Penn Medicine News Blog Archive: Surgery

Another Wound Bites the Dust - All-Star Team Treats Chronic and Complex Wounds

The new Penn Center for Wound Healing and Reconstruction – to treat people dealing with unrelenting wounds – aims to simplify the process by bringing a cadre of specialists together, centering around patient needs.

Master Clinicians, Then and Now

Last year, all three of the University of Pennsylvania Health System’s hospitals were recognized by U.S. News & World Report as among the top 10 hospitals in Pennsylvania. To achieve that kind of recognition, it follows that Penn Medicine has plenty of highly skilled clinicians. A new program, supported by...

Knee-Deep in the 2014 Winter Olympics

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Image courtesy of Alessando Trovati/AP For six days, the world has watched, waited, and celebrated as their countries’ preeminent athletes have competed for medals, records, and ultimately a place in history among Olympic greats. The 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi have unfolded with every bit of excitement and glory that...

A Day in the Life at Penn Medicine

Each autumn, the University of Pennsylvania showcases its myriad activities — scholarly and otherwise — in a photo project called A Day in the Life. One day a year, from 12:00 a.m. to 11:59 p.m., everybody at UPenn is invited to submit photographs of what they're up to at any...

Behind the Scenes of the Robotic Prostate Cancer Surgery Chosen by Dr. Drew

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On his HLN show “Dr. Drew On Call,” Dr. Drew Pinsky, famous for sharing advice on sexual health, addiction, and other issues on his numerous TV shows, recently chronicled his journey with prostate cancer. Drew’s story began with a prostate specific antigen (PSA) test, a urine check, and an ultrasound...

The Consequences of Beauty

More and more people are seeking out medical procedures to improve their appearance - over 12 million facial cosmetic procedures are performed each year in the United States alone - but how does it impact their self confidence, or their quality of life?

Inside Look: Penn’s Bridge-to-Recovery Research May Help Heal Failing Hearts

An article in the Wall Street Journal this week highlights ongoing research at Penn Medicine looking at a new way to use ventricular assist devices (VADs) for heart failure patients. This same research was also featured in the article “Rest, Recovery, Reconditioning” in a recent edition of Penn Medicine’s System...

A Look Back, in Photos: The Past Two Months or So Around Penn Medicine

Though my Penn Medicine ID card says 'Digital Communications Editor,' I've worn a few hats here — including in-house photographer. Because it's an aspect of the job that I love, I'd like to share some of the photos I've taken over the past month or so, giving readers a glimpse...

High School Students from Around the World Attend Medical School Camp at Penn

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If you heard a bunch of high school students scream at the top of their lungs “Don’t kill the patient!” last week at the Penn Medicine Clinical Simulation Center at Rittenhouse, relax. Everyone is alive and well—it was just “Laparoscopic Olympics,” one of the many activities from the Perelman School...

A Look Back, in Photos: The Past Two Months or So Around Penn Medicine

Though my Penn Medicine ID card says 'Digital Communications Editor,' I've worn a few hats here — including in-house photographer. Because it's an aspect of the job that I love, I'd like to share some of the photos I've taken over the past month or so, giving readers a glimpse...

A Look Back, in Photos: The Past Month or So Around Penn Medicine

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Though my Penn Medicine ID card says 'Digital Communications Editor,' I've worn a few hats here — including in-house photographer. Because it's an aspect of the job that I love, I'd like to share some of the photos I've taken over the past month or so, giving readers a glimpse...

Robots to the Rescue: Penn Medicine Pioneers New Way to Treat Obstructive Sleep Apnea

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Can sleeping actually make you MORE tired? For many patients with obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), they awake each morning thinking they had a full night’s rest, only to feel exhausted and unfocused day after day. This counterintuitive situation occurs because OSA sufferers may wake up dozens of times an hour...

“We Found a Change In Your DNA And We Don’t Know What it Means” – Questions and Challenges in the Era of Massively Parallel Gene Sequencing

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Women who develop breast cancer while they’re young are often searching for answers about the cause for their disease or what they can do to improve their chances of being cured. While an increasing number of large genetic testing panels promise to scrutinize their DNA to uncover clues, a team of researchers from the Perelman School of Medicine and the Abramson Cancer Center has found that those powerful tests tend to produce more questions than they answer.

New Screening Offers More Prostate Cancer Treatment Options

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When news broke last July of the American Society for Clinical Oncology’s recommendation against PSA screening in many groups of men, Alan J. Wein, MD, professor and chief director, Division of Urology, shared his insight for the Penn Medicine News Blog. Wein noted that the test is worthwhile for some...

Penn Medicine at the Forefront of the Quest to Cure Cancer

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Cover image via TIME.com This week’s TIME magazine makes an eye-catching, bold proclamation. HOW TO CURE CANCER, the cover reads, with a subhead previewing the story contained inside: “Yes, it’s now possible – thanks to new cancer dream teams that are delivering better results faster.” Much of that team science...

Giving New Life to Dead Bones

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While most artificial hip joints in use today will last 10-20 years, like all devices, the artificial hip joint – which replaces the natural hip bone with a metal ball and resurfaces the hip socket with a metal shell and plastic liner – wears out over time. For younger patients, this means a second surgery (and maybe even a third) will be required to replace the artificial joint. Fortunately, a rare procedure now being offered by specialists at Penn Medicine provides a long-term alternative for younger patients with chronic hip pain.

Unraveling Anesthesia’s Mystery

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Despite their use in approximately 60,000 surgeries per day in the U.S. alone, medical researchers don’t know exactly how anesthetics cause unconsciousness – or what the true long-term impact of their use could be on the brain and the rest of the body. "The development of anesthetic drugs has been...

After Carving the Turkey, Remember to Carve out Time for Your Health

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Whether you indulged on Turkey Day, are watching your calories, or trying to avoid an annual weight gain during the holidays, Thanksgiving can be an important time to stay in control of your health. And the day after Thanksgiving can be a great opportunity to reinvest your energy and set...

A Runner's Heart Healed

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In April 2009, Penn patient Elliot Gordon suffered from an aortic dissection, and required almost immediate open-heart surgery. Less than four years later Gordon will attempt to complete the Philadelphia Half-Marathon Sunday.

LVAD for Life

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Two recent multicenter studies by Penn Medicine researchers have explored some of the issues involved in helping patients understand how receiving a destination LVAD will impact end-of-life planning and what is needed from a destination LVAD patient’s caregiver.

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