Cedars-Sinai Newsroom (Surgery)

2018
December
13,
2018
Harley Brackney, 20, has a lot to be thankful for this holiday season. After a snowboarding accident landed him in the emergency room, Brackney learned he had a life-altering diagnosis. “I found out my fall was caused by a seizure and that I was i...
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December
05,
2018
Vascular surgeon Ali Azizzadeh, MD, was the first to use a newly approved, minimally invasive device to perform a series of innovative surgeries on patients with aneurysms of the aorta, the main vessel that delivers blood from the heart to the rest o...
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November
19,
2018
When 66-year-old Donna Terrell from Compton began suffering from aches and pains in the spring of 2005, she attributed it to stress from working long hours in the banking industry. But when she started vomiting blood, she realized something was serio...
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August
17,
2018
Raymond Schaerf, MD, a cardiothoracic surgeon, likes to joke that most people pack their cellphones with photos of their smiling children. His cellphone, however, is stocked with pictures of the human heart. The photos are not Valentines and displ...
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April
11,
2018
The first time George Berci heard a siren, he was 23 years old. It was the summer of 1944, on the outskirts of Budapest, he was one of hundreds of Jewish conscripted laborers who were packed into a railroad car as human freight. They were bound fo...
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March
06,
2018
Christopher Rowles sits on a beach chair, crossing one leg over the other as he enjoys the sunset at Point Mugu. He missed performing that simple maneuver, not to mention walks on the beach and trout fishing, until recently. The former Los Angeles...
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2011
July
26,
2011
A new study shows that removing lymph nodes due to the presence of occult, or microscopic, cancer cells found in the sentinel lymph node – the one closest to the tumor -- has no impact on survival outcomes of women with early-stage breast cancer. The...
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July
13,
2011
George Berci, MD, FACS, has received the highest honor bestowed by the American College of Surgeons (ACS), with the largest, most prestigious surgical organization in the nation recognizing him as a pioneer who developed the endoscopic and laparoscop...
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June
27,
2011
A simple item found in almost every medicine cabinet – a cotton swab -- may be a key tool in the fight against post-surgical wound infections. In a sentinel trial, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center surgeon Shirin Towfigh, MD, showed that painless and ge...
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May
20,
2011
When two adjacent discs in the low back wear out, become compressed and cause unmanageable pain, numbness or other symptoms, replacement with artificial discs can be a viable alternative to standard fusion surgery, based on two-year post-surgery data...
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April
21,
2011
Edward Phillips, MD, executive vice chair of Cedars-Sinai’s Department of Surgery, has been elected as a fellow in the American Surgical Association, the nation’s oldest and most prestigious surgical organization. Phillips, MD, FACS, has been a le...
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March
18,
2011
When physical therapy and drugs fail to relieve back or neck pain, patients often turn to spinal fusion surgery as a last resort, but two new studies show that in certain situations, especially when several discs are involved, artificial disc replace...
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