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Living Kidney Donors And Their Champions Help Save Lives

The waiting list for a deceased donor kidney transplant continues to grow every year, leaving many patients on dialysis for lengthy periods, waiting for a kidney. But through Hartford Hospital’s Living Donor Champion program, patients waiting for a kidney are finding a match faster. Dr. Caroline Rochon is the director...


Forget The Meds: Now He Zaps Away Back Pain

For Dan Ivey, life is once again in full bloom. “I love this job. I want to be able to do it until I’m 75 years old,” he said of his job as church caretaker in Old Lyme. But that goal proved nearly impossible after Dan could no longer work...


How Deep Brain Stimulation Can Help Parkinson’s Symptoms

For those patients with Parkinson’s disease where the symptoms can’t be controlled with medication, they may be a candidate for a surgical procedure known as Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS). Neurosurgeon Dr. Patrick Senatus is the medical director of DBS clinic at Hartford HealthCare’s Ayer Neuroscience Institute. Q: How does DBS work for Parkinson’s patients?...


Medical Rounds (Video): Robotic-Arm Assisted Knee Replacement Surgery

Hartford HealthCare’s Bone & Joint Institute at Hartford Hospital is leading the way when it comes to providing advanced technology to improve outcomes for patients needing total knee replacement surgery. Dr. Paul Murray, an orthopedic surgeon at Hartford Hospital, performed the first Mako Robotic-Arm Assisted Surgery knee replacement surgery in Connecticut....

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A Mastectomy With No Scar? (With This New Technique, It’s Hidden)

Breast surgeons at the Hartford Healthcare Cancer Institute are performing a revolutionary procedure that treats specific types of breast cancer without leaving visible scars.  Breast surgeon Dr. Elise Gates answers questions about the “hidden scar” technique that is making a big difference in the lives of some breast cancer patients. ...


Hernia: When Do You Need Surgery?

Dr. Chike Chukwumah, director of the Hartford Hospital Hernia Center, answers your questions about hernias.  Q: What is a hernia?  A: A hernia is a defect that can occur in various muscles/tissues of the body. It is different from a muscle sprain/strain. A hernia does not heal or fix itself. It can...


Preventing Teen Suicide

It’s a serious subject that some people avoid talking about – but it needs to be spoken of regularly for the purpose of saving lives! That topic is suicide. It is the second-leading cause of death for adolescents and young adults. Dr. Harold I. (Hank) Schwartz is the psychiatrist-in-chief at...