Friday, November 18, 2016
On March 8, 1965, the first American combat troops waded ashore at China Beach, north of Da Nang. Armed with M-14s and patriotism, the soldiers made their way into unforgiving enemy territory, vowing to end the reign of the North Vietnamese Army.
From these historic and trying moments came incredible stories. Samuel Axelrad, who was the commander of a medical company in the First Calvary Division, has a remarkable tale of human compassion that proves kind deeds are never forgotten no matter the distance or time apart.
As commander, Dr. Axelrad was in charge of over 250 military physicians, who would care for wounded soldiers on base in Vietnam during the war. He made a pledge to care for anyone who was in need of attention regardless of the person’s origin or creed. When a wounded Viet Cong guerilla fighter arrived, he was treated immediately with the best of care. Unfortunately, his right arm had to be amputated, but the team of medics was able to save the young man’s life. The bones of the man’s arm were reassembled and given to Dr. Axelrad due to him playing a key role in saving him. The medics named the man “Charlie” and over the years they accepted Charlie as one of their own despite being on opposite ends of the war.
Dr. Axelrad returned home in 1967 and brought the arm bones of Charlie with him. It seemed like this was goodbye forever between the two friends. However, over 45 years later in 2012, Dr. Axelrad returned to Vietnam, and with the help of a journalist, Charlie was found in the same town where Dr. Axelrad left him.
Dr. Axelrad also returned to Vietnam in 2013 where he brought along the bones of Charlie’s arm that he had kept over the years. They were the “Peaceful Bones.”
Discover the journey through Vietnam in search of one man only known by the name of “Charlie,” and how the power of friendship can last a lifetime.
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Thursday, October 13, 2016
20 busy physicians for surgery at the Houston Metro Surgery Center. Jennifer Lopez enjoys her job, but admits that it can become extremely busy at times, especially when she also has to undertake insurance duties on top of everything.
With all the stress of her job, Jennifer uses crossfit as a way to release her stress after a long day. Crossfit is all about pushing your physical limits on a daily basis. Jennifer likes the intensity of the workout and afterwards, enjoys the feeling of relaxation. She fancies all types of music as well as dancing. At work, Jennifer listens to mostly of country music to give her that extra boost throughout the day.
Great job Jennifer! We are so lucky to have you! Keep up the good work.
Tuesday, October 4, 2016
The Houston Metro Surgery Center employee of the month of August is an especially hard worker. Etoro Ekiko has been with the surgery center since its inception in 2011. Etoro has a great attitude towards her job and enjoys the fast pace of working in the surgery center.
“I enjoy the fast pace. The day goes by so fast. I enjoy helping patients and want them to know that we are here to help them.”
During her time off, Etoro enjoy being a home buddy and spending time with her husband and two girls. She enjoys watching shows like Dexter, Lost, Gates Motel and Ghost Hunters. Scary movies are here favorite!
Keep up the good work Etoro!
Wednesday, August 31, 2016
Like many men with a slightly elevated PSA, there’s a good chance you’ve been on greater scrutiny for sometime now. Hopefully your PSA score doesn’t increase, but if it does, your urologist will most likely recommend a prostate biopsy to find out why there was an increase.
What is the goal of a prostate biopsy?
A prostate biopsy provides a wealth of information to the urologist, such as, was it an infection, a large prostate or cancer that was responsible for the PSA increase. Discovering the reason will determine the treatment. If cancer is present, the biopsy tissue sample will tell the urologist as to the presence of cancer and how aggressive it might be. This information will be used to determine the best treatment options.
What you will experience during a transrectal biopsy.
A nurse will ask you to lie on your left side with your knees angled up toward your chest (this is called the fetal position). After your’re in a comfortable fetal position, the ultrasound probe, about the diameter of a finger, will be inserted approximately three to four inches into the rectum. The urologist will use a small needle to inject lidocaine (numbing medicine) on either side of the prostate. Once the numbing medicine takes effect, the urologist will begin taking approximately ten to twelve biopsies using a special biopsy needle at predetermined sites and abnormal areas of the prostate. The ultrasound probe enables the urologist to safely target each site.
The biopsy samples will then be analyzed by a urologic pathologists for any signs of cancer.
Most patients say they experience very little discomfort. Others say it feels a little like a pin prick.
What to expect after the biopsy procedure
After the procedure, take it easy for 1-2 days.You may experience one or some of the following conditions for the next couple of days.
- A small amount of blood in your stool and urine
- · Red or rust colored semen (this can actually last a few weeks)
- · A general soreness and some minor bleeding from the rectum
Inform your physician immediately if you have:
- · A fever
- · Worsening pain
- · Heavy bleeding
- · Trouble urinating
Reviewed by Dr. Robert A. Light, M.D, F.A.C.S