November 12, 2011

The Vargas Case: Excision of Large Benign Goiter

Seventy-one-year-old Rose Vargas was diagnosed with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) several years ago based on her increasing shortness of breath and diminished exercise capacity. “I had never been sick before and suddenly, I couldn’t clean my house, walk the…

November 12, 2011

The Reverend Williams Regains His Voice

The Reverend Albert Williams had been preaching at Salem Missionary Baptist Church in Houston for nearly 10 years when he was diagnosed with laryngeal cancer, threatening his vocation.  When the malignancy recurred following radiation therapy, Rev. Williams was referred by…

November 12, 2011

Nihal Uddin’s Journey to 360-Degree Hearing

Sudden and severe unilateral hearing loss is uncommon, especially in young people.  At any age, loss of hearing in one ear impairs communication, leading to feelings of isolation.  It limits understanding of distant speech and of words directed at the…

November 29, 2010

Finding the Unknown Primary in Head & Neck Cancer

In mid-summer 2010, 46-year-old Houstonian Paul Wyett found a found a small lump on his neck that he thought was an ingrown hair.  “It swelled up and then went away but never completely disappeared,” he says. His primary care physician…

September 9, 2010

Facial Reanimation and Facelift for Facial Paralysis

Initially, Jesselyn May didn’t notice her facial paralysis, but photos taken over time revealed a gradual loss of muscle tone, accompanied by sagging on the affected side. “Eventually, my family members pointed it out to me, and as the years…

April 19, 2010

Rhinoplasty for Nasal Obstruction

When Marya was only 22 years old, she was diagnosed with severe rheumatoid arthritis. Seventeen years later she has undergone two total knee replacements, as well as replacement of all of the metacarpophalangeal joints in both of her hands. “The…

April 8, 2010

Producing Quality Outcomes in Thyroid Surgery

Up to 50 percent of Americans will be diagnosed with a thyroid nodule at some time in their lives, found either by palpation or incidentally on a radiographic imaging study. About 4 to 7 percent of these nodules will be…

April 8, 2010

A Cancer Patient Regains His Voice

Following surgical resection and stereotactic radiation therapy to treat a metastatic adenocarcinoma in his left cerebral hemisphere, Dick Smith’s voice was inexplicably reduced to a whisper. “Between his brain surgery in July and the Gamma Knife treatment in mid-August, Dick…

November 19, 2009

Endoscopic drainage of an epidural abscess

Dr. Fakhri presents a minimally invasive approach for the surgical management of an intracranial abscess.