When Bryan Tyo suffered a heart attack in January, he was too sick to receive a heart transplant. A surgical team at Baylor University Medical Center at Dallas instead removed his damaged heart and implanted a total artificial heart, a portable device designed to pump blood throughout the body when both sides of the patient’s … Continue reading Surgeons perform first Total Artificial Heart “bridge to transplant” in North Texas
Ladies: Don’t most of us talk to our hairdressers about all kinds of things? Kids, pets, vacation plans, clothes and the list goes on. Something that doesn’t come up too often in conversation? Colorectal cancer. Yet, this is the topic 57-year-old hairdresser Cathey Minter finds herself discussing quite regularly with her clients. Last year, Cathey’s primary care physician found a … Continue reading Hairdresser survives colon cancer, shares powerful message with clients
Your time at the gym has been cut short because of a stabbing pain in your abdomen. And when you bend down to pick up your gym bag, you notice a peculiar bulge in your stomach. It protrudes when you’re straining and retracts when you’re standing still. This unusual bulge could be a hernia. They … Continue reading Could that painful bulge be a hernia?
Day Surgery is surgery that doesn’t require staying in the hospital overnight. “With day surgery, it’s been determined that for the particular kind of surgery the patient is having, it’s safe for the patient to go home the same day: there are minimal incisions, less blood loss, no expected complications, and the intensity of the … Continue reading Prepping for day surgery: What you need to know before you go
After weighing 198 pounds in 1997, J.R. Lavan’s weight reached a high of 358 pounds just a few years later. During that time, he was eating a lot and not exercising. Between meals, J.R. snacked on chips, candy, oatmeal cakes, cheese and sausage. Because of his weight, it was difficult for him to get up … Continue reading Meet J.R. – Weight loss surgery success story
For years, Robert Trevino had just put up with the symptoms of a crippling disorder called Fibrous Dysplasia, which created abnormal bone growth in different parts of his body. He even lost an eye to the disorder, when a bone mass began growing in his eye socket. Despite the complications of his Fibrous Dysplasia, he … Continue reading Patient discovers courage within himself for risky surgery
Jessica, 13, is a typical, active teenager. She loves sports, hanging out with friends and she really loves horses, but she wasn’t always so active. For several months, prior to her surgery, she experienced severe stomach pain whenever she ate. She couldn’t keep weight on, she didn’t want to participate in sports. It even caused … Continue reading Meet Jessica