A new surgical system at OU Medical "changes life" of Clinton Boy
After suffering from a brain tumor for most of his life, a 12-year-old Clinton, Oklahoma boy is experiencing dramatic lifestyle changes following an innovative surgery at The Children’s Hospital at OU Medical Center.
Before the operation, Benjamin Spottedwolf experienced prolonged seizures, couldn’t attend school a full day or even play outside. That has all changed since neurosurgeon, Timothy Mapstone used a new device called the NICO Myriad surgical system to remove Spottedwolf’s benign tumor. Since the surgery on March 28, Spottedwolf’s seizures have vanished.
“Two days before the operation, he was having seizures for three hours straight. He has not had a seizure since his surgery,” said Patrice Spottedwolf, Benjamin’s mother.
OU Medical Center, including The Children’s Hospital at OU Medical Center, is the first hospital in Oklahoma to have the NICO Myriad surgical system. The one-of-a-kind device advances minimally invasive surgical techniques and provides new hope for patients who were previously inoperable.
Babies in intensive care face enough challenges without having to endure the discomfort as a nurse tries to find a good vein. The Children’s Hospital at OU Medical Center has introduced revolutionary technology that projects the location of a patient’s veins directly on the surface of the skin, providing a vascular road map in real time. The VeinViewer allows doctors and nurses to see the smallest veins, reducing the number of needle sticks on tiny babies, helping to prevent infection and reducing anxiety in new parents. The Children’s Hospital is the only hospital in Oklahoma City to use the near-infrared technology routinely in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU).
Kris Sekar, MD, a neonatologist at The Children’s Hospital said the VeinViewer detects hemoglobin in veins, allowing medical professionals to more easily differentiate between veins and arteries.
“The technology truly has an impact on patient care. It results in fewer needle sticks. As a result, you have fewer opportunities for infection,” said Sekar.
OU experts give tips to help eliminate some of the confusion on Don’t Fry Day
The Memorial Day Weekend kicks off summer for many, but knowing how to stay safe in the sun may be a little more confusing this year.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration recently announced it’s giving sunscreen manufacturers six more months to make labeling changes intended to help users better protect themselves. The new labels were originally slated to replace all old labels this June.
The delay means some sunscreens have the new labels while others do not, and that can be perplexing for consumers, said Pamela Allen, M.D., a dermatologist with OU Physicians and an associate professor in the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine.
“Regardless of the labels, the fact remains that the products inside are safe to use and many of them can help lower your risk of skin cancer if used properly,” Allen said. “I know there is some confusion right now about new labels versus old labels, but don’t let that keep you from taking the most important step which is to use sunscreen whenever you are outdoors, even on a cloudy day.”