Benefits of Autologous Breast Reconstruction

Every year, 200,000 women are diagnosed with breast cancer. This diagnosis and its treatment exact a heavy toll on patients and families. Recognition of the beneficial role of breast reconstruction in addressing the physical and psychological effects of breast cancer can be seen in the passage...

Gregory M. Beddell, MD: Plastic/Reconstructive Surgeon Joins WRHP

Plastic surgery is not just about cosmesis. It’s mostly about construction and reconstruction and improving people’s lives. Just ask Gregory M. Beddell, MD. Dr. Beddell is a board-certified general surgeon and fellowship-trained plastic surgeon who specializes in head and neck surgery and...

General Surgeon Joins Western Reserve Hospital Physicians

For Rick Gemma, DO, FACOS, there’s no telling what to expect in the OR on any given day. A patient may come in for a routine inguinal hernia repair or for emergency surgery for a perforated gastric ulcer. And that, he says, is what makes his job so exciting.

Rick Gemma, DO, FACOS,...

Metabolic Surgery for Diabetes

Diabetes and obesity are considered to be the twin epidemics of the 21st century in the United States. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 9.3% of the population has diabetes; 34.9% suffer with obesity. Among those with severe/morbid obesity, the prevalence of diabetes...

St. Vincent’s Lands National Contract with Employers Centers of Excellence Network

New physicians, expanded services and upgraded facilities took the spotlight in 2015 during St. Vincent Charity Medical Center’s 150th anniversary year. Several other projects are still in the works for 2016, including one announced last month: St. Vincent’s has launched the first bariatric surgery program in the nation with the Employers Centers of Excellence Network (ECEN) through the Pacific Business Group on Health. The ECEN is comprised of Fortune 500 companies which have banded together to secure the finest surgical care for their employees at the most reasonable cost.

Knee and Hip Revision Surgery at St. Vincent’s: Experience, Team Approach Make all the Difference

Total joint replacement (TJR) is becoming more and more common. According to the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases, more than 1 million Americans a year have a total hip or knee replacement. Revision surgeries account for 15–20 percent of that number, according to Bernard Stulberg, MD.

Continuing the Legacy of Cardiovascular Care at Cleveland Clinic

The legacy of pioneering cardiovascular research at Cleveland Clinic is vast and long-standing. Many established researchers are continuing this legacy of cardiovascular research in their own fields at the Clinic. While it is important to recognize the contributions of all of them, due to space limitations this story focuses on only three of them.

Bahman Guyuron, MD, FACS: Migraine Surgery, 15 Years of Research

In 1999, the American Migraine Study II indicated that nearly 28 million people in the United States suffered from migraine headaches (MH). Subsequent studies have indicated a steady increase in this number — to more than 37 million today, according to the National Headache Foundation (NHF).

Cardiac Care for Kids at Cleveland Clinic Children’s

When Cleveland Clinic Children’s opened its Pediatric Heart Center in 1995, the intention was to build a team of cardiologists and cardiothoracic surgeons to rival all others — maybe even those in the Clinic’s adult Heart & Vascular Institute.

Minimally Invasive and Robotic Surgery Advances at Fairview Hospital

As surgical techniques go, robotic-assisted surgery is still a relatively new development. The modern da Vinci Robotic Surgical System, which has come to play such a pivotal role in minimally invasive surgery programs around the country, has been in use for less than 15 years. In fact, prior to 1983 — the year the first primitive surgical robot was used (in Vancouver, British Columbia) — robots in the operating room were unheard of.