Dr. Shiau Gets Afghanistan Veteran Back on Track!

Left to right - Bobbi Pellegrino, PA-C, Eric Varela, John Shiau, MD. "Being in the military was the greatest time in my life," said Ret. Staff Sergeant Eric Varela who joined the U.S. Army in 1997. But the long military career Eric ...

Breast cancer survivor undergoes reconstructive surgery

Dr. Christopher Demas, director of Plastic, Reconstructive and Hand Surgery at SIUH, and patient Kim Forstater discuss her breast reconstruction procedure. The phone call that Kim Forstater received on Valentine's Day 2005 was anything but sweet. ...

Weight-loss Surgery as a Treatment for Type 2 Diabetes

In 2006, Kenneth Hood weighed more than 300 pounds and had a host of health issues. Today, he maintains his weight around 175 pounds and is healthy. By the time Kenneth Hood considered gastric bypass surgery in 2006, he had gained and lost 100 pounds ...

Using the da Vinci Robot for Prostatectomy

Mario Monteleone underwent robot-assisted prostate cancer surgery in August 2010 at SIUH. Mario Monteleone's doctor had been tracking his PSA levels for six years. With each blood test, his level of prostate-specific antigen - a protein made by ...

SAVI: A New Way to Treat Early-Stage Breast Cancer

Dr. Cynara Coomer, chief of Breast Surgery at SIUH, demonstrates how the multi-catheter SAVI device expands and conforms to a patient's lumpectomy cavity. SAVI: A New Way to Treat Early-Stage Breast Cancer Like clockwork, Martha Caruana went each ...
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