Women in Medicine: How this surgeon is inspiring the next generation of doctors

In Women in Medicine, read stories of Baylor Scott & White physicians, leaders, employees and patients who are inspiring and empowering other women to live healthy lives. Today she lives out her calling as a general surgeon, but Dr. Elizabeth Papaila’s path into medicine took a few twists and turns along the way. “I worked hard … Continue reading Women in Medicine: How this surgeon is inspiring the next generation of doctors

TAVR clinical research ushering in new era of non-invasive heart care

Nearly 1.5 million people in the United States are estimated to be living with aortic stenosis, a narrowing of the main heart valve that impedes blood flow from the heart. For years, open heart surgery was the best option to remedy this heart valve disease in patients, but continued research in the field has led … Continue reading TAVR clinical research ushering in new era of non-invasive heart care

Reducing the risk of opioid abuse after surgery

Opioids can be useful immediately after surgery for postoperative pain control, but there is a tendency to overprescribe. A recent study found that 6 percent of patients continued to use the drugs for at least three months after surgery. “Traditionally, doctors would prescribe (opioids) until the patient phone calls stopped,” said Walter Peters, MD, chief … Continue reading Reducing the risk of opioid abuse after surgery

Business of Health Care: Next generation procedures

This is one of six articles in the Business of Health Care series.  When it comes to technology that makes our lives better — from computers to cell phones — the trend has been smaller, faster, better. When it comes to next generation medical procedures being rolled out nationwide, that trend has largely been mirrored. Procedures … Continue reading Business of Health Care: Next generation procedures

How to Care for Your Sinuses Post Surgery

The innovations around sinus surgery have garnered much attention recently. But what’s been lost is the information regarding care taken after the surgeries. Without proper care following a sinus surgery, the risk of scar formation and recurrent diseases increases. NASAL IRRIGATION Perhaps, first and foremost, the importance of nasal saline irrigation following surgery cannot be … Continue reading How to Care for Your Sinuses Post Surgery

Anterior Hip Replacement: A New Route for a New Hip

As the population is aging, more orthopedic doctors are beginning to see more patients who need hip surgery to replace arthritic hip joints. The newest method to replace a hip, which some orthopedic surgeons have adapted, is called anterior hip replacement. Anterior hip replacement is a procedure in which a surgeon removes the arthritic hip by … Continue reading Anterior Hip Replacement: A New Route for a New Hip

Smaller is Better: Minimally Invasive Surgery

Minimally invasive surgery isn’t only used to treat gynecologic cancers. It also can be used for urinary incontinence, uterine fibroids and endometriosis. Here, we explore what minimally invasive surgery is and some potential benefits. WHAT IS IT? Minimally invasive surgery is a downsized version of traditional surgery. Through small incisions, surgeons use tiny telescopes and … Continue reading Smaller is Better: Minimally Invasive Surgery

What a Relief! Chronic Pain Sufferers, Take Heart.

Chronic pain sufferers, take heart. Advances in pain management may offer the breakthrough you’ve been waiting for. “Chronic pain,” which is a pain that lasts more than six months, not only affects everyday living but also everything from mood to relationships to job performance and affects an estimated 116 million Americans every day. “Chronic pain can … Continue reading What a Relief! Chronic Pain Sufferers, Take Heart.