It’s a special Los Angeles edition of Ask Our Docs! Get top health tips and treatments from the City of Angels. Hollywood Q&A The Docs hit the world-famous Hollywood Walk of Fame and meet curious Angelenos with questions about their health.
Drinking and Tweeting with Brandi
Brandi Glanville of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills joins The Docs to discuss health issues and her book Drinking & Tweeting and other Brandi Blunders.
A Day in the Life of Dr. Lisa
L.A. is known for movie stars, sandy beaches and sunny weather, but it’s also home to OB-GYN Dr. Lisa Masterson. Spend a day in her shoes!
The House Ear Institute in Los Angeles uses cutting-edge technology to help people hear, many of them for the first time. When 4-year old Kennedy was only three weeks old, she was diagnosed with enlarged vestibular aqueduct syndrome (EVAS), a condition in the inner ear that causes partial or progressive hearing loss. See how a device the size of a pencil eraser changed Kennedy’s life forever.
Ultrasonic Brain Surgery
“When you hear the words ‘brain tumor,’ you immediately think of your mortality,” says 62-year-old Gary.
While vacationing with his wife in Alaska, Gary contracted a severe sinus infection and developed significant loss of hearing in his left ear. Gary underwent an MRI, during which doctors discovered a grade 4 acoustic neuroma at the base of his brain. Although the tumor was benign, it was located in a very precarious position – directly beside the brain stem.
“These tumors kill by compression,” explains neurosurgeon Dr. Hrayr Shahinian, the Medical Director of the Skull Base Institute in Los Angeles. Dr. Shahinian and his team are using fiberoptic technology and hi-def imaging to remove brain tumors with endoscopic techniques.
In February 2013, Gary underwent a tumor removal surgery using Dr. Shahinian’s groundbreaking approach. Just 48 hours later, Gary was able to return home.