Category Archives: surgery

On a mission to help: Doctor’s intensive-care skills help poor children with heart trouble in Peru

BY JIM HOWE A career spent caring for very sick children, plus some mechanical ingenuity, helped I. Federico Fernández Nievas, MD, when he accompanied a medical charity team to Peru. He joined about two dozen other medical professionals from around … Continue reading

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Rethinking hydrocephalus: Neurosurgeon asks: Would a medication work better than surgery?

Editor’s note: This is one of three articles on Upstate’s “renegade researchers” — scientists who are providing new ways of looking at long-standing medical problems, including hydrocephalus (detailed below), Kaposi sarcoma and schizophrenia. BY AMBER SMITH Brain surgery to install … Continue reading

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Relief after reconstructive surgery: How one man had his urethral stricture repaired

BY AMBER SMITH Hemant Tandi knows other men suffer, as he did. He wants them to know how he was helped, because maybe they can be, too. For 30 years, Tandi, 58, of Endicott experienced slow, burning urination. It wasn’t until … Continue reading

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Extensive operations: Patients endure lengthy surgeries when cancer involves the face or jaw

  BY AMBER SMITH In constant pain after two root canals and months of antibiotics that were no help, Michele Giblin of Binghamton finally received a diagnosis. She had a rare cancer called adenoid cystic carcinoma. Her oral surgeon referred her … Continue reading

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After abnormal mammogram, vigilant nurse tries new combination surgery and radiation treatment for breast cancer

BY AMBER SMITH In her role as chief nursing officer at Upstate University Hospital, Nancy Page is part of the leadership team that reviews major hospital purchases. In 2017, they gave the go-ahead for intraoperative radiation therapy equipment, which would … Continue reading

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Battling cancer: Through 3 surgeries and 6 weeks of radiation, this determined Marine vet keeps his chin up

BY DARRYL GEDDES Howard “Mac” Waterman, 73, of Boonville is a Vietnam War veteran who saw combat as a Marine, but his biggest fight has been a recent bout with medullary thyroid and neck cancer. He appears to be outmaneuvering … Continue reading

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Airlifted to Upstate, North Country man undergoes lifesaving heart surgery and beats the odds

BY EMILY KULKUS Chris Diaz is no stranger to fear or pain. Diaz, 35, spent four years in the Army, including nearly a year in Iraq from 2009 to 2010. When you’re in the Army, if something hurts, you drink … Continue reading

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Back on the pitch – after back surgery

BY AMBER SMITH For weeks, Kendall Discenza didn’t know what was wrong. The pain in her lower back became crippling, and she was left sobbing.  Surgery brought relief. Discenza underwent a microdiscectomy at Upstate University Hospital. Lawrence Chin, MD, who leads the … Continue reading

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Remove the appendix – or not? Medicine’s understanding of the organ has changed

The appendix for centuries has been a misunderstood organ, hanging like a tail from the junction of the large and small intestines. When it became inflamed, surgeons were quick to remove it. Over the last decade, the number of appendectomies … Continue reading

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Different types of aneurysms call for different types of repairs

BY AMBER SMITH When a blood vessel weakens, a balloonlike dilation called an aneurysm sometimes develops. This happens most often in the abdominal section of the aorta, the largest blood vessel in the body. If an abdominal aortic aneurysm ruptures, … Continue reading

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