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Archive for the ‘ surgery’ Category

Diabetic vascular disease

Wednesday, April 2nd, 2014

Palma M Shaw, MD,Vascular surgeon Palma Shaw, MD, who specializes in diabetic limb salvage, talks about the complications of diabetic vascular disease and the latest methods of prevention and treatment.  Shaw is an associate professor of surgery and a member of the Vascular Surgery and Endovascular Services at Upstate Medical University.


Understanding varicose veins

Tuesday, April 1st, 2014

Palma M Shaw, MD,Vascular surgeon Palma Shaw, MD, helps us understand chronic venous insufficiency, a condition that occurs when the leg veins do not allow blood to travel back to the heart. She describes the symptoms – including swelling in legs or ankles, pain, varicose veins – and reviews the causes, diagnosis and treatment options available.  Shaw is an associate professor of surgery in the department of Vascular Surgery and Endovascular Services at Upstate Medical University.


New technique for kidney cancer surgery

Tuesday, April 1st, 2014

Gennady Bratslavsky, MDMichael Daugherty, MD, PGY1Gennady Bratslavsky, MD, chair of Urology at Upstate, is joined by urology resident Michael Daugherty, MD, to help us understand the diagnosis and treatment of kidney cancer. They explain the results of a study comparing surgical techniques to address this type of cancer, and the importance of protecting your kidneys as people age.  Read the story: “NIH urges older Americans to protect their kidneys”.  Read more about:  Upstate’s Prostate Cancer Program,

Read the study: “Compared with radical nephrectomy, nephron-sparing surgery offers a long-term survival advantage in patients between the ages of 20 and 44 years with renal cell carcinomas (≤4cm): An analysis of the SEER database”


Risk factors and treatments for gynecological cancers

Thursday, March 20th, 2014

Rinki Agarwal, MDUpstate gynecologic oncologist Rinki Agarwal, MD discusses the risk factors and treatment options for gynecologic cancers, and the comprehensive services available at Upstate. Gynecologic cancers are the uncontrolled growth and spread of abnormal cells originating in the female reproductive organs, including the cervix, ovaries, uterus, fallopian tubes, vagina and vulva. 

Read more: Division of Gynecologic Oncology at Upstate Medical University. 


The importance of kidney transplants

Wednesday, February 12th, 2014

J. Keith Melancon, MDKidney transplant surgeon J. Keith Melancon, MD, talks about kidney disease and the importance of kidney transplants. Kidney transplantation is an option for many patients with end-stage renal (kidney) disease, and can help these patients live longer and improve the quality of their lives. Melancon is the new director of the transplant program at Upstate.

Watch the powerful and poignant video A New Beginning, which follows a brother and sister through the gift of life, a living kidney donation. A New Beginning was created by Pulitzer Prize-nominated photojournalist Ross Taylor, with the help of many, including the pre-operative and operating room team, the entire Transplant Program team and new transplant director, J. Keith Melancon, MD.

Read more about: kidney transplantation and Living transplant transplantation


Pitfalls of weight regain after weight loss surgery

Thursday, January 23rd, 2014

jessica planer_jessica charbonneauJessica Planer, registered dietitian in Upstate’s Bariatric Surgery Program, is joined by licensed clinical social worker Jessica Charbonneau to discuss why some people re-gain weight after weight loss surgery, and strategies that everyone can benefit from.  For more information about the program, call 315 492-5036.  Local Support Groups 


Surviving the holidays after bariatric surgery

Thursday, November 14th, 2013

Jessica PlanerRegistered dietitian Jessica Planer, RD, specializes in the care of surgical bariatric patients at Upstate’s Bariatric Surgery Program.  She shares strategies to help deal with holiday social situations and meal planning after bariatric surgery. For more information, call (315) 492-5036.


Burn prevention from a burn surgeon

Thursday, October 31st, 2013

Mohamed Sa Elfar, MDBurn surgeon Mohamed Sa Elfar, MD, director of the Clark Burn Center at Upstate Medical University, talks about the importance of burn safety and prevention. Elfar explains how ordinary things in a home — from bath water and hot food to electrical outlets — can cause burn injuries. The Clark Burn Center is a four-bed intensive care unit providing state-of-the-art burn care and outpatient services seven days a week on a 24-hour basis.  Burn safety checklist


How sacral stimulators treat bowel incontinence

Wednesday, August 21st, 2013

Margaret Plocek MDColorectal surgeon Margaret Plocek, MD, will explain bowel incontinence – what it is, who develops it and how it’s treated, including a new technique using sacral nerve stimulation implants. Dr. Plocek is a colon and rectal surgeon at Colon Rectal Associates of CNY at Upstate’s Community campus.  For more information, call (315) 492-5860.


Robotic cardiac surgery

Wednesday, July 10th, 2013

Randolph Chitwood, Jr. MDDr. Randolph Chitwood, Jr., one of the world leaders in minimally invasive and robotic mitral valve surgery, describes how these techniques affect outcomes and what it means for the future. Chitwood is recognized as the first heart surgeon to perform robot-assisted heart valve surgery in North America, and currently serves as Chief of the Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery and Sr. Vice Chancellor at East Carolina University.


Walking- the newest, simplest and valuable hospital prescription

Thursday, June 13th, 2013

Ann Hendrickson, RN BSNUpstate clinical nurse specialist Ann Hendrickson, RN, BSN, cares for medical/surgical, geriatrics, and oncology patients at Upstate.  She shares the results of a study she conducted for her masters capstone project at Upstate’s College of Nursing (CON), concluding that patients who get up out of bed and walk daily improved their recovery and decreased their length of hospital stay.  Hendrickson won second prize for her poster titled, ‘Developing and Implementing an Evidenced Based Nurse-Driven Mobility Protocol’, at the national conference of the National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists. She is the first student at the CON to win this national award, and the protocol she developed is being adopted throughout the hospital.


What is trigeminal neuralgia?

Thursday, June 6th, 2013

Lawrence S Chin, MDUpstate’s Chair of Neurosurgery Lawrence Chin, MD talks about the diagnosis and treatment of trigeminal neuralgia (TN), a chronic pain condition that affects the trigeminal or 5th cranial nerve, one of the largest nerves in the head.  Learn more about the Upstate Gamma Knife Center.