• What do you donate as an organ donor?

    Organ donation plays an important role in the health care system. Donation saves lives of people who need emergency care and those living with a chronic, critical illness. People of all ages can donate organs, and registering to become an organ donor does not ever impact the medical care you receive. If you have questions about organ donation, talk to your physician, who can explain the process to you. Here is a look at what you can donate if you become an organ donor.


    Organs can be donated via deceased donation and living donation, depending on the specific organs. The following organs can be taken from deceased donors:

    • Heart
    • Liver
    • Both lungs
    • Both kidneys
    • Intestines
    • Pancreas
    • Hands
    • Face

    With living donors, the following organs can be donated:

    • One kidney
    • One lung
    • Part of the pancreas
    • Part of the liver
    • Part of the intestines

    Hand and face donations were added to the organ transplant list in 2014 and are still relatively rare. Only about 125 have been done worldwide, but advances in techniques are making the procedures easier and more effective.


    In some cases, donors provide tissue to recipients. Tissue donation is done after death, and it must be harvested within 24 hours of the death. Once the tissue is retrieved, it can be stored for a long period of time. Tissue that can donated includes:

    • Heart valves
    • Bone
    • Skin
    • Tendons
    • Corneas
    • Middle ear
    • Ligaments

    Blood, bone marrow and stem cells

    Blood, bone marrow and cells can all be donated by living donors. These donations are critical to emergency rooms and critical care units, and it is important for donors from all ethnicities and racial groups to donate, so that patients have access to the appropriate blood type. Living donors can provide these cells:

    • Bone marrow
    • Cord blood stem cells
    • Peripheral blood stem cells
    • Blood
    • Platelets

    Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center, like all hospitals, relies on the generosity of donors to provide lifesaving care to our patients. If you are interested in organ donation or have questions about the donation process, talk to a compassionate member of our medical team today. Dial (702) 233-5300 to reach our Las Vegas hospital.

  • Know the signs and symptoms of testicular cancer

    Testicular cancer affects one in 263 men in their lifetimes, and the risk of dying of the disease is one in 5,000. The low death rates for this kind of cancer are largely thanks to early detection. Performing monthly self-exams plays a central role in early detection of the disease, as does being aware of the symptoms. If you are concerned that you could have the symptoms of testicular cancer, request a physician referral for an exam as soon as possible. Here is a look at some of the potential signs of this disease.


    Frequently, men who have testicular cancer are diagnosed after finding a lump in or on a testicle. In most cases these lumps are painless, though occasionally, they can be tender. If you discover a lump, it doesn’t necessarily mean that you have testicular cancer, but it does mean that it should be evaluated by a physician. Your physician may order a biopsy of the lump to see if it contains cancerous tissue.

    Breast Enlargement

    Testicular cancer may in some cases affect hormone levels and cause a decrease in testosterone or an increase in hormones that cause breast tissue to grow. When this occurs, it may cause men to develop breasts or to experience soreness in the area of the breast. Young boys who have testicular cancer may also have a hormonal imbalance that leads to early puberty. These hormonal effects are rare, but if you notice these symptoms, your physician should determine the cause.


    In most cases, testicular cancer is painless, but some men experience aching pains in their lower backs, abdomens and groins. Men with testicular cancer sometimes describe a heavy, full feeling in their scrotums that can also indicate a tumor.

    At Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center , we offer comprehensive cancer treatments and a dedicated unit for cancer patients. To learn more about oncology services at our hospital in Las Vegas or to request a physician referral, please call (702) 233-5300.

  • How exercise can help you manage unhealthy stress

    How exercise can help you manage unhealthy stress

    Because stress is unavoidable in life, most people don’t think of it as a medical emergency. However, chronic stress can lead to a long list of medical issues, including heart disease , stroke and depression. Fortunately, exercise can be an effective way to manage stress and reduce your risk of medical complications. Here is what you need to know.

    What are the effects of chronic stress?

    Chronic stress leaves your body suspended in a constant state of fight or flight. The surge in hormones associated with chronic stress has many effects. It can cause your heart to consistently beat harder than is healthy, leading to damage, heart disease and even a heart attack. It can also interfere with your ability to sleep, which can lead to weight gain, depression and an increased risk of accident injuries.

    Stress can also increase your appetite and trigger cravings for comfort foods as well as the desire to drink excessively, smoke and use drugs. These unhealthy habits can further exacerbate the effects of stress.

    How can exercise help?

    When you exercise, your brain releases chemicals called endorphins. Endorphins reduce both physical and emotional stress and create a feeling of relief. With the endorphins active in your brain, your stress levels will fall, which in turn reduces the risk of negative health impacts.

    Endorphins also help to battle insomnia, so you can get restorative sleep that will further help your stress levels. Although regular exercise is most beneficial for long-term stress management, as little as five minutes of exercise can help to reduce stress levels .

    Don’t let stress trigger dangerous health problems for you. If you’re living with chronic stress , contact Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center for a physician referral in Las Vegas. We can match you with a caring physician who can help you conquer stress and its side effects. To reach our hospital, please call (702) 233-5300.

  • Prevent injuries as you get active this spring

    When spring weather beckons you to get outside and get active, the last thing you want is a trip to the emergency room for treatment of an injury that could leave you sidelined until the fall. With just a few simple steps, you can keep injuries at bay while still enjoying the activities you love. Reduce your risk of a springtime sports injury with these tips.

    Warm up before you begin

    As Fred Redfern, MD, an orthopedic surgeon at Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center, discusses in this video, warming up before you begin any physical activity is crucial in preventing injuries.

    When you warm up, you stretch your muscles slowly and get your blood pumping so that it is not such a shock to your system when you begin more rigorous activity. If you fail to warm up and jump right into activity, you have a higher risk of pulling or tearing a muscle, tendon or ligament.

    Increase your conditioning slowly

    If you have spent most of the winter on the couch, don’t expect to jump into a physically demanding activity right away. Slowly increase your fitness levels as you start a new activity regime. If your physical conditioning is not advanced enough for the activity you’re attempting, your body may be too fatigued to maintain proper form, which could lead to an injury.

    Use the appropriate safety gear

    Never participate in any physical activity without the necessary safety gear. From helmets to face masks and shin guards, safety equipment protects you from broken bones, concussions, broken teeth and eye injuries, which all require emergency care. Make sure your safety gear fits you correctly, and replace it if it becomes worn or damaged.

    If an injury does occur, the emergency care team in Las Vegas at Sunrise Hospital & Medical Center is on standby to provide urgent treatment so you can get back in the game fast. Learn more about our ER or get a referral to a physician by calling (702) 233-5300.