Surgery

January 10, 2019

A Mom’s Cancer Story

By Mom Nana miszm68

First off, I wanted to thank Dr. Gofnung and Dr. Yeh for their detection and treatment of my thyroid cancer from 2015-2016. After Dr. Gofnug detected abnormality in my ultrasound screening, I started researching for the best surgeon at UCLA and found Dr. Yeh. I chose him due to his expertise in endocrine surgery. I […]

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Tags: cancer, Dr. Michael Yeh, Dr. Yaroslav A. Gofnung, endocrine surgery, endocrinology, patient stories, thyroid cancer, UCLA Endocrine Center, ultrasound


January 8, 2019

Yay for Dr. Yeh

By Red hgs3

Dr. Kim from UCLA noticed that my wife’s calcium levels were a little high. She was found to have parathyroidism through a blood test and the target was visually located through Ultrasound. We had an appointment with Dr. Yeh and decided to proceed with surgery. From the patient’s perspective, it was a very simple and […]

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Tags: blood test, calcium levels, Dr. Michael Yeh, hormone level, parathyroidism, patient stories, surgery, UCLA Endocrine Center, UCLA Endocrinology, ultrasound


January 2, 2019

Triple Transplant, Triple Kidneys

By uclahealth uclahealth

“I have three kidneys,” says Wayne Darrington, a heart, lung and kidney transplant patient from Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center. “I feel so grateful and blessed to be alive and thriving. I had amyloidosis (a buildup of amyloid proteins in organs), which affects about 50,000 people worldwide. In my case it started attacking my lungs […]

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Tags: amyloidosis, congestive heart failure, featured, heart transplant, kidney transplant, lung transplant, Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center


Human Being at UCLA Health

January 2, 2019

Human Being at UCLA Health

By uclahealth uclahealth

“Having heart disease is not easy, and finding out the only cure is a heart transplant is really difficult,” says 24-year-old Iris Franco, who received a heart transplant at 16 years old at UCLA Health. “My younger sister became ill when she was 10 years old. They discovered she suffered from restrictive cardiomyopathy, and they […]

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Tags: featured, heart disease, heart transplant, restrictive cardiomyopathy


Avocado Sized Lump

January 2, 2019

Avocado Sized Lump

By uclahealth uclahealth

“I was having trouble swallowing small bits of food and I would have to wash it down with water,” says 89-year-old Mariem Emmer, who sought out endocrinologist Dr. Michael Yeh at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center for surgery. “I was seeing another endocrinologist and he knew about the lump in my throat, but said he […]

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Tags: Dr. Michael Yeh, enlarged thyroid gland, goiter, Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, total thyroidectomy, UCLA Endocrine Center, UCLA Endocrinology


December 21, 2018

The Cherry on Top

By VT wolvy123

I was told I have hyperthyroid and referred to Dr. Livhits. My calcium level was high and in surgery Dr. Livhits found hyperparathyroid. I was in surgery for 3 1/2 hours. The surgery went really well- no swelling, no pain. Dr. Livhits did a great job and I am happy with the outcome.The cherry on […]

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Tags: calcium level, Dr. Masha Livhits, hyperparathyroid, hyperthyroidm, patient stories


December 21, 2018

I Feel Like a Different Person

By Tuxedo roselle7000

I had no health conditions – no diagnoses and no medications. I have worked in mental health and am employed by a company that owns 200 hospitals. Often in more rural areas they have trouble locating someone to be the director. I assist with this and also help them get ready for surveys. A year […]

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Tags: A-Fib, adenoma, calcium, congestive heart failure, Dr. Michael Yeh, EKG, kidney, patient stories, UCLA Medical Center Santa Monica


December 21, 2018

Decade of Maturation

By MattWF restorer

As a junior in college, I was diagnosed with full kidney failure in 2007, and went on peritoneal dialysis in 2008 (my first choice). After a major peritonitis in 2010, I had to transfer to in-center hemodialysis. After transferring clinics a few times and moving, I was offered home hemodialysis with NxStage, with was much […]

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Tags: donor kidney, home hemodialysis, hyperparathyroidism, in-center hemodialysis, kidney failure, parathyroid hormone levels, parathyroidectomy, patient stories, peritoneal dialysis, peritonitis, surgery


December 17, 2018

Heart, lung transplant recipients and families gather to celebrate gift of life

By Amy Albin amyalbin

Sean Keoni Craig never could have imagined he would be a guest at the UCLA Heart and Lung Transplant holiday party held in early December. After all, it was only in September that the Hawaii resident traveled to California to celebrate his 52nd birthday at Disneyland. Before he made it to the amusement park, however, […]

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Tags: Dr. Abbas Ardehali, Dr. Joseph Lynch III, heart and lung transplantation, heart transplant, lung transplant, organ donor


Be Proactive

December 12, 2018

Be Proactive

By uclahealth uclahealth

“After my mother passed away from breast cancer that metastasized to her lungs, I started getting yearly mammograms,” says Donisha Faul, who began getting mammograms at 32 years old. “In January, I was doing a self-test and felt a lump, so I immediately went to my obstetrician, who referred me to UCLA Health for a biopsy. […]

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Tags: biopsy, chemotherapy, Dr. Amy Kusske, featured, mammograms, neoadjuvant therapy, obstetrician, radiation, self-breast exam, self-test, surgery, triple negative breast cancer