Even though Sophia was still groggy from the anesthesia she received during her oral surgery, recovery unit nurse Erin Baranek, RN, was still able to make quite an impression. “We had the most amazing nurse,” said Katie Thompson, Sophia’s mom. “She went above and beyond her duties to make my sweet girl comfortable and felt […]
For weeks before foot and ankle surgery, 12-year-old Malia Marinos talked a lot about the color of her cast. “She was thrilled when they had neon green,” said her mom, Karen. Little did they know, the doctor had an idea to make the cast even more special for Malia. Karen recounts that after surgery Dr. […]
At her 14 week checkup, Alicia and Brent Ford were excited to see how the newest member of their family was doing. The couple already had 5 children between them so they felt like they knew what to expect at the ultrasound. But, when the word ‘gastroschisis’ was used to describe their new baby’s condition, […]
We do thousands of childhood vaccinations and thousands of surgeries every year at Akron Children’s Hospital. But you might not know that vaccines and surgeries don’t go together. Surgery and anesthesia can interact with vaccines that are given close to the surgery date. One of the effects that surgery and anesthesia has on the body […]
Our story starts in 2011. We were sent to Dr. Pittinger for a ganglion cyst on Devin’s right wrist. The first appointment with a new doctor is a little scary sometimes, but this time it was different. As soon as Dr. Pittinger came in, Devin smiled and said hi. He was comfortable with the doc […]
Portland Trail Blazers center LaMarcus Aldridge – probably one of the top 10 players in the NBA – is suffering from a torn ligament in his thumb. He was scheduled to have surgery, but decided against it. Though holding off surgery won’t threaten his career, it could threaten his team’s play-off performance.