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Gold Medal Comeback
Bobsled driver Steve Holcomb dreamed of being an Olympic champion since he was a kid. His career almost ended when his vision began deteriorating rapidly. In 2000, he was diagnosed with keratoconus, a degenerative eye disease. "I was losing my vision," he says. "It was pretty emotional, pretty hard, and I was hoping I could ride it out just long enough to make it to the Olympics."
In 2007, he became legally blind and retired from bobsledding. Being among the top bobsled drivers in the country, his Team USA coaches suggested he try to find a way to fix his sight. In December of that year, Steve visited Dr. Brian Boxer Wachler, director of the Boxer Wachler Vision Institute. Dr. Boxer Wachler performed C3-R on Steve, a revolutionary procedure that treats keratoconus. "It's the first treatment that can cure this disease without invasive surgery," Dr. Wachler says.
Dr. Wachler demonstrates how the procedure is performed.
Immediately after the procedure, Steve regained his vision and came out of retirement. His bobsledding career flourished, as he won numerous world championship and world cup titles. He capped off his amazing run by winning the four-man bobsledding gold medal at the 2010 Olympic Games, the USA's first Olympic four-man bobsledding gold since 1948!
"He had been to the abyss when he retired," Dr. Wachler says. "And then, now, to go to the pinnacle of what his dreams were, it's like a miracle."
Steve joins The Doctors to show off his Olympic gold! Because the procedure was successful and helped Steve go on to win gold, Dr. Boxer announces that he is changing the procedure's name from C3-R to Holcomb C3-R. "He's made the procedure world famous," Dr. Wachler says.
Bunions are a growth or enlargement on the side of the foot near the big toe and can be extremely painful. To alleviate the pain, many people who suffer from bunions elect to undergo surgery. A typical bunion surgery can include cutting bones and fusing two bones together. The procedure often requires the patient to spend months in a cast. Podiatrist and foot surgeon Dr. Ali Sadrieh demonstrates the TightRope procedure, a bunion surgery that allows patients to walk out of the operating room cast-free and offers a much shorter recovery time than traditional surgeries.
Arezou has suffered from bunions most of her life. Watch as she undergoes the TightRope procedure, and see how she's doing now.
The Doctors' mommy correspondent, Brooke Burke, meets with fellow mothers to find out their biggest questions!
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Adam's Apple in Women
Kelly, a Facebook fan of The Doctors , is 22 years old and has an Adam's apple, a bump protruding from her throat. She wears turtlenecks and scarves to cover it up, but she wants to know if there is a way to get rid of it for good.
The Adam's apple is formed when the thyroid cartilage elongates, which typically happens in males as they go through puberty and their testosterone levels increase. Most women do not develop an Adam's apple, but it can occur normally or if their testosterone levels are elevated. "It can be caused by taking too much testosterone in around puberty time, or by some testosterone-type of tumors in the ovaries," Dr. Lisa says. "Obviously it's something that you do want to check out with your doctor."
If the Adam's apple is a normal occurance, a chondrolaryngoplasy can reduce the size of it. Plastic surgeon Dr. Drew Ordon demonstrates the procedure.