John White endured countless hospital visits, falls, disorientation, and pain before he was diagnosed with a host of conditions including nonalcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH) and liver cirrhosis. Yet his MELD score -- a measurement of liver health -- wasn’t enough to get him what he needed to live a healthier life -- a liver transplant. Thanks to Carl Berg, MD, a transplant hepatologist at Duke Health, White took advantage of a new offering only available at a handful of centers in the U.S., a liver transplant from a hepatitis B-positive donor. Today the 59-year-old is healthy, hepatitis-free, and back to enjoying life.
After being diagnosed with an unruptured brain aneurysm in fall 2021, Bridget Esposito learned she needed brain surgery to prevent a life-threatening rupture. The thought of receiving general anesthesia made her uncomfortable because she’d experienced bad side effects in the past. Then her Duke neurosurgeon told her about a new option called “awake surgery.” It would allow Esposito to be sedated but remain conscious instead of undergoing general anesthesia. “It was very easy,” said Esposito after her successful awake surgery. “I could have walked out of there right afterwards. That's how great I felt.”
Children who experience a sports injury, sprain, strain, or bone fracture on the field can be seen quickly at Duke Health’s Saturday Morning Sports Injury Clinics in Durham and Cary. They are open for walk-in patients every Saturday this fall from 8:00 AM until 10:00 AM through October 29, 2022.