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Activity after open or laparoscopic abdominal surgery

Every patient who visits my office with a surgical condition has several decisions to make and has a lot of information to absorb and understand.

I typically spend much of our time together describing the condition itself, why I recommend surgery, how I will perform the surgery and any risks involved in the procedure. While this is all critical to anyone’s understanding of their treatment plan, once the decision has been made to proceed with surgery, many patients’ concerns quickly turn to their recovery and what to expect after surgery. Most patients want to know when they can get back to walking, lifting, exercising, and their normal daily routine. While every patient and procedure is different, some generalizations can be made to help you know what to expect.

General abdominal surgery can broadly be separated into two categories: 1) open surgery where a large incision is made through the abdominal wall and 2) laparoscopic (or robotic) surgery where the procedure is preformed through multiple small incisions. Both types of surgery are used for a wide array of surgical problems.

The recovery from these two types can be different. Every patient should ask their surgeon wound care questions, dietary restrictions or signs of possible complications specifically related to their recommended procedure. There will be activity restrictions in the early postoperative period for all surgical procedures.

Many people wonder why we limit activity after ..

In-Room Massages for New Moms Come to Swedish/Issaquah

For many of us, a massage is a reward we give ourselves after a stressful week or while on a dream vacation. However, what about a massage after one of life’s most physical – and often painful – events: childbirth.

Childbirth is always unpredictable, but postpartum recovery doesn’t have to be. A postnatal massage service (Postnatal Body Therapy™ by Bavia™) is now available at the Swedish/Issaquah campus...

Holidays at the Hospital (Swedish Issaquah) December 1

Bring the family and get into the holiday spirit at the Swedish/Issaquah Holidays at the Hospital. There’s something for everyone: a pancake breakfast, pictures with Santa, and lots of kids’ activities. Holiday cheer awaits you at the hospital on December 1 from 9 a.m. to noon.

Event features:

  • Pancake Breakfast
    $5 per person, $20 per family of six (infants are free)
    A portion of the proceeds supports Pediatrics at Swedish
  • Visit with Santa & Free Photos
    Come get a free photo with St. Nick and decorate a keepsake frame.
  • Teddy Bear Clinic
    Have your kids bring their favorite teddy bear or doll to our "Teddy Bear Clinic" for a check-up.
  • Giant Gingerbread House
    Kids can help decorate our giant gingerbread house.
  • Ask-the-Doc
    Our experts will be here to answer any questions you have.
  • Face Painting
    Our face-painting elf offers some cool designs.
  • Book Drive
    We will be accepting new or used books for ages 0-18 years for our pediatric patients.

Saturday, Dec. 1
9 a.m.-noon
Swedish/Issaquah
751 N.E. Blakely Dr.
Issaquah, WA 98029

(Click here to download a PDF flyer.)

Improving the emergency department experience - and being recognized four years in a row

When you think of emergency rooms or emergency departments, “patient satisfaction” probably isn’t the first phrase that comes to mind. As an Emergency Medicine nurse, and having travel-nursed throughout the United States for the past 20 years, I’ve come to the realization that the traditional way of doing things is broken. In fact, about eight years ago, I was so disillusioned with my career that I decided to leave nursing.

But then, an amazing new opportunity came my way.

The nurse recruiter for the local agency I had been working with knew I was planning to leave the field, but informed me of an opportunity being developed at Swedish Medical Center in Issaquah. In short, Swedish was building a new freestanding Emergency Department (ED) that would offer something to patients that — at the time — was unheard of: an experience solely dedicated to patient satisfaction and respecting the patients’ time. This new way of thinking and new opportunity with Swedish re-energized my desire to stay in the field, and I accepted the challenge this job offered.

Fast-forward eight years and we’ve succeeded in our goal to make our Emergency Department experience second to none, and one that others try to emulate.

It’s not your typical ED.

Patients in the area know that when they come to the Swedish/Issaquah Emergency Department (and other Swedish Emergency Departments like Mill Creek and Redmond), they will experience a “no-wait” philosophy. You won’t sit around in a waiting room; rather, you’ll be taken directly to an exam room with your care started immediately. And, now we’re being nationally recognized for our achievements.

The Issaquah ED was ...

Swedish Issaquah Hosts the Zimmer Coach on November 13

Swedish/Issaquah will host the Zimmer Mobile Learning Center (MLC) on Tuesday, Nov. 13 from 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. The public is invited to come tour the MLC and learn more about orthopedics, including a wide-range of orthopedic topics (such as arthritis awareness), new technologies and treatment options.

Art, Music, Wine & Shopping: Just Another Night at the Hospital

Swedish/Issaquah invites you to A Night Out at Swedish: Fall Arts Showcase on Thursday, Nov. 1 from 6-8 p.m. This evening event features:

  • A free community concert by the Sammamish Symphony String Quartet
  • Docent-led and self-guided art walks highlighting the Northwest women’s artwork displayed around the Swedish/Issaquah hospital
  • artEast’s The Rookery Project – a display of herons designed by local artists
  • A free glass of wine!
  • Seattle Art Museum 50-percent-off coupon to the Elles art exhibit
  • 10-percent off select merchandise at The Shops at Swedish, and complimentary bra fittings at our Perfect Fit boutique
  • Free 8 oz., short-brewed Starbucks coffee

In addition to these activities, Café 1910 will be open for dinner – come experience what the buzz is about!

Swedish/Issaquah is hosting this fall arts event in honor of a new exhibit happening at the Seattle Art Museum. The new exhibit, titled Elles, is an unprecedented set of exhibitions and programs showcasing women artists...

Swedish Offers Free Class Sept. 25 and Oct. 4 on Nonsurgical Options to Rejuvenate Your Face

REDMOND, WASH., Sept. 24, 2012 – Did you know you can restore a more youthful appearance without going 'under the knife?' Come to a free seminar led by Dr. Angie Song of Swedish Facial Plastic Surgery to learn nonsurgical options to rejuvenate your face and the effects of aging on your skin. Dr. Song will also perform live demonstrations of a cosmetic injection and dermal filler procedure.

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