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…

July 7, 2013

Using Intraoperative Staining to Identify the Parathyroid Adenoma

Rosa Castillo was unaware that she had major health problems until her primary care physician, discovered high levels of calcium in routine blood work.  When the hypercalcemia persisted, she referred her to an endocrinologist. About 99 percent of all cases…

December 8, 2012

A Collaborative Approach Offers Patients a Less Invasive Alternative for Surgical Excision of Pituitary Tumors

Surgery is the primary treatment for pituitary tumors and until the last decade, neurosurgeons favored the traditional microscopic sublabial transseptal approach – an incision under the lip, use of a retractor to push away nasal tissue and placement of a…

July 10, 2012

Minimally Invasive Surgery for Skull Base Cancer

Toward the end of 2010 and well into 2011, 32-year-old Kurtis White had a persistent runny nose that he assumed was caused by allergies. After trying various over-the-counter medications for nearly six months – without relief – he made an…