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Supportive palliative care integrated into lung transplant program at Baylor Dallas

At the point a patient with advanced lung disease is considered for transplant, he or she is severely ill. While all transplants are challenging, patients who undergo lung transplant can face a particularly rough road. To gain a more in-depth understanding of the patient under consideration, Baylor University Medical Center at Dallas (Baylor Dallas), part of Baylor Scott & White Health, has embedded supportive palliative care into the lung transplant program.

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Robotic hepatectomy greatly enhances surgical view and access to critical structures, resulting in a safe operation with big benefits to patients

Amar Gupta, MD, FRCS(C), an abdominal transplant and hepatopancreatobiliary surgeon on the medical staff at Baylor University Medical Center, was skeptical about the benefits of the robotic surgical system in complex liver surgeries. He saw it as a gimmick, something that was more industry-driven than something that would offer a real benefit to patients. After a week’s observation of a surgeon in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, who has performed more than 200 robotic hepatectomies, Dr. Gupta became a true believer in its value.

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Study validates feasibility of using HCV-positive donors in HCV-negative recipients

The opioid epidemic has resulted in thousands of deaths in people infected with acute hepatitis C (HCV) due to IV drug use. Because many of these people are undiagnosed, especially in high-risk populations, many organs from HCV-positive donors are still being procured. The development of highly effective direct-acting antiviral (DAA) therapy has made it possible to successfully transplant HCV-positive organs into HCV-negative recipients and treat the hepatitis C post transplant.

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