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Sleep should happen. However, for millions of people, lack of sleep can lead not only to fatigue, daytime sleepiness and difficulty concentrating, but also to extreme behavior changes such as depression, forgetfulness and eating disorders. Doctors are now recognizing the affects of this sleep disorder known as Sleep Apnea. Which by the way, may also be related to the snoring that keeps spouses awake at night. As doctors identify more patients as suffering from sleep APNEA, there has become a backlog of up to 2 months to get into a sleep study lab.
Mike Weideman, Respiratory Therapist, says that even before he came to Weiser Memorial Hospital, he watched the growing need for sleep study facilities in the Treasure Valley. Weideman explained, “When someone is told that there is a study that can be conducted that would help them sleep at night, they don’t want to wait two months to get an appointment. Try functioning day after day without adequate sleep and you would understand why it is hard to be patient.” I am excited that the hospital offers this service. Our goal at the hospital is to conduct all sleep studies within two weeks of the doctor’s referral.“
Living with a sleep disorder can feel like you are fighting a losing battle. You may even begin to think that you will never be able to sleep well again. But it doesn’t have to be this way. Research continues to shed new light on the process of sleep. This helps doctors know how sleep disorders affect the human body. Once the source of a problem is found, it can then be treated. There is hope for you, even if you can’t remember the last time you had a good night of sleep.
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I THINK I MIGHT HAVE SLEEP APNEA, NOW WHAT?
HOW DO I FIND OUT IF I HAVE SLEEP APNEA?
Sleep apnea is assessed by means of an all-night sleep study, called a polysomnogram, during which a clinician monitors a patient’s brain activity, eye movement, muscle activity, breathing and heart rate, and oxygen levels. A special facility is required for the study.
WHAT ARE THE POTENTIAL LONG-TERM CONSEQUENCES?
Sleep apnea can increased the risk of hypertension, stroke and heart attack. Patients also may be more likely to suffer diabetes, depression, sexual dysfunction, gastroesophageal reflux disease, and difficulties with memory and concentration. Severe cases can be fatal. American Board of Sleep Medicine.
WEISER MEMORIAL HOSPITAL OFFERS SLEEP STUDIES
WEISER MEMORIAL HOSPITAL OFFERS SLEEP STUDIES
The Surgical and Specialty Clinic has been providing specialized health care at Weiser Memorial hospital since 1986. Weiser Memorial Hospital offers surgical services and specialty care in a relaxed, caring environment, in your locality. Specialists are currently providing Cardiology, Gynecology, Orthopaedics, and General Surgery services. Our sleep apnea studies are also available in the specialty clinic.
Roman Babij, MD, General Surgery
Graham Wetherley, MD, Cardiology
Robert Mairs, DO, OB-GYN
Randolph Peterson, MD, Orthopaedics
The Specialty Clinic is located at the front entrance of the hospital. Our staff is here to help patients with information and appointments. Office hours are Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Please call us at
WHAT GENERAL SURGERIES CAN I GET AT THE SPECIALTY CLINIC?
Roman Babij, MD
Dr. Babij has been providing surgical services at the Specialty Clinic for over 20 years. His surgical survices include abdominal organs, intestines, esophagus, stomach, small bowel, colon, liver, pancreas, gallbladder and bile ducts, and often the thyroid gland (depending on the availability of head and neck surgery specialists). He also deals with diseases involving the skin, breasts, and hernias.
Robert Mairs, DO
Dr. Mairs is in the Surgical Specialty Clinic every
Wednesday and offers a wide range of services to women, from adolescence through adulthood, including:
• Obstetrics, from normal to high risk
• Preventative health, such as annual
• Primary health
• Gynecologic problems
• Management of abnormal pap smears
• Urinary problems
• Perimenopausal and menopausal care,
including hormone therapy
• Surgeries including Cesarean Sections,
• D&C, Correction of falling pelvic organs
• Laparoscopic surgery
• Endometrial ablation
• Corrections for urinary incontinence,
such as bladder suspensions
• Cancer treatment of female organ system
• Annual exams
SURGICAL AND SPECIALTY CLINIC
WHY WOULD YOU NEED
Graham K. Wetherley, MD
Board Certified in Cardiovascular Disease
and Internal Medicine
The first step of an interview with a patient is reviewing their medical history. Then the cardiologist will perform a physical examination, which includes listening to the heart. Sometimes cardiologists can tell if the patient has heart problems if they have an irregular beat.
A cardiologist may send a patient to get special tests to diagnose and evaluate their symptoms. They may have a common test like an electrocardiogram (ECG or EKG). An EKG measures electrical activity from heart contractions and it copies a graph for the cardiologists to review. These tests can detect lots of problems.
Yet another test is cardiac catheterization. Here a tiny tube is inserted through a blood vessel near or into the heart. Then pictures of the heart can be taken. Cardiologists examine the pictures to help them diagnose diseases and evaluate the body’s electrical system.
There is another test called an echocardiogram. In this procedure, faint high pitched sounds are sent into the body. The echoes are plotted and create the picture of the heart. A stress echocardiogram evaluates the heart by measuring the amount of blood going to the muscles before and after a person exercises.
Cardiologists don’t perform surgery, thoracic surgeons do. Lots of these surgeons consult with and get advice from cardiologists.
LOOKING FOR AN
Randolph Peterson, MD
TO SCHEDULE A SLEEP STUDY,
CONTACT YOUR PRIMARY DOCTOR OR
FOR MORE INFORMATION PLEASE CALL
THE SURGICAL CLINIC AT 549-3152.
• Sleep studies start between 7 p.m.
and 7:30 p.m. each evening
• Patients are monitored for 8–9 hours
• Monitoring includes breathing
cessation, sleep stages (eye movement,
EEG), and oxygen saturations.
Dr. Peterson Specializes In:
• Orthopaedic Surgery
• Complete Orthopaedic Evaluation
• Fracture Care and Casting
• Sports Injury Exam and Treatment
• Injuries of the Bone and Joints
• Conditions and Diseases
Dr. Peterson has provided the Treasure Valley with over 18 years of total joint replacement and orthopaedic services.
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