For Chiari Surgery, Jack’s Family Traveled to Find Their “Home Team”

Aug. 8, 2018

Jack Cacace’s journey to pediatric neurosurgeon Dr. Richard Anderson started, of all things, with a shoulder injury. When Jack got checked into the boards (thrown into the side of the rink) during an ice hockey game, he received a visit to urgent care, a diagnosis of a mild shoulder separation and a recommendation to take an over-the-counter pain reliever as needed. But, says his mom, Josephine, over the next week or so Jack was just kind of “off.” The 12-year-old was tired … Continue reading For Chiari Surgery, Jack’s Family Traveled to Find Their “Home Team”

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Dr. Angevine Helps Elizabeth Get Back to Her Normal Life

Apr. 15, 2016

In spite of having problems with her spine as a child, Elizabeth Sachs lived a pretty active, pain-free life. When she was 65 she began to have pain, and some trouble walking. Not long after that pain started she began to have trouble standing. Just standing. She says, “I remember one day just hanging onto the kitchen counter because I felt myself sinking.” She also began to have trouble breathing.

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Steady of Hand, Sure of Foot: McCormick’s Schwannoma Removal

Jan. 31, 2016

The patient is a 63-year-old woman. Her trouble with walking has been getting worse… and worse… and worse. The trouble turns out to come from a tumor in her spine. It’s a schwannoma, a nerve tumor that is benign. (That is, it’s not going to spread.) But this tumor can’t stay where it is. It is compressing the delicate nerves in her spinal cord, leading to the woman’s gait problems. Left unchecked, the tumor would cause progressively more problems. But The Spine Hospital at the … Continue reading Steady of Hand, Sure of Foot: McCormick’s Schwannoma Removal

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