November 23, 2014

Sialendoscopy: An Innovative Minimally Invasive Approach to the Treatment of Sialolithiasis

When Vida Smith Compton first saw otorhinolaryngologist Sancak Yuksel, M.D., in late summer 2013, she had pain and swelling beneath the ventral surface of her tongue on the right side, and in her neck under the mandible. “I looked like…

November 23, 2014

Physicians’ Mission Satisfied

Jim Finley, who has been in the newspaper business for more than 30 years, writes a humor column for the Baytown Sun, a community newspaper published five days a week in Baytown, Texas, 25 miles east of Houston. In September…

November 23, 2014

A Second Pair of Ears

Jack Perrell* had no idea what he was missing until he was fitted with hearing aids. The 46-year-old information technology professional and his wife have been fostering cats for 15 years, and it wasn’t until last October, when he was…

August 25, 2014

TORS-L: Transoral Robotic Surgery with CO2 Laser Offers Greater Precision for Surgeons and De-intensification of Adjuvant Therapies for Patients

Transoral robotic surgery (TORS) has recently emerged as an alternative to comprehensive chemoradiation in the treatment of mucosal aerodigestive tract malignancies. In a presentation made last fall to the American Academy of Otolaryngology—Head and Neck Surgery, otolaryngologist Ron J. Karni,…

August 25, 2014

UTHealth Audiology Offers Widex Zen Therapy for Tinnitus Management

Tinnitus can’t be cured, but patients with the condition can reduce its impact on their lives through device-driven habituation therapy. A new rehabilitation program at Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center and UTHealth Audiology provides comprehensive evaluation of the disorder and an…

June 8, 2014

Simultaneous Bilateral Cochlear Implants in an Infant After Meningitis

In April 2010, eight-month-old Antonio Campos contracted bacterial meningitis that led to a two-week stay at Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital in the Texas Medical Center. After a pre-discharge vision and hearing test, his mother Giovana Blas was told that the…

June 8, 2014

Laryngotracheal Reconstruction Using Anterior Cricoid Suspension in a Three Year Old

When Cameron Chan was delivered at Memorial Hermann The Woodlands Hospital on June 16, 2009, he was – at 24 weeks gestation – the youngest baby born to date at the hospital. “He was struggling,” recalls his mother Mandy Chan….

June 8, 2014

Single-Incision Minimally Invasive Parathyroidectomy

Board-certified otorhinolaryngologist Ron Karni, MD, was the third ENT whom Rosemary Sauceda saw after routine blood work performed by her oncologist revealed hypercalcemia. A former renal cell carcinoma patient, Sauceda was concerned that her cancer had metastasized. When her oncologist…

December 8, 2013

Multidisciplinary Virtual Pre-surgical Planning Optimizes the Outcome for an Ameloblastoma Patient

By the time 27-year-old Reginald Durden saw oral and maxillofacial surgeon Nagi Demian, DDS, MD, the ameloblastoma had destroyed his lower jaw. Three surgeries later, Durden has a normal appearance, with scars that are barely visible, and he can talk…

November 21, 2013

Transoral Robotic Surgery for the Treatment of Obstructive Sleep Apnea

When the da Vinci® Surgical System was approved by the FDA in 2009 for transoral robotic surgery (TORS) for resection of tumors of the pharynx, otorhinolaryngologists affiliated with the University of Texas Medical School at Houston (UTHealth) and Memorial Hermann-Texas…