ICASC Advantage Blog

Iowa City ASC was awarded the “Coolest Places to Work” award

Posted by IowaCityASC on Sep 15, 2017 10:54:20 AM

Check out this video of our team who make it true!

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Topics: surgery, end of year surgery, insurance

Beat the End of Year Rush for Surgery

Posted by IowaCityASC on Aug 18, 2017 4:24:33 PM

Summer is almost over and you have satisfied your health insurance deductible. You might also have money sitting in your flexible spending account (FSA) that needs to be spent before the end of the year. So now you’re considering scheduling that elective surgery or procedure that you’ve been putting off before your deductible resets for the new year. But if you’re thinking that you can call in October or November and get it scheduled during your winter holiday vacation, you might want to think again because that’s exactly what hundreds, if not thousands of other people think too.

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Topics: surgery, end of year surgery, insurance

The Ultimate Sleep Tips for CPAP Users

Posted by IowaCityASC on Jun 29, 2017 3:24:22 PM

If you have obstructive sleep apnea and use a CPAP device while sleeping, you might find it difficult to fall asleep or stay asleep throughout the entire night. It does take some time to adapt to using a CPAP device because of the sound, the feel of the mask on your face and of course the air pushing on your face. But it’s important to continue using your CPAP as prescribed to keep your sleep apnea under control and speak with your physician about any concerns you have about using it.

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Topics: sleep apnea, obstructive sleep apnea, CPAP struggles, CPAP

Sleep Apnea Inspire Therapy Explained

Posted by IowaCityASC on May 19, 2017 2:09:03 PM
People often joke about snoring, but if your snoring is caused by obstructive sleep apnea, it’s nothing to joke about. This serious condition causes you to stop breathing anywhere from a few seconds to a few minutes while you are sleeping because soft tissues in your mouth and throat relax and block your airway. When this happens, your body and especially your brain is being deprived of the oxygen it needs to function correctly. Inspire therapy can help reduce your obstructive sleep apnea.

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Topics: sleep apnea, sleep apnea symptoms, obstructive sleep apnea, CPAP struggles, CPAP

Why am I Struggling With My CPAP Device

Posted by IowaCityASC on May 19, 2017 11:47:28 AM
Many people rely on CPAP devices to control their breathing difficulties from obstructive sleep apnea. And unfortunately, many find that they are continually struggling with their CPAP device. If your CPAP makes you uncomfortable, you might find it difficult to sleep at night, which goes against what the CPAP is supposed to be accomplishing for you.

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Topics: sleep apnea, inspire therapy, obstructive sleep apnea, CPAP struggles, CPAP

Symptoms of Sleep Apnea

Posted by IowaCityASC on May 3, 2017 4:48:46 PM
Those who suffer from sleep apnea will often stop breathing repeatedly while sleeping, in some cases, hundreds of times. Each time breathing is stopped, the body, including the brain, do not receive the amount of oxygen that would normally occur. Because this condition deprives the body of oxygen, sleep apnea is considered a serious disorder. The most common form of sleep apnea is obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). This type of sleep apnea is a result of the airway becoming blocked because the soft tissue found at the back of the throat collapses while sleeping.
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Topics: ENT, ENT Specialist, sleep apnea, sleep apnea symptoms, inspire therapy

Treating My Child's Ear Infection

Posted by IowaCityASC on Mar 1, 2017 9:26:50 AM
An ear infection can really make your child feel miserable. In the past the course of treatment was often a round of oral antibiotics. However, nowadays, many doctors hold off on prescribing antibiotics right away, especially where it is suspected that the cause of the ear is a virus instead of bacteria. Repeated exposure to antibiotics can build up your child's resistance to those drugs over time making them less effective when they really need them. It is often possible to treat your child’s ear infection at home and watch for symptoms to improve or worsen over 24 hours.

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Topics: ear infection treatment, ear infection, ENT, ear infection symptoms

Ear Infection Symptoms and Next Steps

Posted by IowaCityASC on Feb 28, 2017 4:12:29 PM
Ear infections are very common among children. Almost 16 million kids will visit a doctor each year with an ear infection and more the 80 percent of all kids will be diagnosed with at least one middle-ear infection before they are three-years old. It is important to know how to recognize ear infection symptoms, especially in infants and young children who may not be able to tell you what they are feeling.

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Topics: ear infection treatment, ear infection, ENT, ENT Specialist, ear infection symptoms

When Should I Take My Child to an ENT Specialist?

Posted by IowaCityASC on Feb 28, 2017 4:04:10 PM
An occasional ear infection is nothing to be overly concerned about. However, if your child has more than three ear infections within six months or four ear infections within a year, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends taking your child to see an ENT specialist.

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Topics: ear infection, ENT, ENT Specialist, Ear, Nose and Throat

Should I Have Cataract Surgery?

Posted by IowaCityASC on Jan 17, 2017 4:27:04 PM

According to the American Academy of Ophthalmology almost 25.7 million Americans 40 and over have cataracts. Cataracts are considered a normal part of the body’s aging process. The only cure for cataracts is to have surgery to remove them. The prospect of cataract surgery might be intimidating, but you can rest assured that this surgery is the most common elective surgery for older adults who have Medicare.

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Topics: facts on cataracts, should I have cataract surgery, cataracts, cataract surgery