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Craniofacial Clinic

Neurosurgery Admin

 |  Monday Sep 18, 2017 | Share This Item

Last Tuesday, Pablo and Amanda Gonzalez brought their daughter, Alessia, to the very first craniofacial clinic. Alessia has Apert syndrome and came to the clinic for a follow-up after having two craniosynostosis surgeries. The clinic is unique because it gives families a chance to meet with many specialists in one visit.

The doctors and their specialties:
Dr. Marisa Earley - pediatric ENT disorders
Dr. Christian Stallworth - Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
Dr. Mark Miller - pediatric craniomaxillofacial surgery
Dr. Izabela Tarasiewicz - pediatric neurosurgery

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Hudson Lockhart's Story

Neurosurgery Admin

 |  Friday Sep 1, 2017 | Share This Item

Hudson Lockhart was diagnosed with sagittal craniosynostoses during his two-month checkup. Alana Lockhart, Hudson’s mother, and the rest of his family decided to see David F. Jimenez, MD, FACS, to discuss treatment options.

“Receiving the diagnosis was one of the scariest things that ever happened to us,” Alana told us. “But Dr. Jimenez made us feel comfortable. Our first appointment gave us peace of mind.”

After his surgery, Hudson was put under the care of Darren J. Poidevin, CPO, LPO, the director of the Cranial Remolding Program.

“Darren is so great with Hudson. He makes sure we understand everything and makes the whole process simple. Hudson is adjusting so well to the [orthosis].”

We are pleased to report that Hudson is doing well and his family is very pleased with the results. Alana tells us that he is happy, healthy, and “hitting all his milestones.”

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Veronica Cuevas' Story

Neurosurgery Admin

 |  Tuesday Aug 1, 2017 | Share This Item

Veronica Cuevas was at a trampoline park with her friends when she did a back flip and landed on her feet. Immediately, she knew something was wrong.

“I had a sharp pain on the base of my head. I couldn't hear. I couldn't walk to get water or anything. It was the worst pain I felt in my life.”

When the pain persisted, Veronica decided to go to an ER in Corpus Christi. A CT scan revealed that there was blood in her brain. Her doctors determined that she had an aneurysm. Because they were unable to treat her, Veronica was airlifted to UHS. Once she arrived, Lee A. Birnbaum, MD, treated her aneurysm using endovascular coiling. She was then placed under the care of Shaheryar Hafeez, MD, Ali Seifi, MD, FACP, and the neurocritical care team.

“I’m very grateful to them,” Veronica told us. “They are taking good care of me."

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Christian's Story

Neurosurgery Admin

 |  Friday Jul 21, 2017 | Share This Item

Earlier this year, Christian Patrick Ehrhard suffered a major stroke while getting ready for work in Corpus Christi, Texas. He was rushed to San Antonio, where he underwent an emergency thrombectomy for an occlusion of his internal carotid artery, one of the main vessels supplying blood to his brain. This procedure, in which a microcatheter (a small tube) and a stent was used to remove a clot through accessing the arteries in his brain, was performed at University Hospital, a Comprehensive Stroke Center staffed round-the-clock by a team of UT Medicine Stroke Neurologists, Neurosurgeons, and Neurointensivists. He later underwent a hemicraniectomy in which part of his skull was removed to reduce the pressure placed on his brain due to swelling from the stroke. Christian subsequently returned to the hospital so he could undergo skull replacement surgery.

Last week, during a follow-up appointment, we got a chance to visit with Christian and his family to see how they were doing. Christian’s wife told us that she was pleased with the outcomes of both surgeries.

“Physically, you wouldn't even know he had a stroke,” she told us. “Dr. Grandhi did a great job with the surgery and his continued care.”

Although Christian initially had trouble speaking after his first surgery, speech therapy has improved his communication.

We are pleased to see how far Christian has come and wish him well during his recovery.

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Neurocritical Care Team

Neurosurgery Admin

 |  Tuesday Jun 27, 2017 | Share This Item

After a hectic week in the Neurosurgery ICU, nurses and staff surprised Dr. Seifi with a tray of colorful cupcakes bearing the words "We Love You."

We are lucky to have such an amazing Neurocritical Care team at University Hospital!

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