I was diagnosed with chronic hypertension in 1996. After 20 years of chronic hypertension, I had a stroke in May this year while visiting family in southern California. Dr. Chandrasaker at Eisenhower Hospital diagnosed me with hyperaldosteronism and sent me to Dr. Yeh . Within three hours of calling Dr. Yeh's office I received a call and had an appointment scheduled for four days later. I was sent to Dr. Yeh for testing and an mri was done, a tumor was found, and instead of more testing for hyperaldoseronism, which requires significant testing, Dr. Yeh found the tumor and recommended surgery. Within two weeks I was scheduled for surgery. The surgery was at UCLA Ronald Reagan. When we reported for surgery, I was met by Dr. Yeh, Dr. Livhits, Dr. Woo, Jennifer and the anesthesiologist, the entire surgical team, each giving the detail of what would happen step by step during the procedure, They removed the tumor laproscopically, so I have no incision, no external stitches, which made recovery very fast. Jennifer called my wife twice during surgery to tell her everything was going well. My wife received two calls from recovery nurses saying I was doing well. The care was just awesome. It was only a 24 hour stay in the hospital. The next morning Dr. Woo and Jennifer came to see me. I was in the recovery room all night due to lack of beds available in the hospital, but the recovery nurses were excellent, especially RN Jennifer McCullen. We have received appropriate calls from Dr. Yeh's office post surgery to make sure I'm doing well. This has been very reassuring to us as we live out of state. Three weeks post surgery my previous meds were reduced from 14 to 7. I'm now only on two for hypertension and that is expected to improve. During this entire process my wife and I have been treated very personally and very professionally, like we are family to Dr. Yeh and his staff. We highly recommend UCLA to everyone. Treatment is always professional, but for people from out of town, particular care is given to helping with hotel needs.
Tags: chronic hypertension, Dr. Masha Livhits, Dr. Michael Yeh, endocrine, Endocrine, Endocrine Surgery, Endocrinology, hyperaldoseronism, hyperaldosteronism, laproscopically, MRI, patient stories, tumor, Uncategorized