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The George Washington University Hospital - GW Hospital HealthCast
12 minutes | Jun 24, 2021
Transgender Medicine and Surgery
Dr. Jerry Chao sheds light on gender affirmation and facial feminization surgery for transgender patients.
13 minutes | Mar 19, 2020
COVID-19: What You Need To Know About The Coronavirus
Dr. Mortman discusses COVID-19.
11 minutes | Apr 1, 2018
Lynt Johnson, MD, discusses the prevalence of pancreatic cancer in Western nations as opposed to Eastern countries, specifically the 30,000 diagnoses that arise each year in the United States. While no known risk factor has been identified, unsubstantiated reports suggest an association to poor dietary choices. Dr. Johnson also reviews early- and late-stage symptoms (unexpected weight loss, poor appetite, jaundice, changes in urine and stool coloring, and pain, respectively), survival rates, traditional treatment options based on severity, and a new, innovative surgical procedure with which The George Washington University Hospital has seen success.
14 minutes | Mar 27, 2018
The Use of New Technologies to Increase Kidney Transplantation in Minority Patients
Keith Melancon, MD, discusses new technologies designed to address the problematic limited pool of kidney donors in African American and Hispanic populations. Dr. Melancon explains the reasons behind donor/recipient obstacles, the importance of increasing options for minority recipients, the protocols used to reduce transplant rejection (plasma exchange, specific medications), and the success The George Washington University Hospital has seen in utilizing these technologies.
18 minutes | Mar 4, 2018
HPV Related Oropharyngeal Cancer
Punam Thakkar, MD, discusses the rising prevalence of oropharyngeal cancer related to HPV (human papillomavirus), including the growing incidence in younger, healthier populations. Dr. Thakkar also explains the warning signs and symptoms of HPV-related oropharyngeal cancer, testing and diagnosis processes, treatment options which now feature the benefit of proven, robotic surgical procedures, and finally the prognosis of HPV-related cancer patients.
12 minutes | Jan 28, 2018
Stroke: F.A.S.T Action Could Save a Life
Kathleen Burger, DO, discusses risk factors for the two major types of stroke (ischemic and hemorrhagic), including high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, sedentary lifestyle, obesity, and smoking. Dr. Burger explains these risk factors can be reduced by lifestyle changes and medication if necessary. Dr. Burger also describes the internal differences between the two strokes, despite the external symptoms appearing similar. You will also learn the symptoms to be aware of through the acronym FAST (Facial drooping, Arm weakness, Speech difficulties and Time to call emergency services).
10 minutes | Jan 22, 2018
Treatments for Rotator Cuff Injuries
Rajeev Pandarinath, MD, discusses the two types of rotator cuff injuries: traumatic rotator cuff tear, where the muscles are torn at once (usually found in younger population) and degenerative rotator cuff tear, where muscles have undergone a gradual wearing away (typical in older individuals). Dr. Pandarinath also explains the symptoms that may indicate degenerative tears and the multitude of treatment options based on age, activity level and severity of degradation (strengthening exercises, physical therapy, surgery). For more information on steps patients can take on their own, visit the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons' (AAOS) website, www.orthoinfo.org.
13 minutes | Jan 22, 2018
ACL Tears and Repairs
Rajeev Pandarinath, MD, explains talks about the ACL (anterior cruciate ligament) and who is most at risk for potential tears (e.g. athletes who pivot, cut, and change direction quickly). Dr. Pandarinath also discusses prevention techniques, assessment and diagnosis of ACL injury, rehab options, and when surgery may be necessary.
10 minutes | Dec 26, 2017
Understanding Weight-Loss Surgery
Khashayar Vaziri, MD, discusses the two types of weight-loss surgery offered by GW Hospital (laparoscopic gastric bypass and laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy). Both procedures are minimally invasive and allow patients a quick and less painful recovery than past surgical techniques.Dr. Vaziri also explains the pre- and post-operative protocols, chronic health conditions that can be alleviated by undergoing the procedure (diabetes, high blood pressure, sleep apnea, reflux, arthritis), and which individuals are ideal candidates for bariatric surgery.
11 minutes | Dec 6, 2017
Stroke Care: Treatment and Technology Update
Dimitri Sigounas, MD, discusses the new technologies surrounding stroke recognition and treatment, including the future development of portable devices that could assess stroke type and severity before the patient even arrives at the hospital.Dr. Sigounas also explains the two different types of strokes (hemorrhagic and ischemic), stroke symptoms, and why it's crucial for stroke victims to seek care immediately in order to avoid brain cell death and reduced quality of life.
9 minutes | Oct 4, 2017
Advancements of Cochlear Implants for the Hearing Impaired
Ashkan Monfared, MD, discusses the advancements of cochlear implants for restoring hearing in patients who have lost the ability to hear naturally. Dr. Monfared explains which individuals are candidates for this surgery, the pre- and post-operative measures taken, and recovery considerations based on the wide spectrum of patients who are eligible for this treatment. He also shares information on the difference between hearing aids and cochlear implants.
10 minutes | Oct 3, 2017
The Inside Story on Outpatient Rehab
Daniel Finn, PT, DPT, OCS, MBA, discusses the outpatient rehabilitation services offered by The George Washington University Hospital, including physical therapy, occupational therapy, and speech language pathology. Finn shares details about the specialized branches that fall under the outpatient umbrella, such as aquatics, dance rehab, hip preservation, lymphedema, oncology, pelvic health, sports medicine, and concussion programs, as well as GW Hospital's expertise in conditional concerns for mid-life and elderly populations.
13 minutes | Sep 6, 2017
GW Hospital’s Unique Approach to Pain Management
Marian Sherman, MD, discusses the unique approach GW Hospital takes in addressing both acute pain and chronic pain (lasting more than six months). Dr. Sherman explains various opioid alternatives, such as nerve block injections, ketamine infusions, and a combination of small doses of OTC pain relievers. She also explains the important role that each patient can play in their own pain management plan.
11 minutes | Jul 17, 2017
What You Need to Know About Breast Health
Rachel F. Brem, MD, FACR, FSBI, discusses the various breast cancer screening options (mammography, ultrasound, MR, molecular breast imaging) and clears up some of the confusion surrounding the current mammography recommendations. Dr. Brem also explains the advances in biopsy procedures, as well as why early detection is crucial in preserving women's lives.
10 minutes | Jul 16, 2017
Plastic Surgery: Beyond the Cosmetic
Praful Ramineni, MD, discusses the vast arena of plastic surgery, which expands beyond what one typically connotes with the field (breast enhancement, nose jobs, face lifts, etc.) and includes procedures such as complex hernia surgeries, wound care, cancer reconstruction, removing excess skin in patients who have lost massive amounts of weight, and breast reduction. Dr. Ramineni also explains how many of these procedures are covered by insurance, and the process by which criteria is approved.
10 minutes | Jul 16, 2017
How to Choose the Best Birth Plan for You and Your Family
Nancy D. Gaba, MD, FACOG, and Whitney Pinger, CNM, FACNM, discuss the importance of preparing for childbirth with a solid birth plan in place. Dr. Gaba and Whitney advise expectant mothers to seek information and guidance from friends and medical professionals to tailor a plan that best fits their desires and family preferences. They also explain the differences between medicated vs. non-medicated birth, and normal vaginal birth vs. operative birth (whether vaginal or abdominal).
8 minutes | Jul 9, 2017
Solution for Excessive Sweating
Keith D. Mortman, MD, FACS, FCCP, discusses hyperhidrosis, a condition often referred to as excessive sweating. The impact it can have on someone's quality of life is often negative and can limit their social life or career. Dr. Mortman shares details about the minimally invasive surgical treatment that can immediately and permanently cure the condition for the majority of patients.
7 minutes | Jul 9, 2017
Should I Get a Lung Cancer Screening?
Keith D. Mortman, MD, FACS, FCCP, discusses the option for lung cancer screenings of those at high risk of developing the disease, including people who are 55 to 77 years old, have smoked at least a pack of cigarettes a day for the last 30 years, have quit smoking within the past 15 years, and have a family history of the disease. Since it often has few symptoms until the late stages, this screening can provide critical time for treatment.
9 minutes | Jul 9, 2017
Benefits of Minimally Invasive Colorectal Surgery
Vincent Obias, MD, FACS, FASCRS, describes the benefits of minimally invasive colorectal surgery, whether laparoscopic or robotic. As the first surgeon in the region to use robotics for colorectal procedures, Dr. Obias encourages patients to consider the benefits the approach can bring, including less pain, fewer days spent in the hospital, and a quicker return to daily life. He also explains which patients might not be candidates for this approach, such as those who have scar tissue from previous surgeries or who have been diagnosed with a complex cancer involving many organ systems.
12 minutes | Jul 5, 2017
What is a Level 1 Trauma Center?
Babak Sarani, MD, FACS, FCCM, explains what the designation of a Level I Trauma Center means to patients in need of emergency care. He discusses the staffing, equipment and procedures that go into providing care for the most critically injured patients.
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