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6 Questions To Ask Your Surgeon

“There are a series of about six questions that really cover the essential concerns that any patient would have in discussing а potential surgical procedure with a physician,” says Dr. Elliot Chaikof MD.

07/15/2011

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A “Navel” Idea: New Technique Can Remove Gallbladder With One Small Incision

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.

07/14/2011

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Minimally-Invasive Procedure Successfully Treats Brain Aneurysms

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.

07/14/2011

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New Technology Means Kidney Cancer Can Now Be Treated Laparoscopically

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.

07/14/2011

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Minimally-Invasive Procedure Effective For Treating Fibroids In Some Women

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.

07/14/2011

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Physicians Are Often The First To Seek A Second Opinion

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.

07/14/2011

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Minimally-Invasive Surgery Offers Greater Options For Esophageal Cancer

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.

07/14/2011

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Live Donor Kidney Transplant Program Thriving At BIDMC

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.

07/14/2011

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Cyberknife: Surgery Without Cutting For Hard-To-Reach Tumors

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.

07/14/2011

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Back In The Pilot Seat After Rectal Surgery

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.

07/14/2011

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