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42 - CAPE GAZETYE, Friday, Aug. 1 - Aug. 7, 1997 Beebe to hold health and safety fair Fingerprinting by the Delaware State Police, photographs by Beebe Medical Center and a visit from the state police Canine Unit will highlight Beebe Medical Center's Eighth Annual Back to School Health and Safety Fair, set for Saturday, Aug. 16 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the lower level of Beebe's parking garage. The event is free and is open to the public. The Lewes Police Department will be represented by its bike patrol, and TOPS, De #43 will provide a free height and weight screening for the children. The Sussex Paramedics will have one of their paramedic vehi- cles on hand demonstrate the vari- ous emergency equipment they carry, and the Delaware State Fire School will teach the children how to dial 911. The purpose of the fair is to pre- pare pre-schoolers and school children for returning to school safely. Bicycle safety, school bus safety, seatbelt safety and other prevention programs will be stressed. Entertainment highlighting the event will include "Lollipop the Clown" who will regale young- sters, parents, and grandparents alike with her magic tricks, bal- loon animals and face painting. Other participants include the American Heart Association; the University of Delaware Coopera- tive Extension Bike Rodeo; Edge- hill Pharmacy and the Blood Bank of Delaware. The Department of Highway Safety, the Lewes Fire Depart- ment, the American Diabetes Association and the Sussex Fami- ly YMCA will also be part of the day's festivities. Beebe Medical Center will also feature displays by its nutritional services department; the Women's Health Pavilion with an infant/child safety seat workshop, the pharmacy with "Mr. Yuk;" the pediatric department's program on "hand washing: and emergency services will demonstrate first aid. Door prizes will be given away each hour and refreshments will be available." The event is free of charge and is open to children of all ages and their parents and grandparents. No pre-registration is necessary but for more information, call Beebe's department of public rela- tions at 645-3468. Shoulders Continued from page 41 Medical Center. "Being able to put on your clothes makes a big difference," said David Sopa, M.D., Davalos' partner. Dealing with such constant pain affects nearly every aspect of life, the doctors said. "Once joint pain starts, you change your lifestyle," Davalos said. Everything becomes an issue of how much your shoulder hurts." All three doctors - Choy, Daval- os and Sopa - are quick to point out that total shoulder replace- ment is not a miracle cure, although it seems like it to many of their patients. "It's not for everybody. It's what you do when everything else fails," said Davalos. Although total shoulder replacement has really only become feasible in the past decade, partial shoulder replace- ment has been performed since the 1960s, according to Sopa, who worked with Charles Rockwood, M.D., the Texas surgeon who pio- neered the procedures. The current technology allows surgeons to replace the ball and socket of the shoulder joint with new plastic and titanium parts. The procedure is so new that doc- tors don't really know how long the man-made parts will last. Arti- ficial hip and knee joints have been proven to last about 15 years, Choy said, "but with shoulders, we'll have to wait and see." Since osteoporosis is a major cause of bone degeneration, the majority of shoulder replacement patients - about 60 percent - are women. " Osteoporosis and degenerative arthritis are probably the two most common indications," Davalos said. After shou]Mer replacement surgery comes a period of several months of physical therapy. "We encourage people to start to move it right away, as soon as they wake up from anesthesia," Davalos added. Most patients are released from the hospital within two days after surgery but continuation of the physical therapy is critical. "If they don't do the therapy, they'll end up with very little motion" in the arm, Choy said. Although movement is restricted in the first several weeks after surgery to allow muscles to heal, Choy said most patients can drive within two months after the opera- tion. "Most of the pain is gone by then," he said. Choy, who performed the surgery on deRaismes said, "this guy lives for tennis." Although not all patients can regain the range of motion required for such activity, Sopa said, "the results are better and better." Sopa recalled one patient whose shoulder he replaced in the fall, and "in the spring, he was back using his roto-tiller." Davalos said that at Beebe, joint replacement surgery is done by a surgical team dedicated specifi- cally to that procedure, in an oper- ating room set up for that purpose. That, he said, "makes a better chance of a good surgical out- come." Choy said that Beebe's top- notch physical therapy facilities are another crucial factor in the recovery process. All three surgeons agree that the ability to remove the debilitating pain that comes with joint degen- eration is very gratifying. "Thirty years ago, they just had to live with it. They don't now," Sopa said. "Now we have something we can do about the crippling pain," Davalos said. "It's a good feeling to have something you can offer." Free sports physicals offered for Cape students The Cape Henlopen High School Wellness Center will per- form free sports physicals for all Cape Henlopen High School stu- dents, grades 9 to 12. To schedule an appointment, call 644-2946. The wellness center is a joint ven- ture between Beebe Medical Cen- ter, the Division of Public Health and the Cape Henlopen School District. Lewes Pediatrics to hold open house Aug. 6 Beebe Medical Center's Lewes Pediatrics is having an open house at its 400 Savannah Road location in Lewes from 4 to 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 6. Visitors will be entertained with clowns and provided with refreshments. The event is free and open to the public. Stressed Out? Neck h Shoulders Ache? t Take a mini-vacation away from it all. v"Relax for the Health of It. " Z ,irMa,. Massage Therapy by Christine Hopkins John Lorrain's Hair Studio, Rt. 1 & Ann Ave. Rehoboth Beach 226-0104 or 227-3837 Candice Lee Morton of Laurel enjoys a snack at the 1996 Beebe Medical Center "Back to School" Health and Safety Fair. ASSOCIATES IN MEDICINE, P.A. is pleased to announce the association of KEVIN P. S. 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