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After doctors discovered a blockage in her artery, a 53-year-old mother of three was told she would need open-heart surgery. While the initial diagnosis shocked her, the idea of major surgery was more alarming. She was concerned about a scar from a large incision and a long recovery. A second opinion from a Washington University cardiologist offered a larger range of options for her specific heart problem and allowed her to receive a minimally invasive treatment that minimized her downtime.
Some patients genetically predisposed to high levels of low-density lipoprotein (LDL), also known as “bad” cholesterol, don’t respond well to medication. Now Washington University physicians can help these patients with a technique called LDL aphereis.
Standard treatments for head and neck cancers can sometimes cause disabling side effects. However, Washington University surgeons are pioneering a minimally invasive transoral laser microsurgery that reduces side effects and improves long-term survival.
Also In the Issue
A look at three of the latest technological advances being used at Barnes-Jewish Hospital, including Glaucoma Procedure, Signal Transponder, and Defibrillators.
Four years ago, Scott Touzinsky thought his professional volleyball career was over after he tore his ACL (anterior cruciate ligament) during a game in Greece.
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