Seven Surgeries that Can Save Your Life

Your guide to knowing what care you need -- and where to find the experts!

Monday, Jan 23, 2012  |  Updated 8:59 AM EDT
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Seven Surgeries that Can Save Your Life

Howard University's Department of Surgery has been helping patients since 1868. "This is a hospital that has a legacy of taking patients from all backgrounds," said Edward E. Cornell III, Chair of the Department of Surgery. "We've historically had a mission of providing care to everyone."

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This article is sponsored by Howard University Department of Surgery, pursuing excellence since 1868. Find out how Howard University can help you at huhsurgery.com.

Physicians are capable of performing amazing things.

 

And when it comes to surgery, how and what they do can drastically improve and even save lives. The physicians at Howard University have been practicing the surgical disciplines since 1868, taking patients from all backgrounds and providing unparalleled care. Howard University's doctors consult with patients to help them elect care, and maintain contact afterward for follow-up treatment.
 
Below, seven surgeries available at Howard University that can save your life. 
 
Gastric Bypass Surgery
Obesity can severely impact your health, causing a variety of medical issues including heart disease, diabetes, asthma, obstructive sleep apnea, and more. When considering weight-loss options, it's important to get the most current and accurate information from a multi-disciplinary team who will be involved in your care both before and for years afterwards. Learn more about HUH's bariatric services at huhsurgery.com
 
Bypass Surgery
Cardiothoracic surgery involves treatment of diseases affecting organs inside the thorax (the chest), including conditions of the heart (like heart disease) and the lungs. A common life-saving surgery is bypass surgery, in which surgeons basically re-route blood vessels around a blocked coronary artery. Learn more about HUH's cardiothoracic and vascular services at huhsurgery.com
 
Thyroid Cancer Surgery
Thyroid cancer, in which tumors attack your body's ability to regulate proteins and energy, can be particularly dangerous if not treated immediately. Surgeons who treat thyroid cancer specialize in endocrinology, which treats diseases of the thyroid, parathyroid, pancreas, and adrenal glands. Learn more at huhsurgery.com.
 
Neurosurgery
Head injuries can cause focused and widespread brain trauma, requiring immediate surgery to relieve pressure or stop hemorrhaging. Surgeries can manage tumors, herniated disks, damage to the peripheral nerve, and more. Learn about HUH's neurosurgery services at huhsurgery.com.
 
Endoscopic Sinus Surgery
A tried and true method of treating sinusitis, or inflammation of the sinuses, endoscopic sinus surgery can significantly improve quality of life and prevent bacterial and fungal complications. Learn about HUH's otalaryngology services at huhsurgery.com.
 
Kidney Transplant Surgery
Chronic kidney disease, in which a patient loses renal function over a period of years, can be addressed through a kidney transplant. Since kidney disease includes severe health problems like diabetes mellitus and malignant hypertension, a transplant can significantly increase a patient's prognosis. Learn about HUH's urology services at huhsurgery.com.
 
Prostate Cancer Surgery
Like other cancers prostate cancer, if not detected early, can spread to other organs in the body. The cancer can be treated through minimally invasive surgery (aided by a small camera), or by a radical prostatectomy,  in which the prostate and some surrounding tissue is removed. Learn more at huhsurgery.com.

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