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Physicians Update

Spring 2012

UCLA Clinical Updates: The Latest Advances

  • Surgeons at UCLA are performing transoral robotic surgery (TORS) for patients with benign and cancerous lesions of the throat. TORS offers superior dexterity and visualization, enabling surgeons to minimize the amount of healthy tissue removed.
  • UCLA's Colorectal Cancer Treatment Program offers the best and most integrated care available while providing patients and their referring physicians with written and oral recommendations and weekly updates about their plan of care. The treatment team also makes it easy for qualified patients to enter clinical trials of new treatment protocols for colorectal cancer.
  • UCLA's Center for Wound Care and Limb Preservation offers patients the most options for treating limb threatening wounds, including innovative surgical techniques, hyperbaric wound care and cutting-edge stem cell therapies. The center treats diabetic foot and other non-healing wounds caused by diabetes, trauma, surgical incisions, clotting disorders or poor leg circulation.
  • UCLA will be among the first centers to offer transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) to appropriate patients with aortic valve stenosis who are not candidates for open surgery to replace their natural aortic valve. UCLA is actively evaluating patients as candidates for TAVR.
  • The protein-coding portion of the genome, known as the exome, consists of about 30 million bases, or just 1 percent of the 3 billion bases that make up the 23 chromosomes of human DNA. Exome sequencing has become an efficient way to establish a diagnosis in a wide range of diseases where genetics is a major contributor.
  • UCLA Fertility and Reproductive Health Center physicians work to control chronic conditions and optimize overall health before conception. They carefully consider all health factors when deciding on the best course of treatment for each patient. Managing the mother's health and the timing of conception can be as important as the fertility treatment itself in providing quality outcomes for the long-term health of the family.

To download these and other clinical advances at UCLA Health, go to: www.uclahealth.org/clinicalupdates

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