Complex Care, Close to Home

Ten years ago, a patient had to leave Solano County for open heart surgery. Or treatment for a stroke or brain cancer. Or complex surgery for a broken pelvis. Or a damaged eyeball. The list went on and on. But not anymore. While mega organizations often send patients out of the county to their larger…
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A Future After Fusion

A Bright Future After Spinal Fusion Marge Buckner of Vacaville had tried just about every possible approach to ending unbearable back pain when she met neurosurgeon Edie Zusman, M.D., in 2016. “My whole life was geared around the intensity of pain. But I wouldn’t give up.” ~Marge Buckner Marge’s troubles began almost a decade earlier,…
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Saving the Shattered

Bad Breaks, Great Outcomes What happens when bones aren’t just broken, they’re shattered? Crushed pelvises, high-energy fractures to the knee, elbow and ankle joints, and even pediatric fractures— these are severe injuries that require complex surgical repair by highly trained orthopedists using the most advanced surgical innovations. It wasn’t all that long ago these cases…
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Seeking Cancer Connections

You inherited your eye color from your mom and your hair color from your dad. Did one of them give you an elevated risk of cancer, too? That question could now be answered through a new genetic counseling and testing service available at NorthBay Healthcare. Karen Vikstrom, who has more than 15 years of experience…
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Shouldering a Replacement

Rancher Ready for Total Replacement Rancher Duncan McCormack III of Rio Vista, 65, knows a thing or two about joint replacement. In the past few years he has undergone a hip replacement, knee replacement, and is currently recovering from his second shoulder replacement surgery. More than 53,000 people undergo shoulder replacement surgeries each year in…
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Peeking into the NICU

When You Can’t Be There… Cameras Bring Baby Close Leaving your baby in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) is always traumatic. Now, thanks to an innovative system called NICView webcam, parents can watch their baby almost 24/7 on their smartphone, laptop, tablet or computer. It’s an emotional roller coaster no parent wants to ride,…
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Magic of Ultrasound

Technology Produces Images, Helps with Pain Blocks Many people are familiar with the use of ultrasound imaging in medicine—it’s most commonly used to capture an image of a developing baby in the mother’s womb. But advances in technology and training are enabling physicians to use ultrasound in even more advanced diagnostic and surgical settings. At…
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