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Emily Drews stands outside
One-Hour Procedure Relieves Years of Sinus Problems
Frequent, severe sinus infections made Emily Drews miserable for years, especially when pollen triggered her allergies. Then she had a sinuplasty procedure at Duke, and the results were dramatic. Drews now breathes easily, no matter the season.
Kenn Wiggins
Living Healthy After Liver and Kidney Transplant at Duke
Kenn Wiggins, 40, doesn’t take his good health lightly. For years, he lived with autoimmune hepatitis that eventually led to a liver transplant. Then his disease returned, causing him to develop both liver and kidney failure. When the center that had performed his first transplant judged his condition too complex, he turned to Duke’s transplant team as his last hope. Today, after successful kidney and liver transplants, Wiggins feels great. “Duke saved my life,” he said.
Darin Dufault, MD, and Stan Branch, MD, pose together with a scope.
POEM Procedure Helps People with Achalasia Eat Again
Achalasia can make swallowing nearly impossible. Many people with the disease require surgery to eat. Now, Duke doctors are using a less invasive procedure called POEM to help people with achalasia eat and drink comfortably again. They are among the few specialists in North Carolina trained to offer this new option.
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