Kimbo B. Chia, MD
Location and Office HoursUrban Family Practice
564 Niagara St
Buffalo, NY 14201
- Kaleida Health Buffalo General Hospital
- Mercy Hospital of Buffalo
What is stapedectomy?
David Vernick, MD, Ear, Nose & Throat (Otolaryngology), answeredA stapedectomy operation corrects otosclerosis, a common cause of conductive hearing loss characterized by abnormal growth of bone in the otic capsule, the bone that surrounds the labyrinth of the inner ear. The most common location of the abnormal bone growth is the stapes, the smallest bone in the middle ear. Hearing loss occurs because the stiffened stapes can no longer vibrate and pass sound waves from the ear canal to the inner ear (the deepest part of the ear, consisting of the cochlea and the labyrinth). Surgery can be performed for a person whose hearing is out of the normal hearing range. Working through the ear canal, the surgeon removes all or part of the stapes and replaces it with an artificial one. Because the stapes lies behind the eardrum, the surgeon must move the eardrum out of the way to do the operation and then put it back into place.
How is hand transplantation different from other transplant procedures?
UCLA Health answered
Hand transplantation differs significantly from other transplant procedures because, unlike a heart or liver, for example, a hand is made up of different kinds of tissues -- bone, nerve, tendon, muscle, skin and blood vessels -- and each has its own characteristics for healing and regeneration. And unlike other types of transplantation, a hand transplant is not lifesaving. Many people who have lost a limb are able to get along fine with a prosthetic hand. But others find that a prosthetic limb is too uncomfortable or cumbersome. However, potential patients must be fully informed and aware of the complications of lifelong immunosuppression and have to weigh these risks against their perception of how a new hand will enhance their life.
Is there advantages for a patient to have robotic vs. laparoscopic surgery?
In this WisePatient video, oncologist Daniel Labow, MD, of The Mount Sinai Medical Center, describes the benefits of robotic surgery and laparascopic surgery to treat colon cancer. Which is best depends on the patient, the cancer, and the surgeon.
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