Surgery

May 16, 2019

Free After Years

By JJoe uclaendocrineblogger1

I was referred from my thyroid doctor to Dr. Yeh. I actually did my own research and saw all his wonderful reviews, and I also had friends who were his patients so I came in knowing that he was one of the best. I had thyroid nodules that were growing which caused my goiter to […]

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Tags: anesthesia, calcium levels, Dr. Michael Yeh, goiter, parathyroid glands, patient stories, surgery, thyroid function, thyroid hormone levels, thyroid nodules, thyroidectomy, UCLA Endocrine Center


April 22, 2019

Jen’s Story: Weight Loss Surgery: Gastric Sleeve

By Jen jmorn95

I will forever be grateful to Dr. Chen and his team. As I am approaching my 18 month post-surgery anniversary, I am so happy that I had this procedure and have made many lifestyle changes. I have battled with my weight for most of my adult life and have tried everything out there. I wish […]

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Tags: bariatric surgery, Dr. Yijun Chen, patient stories, surgery, weight loss surgery


Getting Patients Back to Daily Life

April 17, 2019

Getting Patients Back to Daily Life

By uclahealth uclahealth

“Every Monday and Thursday morning we do biopsies for our post-heart transplant patients,” says Dr. Ali Nsair, director of the Heart Transplantation and Mechanical Circulatory Support Program at UCLA. “We do this to confirm that they have no rejection. We’re one of the first programs to adopt a blood test based assay as well, to […]

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Tags: blood test, Dr. Ali Nsair, heart biopsy, heart transplant, Mechanical Circulatory Support Program, post-heart transplant


I'm Here Today

April 15, 2019

I’m Here Today

By uclahealth uclahealth

21 years ago I had a quadruple bypass then last March I had a minor heart attack,” says 61-year-old James Harris, who was admitted to Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center to wait for a heart transplant. “I was here for two and a half months waiting, and then a heart finally came. I thought I […]

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Tags: heart attack, heart transplant, quadruple bypass, Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center


Heart Transplant Support Group

April 12, 2019

Heart Transplant Support Group

By uclahealth uclahealth

“This is the heart transplant support group,” says Codie Lieto, far right, a clinical social worker at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center. “We meet with patients, families, and their caregivers. It’s important to have peer-to-peer support. We try to facilitate patients and families being able to support one another and help each other through this […]

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Tags: featured, heart transplant, heart transplant support group, Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, social worker, support group


Walking and Walking

April 10, 2019

Walking and Walking

By uclahealth uclahealth

“I got my heart and kidney transplant done at the same time,” says 61-year-old Frank Poblete, who was admitted to Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center after having heart problems since 2001. “I stayed here for about three months waiting for a new heart and in the meantime, my kidney started to fail. One kidney was […]

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Tags: dialysis, featured, heart and kidney transplant, heart problems, heart transplant, kidney transplant, pacemaker, Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center


It's All Good

April 5, 2019

It’s All Good

By uclahealth uclahealth

“I’d let other kids know that you’re going to have good days and you’re going to have bad days, but every day is worth it,” says 13-year-old Osker Gamboa, who received a heart transplant three years ago at UCLA Mattel Children’s Hospital. “When I was diagnosed with a heart murmur they said I needed a […]

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Tags: featured, heart murmur, heart transplant, UCLA Mattel Children's Hospital


Meant to Be

April 3, 2019

Meant to Be

By uclahealth uclahealth

“The doctor said, ‘There’s nothing else we can do,’ but my daughter said, ‘We want a new heart,’” says 70-year-old Sarah Hopkins, whose congestive heart failure had her in and out of the hospital. “I heard UCLA Health was a great hospital, so I called and made an appointment. From the moment we saw Dr. […]

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Tags: congestive heart failure, Dr. Martin Cadeiras, featured, heart transplant


Pleasurable Experience

April 1, 2019

Pleasurable Experience

By uclahealth uclahealth

“In June of 2017, three years after I was diagnosed with congestive heart failure, I arrived at UCLA Health,” says Michael Trovato, whose condition had continually worsened. “I was assessed by a few hospitals in California, all of which declined to accept me as a heart transplant patient due to my age. I met with […]

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Tags: congestive heart failure, Dr. Daniel Cruz, featured, heart transplant, kidney transplant, left ventricular assist device, UCLA Transplant Services


My wife  has a new style!

March 29, 2019

My wife has a new style!

By Sergovia50 sfunes

More than 5 years ago my wife needed to start dialysis after being diagnosed with kidney failure, her whole life style ( our whole life style) changed dramatically. Back then our daughter was just 3 years old, for me as a husband and daddy was heart breaker experience when one day I saw my daughter […]

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Tags: dialysis, Doctors Day, Dr Jeffrey Veale, featured, kidney exchange program, kidney failure, kidney transplant, patient stories, Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center