Category Archives: surgery

Surgery replaces silence with sound

A rare developmental disorder left Mason Drake deaf since birth. He heard nothing in his first six years of life. His parents brought him to Upstate University Hospital for surgery in November. Charles Woods III, MD, installed a pair of … Continue reading

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Chemotherapy — or not? For older patients with advanced lung cancer, the answer is not simple

Treatment for lung cancer can include surgery, radiation and/or chemotherapy, and what works for one patient may not be so successful in another. That’s particularly true among older patients. “Care for older patients is much more complex,” says Ajeet Gajra, … Continue reading

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PSA mystery solved at Upstate

By Susan Cole The uncertainty and the waiting were the hardest parts of Paul Kruger’s battle with prostate cancer. Kruger, 56. a heavy equipment mechanic at Fort Drum, knew an elevated prostate-specific antigen (PSA) level indicated trouble, but after five … Continue reading

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Exceptional surgical suite allows for MRI during operations

The most advanced imaging options available are part of Upstate’s newest surgical suite, which allows patients to undergo magnetic resonance imaging during an operation. The clarity of the 3-tesla MRI is ideal for conditions that involve the brain, spine and … Continue reading

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Physicians Practice features stroke care, shoulder implants, urethroplasty, more

The March issue of Physicians Practice features stories from Upstate about stroke care, a new shoulder implant and urethroplasty. The stories are aimed at medical professionals, but anyone is welcome to browse. Physicians Practice is a publication that is distributed … Continue reading

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Improved shoulder implant designed to last

Patients who need shoulder replacements have a new option in a novel, improved implantable device available at Upstate Medical University. Upstate is one of two health care facilities in New York state and among six facilities nationwide to use the … Continue reading

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He recovered from a broken neck

One minute, Edward St. George was on the deck of his family cottage on the St. Lawrence River in Cape Vincent, taking measurements for vinyl siding work he was doing that day. The next, he was falling from the granite … Continue reading

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Surgery can repair urethral stricture: One woman’s story

Even knowing how painful it was to have her urethra dilated when it was obstructed and prevented her bladder from emptying, Patricia Moro was still hesitant to pursue a surgical repair. Moro’s life began revolving around the bathroom. She could … Continue reading

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No, this is not bubble wrap

This issue’s “Science is Art is Science” feature comes from the laboratory of senior research scientist Gary Nieman. And no, it’s not bubble wrap. It’s a microscopic look at the air sacs in the lungs of a rat during mechanical ventilation. … Continue reading

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Robotic tool improves accuracy in hip, knee replacements

The orthopedic staff at Upstate University Hospital has a new tool called the Mako that helps surgeons precisely install replacement parts for hips and knees. “The Mako is a robotic arm that is connected to a series of computers that … Continue reading

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