Category Archives: surgery

A behind-the-scenes look at cancer care: Medical providers pool their expertise as they tackle tough cases

BY AMBER SMITH Just before 2 p.m. every Wednesday, 18 men and women, most wearing white coats, take seats around a conference table in the Upstate Cancer Center. Some carry water bottles, others tote laptop computers. There’s no chitchat or … Continue reading

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A different stroke: Hers happened after a neck adjustment

BY AMBER SMITH In seeking relief for tension headaches, Carmella Carroll sought treatment that – she later learned – increased her risk for a stroke. The Manlius woman was 33 in October 2009 when she went to a chiropractor for … Continue reading

Posted in brain/neurology, disability, eye/vision/ophthalmology, health care, illness, patient story, physical therapy/rehabilitation, stroke, surgery | Leave a comment

Toddler gets early boost to help battle difficult diagnosis

BY JIM HOWE Before he was born, Mason Campbell underwent spinal surgery. Now an energetic 2-year-old, Mason and his parents, Jesse and Chris, aided by a variety of medical specialists, have been working to overcome his complicated diagnosis. Mason has … Continue reading

Posted in brain/spine/neurosurgery, disability, health care, illness, patient story, physical therapy/rehabilitation, surgery, Upstate Golisano Children's Hospital/pediatrics

Kidney transplant numbers rise

The Hinton brothers represent one of the 10 living donor kidney transplants done at Upstate University Hospital in 2015. Daniel Hinton of Syracuse was a member of the U.S. Special Forces in the Iraqi War and works construction for the … Continue reading

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Heart of a warrior: She cherishes each moment after surviving a medical emergency

BY JIM HOWE A woman who did her best to stay fit nearly died. That experience taught her never to take her health for granted. Debra Becker of Liverpool was a runner. She practiced yoga and worked out regularly, including … Continue reading

Posted in health care, heart/cardiovascular, illness, patient story, physical therapy/rehabilitation, surgery, women's health/gynecology

Grateful patient and orthopedic surgeon ride Erie Canal, side by side

Several years ago, at age 68, Patricia Martin organized the Erie Canal Ride and challenged her doctor, orthopedic surgeon Richard Tallarico, MD, to ride the two-day, 68-mile ride alongside her. They rode those miles and, over five years, raised more … Continue reading

Posted in bones/joints/orthopedics, community, fundraising, health care, illness, patient story, surgery

Restoring peace: Why salvaging the adrenal gland makes sense

BY AMBER SMITH On top of each kidney sits an adrenal gland, which produces hormones a person cannot live without. A variety of different tumors can develop in an adrenal gland. The tumor’s location, size and function influences how it … Continue reading

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Surgery — pause — more surgery: a new way to treat abdominal trauma

BY AMBER SMITH In the past, patients who arrived at Upstate University Hospital with major abdominal trauma would go straight to the operating room, where surgeons would work for hours to repair their injuries. Already weak from blood loss and … Continue reading

Posted in emergency medicine/trauma, health care, HealthLink on Air, surgery

High-intensity fitness boot camp keeps surgeon in shape

Staying fit can be a challenge during the long Central New York winters. Alex Helkin, MD, a second-year resident in general surgery at Upstate, follows a Fit Body Boot Camp program. He attends half-hour classes almost every day at Liverpool … Continue reading

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Specialized surgeons treat cancers, plus other diseases of liver, gallbladder, pancreas

Surgeons with a hepatobiliary specialization treat some of the deadliest cancers. “Hepato” relates to the liver, and “biliary” refers to the gallbladder and bile ducts. But cancers are not the only problems that require such a surgeon’s expertise. Upstate‘s Dilip … Continue reading

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