Yale Medicine Surgeons Use 3D Printing to Benefit Patients
Some Yale Medicine surgeons now routinely use 3D printing (essentially producing a solid, three-dimensional object from a virtual digital model) to plan surgeries, design tools specific to an upcoming surgery and that particular patient’s anatomy, and even to print some of the parts used to replace defective ones in the body.Source: Yale Medicine
Dr. Mulligan Elected President of OPTN/UNOS
Dr. David Mulligan, Chief of Transplantation, Department of Surgery, has been elected Vice President, President-Elect of the Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network/United Network for Organ Sharing (OPTN/UNOS) Board of Directors. The OPTN/UNOS manages the nation’s organ transplant network under federal contract.
Taking the Embarrassment Out of Health Problems
We humans seem to have a nearly universal need to avoid embarrassment. It could be something as simple as mispronouncing a word or tripping as you walk along a crowded sidewalk. No matter the blunder, our response is instinctive: Hide, hope no one noticed and move on. But what happens when what you are embarrassed about is related to your health? There are some aspects of your body and how it functions that you'd really rather not talk about—even with a doctor. But sharing potentially embarrassing symptoms with your physicians may be the only way for them to accurately diagnose and treat you. Chances are specialists have heard it—and seen it—all before and know how to help.
Yale vascular neurosurgeons the first in Connecticut to repair a complex, wide-neck brain aneurysm using a novel bifurcation device, the PulseRider.
Drs. Ryan Hebert and Charles Matouk (Section Chief of Neurovascular Surgery), working alongside their fellow Branden Cord, performed the first Cerenovus PulseRider® procedure in Connecticut.
Hand Help: A Model for Hand Surgery in the Global Arena
In 2017, a team of 34 individuals traveled to Managua, Nicaragua as a part of a week-long surgical mission trip to provide care for individuals in developing nations with upper extremity disease. This team of surgeons, anesthesiologists, nurses, students, therapists, and interpreters was organized by Hand Help, Inc., a nonprofit organization founded in 2005 by Dr. Grant Thomson, Professor of Plastic Surgery and Director of the Yale Hand and Comprehensive Microsurgery Center.
Breast reconstruction after cancer less common at cash-strapped hospitals
Women with breast cancer who have one or both breasts removed are less likely to get immediate reconstruction surgery at hospitals that are struggling financially, a U.S. study suggests. Even so, the results underscore the importance of women seeing a plastic surgeon to make an informed decision about breast reconstruction, said Dr. Brigid Killelea, co-author of an accompanying editorial and chief of breast surgery at Yale University School of Medicine in New Haven, Connecticut. “I think it is important for patients to understand that getting a referral to a plastic surgeon to discuss reconstruction after mastectomy is standard and in most cases, encouraged; it’s not something extra or unnecessary,” Killelea said by email. Patients shouldn’t feel limited in their treatment options by hospital finances,” Killelea added.Source: Reuters