave you sidelined from your favorite activities but can also cause damage to your feet and ankles that could require treatment by an orthopedic surgeon.


    Most orthopedic surgeons advise against wearing flip-flops, no matter how friendly they are to summer temperatures. Flip-flops are too flat to provide any real protection for your feet. Because there are no heels on flip-flops, many people unconsciously scrunch their toes to try to hold the shoes in place. This leads to muscle imbalances that can cause prolonged periods of pain.

    Platform Sandals

    Sandals with platform or high heels are especially dangerous for feet. They lack proper support and can push your feet into unnatural positions. The heights of the heels leave you vulnerable to falls and ankle twists, and because they frequently have open backs, they can cause the same kind of muscle imbalances as flip-flops.

    If you’re experiencing chronic joint pain, make an appointment with an orthopedic surgeon in Las Vegas at Southern Hills Hospital & Medical Center, or seek emergency care for an acute injury in our ER. You can request a referral to an orthopedic surgeon today by calling (702) 880-2700.