Innovations

Acid reflux? Bloating? It could be a paraesophageal hernia

by John F. Lazar, MD, Thoracic Surgery
July 31, 2018

Hernias are common, and you likely know someone who has had one at some point in their life. So, perhaps…

Partial knee replacement: Arthritis relief without a long recovery

by The Joint Replacement Specialists, MedStar Orthopaedic Institute, MedStar Washington Hospital Center
July 24, 2018

The number of first-time total knee replacements, also known as arthroplasties, is expected to grow by 673 percent, reaching 3.48…

New PET-CT technology gives us an edge against cancer

by Carlos A. Garcia, Director, Division of Nuclear Medicine
June 26, 2018

In 2006, the latest technology available for PET-CT scans was the time-of-flight scanner. At the time, this scanner compared to…

How we help LVAD patients fight infection at home

by Tonya Elliott, RN, Program Coodinator, Mechanical Circulatory Support, MedStar Heart & Vascular Institute
June 21, 2018

Left ventricular assist devices (LVADs) have saved and extended the lives of thousands of patients with heart failure. These small,…

How advanced sarcoma treatment saves limbs–and lives

by Robert Henshaw, MD, Professor and Director, Orthopedic Oncology, MedStar Orthopaedic Institute
June 01, 2018

Sarcomas, which are cancers that start in bones, fat or muscle, are rare and can be challenging to treat. Historically,…

No pulse, no problem! What EMS teams need to know about LVAD patients

by Tonya Elliott, RN, Program Coodinator, Mechanical Circulatory Support, MedStar Heart & Vascular Institute
May 25, 2018

When EMS arrives on the scene of a medical emergency, the first things they often check are patients’ pulse and…