Incentive Spirometer

What is an incentive spirometer?

Once you are back in your room after surgery, you will be given an incentive spirometer. If you do not see one, make sure to ask for it. An incentive spirometer is a plastic device that measures how deeply you can breathe in or inhale. It helps you take slow, deep breaths to expand and fill your lungs with air. It assists in getting rid of the anesthesia gas and helps to prevent lung problems, such as pneumonia.

Why do I need to use an incentive spirometer?

An incentive spirometer should always be used after surgery. People who are at an increased risk of airway or breathing problems may also use one. This includes people who smoke or have lung disease. This may also include people who are not active or cannot move well.

How do I use an incentive spirometer?

Sit up as straight as possible. Do not bend your head forward or backward. Hold the incentive spirometer in an upright position. Place the target pointer to the level that you need to reach.

Exhale (breathe out) normally and then do the following:

  • Put the mouthpiece in your mouth and close your lips tightly around it. Do not block the mouthpiece with your tongue.
 
  •  Inhale slowly and deeply through the mouthpiece to raise the indicator. Try to make the indicator rise up to the level of the goal marker.
 
  • When you cannot inhale any longer, remove the mouthpiece and hold your breath for at least 3 seconds.
 
  •  Exhale normally.
 

Repeat these steps 10 to 12 times every hour when you are awake, or as often as directed. Clean the mouthpiece with soap and water after each use. Keep track of how high you can move the ball or piston inside. This will help healthcare providers see if your lung function improves.

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Dr. Almino Ramos Joins Elias Ortiz & Company

Dr. Almino Ramos is a world famous bariatric surgeon and former president of the IFSO who we are excited to welcome to our team!

CREDENTIALS

Dr. Elías Ortiz, Bariatrics

Professional License Number: 8684409

Federal Taxpayers Registry: OIGJ810323D28

CURP: OIGJ810323HBCRMS08

Qualifications

Undergraduate Degree in Medicine (1999–2004), Faculty of Medicine of the Autonomous University of Baja California
– Overall average: 8.85 / 10

Undergraduate Internship (2004–2005), Regional General Hospital No. 1, IMSS, Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico.
– Overall average: 9.49 / 10

Social Service (2005–2006), Mobile Unit No. 19, SSA, Tijuana, Baja California Mexico.

Graduate Professional XXXI National Aspiring medical residencies
– Place finish in specialty group (Surgery): 32 of 3602.

General Surgery Specialty (2008-2012), Medical Unit of High Specialty, West National Medical Center, Mexican Social Security Institute
– Total Rating: 96.40 / 100.

Certifications

Certificate of Accreditation of Foreign Language Skills: English. April 22, 2006, at the Autonomous University of Baja California, Mexico

Resident Coordinator of General Surgery, generation 2008–2009, Regional General Hospital No. 45, Mexican Social Security Institute, Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico.

Chief Resident in General Surgery, 2011–2012 in Medical Unit of High Specialty, West National Medical Center, Mexican Social Security Institute, Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico.

Professional Experience

2nd Regional and International Congress on Obesity conducted by the Association for the Study of Obesity and its complications AC.
– May 2004, Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico.

Natural Orifice Transluminal Endoscopic Surgery
– General session speaker
– Regional General Hospital No. 45, May 15, 2008, Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico

Natural Orifice Transluminal Endoscopic Surgery
– General session speaker
– Zapopan General Hospital, November 5, 2008, Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico

ERCP (endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography)
– General session speaker
– Regional General Hospital No. 45, February 12, 2009, Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico.

1stCourse News and Controversies in Surgical GERD
– April 2009, Regional General Hospital No. 45, Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico

Laparoscopic Surgery Program in the Regional General Hospital No. 1
– Social Security Institute, April–May 2010, Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico

Laparoscopic Surgery Program in the Regional General Hospital No. 1
– Social Security Institute, June–August 2011, Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico

Gastric Plication Surgery Mini Fellowship
– Hospital Angeles Tijuana, November 2011

Adjustable Gastric Band Surgery Mini Fellowship
– Hospital Angeles Tijuana, December 2011

Bariatric Surgery Program at Hospital Angeles Tijuana
– November–December 2011, Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico

Theoretical and Practical Course XIV of Endoscopic Surgery, AMCE, AC
– Medical Unit of High Specialty, West National Medical Center Gdl, Jal. January–February 2012

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