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Esophageal Cancer Awareness Month and How Dr. Medbery says Early Detection is the Key to Fighting It

Esophageal cancer can be a) very rare, b) sometimes fatal, or c) successfully treated if found early. All of the above are correct here. The American Cancer Society estimates that more than 19,000 new cases of esophageal cancer will be diagnosed this year, and from those, nearly 15,000 unfortunately could prove fatal. With April being [...]

By |April 27th, 2021|News|

Celebrating Donate Life Month and the Need for Organ Donation

According to the Organ Procurement and Transplant Network, the number of organ transplants performed in 2020 was 39,034. That number decreased from 2019 due to the COVID-19 pandemic and strict mandates placed on many surgical procedures for a large part of the year, including transplants. With a renewed sense of hope and a gradual return [...]

By |April 13th, 2021|News|

Why Limb Preservation Matters

Facing a limb amputation can be scary and overwhelming.  Many times, these amputations are the result of preventable health conditions, including vascular disease, and specifically diabetes.  However, without proper medical management, we will continue to see hundreds of amputations performed each day in the United States. If the thought of living without a leg isn't [...]

By |April 13th, 2021|News|

What’s the link between a vascular surgeon and spinal fusion surgery?

Vascular surgeons are experts in the diseases and conditions of arteries and veins and all major blood vessels of the body except those of the heart and brain.  Our expertise is in mobilizing, removing, repairing, and replacing these vessels.  CTVS has been providing vascular services in Central Texas for more than 60 years. Vascular surgeons [...]

By |April 5th, 2021|News|

Your Most Common Vascular Questions Answered

CTVS has been the “go-to” expert for vascular disease in Central Texas for more than 60 years. Vascular disease and vascular health are often unfamiliar to some people. What part of the body or system do they refer to? Is it the same as cardiovascular health? What type of doctor treats vascular conditions? The vascular [...]

By |March 11th, 2021|News|

Why one heart transplant patient wants you to listen to your body

February is American Heart Month, and here is a story that is close to ours about a very special patient who is paying his good fortune forward. Dr. Jeff Zapalac (a retired orthodontist) started experiencing very mild symptoms that seemed to be affecting his heart, including difficulty breathing and exercising. While he initially attributed that [...]

By |February 24th, 2021|News|

Lung Damage Complications in COVID-19 Survivors

As we near the year mark of the COVID-19 battle, doctors and surgeons are still learning about the virus and the potential long-term health concerns COVID survivors may endure. We know people with COVID-19 have reported a wide range of symptoms varying from mild to severe, and now physicians are reporting some patients’ lungs look [...]

By |February 8th, 2021|News|

Heart Transplants, Heart Treatments and Why CTVS Loves American Heart Month

February is the month we celebrate Valentine's Day along with the symbolic image of the heart and all the love it represents. It is also American Heart Month. At CTVS, we celebrate hearts every second of every day, and every month of the year. Taking care of them has been our passion for more than [...]

By |February 8th, 2021|News|

CTVS Surgeons Named Austin Monthly Top Doctors

18 Cardiothoracic and Vascular Surgeons (CTVS) physicians have been named Austin's Top Doctor 2021 by Austin Monthly magazine. Please join us in congratulation our "Top Doctors" in Travis, Williamson and Hays Counties. Cardiothoracic Surgery  Stephen Dewan, M.D. Mark Felger, M.D. William Kessler, M.D. Faraz Kerendi, M.D. Eric Hoenicke, M.D. W. Chance Conner, M.D. Robert Neely, M.D. Brendan [...]

By |January 14th, 2021|News|