How we became sisters through a kidney transplant

Melany needed a kidney. Jennifer was a living organ donor. Brought together by organ donation, two complete strangers share their journey to an unforeseen friendship. Melany: The diagnosis Growing up, I’ve always been pretty sickly. Many mountains have crossed my health path, first beginning with the diagnosis of an autoimmune disease known as Crohn’s disease. … Continue reading How we became sisters through a kidney transplant

How hip replacements are helping young people stay active longer

As an orthopedic surgeon, I’ve noticed a growing trend: more and more people are undergoing joint replacements at younger and younger ages. Patients in early middle age — and even some in their 20s and 30s — are increasingly opting for hip replacement surgery. For these patients, who are more active than the typical hip … Continue reading How hip replacements are helping young people stay active longer

Why you should continue seeing your OB/GYN after having children

If you have kids, hopefully you had a friend and ally in your OB/GYN. This is one friendship you want to keep. Many women consider their obstetrician-gynecologist (OB/GYN) to be their primary care provider, particularly during the childbearing years. You may wonder how important this relationship is as you move from childbirth to the busy … Continue reading Why you should continue seeing your OB/GYN after having children

What doctors want you to know about cancer screenings

Most everyone has heard of cancer screenings, but it seems not everyone knows how they work. According to a recent survey report in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine, only 5.6 percent of respondents answered all cancer screening questions correctly, meaning most people have inaccurate beliefs about cancer screenings. As a surgical oncologist, this news … Continue reading What doctors want you to know about cancer screenings

Pancreatic cancer survivor thankful for clinical trial that saved his life

Dec. 15, 2015, is a day Patrick Koennecke will never forget. Now, he simply refers to it as “the date.” The 60-year-old Waxahachie, Texas, resident and warehouse manager was recovering from major back surgery when he began to notice a pain in his upper stomach on the left side. He described it as a broken … Continue reading Pancreatic cancer survivor thankful for clinical trial that saved his life

Expecting a baby? Look for these 5 services in the hospital where you will deliver

From the moment you take a pregnancy test and the plus sign appears, your whole world changes in an instant. A rush of emotions take over, promptly followed by a lengthy to-do list. ✓ Schedule appointment with OB/GYN ✓ Buy prenatal vitamins ✓ Schedule gender reveal party ✓ Register for baby gifts But somewhere at … Continue reading Expecting a baby? Look for these 5 services in the hospital where you will deliver