Category Archives: surgery

Lessons from Upstate: Sleep diaries, jungle races and ankle surgery

A roundup of news about people at Upstate Medical University: Studying how best to track sleep Wrist-worn devices are at least as accurate as paper diaries kept by people tracking their sleep habits, according to a study published in December … Continue reading

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Can a pancreas transplant help someone with severe diabetes?

BY AMBER SMITH Upstate doctors are now offering a pancreas transplant option for some patients with diabetes mellitus, the most common cause of kidney failure. “Rather than waiting until the kidney fails, you may want to be proactive and go … Continue reading

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It’s complicated: Gender reassignment operations sometimes require repairs

BY AMBER SMITH A surgeon skilled in reconstructive urology for men and women has developed a specialization in caring for transgender patients at Upstate. Dmitriy Nikolavsky, MD, does not perform initial gender reassignment surgeries. Rather, he handles occasional complications that … Continue reading

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She just goes: Ultramarathons have her running 100 miles at a stretch

BY AMBER SMITH Mondays and Fridays are rest days for Kristen Hyer, except during softball season, when she has games. Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays are her short runs, when she logs from four to 15 miles each day. Saturdays she … Continue reading

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Grateful parents: They support surgeon’s mission to remedy hydrocephalus without surgery

BY JIM HOWE The urge to help a 6-year-old Vernon girl and others with a painful disorder has inspired her parents and her surgeon. Tom and Kim Clough’s daughter, Elyse, has a condition in which fluid builds up to dangerous … Continue reading

Posted in brain/spine/neurosurgery, fundraising, health care, HealthLink on Air, illness, patient story, research, surgery, Upstate Golisano Children's Hospital/pediatrics

‘Secondary’ cancer: See a surgeon before starting chemotherapy for ‘liver mets’

BY AMBER SMITH Medical progress in the last decade or so has improved the survival chances for people whose colorectal cancer has spread to the liver. Today, surgery may provide a cure – depending on the steps a patient takes … Continue reading

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Every man’s at risk: Expert gives an overview of prostate cancer, ‘watchful waiting,’ ‘active surveillance’

Who is at risk? “If you’re a man and you live long enough, you will develop prostate cancer,” says Rakesh Khanna, MD, an assistant professor of urology at Upstate. It’s the most common cancer in American men, other than skin … Continue reading

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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

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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

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