First, there was laparoscopic surgery, which allowed a surgeon to remove the gallbladder through small incisions in the abdomen. Though much less invasive than traditional open surgery, it still required making several cuts in the abdominal wall.
On a sunny spring day in 2009, Mary Ann Tosi was sitting in a Needham church, attending a memorial mass for her parents. As she sat with her family in a back pew, a pain crept up the back of her head.
Charlie Fischer was driving home from a high school basketball game he had officiated in late November of last year when he started to suffer from a sudden onset of severe, stabbing pain in his back.
A minimally-invasive procedure has been shown to successfully treat uterine fibroids while requiring little downtime for the patient and preserving the woman’s uterus.
A second opinion is appropriate whenever the patient feels the need to seek one. Some patients may get the benefit of a second opinion of their case even though they never asked.
For the 16,000 people who are diagnosed each year with cancer of the esophagus – the tube that carries food from the mouth to the stomach – the surgery many face is complicated. It often involves major incisions to open the chest, abdomen and neck in order to remove the esophagus and craft a new tube, fashioned from the stomach.
Patients with failed kidneys typically have to spend about five years on dialysis waiting for a transplant from a deceased person to become available. But those lucky enough to have a family member or friend who will donate one of their kidneys can skip the wait–and generally do better in the long run.
More than 50,000 people have turned to it to treat hard to reach cancers: Cyberknife RadioSurgery uses real-time, image-guided robotics to accurately target tumors and lesions that may otherwise be untreatable.
Flying high was always part of Joshua Sager’s life plan. He would become a well-respected Navy fighter pilot on his way to a Squadron Commander title. He had found the girl of his dreams. But, just before finishing up his Master’s degree work at Naval College, he noticed some irregular bleeding.
John is a busy man, a firefighter in Manchester, New Hampshire, and a member of the Pats Peak Ski Patrol. He is athletic, daring, and tough. So when he slipped and fell on the stairs outside his home last winter, he didn’t think much of it. But a few days later, John’s back was still bothering him.