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 |  Friday Dec 2, 2016 | Share This Item

"The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio is conducting first-in-human brain cancer research led by Andrew Brenner, M.D., Ph.D. Through clinical trials, patients are already benefitting from this new approach in which Health Science Center neurosurgeon John R. Floyd II, M.D., inserts nano-sized radioactive fat particles directly into brain tumors with very promising results.

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Michael's Story

Neurosurgery Admin

 |  Tuesday Dec 6, 2016 | Share This Item

"The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio is conducting first-in-human brain cancer research led by Andrew Brenner, M.D., Ph.D. Through clinical trials, patients are already benefitting from this new approach in which Health Science Center neurosurgeon John R. Floyd II, M.D., inserts nano-sized radioactive fat particles directly into brain tumors with very promising results.

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Dolores' Story

Neurosurgery Admin

 |  Monday Dec 12, 2016 | Share This Item

This past April, 76-year-old Dolores Eggemyer was taken to the Neuro ICU after she suffered a subarachnoid hemorrhage caused by a ruptured brain aneurysm. When she arrived, Ali Seifi, MD, FACP, and the rest Neuro Critical Care Team took care of her. She was later treated by Ramesh Grandhi, MD, who performed an endovascular coiling procedure to block the flow of blood into the aneurysm.

Dolores stopped by UHS last week to thank all the doctors and nurses who cared for her and made her full recovery possible.

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Frank Ibarra's Story

Neurosurgery Admin

 |  Monday Dec 19, 2016 | Share This Item

After falling in the shower, Frank Ibarra was taken to the emergency room. A CT scan indicated that he had a subdural hematoma (a collection of blood outside his brain) and needed to be moved to UHS. Frank’s case was tricky because his heart condition precluded him from being sedated. Thankfully, Dr. Ramesh Grandhi was able to perform a burr hole craniotomy to drain the hematoma using a local anesthetic.

 

Frank’s family described his appearance before and after the surgery as being “like night and day." When we asked him about his experience at UHS, Frank spoke highly of his physicians: “I want to thank Dr. Samples and Dr. Tavakoli who were there for me when I needed them the most. The care they gave was incredible and Dr. Grandhi is the man!

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UT Health San Antonio Neurosurgery holiday party 2016

Neurosurgery Admin

 |  Tuesday Dec 20, 2016 | Share This Item

We all had an amazing time at the UT Health San Antonio Neurosurgery holiday party! Thanks to all those who attended! We hope you have a wonderful holiday season!

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John R. Floyd II, MD, Featured on SA Live's The Doctor is

Neurosurgery Admin

 |  Thursday Dec 22, 2016 | Share This Item

John R. Floyd II, MD, Was featured on the "Doctor Is In" segment on SA Live. Watch the story about this one local UT Health San Antonio doctor who was inspired to go into Neurosurgery because of a very scary scuba diving accident.

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Rocky's Story

Neurosurgery Admin

 |  Friday Dec 23, 2016 | Share This Item

Earlier this year, Rocky Buchanan was in an 18-wheeler accident that left him with an unstable upper cervical spine fracture and spinal cord injury. He was airlifted to UHS and taken to the Neuro ICU, where our neurocritical care team helped stabilize him. Rocky’s lung function was extremely tenuous, which complicated his case, but Derrick Sun, MD, was able to perform a complex spinal surgery that stabilized his fractured vertebrae. Dr. Sun told us that Rocky’s status was precarious, but our team of physicians and nurses persisted, helped improve his lung function so he would undergo the complex surgery safely, and ultimately achieved a successful surgical outcome. When Rocky and his family recently stopped by our clinic for a follow-up visit, we got a chance to talk to them about their experience with UHS. “There is a lot I would like to say to the staff that helped us,” he began. “The neurosurgeons and nurses worked very hard. I was in really bad shape when I came in, but I never saw them with a frown on their faces, which was reassuring to me. They saved my life.” Rocky was especially thankful to Dr. Sun for his patience and kindness. “We just love Dr. Sun; he made us feel at ease. There isn't much I can say except: Thank you. You are amazing.

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