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More retinal procedures are performed at Broward Health Imperial Point than any other hospital in Broward County.

Imperial Point Surgery Center

Imperial Point Surgery Center

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Medical Symptoms You Should Never Ignore

At times, it can be difficult to know whether your symptoms are a medical emergency or not. According to the American College of Physicians (ACEP), these 12 symptoms require immediate medical attention. These do not represent every medical emergency.

Emergency symptoms

  • Difficulty breathing, shortness of breath

  • Chest or upper abdominal pain or pressure lasting two minutes or more

  • Fainting, sudden dizziness, weakness

  • Changes in vision

  • Difficulty speaking

  • Confusion or changes in mental status, unusual behavior, difficulty walking

  • Any sudden or severe pain

  • Uncontrolled bleeding

  • Severe or persistent vomiting or diarrhea

  • Coughing or vomiting blood

  • Suicidal or homicidal feelings

  • Unusual abdominal pain

More emergency symptoms

Additional symptoms or conditions requiring emergency care include:

  • Poisoning

  • Drug overdose

  • Loss of consciousness

  • Major burn

  • Spinal, head or brain injury

  • Severe allergic reaction

Symptoms to report

Other medical symptoms that may not require emergent treatment, still need to be seen by your health care provider. The following are examples of some of these symptoms.

Blood in the urine

Although it may indicate a simple bladder infection, this symptom could also mean something more serious, such as a kidney stone or even a malignancy. To find out what's going on, your doctor may order a series of tests, including urinalysis and blood tests, according to the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK). Urinalysis examines the urine for red blood cells, as well as white blood cells, which are a sign of a urinary tract infection, and casts, which are clumps of cells that are a sign of kidney disease. Other tests such as X-rays, ultrasounds, or even cystoscopic exams may be necessary. A cystoscopic exam involves looking inside the bladder with a very small tube.

Rectal bleeding

Blood in the stool could be from hemorrhoids, or it could be caused by an active ulcer or colon cancer. Bright-red blood indicates active bleeding. If there's a lot of blood, it could be life threatening. Call 911 or your local emergency number immediately. If the amount of blood is small, you can usually be evaluated in the doctor's office, but call your doctor right away for advice. Simple tests can detect the presence of blood in the stool and estimate how much you're losing. If tests confirm bleeding, an endoscopy, colonoscopy, or sigmoidoscopy will let the doctor see what's going on.

Unusual sores, lumps or lesions

These symptoms usually are benign, but you should have them checked by a health care provider. If you live in a sunny climate or if you spend a lot of time outside, you should be especially wary of all kinds of skin lesions, which may indicate skin cancer. Look for sores that always seem to be irritated or moles that change size, have irregular shapes, or change color.



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Imperial Point Surgery Center, located at the Medical Arts Pavilion, is a state-of-the-art outpatient surgery center where patients receive top-quality, compassionate care by our staff of specialized doctors, nurses and healthcare providers.

Board certified ophthalmologists at the center include corneal, retinal, glaucoma and cataract specialists.

The eye suites are fully outfitted with state-of-the-art ophthalmology equipment, including the latest in specialized cataract machines, microscopes and lasers.

For further information, call 954-928-3250, Monday through Friday, 8 am - 4 pm.

Eye Conditions and Surgeries

The following is a list of eye conditions treated and surgeries performed, but not limited to, at the Surgery Center:

Macular Hole: a tiny hole, located at the center of the retina, responsible for sharp, reading vision. A surgical procedure called a “vitrectomy with membrane peel” is used to treat macular holes.

Sutureless Vitrectomy Surgery: used for retinal procedures like macular holes, in which small tubes or cannulas are placed through the eye and tiny instruments are placed through these tubes. Once the surgery is completed, the tubes are removed and no stitches are needed. This sutureless technique cannot be used for all retinal surgery.

Retinal Detachment and Re-attachment: Retinal detachment is the breaking away of the retina from the outer wall of the eye. It is often associated with flashes of light and sudden floaters – little dark spots that float across the eye. To re-attach the retina to the inner surface of the eye, a band of silicone is sewn to the outside of the eye. This band pushes against the hole to close it, making a scar that will hold the retina in place. Sometimes in retinal detachment, there is pigment on the retina, and the vitreous may have to be removed by a vitrectomy.

Macular Degeneration: degenerative damage to the small area at the back of the retina, called the macula, that allows us to see fine details clearly. In Wet Macular Degeneration, there is growth of abnormal blood vessels in the retina, which tend to leak. Degeneration can be slowed through laser treatments and pharmaceuticals.

Cataract Surgery with Lens Implants: during surgery for cataract removal, in which the eye’s natural lens has become cloudy, the latest intraocular lenses can be implanted. Some of these lenses may eliminate the need for glasses. Ask your ophthalmologist about your options.

Corneal Transplant: the replacement of the clear window on the front of the eye with a donor cornea. This outpatient surgery is usually done under anesthesia.

Pterygium: a fleshy growth that invades the cornea. If the pterygium is large enough to threaten sight, is growing or is unsightly, it can be removed surgically.

For further information, call 954-928-3250, Monday through Friday, 8 am - 4 pm.

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New Treatment for Kidney Stones

The Surgery Center at Broward Health Imperial Point is now offering Extracorporal Shock Wave Lithotripsy to treat kidney stones. Lithotripsy is a noninvasive procedure used to treat kidney stones that are too large to pass through the urinary tract. When kidney stones become too large to pass through the urinary tract, they may cause severe pain, may block the flow of urine, and can cause infection.

Lithotripsy treats kidney stones by sending focused ultrasonic energy or shock waves directly to the stone, breaking it into smaller stones that will pass through the urinary system. Lithotripsy allows persons with certain types of stones in the urinary system to avoid an invasive surgical procedure for stone removal.

Our advanced technology ensures precise alignment at all times and makes it easier to target the stone. The advanced ultrasound technology allows real-time, continuous monitoring of the disintegration process to ensure precise stone targeting, which maximizes shockwave delivery and minimizes radiation dosage.

For further information, call 954-928-3250, Monday through Friday, 8 am - 4 pm.

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