Latest Surgery Update Edition: April 14th, 2017

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Last November, Harder says his doctor discovered he had had an aortic aneurysm in his stomach.

“For me it was a little unusual because I didn’t have any symptoms,” he said. “It would’ve cost me my life.”

And that’s normal, people don’t always have symptoms. 

Image of Srinath Chinnakotla, MD

If a child needed a kidney transplant 40 years ago, their chance of one-year survival was 85 percent.

But a new study in the Journal of the American College of Surgeons led by Srinath Chinnakotla, M.D., FACS, associate professor within the Department of Surgery at University of Minnesota Medical School, found pediatric kidney transplant patients have a near 100 percent chance of one-year survival today.

Dr. Kenneth Liao Heart Care KSTP Story

Dr. Liao performed Aaron Rose's transplant, the 847th performed at the University of Minnesota. In the time since, the University is saving even more lives.

"The heart is wrapped in a box and ready to go," said Dr. Liao, as he showed video of a new portable machine now being used to keep hearts beating for six to eight hours before a transplant. "This has been a totally revolutionary change."

National Donor Day is February 14

John Najarian, MD and the Department of Surgery played an important role in developing national legislation and raising national awareness about organ transplantation. In 1982, Najarian and his surgical team transplanted a liver from a deceased donor into Jamie Fiske, an 11-month- old born with biliary atresia.  Her father, Charles Fiske, a budget director for Boston University School of Medicine’s department of psychiatry, tirelessly promoted his daughter’s need for an organ donor.

Visible Heart Lab photo

The Visible Heart Lab was featured on BTN's LiveBig program, and is currently airing on the Big Ten Network. Minnesota lab takes a close-up look at hearts, beat by beat: LiveBIG Sharing their findings broadly and freely, The Visible Heart Lab at the University of Minnesota is reanimating hearts to better understand the functional anatomy of our most important muscle. LIVEBIG

Kenneth Liao, M.D. in OR Room

The number of heart transplants our surgeons performed climbed in 2016, thanks in part to new “beating heart” technology that keeps donor hearts healthier outside the body.

The number of heart transplants performed by University of Minnesota Health surgeons spiked in 2016, and program leaders expect volume to climb higher in the future, thanks in part to new technology that keeps donor hearts healthy during transplant.

Banton Interview Jan 2017 Doctors Seeing Injuries
Doctors seeing spike in winter injuries - Kare11

Doctors at the University of Minnesota's new Concussion Clinic have been seeing more and more patients with similar stories in recent weeks. "This is prime season, everybody is slipping and falling and the first thing you're going to hit is your head," said Dr. Kaysie Banton, medical director at the clinic.