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    What Sets Blake Medical Center Joint Care Services Apart?

    Last updated 26 days ago

    Joint replacement can be life-changing if you’re living with pain and compromised mobility, but where you choose to have your procedure matters. At the Joint Care Center at Blake Medical Center, you’ll get care from the area’s top experts in orthopedics, backed up by a specially-trained, caring team of nurses, physical therapists, and case managers. If you’re considering joint replacement surgery, here are just a few of the reasons you should choose Blake Medical Center.


    Before you have any kind of surgery, you should ask your surgeon how many of the procedures you’re having he or she has performed. At Blake Medical Center, you’ll find some of the area’s most experienced orthopedic surgeons. State of Florida ACHA data shows that more people in the Manatee County area choose our hospital for hip and knee replacements than any other local hospital. You can feel confident that our surgeons have the experience required to deliver the best possible results.


    The Joint Care Center has repeatedly been recognized for our quality of care. The Joint Commission has awarded us Knee Replacement Accreditation and Hip Replacement Accreditation, while Blue Cross Blue Shield has named us a Blue Distinction Center for Knee and Hip Replacement. These awards mean our program meets very strict standards for patient care and safety.

    Patient Experience

    We are committed to patient comfort before, during, and after surgery. Our pre-operative education will answer all of your questions so you have peace of mind about your procedure. Our hospital’s post-operative recovery rooms feel more like hospital suites, with private rooms, concierge service, and sleeper sofas for family.

    If you need joint replacement surgery, attend one of our information sessions or ask your doctor to refer you to Blake Medical Center. Get more information about joint replacement and our other services by calling (888) 767-5071.


    What Is the TAVR Procedure at Blake Medical Center?

    Last updated 1 month ago

    Aortic stenosis occurs when calcium deposits build up on the flaps of the aortic valve, diminishing the flow of oxygen-rich blood to the body. Patients with this condition often experience extreme fatigue and shortness of breath. Open-heart surgery can repair the valves, but some patients, particularly the elderly, aren’t candidates for that procedure. That is where TAVR—transcatheter aortic valve replacement—enters the picture.

    Watch this video for an animation of the TAVR procedure. Using the TAVR procedure, the diseased aortic valve can be replaced using a catheter inserted through the thigh. This surgery can help alleviate some of the symptoms associated with aortic stenosis.

    TAVR is one of the procedures we offer in the Heart Institute at Blake Medical Center. Our Bradenton, FL hospital is an Accredited Chest Pain Center and provides cutting-edge cardiac care for a range of conditions. To learn more, call our hospital at (888) 767-5071. 

    Understanding the Connection Between Obesity and Stroke

    Last updated 1 month ago

    Obesity is a well-known risk factor for stroke, but how exactly are the two related? Obesity itself raises your risk of having a stroke, and it increases your chances of having other conditions that are also stroke risk factors. If you or someone you love is experiencing the symptoms of a stroke, call 9-1-1 and get to the emergency room as soon as possible for life-saving care. Here is a look at how excess weight raises your risk of needing to make that hospital trip.

    Excessive Fat Tissue

    Having excess body fat takes a toll on your cardiovascular system. Being overweight makes your heart have to pump harder, while excess fat tissue can interfere with blood flow and lead to artery blockages. All of these cardiovascular issues can eventually trigger a stroke.

    High Blood Pressure

    High blood pressure is the leading cause of stroke, and being overweight increases your risk of having it. Losing weight is one of the most effective ways of treating high blood pressure. Getting more active is a great way to reduce your blood pressure and your weight at the same time. The American Heart Association recommends that adults get about 30 minutes of activity, five days per week to control their risk of obesity and high blood pressure.

    Syndrome X

    Syndrome X, also known as metabolic syndrome, impacts one in five people who are obese. It is not actually a disease but rather a group of conditions that increase the risk of heart disease and stroke. The five risk factors that make up Syndrome X are a large waist size, high triglycerides, low good cholesterol (LDL), high blood pressure, and high blood sugar. Your doctor may diagnose you with Syndrome X if you have three of the five indicators.

    When you or someone you love needs stroke care, trust Blake Medical Center. Our emergency room can respond quickly to symptoms, and our certified Primary Stroke Center offers rapid treatment and recovery support. Our Bradenton, FL hospital provides a comprehensive range of services, including trauma care and oncology for Manatee County residents. For more information, call our hospital at (888) 767-5071.

    A Look at the Blake Medical Center Level II Trauma Center

    Last updated 1 month ago

    At Blake Medical Center, our emergency room has always provided Manatee County residents with high-quality care for medical crises, but now we can take that care even further with our Trauma Center. We are a designated Level II Trauma Center, which means patients south of Tampa Bay no longer have to waste precious time traveling for the trauma care they need.

    Our Trauma Center treats a range of conditions caused by serious illness and injury caused by car accidents, physical assaults, natural disasters, and more. A board-certified trauma surgeon is on duty at all times, as are surgeons in associated specialties, including orthopedics and obstetrics, to ensure the fastest level of care. Patients in the Trauma Care department have seamless access to the rest of our hospital services.

    The Trauma Center at Blake Medical Center has an academic partnership with USF College of Medicine to ensure the highest level of quality care. Learn more about how we can help your family in a trauma situation by calling (888) 767-5071.

    Supporting a Friend Through Cancer Treatment

    Last updated 2 months ago

    When your friend is receiving cancer care, you may feel unsure of how to help him or her. Know that every person undergoing cancer treatment is different, and has unique needs and preferences. Your friend may need a sympathetic ear, or he or she may need a distraction from cancer treatments. Encourage your friend to make future plans with you to go out to the movies or enjoy other activities. However, understand that your friend may need to reschedule at the last minute if he or she is feeling poorly that day.

    Individuals who are undergoing cancer treatment often require a great deal of practical help, in addition to emotional support. Let your friend know that you are willing to help him or her with transportation to oncology appointments, trips to the pharmacy, and other errands. Your friend may also need help around the house if he or she feels unable to cook or clean, and your friend may welcome an offer to babysit the kids, if applicable. Assisting your friend with these needs will greatly ease the burden for him or her, and it will help your friend focus on feeling well again.

    The Cancer Care program at Blake Medical Center of Bradenton, FL, offers extensive support services, including our Caring Friends Support Group, screenings, and other events. To learn more about our oncology services, call (888) 767-5071.

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