Category Archives: surgery

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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Getting back on her feet — and deeply humbled during recovery

BY JACKIE WARREN-MOORE It was surreal. I remember the dark, almost slow-motion fall. The scream, mine. Then the confusion, pain, red lights, movement and assurances that I would “be fine.” I was in Upstate University Hospital downtown. I had tripped … Continue reading

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‘A perfect example of why we became doctors’: Survival depended on a medical team, skillful surgery and a patient’s will to live

BY AMBER SMITH Pat Graham of Lansing wasn’t feeling well the evening of Aug. 31, 2017. A self-described borderline diabetic, he asked his wife to bring a glucose test kit when she came home from her job at Rite-Aid. By … Continue reading

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New option for breast cancer treatment combines surgery with radiation

Surgeons and radiation oncologists at Upstate are teaming up to provide intraoperative radiation therapy to women with early-stage breast cancer. This allows for an intensive dose of radiation to be applied during surgery in the space where the tumor is removed. … Continue reading

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Damage control: Surgeons rely on Navy strategy in operating on severely injured trauma patients

BY JIM HOWE Peter Corigliano is a living example of what “damage control surgery” can accomplish. The Rome resident, now 62, was injured in a horrific industrial accident in 2012. He was working at Rome Strip Steel when a giant electromagnet … Continue reading

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A remarkable recovery: His stroke care included fast-moving, coordinated efforts by his wife, ambulance crew and specialists at Upstate

BY JIM HOWE Dave Cartner has a remarkable story to share. The patient The 50-year-old Marcellus resident had finished breakfast on Feb. 13 and was about to leave for his job as a meat supervisor for a local food chain. … Continue reading

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At higher risk for breast cancer, she’s vigilant about self-exams and doctor visits

BY SUSAN KEETER Dakoata Wilcox was 27 when she felt a lump in her breast during a self-exam. “I was young,” she remembers. “I didn’t think breast cancer could happen to me.” Still, she made an appointment with breast surgeon … Continue reading

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