Health Watch — Surgical Advances: A Team Approach
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This week on Health Watch, we’ve been talking about advances in surgical technologies and techniques. No matter how advanced technology becomes, it still takes the skills and expertise of medical professionals to use that technology so that it provides the maximum benefit to patients. Previously, we talked about the Gamma Knife for treating problems deep inside the brain and the multidisciplinary team at UT Southwestern Medical Center that plans the use of this tool.
UT Southwestern’s team approach also is used to treat a rare cancer in which a tumor grows up a major blood vessel from a kidney to the heart. The treatment team includes urologists, heart surgeons, radiologists and cancer experts. Dr. Michael DiMaio, a UT Southwestern cardiothoracic surgeon, says this team approach has led to one of the best five-year survival rates in the nation.
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