Are You at Risk for Kidney Disease? Get Screened Saturday at Lehigh Valley Hospital-17th Street

kidney riskOne out of three people is at risk for kidney disease. Could that be you? Lehigh Valley Health Network and the National Kidney Foundation are teaming up to make it easy for you to find out.

A free kidney health check will take place 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 9 at Lehigh Valley Hospital-17th Street in Allentown. The event, to be held in the hospital’s Mark J. Young Community Health & Wellness Center, will include a risk survey, blood pressure check and body mass index (BMI) measurement. Free educational materials also will be available and a health care professional will be on hand to answer your questions.

The event is open to adults 18 years of age or older. Call 610-402-CARE to register or learn more. Read More »

Weight Management Center Videos Describe LVHN’s Weight-Loss Surgery Program, Surgeons and Providers

Weight-loss surgery is a life-changing experience, and Lehigh Valley Health Network (LVHN) has experts and resources at our Weight Management Center to help you throughout your journey. Now there is a new way to learn about the weight-loss surgery process, support and surgeons before you make an appointment.

A new series of videos about weight-loss surgery at LVHN covers the following topics in detail to help you prepare:

  • Why choose LVHN’s Weight Management Center
  • Weight-loss surgery options available at LVHN
  • Patient qualifications
  • How to prepare for weight-loss surgery
  • Frequently asked questions about weight-loss surgery hospitalization
  • What is a Center of Excellence?
  • Plastic surgery and body contouring after weight-loss surgery

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Get the Facts About Oral Cancer; Attend Free Screening Events in April and Stop It in Its Tracks

Oral cancer often goes undetected until its later stages, making treatment more difficult. Getting screened regularly through your dentist or through Lehigh Valley Health Network’s (LVHN) free annual screening event may help detect oral cancer in its earliest form, when treatment is most effective.

“With any cancer, the earlier we find it, the easier it is to cure,” says Michele Pisano-Marsh, DMD, with Lehigh Valley Health Network’s dental clinic. “Men are more than twice as likely as women to develop oral cancer, but the growing incidence in young people is quite alarming.”

Oral cancer often starts as a red or white patch in the mouth, or as a sore throat. When those symptoms persist or the area grows in size, it’s time to see a medical professional. Some people will experience hoarseness and other vocal changes that get worse over time, or a lump in the chin or neck. Any of these symptoms, as well as a sore on the lip or mouth that’s not healing, may be cause for concern. Read More »

Mammogram Animation Shows You What to Expect

mammogram animationPerhaps you already know it’s easy to get a mammogram – you don’t even need an appointment at four of Lehigh Valley Health Network’s locations. But if it’s your first time getting this breast cancer screening, it’s normal to feel anxiety.

Knowing what to expect can put your mind at ease. That’s why we’ve added an animation to our breast cancer diagnosis page that shows and describes how a mammogram works.

Watch it before your visit so you’re prepared. Also on the diagnosis page is an animation that describes a breast biopsy. A biopsy could be the next step if your mammogram detects an abnormality.

See all of your options for where and when to get a mammogram in our testing and imaging directory.



FibroScan Offers New, ‘No-Needle’ Option for Liver Disease Testing at LVHN

FibroscanAt least 30 million Americans – or about 1 out of 10 – have some form of liver disease, according to the American Liver Foundation. With a rising obesity rate in the United States, the incidence of liver disease is expected to increase accordingly.

Now there’s good news. Clinicians see a new painless and noninvasive examination as a breakthrough in treating patients with liver disease, primarily one of the most common – viral hepatitis.

FibroScan, available at Lehigh Valley Health Network (LVHN), uses a technology called vibration-controlled transient elastography. It works much like an ultrasound in that it uses sound waves to measure the degree of scarring (fibrosis) that’s present in the liver as a result of an underlying disease. This scarring replaces living liver tissue, and enough scarring can lead to cirrhosis, cancer or liver failure.

“Until now, the gold standard in terms of testing was to perform a core needle biopsy of the liver, typically with ultrasound or CT scan guidance,” says LVHN internist Joseph Yozviak, DO, with LVHN’s Hepatitis Care Center. “There’s a risk for complications with this procedure such as significant bleeding, puncture of adjacent organs and mainly pain and discomfort. Actually, the fear of liver biopsy often prevents some patients from having their liver disease assessed.” Read More »