Surgery Performed on Nigerian Obstetrician in Need at Victory Medical Center Landmark

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Dr. Chisara Umezurike practices medicine at a mission hospital in the jungle of Nigeria.

Surgery Performed On Nigerian Obstetrician In Need

Neurosurgeon Dr. Karl Swann performed a cervical fusion operation at Victory Medical Center Landmark on Tuesday, September 17. Chisara Umezurike, an obstetrics and gynecology doctor in Nigeria who was unable to operate because of severe symptoms affecting his dominant arm and hand, was in need of a 3 level anterior cervical disc fusion.

Dr. Umezurike was referred to Dr. Swann by Dr. Fred Massey of San Antonio, who met Umezurike during mission work at the Little Mission Hospital in Nigeria. Dr. Umezurike serves more than a million people through the Little Mission Hospital, which is housed in old military barracks at the edge of the jungle in Onicha Ngwa, Nigeria. On average he delivers more than 800 babies a year. Dr. Umezurike has been in practice 21 years, and the disc fusion surgery will allow him to return to his practice, which is not limited to obstetrics, but includes all types of general surgery referred to him by other physicians.

“We are fortunate to be able to help Dr. Umezurike in his time of need, similar to the way he has helped hundreds of thousands in need in his country of Nigeria,” says Alex Garcia, CEO of Victory Medical Center Landmark. “Dr. Swann is a world-class physician and we are proud to be associated with him. We are happy to provide Dr. Umezurike with the first-class care he needs and deserves, and we are eager to give back to someone who gives so much.”

Services for the operation were contributed by: hardware and biologics by Alliance Spine; anesthesia by Dr. Mike Wynn; surgical assistance by Dr. Robert Negron; and neuromonitoring by Biotronics.

During the surgery Dr. Swann used cages packed with cadaver bone soaked in the patient’s own bone marrow aspirate concentrate to replace the discs and plating across the cages. Dr. Swann has a patented technique for aspirating bone marrow from the cervical vertebral body using a patented aspiration device called the Swannshidi.

About Victory Healthcare
Based in The Woodlands, Texas, privately owned Victory Healthcare is creating the standard in surgical care through its growing network of specialized surgical hospitals, training and education centers, and the only privately held tissue bank in the state of Texas. Our surgeons are the most highly trained and respected physicians in their fields, committed to providing revolutionary technology and minimally invasive treatment techniques. We create a first class experience for our patients in our state-of-the-art facilities that include concierge services, a one-to-one nurse to patient ratio, and personalized service in an environment designed to promote comfort and healing. Victory Healthcare partners with physicians to create an exceptional surgical experience for our patients, their families, and our surgeons. Learn more about the Victory difference – a dedication to healing through education, technology and first-class care - at victory-healthcare.com or follow us on Twitter @VictoryCor.

About Victory Medical Center Landmark
Victory Medical Center Landmark, located at 5330 N. Loop 1604 West at the intersection of Vance Jackson Road and Loop 1604, has 25 oversized patient suites with concierge services, six oversized surgical suites and three special procedure rooms. As in other Victory Healthcare facilities, patients at Victory Medical Center Landmark enjoy personalized care and attention, including a one-to-one nurse to patient ratio in one of the private patient suites, all of which offer Wi-Fi Internet connectivity, cable television and oversized floor plans to comfortably accommodate family and friends. Victory Medical Center Landmark specializes in neurosurgery, orthopedic surgery, neuro-spine surgery, bariatric surgery, ENT, gastroenterology, general surgery, gynecology, hand surgery, joint replacement, orthopedic surgery, pain management, physical therapy, plastic surgery, podiatry, spinal surgery, sports medicine, and urology. For more information, visit us at victory-healthcare.com/sanantoniolandmark/ or follow us on Twitter @VMCSA.

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