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Weekend doctor: Radiofrequency ablation

A new option for knee pain

By Thomas Kindl, MD
Blanchard Valley Pain Management
Radiofrequency ablation (RFA) is a common interventional procedure, typically performed on the nerves in your spine. In the past few years, pain specialists have begun performing a modified version of this procedure on other joints like the knee.

Blanchard Valley Health System ‘Allergy, Asthma & Lung Health’ presentation Sept. 12

Blanchard Valley Health System (BVHS) will host “Allergy, Asthma & Lung Health,” a presentation of the “Live and Learn” series, to educate the community about allergens affecting the lungs as well as asthma triggers and symptoms.

 This event is Thursday, Sept. 12 from noon to 1 p.m. in the Marathon Auditorium of Blanchard Valley Hospital, 1900 S. Main St., Findlay. A boxed lunch will be provided during the event.

Dr. Giedraitis joins Pain Management Specialists of Blanchard Valley 

Blanchard Valley Medical Practices, a division of Blanchard Valley Health System, recently welcomed Andrius Giedraitis, MD, to the team at Blanchard Valley Pain Management. The office is located within Blanchard Valley Hospital at 1900 S. Main St., Findlay, and Dr. Giedraitis is welcoming new patients.

24/7 ER orthopedic surgical services coverage

Now offered at Bluffton Hospital

Bluffton Hospital, a division of Blanchard Valley Health System, is now offering 24/7 orthopedic surgical services coverage for the emergency room.

Additionally, inpatient and outpatient orthopedic services are also available on the main campus, located at 139 Garau St.

Orthopedic surgical services offered at Bluffton Hospital will include shoulder, hand, elbow, hip, knee, and foot and ankle surgeries.

“Bluffton Hospital has a strong commitment to those we serve,” said Nicole Keuneke, director of operations at Bluffton Hospital.

Weekend doctor: Sunscreen

By Julie Schloemer, MD
Summer is a time of enjoying your time out in the sun. However, the number of newly diagnosed skin cancers is rising at an alarming rate. Therefore, it is important to protect your skin from Ultraviolet (UV) radiation through photoprotective clothing and proper use of sunscreen. You should always wear a sunscreen, either a chemical filter or physical blocker, with an SPF of at least 30, as well as a lip balm with SPF 15 or higher.

Weekend doctor: HPV vaccine

By Allison Westcott, MD
HPV stands for human papillomavirus, the most common sexually transmitted infection. Over 14 million new cases occur in the U.S. yearly, although most people do not know that they have been affected. This infection can lead to genital warts or certain types of cancer, with the most common being cervical. Also included are vulvar, anal, penile, and cancers of the head and neck.