Category Archives: surgery

3 reasons your doctor might recommend robotic surgery

BY LEAH CALDWELL Depending on the type of cancer and its stage, your care plan may include surgery. Robotic surgery is one type of minimally invasive surgery. The surgeon uses a flexible scope with a camera and blade and views … Continue reading

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A new home, a difficult diagnosis

BY SUSAN KEETER Fahima Farah was 2 when her mother, Khadra Warsame, brought her to Upstate’s emergency department for stomach pain. A CT scan of her belly showed a mass. Six years earlier, her family — who are Somali — … Continue reading

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Catching it early: Breast cancer high-risk program follows patients at increased risk  

BY AMBER SMITH Both her grandmother and mother had breast cancer, so Jordan Bruna of Skaneateles began breast cancer screening at the age of 30. She joined Upstate’s Breast Cancer High Risk Program and followed a schedule of mammograms, ultrasounds, … Continue reading

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Meet the ‘magic man’: Surgeon’s demeanor, outlook help patient beat slim odds

BY AMBER SMITH Melanoma of the rectum is rare and aggressive, and its prognosis is poor. The majority of people with the diagnosis don’t survive more than 24 months. To Jeri Bem, MD, that’s no reason to give up. A … Continue reading

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‘She’s alive today because of them’

BY SUSAN KEETER Eight-year-old Kaelynne Driscoll and her father, Christopher, were riding an inner tube on Skaneateles Lake on July 6, 2016, when a wave knocked them off the tube and under water. They were struck by a boat and injured, … Continue reading

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Burn survivor: New laser assists in patient’s recovery from house fire

BY AMBER SMITH She lies on her stomach, exposing her bare back to a laser wielded by her surgeon. “Dr. Dolinak saved my life,” Stephanie Bridge says emphatically, as she positions herself for treatment that will help restore the texture … Continue reading

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Surgical solution: A fix for sunken chests

Upstate thoracic surgery chief Jason Wallen, MD, offers surgery to repair sunken chests, a somewhat rare condition some people are born with called pectus excavatum. Those affected may be self-conscious and also have trouble breathing. “It’s not felt to be due … Continue reading

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Lasers treat pediatric brain tumors, epilepsy

BY AMBER SMITH Maisie Chapman of Cortland was just 3 months old when her seizures began. Ethan Stinson of Pierrepont Manor, near Watertown, was 15. Both wound up as patients of  Zulma Tovar-Spinoza, MD, a pioneering pediatric neurosurgeon at Upstate University … Continue reading

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Many options: Caregiving team considers multiple factors in managing patients with lung cancer  

BY AMBER SMITH People diagnosed with lung cancer a century ago had few options. The earliest surgical techniques, in the 1930s, involved cutting open a patient’s chest and removing an entire lung. While that is sometimes still necessary today, surgeons are … Continue reading

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Ongoing battle: Vigilance helps contain a rare, aggressive thyroid cancer

BY AMBER SMITH The man was in his mid-50s in 2011 when he sought care for enlarged lymph nodes in the back of his neck. It was thyroid cancer. Surgeons in Binghamton removed his thyroid gland, and the man received … Continue reading

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