Childbirth Classes and Maternity Tours

childbirth classes and maternity tours

 

We support expectant parents' needs by offering a wide range of classes designed to help families prepare for the baby's arrival. Our childbirth classes and maternity tours are designed so you learn more about prepared childbirth, breast-feeding, infant care and safety, parenting skills, and more! Classes are held at MedStar Washington Hospital Center and prices include parking and refreshments. 

Please visit Momease's website to learn and register for a maternity tour or childbirth classes

MedStar Washington Hospital Center’s Podcast Library

Medical Intel:

The inside story of advances in health care that can make a difference for you and your family


Welcome to Medical Intel, MedStar Washington Hospital Center’s podcast library! 

Tune in to hear the latest in health and wellness news, straight from our team of physicians and healthcare specialists.
Whether it’s advice on managing an illness or condition, or details of the technology providing revolutionary treatment to our patients, find it here on Medical Intel.

Visit often to keep up with new topics for health and wellness.


 

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Our Services

Comprehensive Outpatient and Inpatient Services for Rheumatic Diseases

MedStar Washington Hospital Center rheumatologists have a long tradition of providing exceptional patient care, training the next generation of rheumatic disease specialists, and conducting cutting-edge research to develop innovative new treatment approaches.

Because these disorders often are complex and involve more than one organ system, patients benefit from ready access to a host of experts and to holistic patient management. The division works closely with other medical subspecialists to provide expert consultation and state-of-the-art approaches to patient management. This systemic approach to treatment for these multi-organ diseases helps improve patient outcomes, as well as their quality of life.

Inpatient and Outpatient Services

Our specialists provide inpatient care to patients with rheumatologic disorders and are on-call 24-hours-a-day to provide expert consultation to patients throughout MedStar Washington Hospital Center, the region’s busiest referral hospital center.

State-of-the-art diagnostic imaging capabilities, such as angiography, CT angiography, cardiac MRI, PET-CT and 3.0 Tesla MRI, ultrasound, and DEXA screening for bone density are important tools to pinpoint diagnosis. The division also has its own dedicated musculoskeletal ultrasound—the latest in ultrasound technology.

Our medical team provides the full-range of advanced treatment options for patients, including outpatient infusion services for administration of the latest biologic therapies.

Clinical Trials

Members of the medical team are researchers, who have led numerous investigations of new treatments. They serve as investigators for national studies and as consultants providing their expertise in the design of clinical research.

Our patients benefit from access to participation in ongoing clinical trials of new therapies for a number of rheumatic diseases including:

  •  Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Systemic lupus erythematosus/ Connective tissue disorders
  • Gout
  • Dermatomyositis/Polymyositis
  • Vasculitis
  • Sarcoidosis
  • Scleroderma
  • Other forms of arthritis and rare autoimmune disorders

Speciality Clinics

The division also offers three unique outpatient clinics that provide comprehensive diagnosis and disease management and that are staffed by rheumatologists with specialized training and experience.

  • Arthritis Clinic
  • Lupus Clinic
  • Rheumatology-Neurology Clinic (For patients with neurologic complications from rheumatic diseases)

Make an Appointment

To schedule an appointment, call

202-877-0333.


For referral to one of our rheumatology specialists, call

844-333-DOCS.


Urologic Robotic Surgery

Urological Robotic Surgery for the Treatment of Malignant and Benign Conditions

When medication and other non-surgical treatments are unable to relieve symptoms, surgery may be recommended as a treatment option. At MedStar Washington Hospital Center, our urology specialists perform minimally invasive robotic surgery using the da Vinci  .

The da Vinci® Surgical System allows physicians to perform minimally invasive procedures through small incisions using robotic technology. The robot's unique EndoWrist instruments offer physicians the dexterity not available to them when using conventional laparoscopic instruments. By offering the surgeon, urologist or oncologist a high-definition 3-D view, the da Vinci surgical robot allows physicians to better distinguish vital muscles and delicate nerve tissues surrounding the operative area, preserving them.

Our Urological Robotic Surgery Specialists

Dr. Jonathan Hwang is the Chairman of Urology, the Director of Robotic Surgery at MedStar Washington Hospital Center and an Associate Professor in Urology at Georgetown University School of Medicine. Since 2003, he has completed more than 2,700 robotic surgeries including over 2,300 robotic prostatectomies to date. He is considered one of the foremost robotic surgery experts in urologic oncology in the mid-Atlantic region.

Dr. Lambros Stamatakis is leading minimally invasive, robotic surgery at the Hospital Center. His training includes a specialized fellowship in Endourology/Minimally Invasive Surgery at the Baylor College of Medicine, which has built a strong foundation for his experience with minimally invasive procedures.

Dr. Ross E Krasnow has extensive experience using robotic and minimally invasive surgical techniques for both cancer excision and reconstruction. He is fellowship trained in Urologic Oncology at Harvard Medical School affiliated hospitals (Massachusetts General Hospital and Brigham and Women’s Hospital). Dr. Krasnow specializes in robotic partial nephrectomy (transabdominal and retroperitoneal), nephroureterectomy, radical nephrectomy, radical cystectomy for bladder cancer, female anterior exenteration for bladder cancer, robotic intracorporeal urinary diversion, upper urinary tract reconstruction, and robotic radical prostatectomy.

Beneficial Treatments Using Robotic Surgery

Prostate Cancer

Prostate cancer is the most common cancer in men not involving the skin. Often times, men won’t notice any health problems, as prostate cancer tends to grow slowly. The treatment for prostate cancer is dependent on the patient’s specific diagnosis. Your physician will work in conjunction with you to decide which treatment option is best.

Robotic-assisted laparoscopic radical prostatectomy is the most common robotic surgery performed by the Urology Department at the Hospital Center. During the procedure, the prostate gland and the seminal vesicles are removed. This treatment is highly precise, contributing to its reputation as the standard of care for prostate cancer surgery.

Bladder Cancer

The bladder is a hollow muscular organ located in the lower part of the abdomen that collects and stores urine from the kidneys until it is passed out of the body. Typically, blood in the urine is the first indication of bladder cancer. However, bladder cancer may also cause a constant urge to urinate, even when the bladder is empty, and urinating more often than usual. These symptoms may also be related to non-cancerous conditions. For this reason, if you experience any of these symptoms, it is important to speak with your doctor.

Robotic-assisted cystectomy is a minimally invasive surgical method for the treatment of bladder cancer. This procedure offers bladder cancer patients the prospect of a more effective surgery and less problematic post-surgical recovery. Minimally-invasive, robotic technology allows surgeons to make smaller incisions, which spare vital, but delicate, nerve and muscle tissue. Following a robotic cystectomy procedure, patients experience a shorter hospital stay, fewer complications, and a faster recovery time.

The treatment for bladder cancer is dependent on the patient’s specific diagnosis. Your physician will work in conjunction with you to decide what treatment option is best.

Kidney Cancer

Each year, more than 50,000 individuals are diagnosed with kidney cancer. For many, kidney cancer is discovered when imaging procedures are performed for other conditions. For some, abdominal pain, back pain or anemia may indicate the presence of kidney cancer.

Robotic-assisted laparoscopic partial nephrectomy delivers the efficacy of open surgery with a safe method for removing small renal tumors, while preserving surrounding kidney tissue. Using a near-infrared camera and a benign tracer that is injected into the blood, surgeons are able to see the blood supply to the kidney and tumor, as well as differentiate cancerous tissue from normal kidney tissue. This allows for better control of the kidney's blood supply, potentially less injury to the area surrounding the kidney, and limits the risk of leaving any tumor behind.

This minimally-invasive technique leaves patients with less discomfort and allows them shorter hospital stays, earlier return to daily activities and smaller incisions.

Upper Urinary Tract Reconstruction

There are benign conditions of the upper urinary tract that may require reconstruction. These conditions include ureteropelvic junction obstruction and ureteral obstruction.

Ureteropelvic Junction (UPJ) Obstruction

Ureteropelvic junction obstruction is a condition where a blockage occurs where the ureter (the tube that drains urine from the kidney to the bladder) and the kidney meet. This blockage may cause urine to build up in the kidneys.

Robotic-assisted laparoscopic pyeloplasty is a minimally-invasive procedure used to repair congenital or acquired narrowing or scarring of the ureteropelvic junction. During pyeloplasty, the obstruction is removed and the urinary tract is then reconstructed. Damage caused by the buildup of fluid pressure is repaired before the ureter and the kidney are sutured back together.

This minimally-invasive procedure incorporates the same efficacy and safety as open surgery with less post-operative pain, a shorter hospital stay, and earlier return to work and daily activities.

Ureteral Obstruction

Ureteral obstruction may be acquired in situations where a blockage in the ureter prevents urine from passing easily from the kidney into the bladder. Additionally, a ureteral obstruction may occur due to the ureter having been damaged during a surgery in the abdomen or after gynecologic surgery.

If the ureter is damaged, it may be possible to reattach the ureter to the bladder with ureteral reimplantation. The Hospital Center's state-of-the-art da Vinci® robotic surgical system allows doctors to perform a precise, minimally invasive procedure through a few tiny incisions with enhanced vision, dexterity and control.

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844-333-DOCS.


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Sports Injuries

Whenever you suit up for your favorite sport, you’re already equipped with your most important gear—your feet and ankles. Indeed, there are few activities that don’t involve our lower extremities, which is why they frequently sustain injuries. 

Because physical activity is so important to overall health, nobody wants to stay sidelined for long. Although many people may be tempted to “walk it off” or just rest for a few days, a foot or ankle injury can have serious, long-term implications if not properly diagnosed and treated.

Competitive athletes and weekend warriors alike can rely on the podiatric surgeons at MedStar Washington Hospital Center to provide expert assessment of their foot and ankle issues, and help craft a plan of treatment that will put them back in the game as quickly and safely as possible.

Common Sports Injuries and Treatments

Ankle Sprains

Though most active people have experienced a sprained ankle, the actual nature of the injury can vary. That’s because the ankle joint consists of both lateral and medial ligaments that connect the bone to surrounding muscle. Stretching or tearing any of these can result in minor soreness and swelling, to extensive swelling with pain and difficulty walking.

Ice and over-the-counter medication can help alleviate some symptoms, but the ankle should be examined to determine the full extent of the damage and the appropriate treatment options to ensure a full recovery. Surgery may be required to repair the ligaments. 

Chronic Lateral Ankle Instability

Frequent ankle sprains may be due to more than just bad luck. They can have a cumulative effect that makes the ankle more susceptible to problems such as chronic swelling, pain or tenderness, and additional sprains. Patients often report that their ankles feel “wobbly” and give way more easily. 

Treating chronic instability can include physical therapy, bracing, and medication. If ligaments have been seriously damaged, surgery may be needed. A prescribed program of physical therapy can also help strengthen foot and ankle muscles, and help patients develop a stronger sense of balance. 

Peroneal Tendon Injuries

Ankle sprains would be even more common if it weren’t for the peroneal tendon. Located behind the outer ankle bone, these tendons provide the necessary stability to safeguard the ankle in everyday situations. But they aren’t invincible; an injury or mispositioning as a result of a sprain can result in pain or a “snapping” feeling around the joint, swelling, and weakness in the foot and ankle.

Damaged peroneal tendons require early diagnosis and treatment to ensure a full recovery, and prevent changes in the foot that are difficult to correct. Treatment includes splinting or casting, bracing, medication, and medication administered either orally or by injection. Surgery may also be necessary in certain cases.

Achilles Tendon Tears

Connecting the calf muscle to the heel bone, the Achilles tendon is what makes it possible for us to run, jump, and pivot during high-impact activities. Though highly versatile, the tendon can be stretched beyond its limits, resulting in a partial or complete tear that is both painful and debilitating.

Though wearing a cast, walking boot, or brace can help a mild Achilles injury heal on its own, the patient may remain vulnerable to a subsequent, potentially more serious injury. Surgery may not only reduce the likelihood of reinjury, but also help improve muscle function and movement.

Make an Appointment

For an appointment with a podiatric specialist, call  

844-333-DOCS.


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Our podiatric surgeons can find the best solution just for you.


Location Information

Podiatry/ Surgical Clinic: 
106 Irving St. NW G253,
Washington, D.C., 20010
Phone: 202-877-6640
Fax: 202-877- 8010
 
*Please call the office to schedule an appointment with a specialist and to find out which office location to visit*
 

 

Limb Salvage and Wound Care

We often think of diabetes solely as a disease related to increased blood sugar, but some of its most serious effects are often found in the feet. Diabetes-related circulatory and nerve problems in the feet and lower legs limit the body’s ability to heal wounds and injuries, leading to infections and other complications that may ultimately require amputation.

Early diagnosis and treatment of diabetes-related foot issues is essential to not only preventing seemingly minor issues from worsening, but also long-term management of the patient’s overall health. MedStar Washington Hospital Center’s Podiatric Surgery team can provide a complete evaluation and care regimen tailored to each patient’s unique condition, including addressing complex and challenging wounds using the latest technologies, treatment methods, and biologics. 

What to Watch For

One of the difficult aspects of diabetes-related problems is the diminished feeling in the foot and lower leg. Patients often don’t realize that they’ve sustained a wound or other injury, or that their footwear is actually causing excessive friction. Some of the more common diabetes-related foot problems include: 

  • Cuts, and sores that don’t heal
  • Corns and calluses
  • Dry, cracked skin leading to sores and infection
  • Ingrown toenails
  • Fungal infections
  • Hammertoes and bunions

Patients with diabetes are also more susceptible to a variety of chronic foot ulcers and wounds; limited joint mobility; muscle atrophy; lymphedema (severe swelling of the legs); burns; animal and insect bites; and Charcot foot, a progressive, debilitating deformation of the bones of the foot or ankle.

Treatment Strategies

Some chronic diabetes-related foot issues such as ulcers can be treated with orthotics and special shoes or braces that minimize pressure. Charcot deformity may require long-term immobilization using a cast or leg braces to prevent further deterioration. Surgical options may include a simple procedure to alleviate pressure points associated with foot ulcers, or a more extensive reconstructive surgery to realign and fuse the foot in a more anatomic position.

What If Amputation is Necessary

Early diagnosis and intervention can prevent amputation from becoming necessary. Rather than being stigmatized, however, amputation may well offer a faster, more reliable means to restore a patient’s overall health and quality of life, while also eliminating an infection that could cause more serious health issues in the future.

It should also be noted that amputations don’t always involve the loss of the entire foot or leg. That’s why early consultation with a podiatric surgeon is so important to determine a viable range of options that will provide the greatest immediate and long-term physical benefits.

Case Studies From Our Specialists

raspovic-case-study-coverLimb Salvage: A Staged, Team Approach to Amputation Prevention

Make an Appointment

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844-333-DOCS.


Find a Doctor 

Our podiatric surgeons can find the best solution just for you.


Location Information

Podiatry/ Surgical Clinic: 
106 Irving St. NW G253,
Washington, D.C., 20010
Phone: 202-877-6640
Fax: 202-877- 8010
 
*Please call the office to schedule an appointment with a specialist and to find out which office location to visit*
 
 

Read More in Our Blog

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Saving limbs and improving lives: The Center for Limb Salvage
Prevent diabetic foot problems with these easy care practices
How negative-pressure wound therapy has changed diabetic foot care


Why Choose Us

Why Choose Us For Podiatric Care

Podiatry Team at MedStar Washington Hospital Center

The Podiatric Surgery team at MedStar Washington Hospital Center is comprised of highly skilled surgical specialists dedicated to treating patients of all ages—from infants with congenital conditions to seniors who need to improve their mobility. We strive to provide a comprehensive, patient-focused approach to everyone we treat, while offering the latest innovations in podiatric surgery, health and treatment. 

Comprehensive Care That Goes Beyond the Feet

Because the health of the lower legs and feet is often influenced by other medical conditions, we regularly collaborate with other healthcare providers to ensure that each patient’s mobility safely complements and evolves with their other courses of treatment.  

The best treatment options are often the result of a collaborative effort among a group of physicians who specialize in various disciplines. A team approach to patient care results in the most effective outcomes. 

Meet Our Team of Podiatric Specialists

Our podiatric surgeons are committed to tailoring treatment to the needs of each patient. Through personalized treatment plans, patients can gain and maintain maximum mobility of the lower extremities and feet. 

Make an Appointment

For an appointment with a podiatric specialist, call  

844-333-DOCS.


Find a Doctor 

Our podiatric surgeons can find the best solution just for you.


Location Information

Podiatry/ Surgical Clinic: 
106 Irving St. NW G253,
Washington, D.C., 20010
Phone: 202-877-6640
Fax: 202-877- 8010
 
*Please call the office to schedule an appointment with a specialist and to find out which office location to visit*
 

Read More in Our Blog

Morton’s Neuroma
Bunions be Gone!
Diabetic Foot Care and VAC Therapy
Preventing Diabetic Foot Problems
Relieve Foot Pain from Bunions and Plantar Fasciitis


Why You Need a Podiatric Surgeon

Because feet are so important to our daily lives and overall health, problems such as pain and swelling should never be ignored, particularly if the condition persists or worsens. That’s because foot disorders are often indicators of other conditions that may require immediate attention.

The Podiatric Surgery team at MedStar Washington Hospital Center is comprised of highly skilled surgical specialists dedicated to treating ailments of the feet and ankles. By applying our extensive experience and training in foot ailments, health management, and surgical and non-surgical treatment methods, we provide each patient with an individually focused path to preserving or restoring their mobility.

Our podiatric surgeons collaborate with physicians from other specialities to ensure that our recommended treatment approaches complement the patient’s other health management strategies and concerns.

 

Make an Appointment

For an appointment with a podiatric specialist, call  

844-333-DOCS.


Find a Doctor 

Our podiatric surgeons can find the best solution just for you.


Location Information

Podiatry/ Surgical Clinic: 
106 Irving St. NW G253,
Washington, D.C., 20010
Phone: 202-877-6640
Fax: 202-877- 8010
 
*Please call the office to schedule an appointment with a specialist and to find out which office location to visit*
 

Locations

Our Infectious Disease Experts Provide Care in Two Locations 

Infectious Disease Outpatient Clinic

110 Irving Street NW
Room 1A50B
Washington, DC 20010

202-877-0333

Infectious Disease Medical Staff Offices

110 Irving Street, NW
Suite 2A-56
Washington, DC 20010

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844-333-DOCS.


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Why Choose Us

Why Choose Us

  • Our medical team represents expertise in a broad range of infectious diseases—and provides comprehensive evaluation, diagnosis, and individualized treatment utilizing the most advanced therapies.
  • The hospital’s infectious disease division is the busiest in the region, treating more patients than any other area hospital.
  • Our outpatient clinic provides the full scope of services for patients who require ongoing care and support to live their most productive lives.
  • Our medical team also provides consultation for hospitalized patients who have an active infection or a chronic infectious disease—and for those who need speedy evaluation and diagnosis to ensure recovery.
  • A home care nursing service provides critical follow-up care—including home infusion services—following hospitalization to promote patients’ continued recovery.
  • The division provides important psycho-social support to help patients cope with their disease and live a full life despite their illness.
  • The division is a recipient of Ryan White funding, which supports a program to provide medical care, case management, as well as peer navigator and social work services to individuals and families affected by HIV/AIDS.
  • Our Travel Clinic provides an array of services—including preventive care, vaccinations, and treatment for international travelers.
  • We are a center for graduate medical education, offering a much sought-after fellowship for physicians who wish to specialize in the field of infectious diseases.

Our Skilled Team of Infectious Disease Specialists

Our team of infectious disease specialists are board certified physicians with years of training and experience in the diagnosis and treatment of the full-range of infections.  

In addition to clinical responsibilities, team members are academicians, training a new generation of infectious disease specialists through the hospital’s sought-after fellowship program.

Make an Appointment

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844-333-DOCS.


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