Orthopedic Surgeon Joseph Horton, MD, Talks About Knee Replacement Surgery

Nearly 150 Senior Choice program members filled Lobitz Catering hall in Hazleton on Sept. 23 to learn what a knee replacement is, why it is done and how it works. They received valuable information from Lehigh Valley Health Network orthopedic surgeon Joseph Horton, MD, during a Lunch and Learn event. Many of the more than 650,000 total knee replacements procedures performed annually in the United States are for senior citizens.

Early diagnosis and treatment for knee pain is important. Horton explained that the leading cause of knee pain is osteoarthritis, which deteriorates the knee’s natural cushion, leading to bone-on-bone contact, soreness and swelling. “Osteoarthritis is degenerative,” Horton says. “It won’t get better on its own and may get worse.”

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Allentown’s New PPL Center to Host BlackOUT 8; Event will Raise Funds for LVHN’s Community Practices

BlackOUT maskIn 2007, BlackOUT began as a small event to raise money for patients and families impacted by HIV. Eight years later, it’s grown into a highly anticipated fund-raiser attended by almost 1,000 revelers for the benefit of patients of Lehigh Valley Health Network’s (LVHN) community practices.

Now the event is moving into Allentown’s most visible location. BlackOUT 8, a dance party where everyone dresses in fashionable black attire, will be held 7 p.m. to 1 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 6, at the new PPL Center arena in downtown Allentown. Tickets are $40 general admission. DJ Cap Cee will provide entertainment. Read More »

Is Genetic Testing Right for You?

Look for family cancer cluesThe genes you inherited from your parents account for many obvious physical characteristics, like your eye color or height, and hidden ones such as those that determine your blood type or make you susceptible to develop asthma. Sometimes those genes also include unique mutations that put you at risk for diseases like cancer.

But hematologist oncologist, Ranju Gupta, MD, with Hematology Oncology Associates in Bethlehem and the Health Center at Bangor, says while all cancers are caused by genetic mutations, not all of those mutations are passed on through the genes. “A very small percentage of patients inherit risk, but a majority of cancers have no known link from generation to generation,” Gupta says.

However, genetic testing can be an important tool to consider under certain circumstances. “The first step is to look at your family medical history. If you can name several people in your family who have had any type of cancer, you should talk with your doctor about genetic testing,” Gupta says. “For example, if your mother had breast cancer, your grandfather had prostate cancer and your cousin had pancreatic cancer, those multiple cancers among blood relatives may mean you have an elevated chance for developing cancer too.” Read More »

Robin Bohanan, CRNP, Describes Her Training, Experience and Services on Sam Lesante Show

Robin Bohanan on Sam LesanteFor Robin Bohanan, CRNP, family medicine is a passion. When her family moved into the Greater Hazleton area, she was eager to deliver primary care services to patients of all ages: infants, adolescents, adults and older adults.

Bohanan was a guest last week on the Sam Lesante Show, which airs on SSPTV in Hazleton. 

“It was the personal touch that really got me interested in Lehigh Valley Health Network. They sought to make a match for you, as a clinician, to the appropriate practice,” she told Lesante. “It was a unique experience.” Read More »

Take Steps to End GYN Cancers; LVHN Expert Discusses 5 Common Risk Factors and Warnings

Richard Boulay, MD

Richard Boulay, MD
Gynecologic oncology
Watch a video to learn more about him.

How many steps do you think 50 Lehigh Valley Health Network (LVHN) cancer program colleagues members can take in one week?

A. 800 thousand
B. 1.2 million
C. 3.1 million
D. 5.4 million

If you picked “C,” you’re right! Over the course of one week (Sept. 7-13,) our cancer colleagues logged more than 3.1 million steps as participants in the STEPtember Challenge promoted by Globe-athon, an organization dedicated to increase general awareness of gynecologic cancers and the steps women can take to prevent them.

The STEPtember Challenge focused on having people take 10,000 steps a day, equivalent to approximately 5 miles, in an effort to help manage weight. It’s a proactive focus that rings true with LVHN gynecologic surgeon Richard Boulay, MD with Gynecologic Oncology Specialists of Allentown.

“Obesity is a risk factor for many types of cancer, including gynecologic cancers,” Boulay says. “And for uterine (endometrial) cancer – the most common type of gynecologic cancer – obesity is a recognized risk factor.”

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