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Tiny Tools Remove Huge Tumor | Medical News and Health Information

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Tiny Tools Remove Huge Tumor -- Research Summary

BACKGROUND: A tumor is an abnormal mass of tissue. Tumors are a classic sign of inflammation, and can be benign or malignant (cancerous). In general, tumors occur when cells divide excessively in the body. Typically, cell division is strictly controlled. New cells are created to replace older ones or to perform new functions. Cells that are damaged or no longer needed die to make room for healthy replacements. If the balance of cell division and death is disturbed, a tumor may form.There are dozens of different types of tumors. Their names usually reflect the kind of tissue they arise in, and may also tell you something about their shape or how they grow. For example, a medulloblastoma is a tumor that arises from embryonic cells (a blastoma) in the inner part of the brain (the medulla). Diagnosis depends on the type and location of the tumor. Tumor marker tests and imaging may be used; some tumors can be seen or felt. (

MINIMALLY INVASIVE SURGERY: Traditional open surgical techniques are being replaced by new technology in which a small incision is made and a rigid or flexible endoscope is inserted, enabling internal video imaging. Endoscopic procedures are commonly performed on nasal sinuses, intervertebral disks, fallopian tubes, shoulders, and knee joints, as well as on the gall bladder, appendix, and uterus. In minimally invasive procedures, the doctor makes one or more incisions, each about a half-inch long, to insert a tube. The number of incisions depends on the type of surgery. The tube or tubes let the doctor slip in tiny video cameras and specially designed surgical instruments to perform the procedure. When minimally invasive surgery is performed, the patient is likely to lose less blood and have less postoperative pain, fewer and smaller scars, and a faster recovery than open surgery. (,

DR. STEVEN S. ROTHENBERG: A world leader in the field of endoscopic surgery in infants and children, he has pioneered many of the procedures using minimally invasive techniques. He has authored over 100 publications on minimally invasive surgery in children and has given over 200 lectures on the subject nationally and internationally. He is also an editor for the Journal of Laparoendoscopic and Advanced Surgical Techniques. Rothenberg is Chief of Pediatric Surgery and Chairman of the Department of Pediatrics at the Rocky Mountain Hospital for Children in Denver, Co. He is also an Associate Clinical Professor of Surgery at the University of Colorado. Dr. Rothenberg completed medical school and general surgery residency at the University of Colorado in Denver. He then spent a year in England doing a fellowship in General Thoracic Surgery, returning to complete a two year Pediatric Surgery fellowship at Texas Children’s Hospital in Houston. He returned to Colorado in 1992 where he has been in private practice for the last 15 years. ( MORE

Steven Rothenberg
Chief of pediatric surgery RMHC
Clinical Professor of surgery
Columbia University College of physicians and surgeons.
(303) 839-6001

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