Surgery

September 10, 2018

Passport to Understanding – New Program Helps Surgery Patients with Autism

By Jennifer Sellers Five-year-old Taylor Burleson of Leicester has autism and uses a communication device to talk. When he was at the Asheville Surgery Center, an affiliate of Mission Health, to have tubes put in his ears, the new Linked Program pilot the center had implemented to assist children with autism spectrum disorders made his […]

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July 20, 2018

Ask the Doctor – Bariatric Surgery: A Q&A about Weight-Loss Surgery

Wondering if bariatric surgery is right for you? Are you right for bariatric surgery? Wondering what bariatric surgery is? We asked our expert at Mission Weight Management, Garth Davis, some questions about weight-loss surgery. Q: What makes someone a good candidate for bariatric surgery? A: There are criteria for weight-loss surgery that are based on […]

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July 9, 2018

Putting the Patient First – Q&A: The Next Generation of Medical Office Buildings is Here

By Cheri Henshilwood President and CNO at Blue Ridge Regional Hospital, Rebecca Carter, answers questions about the offerings inside the Mauzy-Phillips Center at Blue Ridge Regional Hospital. Q. What makes care at the Mauzy-Phillips Center so different? A. All providers work within steps of one another at this center. Patient care collaboration occurs seamlessly in […]

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March 29, 2018

A Tribute to Physicians on National Doctor’s Day

By Krista Gregg At two years old, my daughter has a toy medical kit that includes a stethoscope, blood pressure band and syringe that she proudly brings to me when I’m sick. She crawls on my bed and says, “Mommy, I’m going to check on you.” As we go through her routine, I am in […]

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March 14, 2018

“Things Didn’t Seem Right” – A Colonoscopy Saved Lu Anne’s Life

Colin Bird, MD, a surgeon at Regional Surgical Specialists, an affiliate of Mission Health, and the only board-certified colorectal surgeon in western North Carolina, has seen this time and again, not just in published statistics, but among his own patients. “Colorectal cancer can be preventable,” he said. “The key to it being preventable is early […]

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January 11, 2018

Putting the “We” in “Weight Loss” – How Bobby of Asheville Discovered Weight Loss Is a Team Effort

“My story is about the opportunities I’ve been given by the professional people on the third floor at 1 Hospital Drive,” said Bobby Somerville of Asheville. If you want to get to the core of Somerville’s weight loss-success, it’s that in a nutshell. In Mission Weight Management Center he’s found a family. One that has […]

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January 4, 2018

Linked Program Pilot Supports Autistic Children at Asheville Surgery Center

By Lisa A. Clark, MSN, RN, PCCN There is a saying frequently heard about autism: “If you have met a person with autism, that’s all you have done is met one person.” Realizing that each autistic person having surgery at the Asheville Surgery Center (ASC) needs individualized care, a multidisciplinary team recently implemented the evidence-based […]

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October 11, 2017

A Pacemaker for the Brain? This Surgery Is Changing Lives for Patients with Parkinson’s, Essential Tremor

By Richard Lytle Jr., MD A surgical procedure known as deep brain stimulation (DBS) is used to treat neurological symptoms associated with Parkinson’s disease, essential tremor and dystonia. This procedure is recommend for patients whose symptoms cannot be adequately controlled with medication. A surgically implanted, battery-operated device – similar to a pacemaker – delivers electrical […]

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October 4, 2017

Prostate Cancer Screening – MRI vs. Biopsy

By Mehul Bhakta, MD Asheville Radiology According to the National Cancer Institute, prostate cancer is the third most common cancer in the United States. Although many prostate cancers won’t impact a person’s health during his lifetime even without treatment, some are more aggressive and can lead to serious health issues, and death, if not treated. […]

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September 22, 2017

Health Quiz – What Do You Know about Your Adrenal Glands?

Many people are confused about the biological role of the adrenal glands. What do you know about your adrenal glands? Take our quiz to test your knowledge. Where are your adrenal glands located? A – In your brain B – On your kidneys C – On your spinal cord D – In your neck Answer: […]

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