Corneal Transplants and New Medical Procedures Available in the Rio Grande Valley

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Dr. Roberto A. Argüello is an ophthalmologist who has done cornea transplant for more than three decades successfully. Photo by Roberto Hugo Gonzalez
Dr. Roberto A. Argüello is an ophthalmologist who has done cornea transplant for more than three decades successfully. Photo by Roberto Hugo Gonzalez

By Roberto Hugo Gonzalez, Publisher

As originally published by Mega Doctor News newsprint Edition

I do not know if you’ve heard about a sight-saving procedure called corneal transplant, but if not then I want to tell you that it is a wonderful thing. It’s like incredible, but amazing at the same time, and even though it is a delicate procedure, there is someone here that can do it and has been doing it for the last 31 years.

Dr. Roberto A. Argüello is an ophthalmologist who has done this type of operation for more than three decades successfully. In this issue there is an article about him. He is the only specialist that can perform cornea transplant in South Texas and that’s very important. The article is titled “The Beauty of Sight and the Doctor That Can Get It Back”.

Dr. Argüello told Mega Doctor News that the sense of sight is our most important sense; giving humans 80 % of the information about our outside world at the same time it completes the other senses.

On another note, we have a new Guest Writer and he is Dr. Carlos A. Herrera. He has filed with us an article titled, “The Key to Ovarian Cancer is in the Fallopian Tubes”, and it is of extreme importance for women.

He says that in November of 2013, the Society of Gynecological Oncology published a Clinical Practice Statement for Ovarian Cancer Prevention. In this statement, it is noted that salpingectomy, the removal of the fallopian tubes, may be the most appropriate and feasible strategy for ovarian cancer risk reduction.

Doctors Hospital at Renaissance announced that they are sponsoring the 18th Annual Valley Alliance of Mentors for Opportunities and Scholarships (VAMOS) Golf Cup Tournament. DHR has donated $50,000.00.

The tournament takes place on Saturday, March 1, 2014 at the Palm View Golf Course in McAllen. The tournament raises funds for renewable four-year scholarships of up to $20,000 for graduating high school seniors in the Rio Grande Valley. The VAMOS Golf Cup Tournament is one of the most anticipated tournaments in South Texas.

The RGV Hispanic Chamber Health Committee recently hosted their annual “Medical Awards Dinner” which honors medical professionals in different categories.  The public was invited to submit nominations of professionals who have done an above average job in their particular field.  Check out our story and find out who won.

Great news – Dr. Ricardo Martin Schwarcz, Pulmonologist, has performed the first “navigational bronchoscopy” procedures in Cameron County, which will help Valley lung cancer patients to be diagnosed at an earlier stage, when treatment is more effective.

Dr. Schwarcz, who performed the new procedure in the Endoscopy Lab at Valley Baptist Medical Center in Harlingen, said that it could potentially save the life of cancer patients in the Valley.

More good news is coming from Brownsville, Dr. Rodolfo Longoria, Emergency Physician, was named the 2013 Physician of the Year for Valley Baptist Medical Center-Brownsville.

Dr. Longoria has helped Valley Baptist-Brownsville’s Emergency Department win several awards, including the “Reader’s Choice” Award from readers of the Brownsville Herald, and several “Gold Plus” awards for care of stroke patients from the American Heart Association.

I want to say Thank You to Dr. Laura Matos from the bottom of my heart. The work that you started thirteen years ago and the transformation that the memory-screening program has had in the last eight years has brought valuable benefit to this community.

Dr. Matos celebrates The National Memory Screening Day every year in conjunction with South Texas Behavioral Health Center in Edinburg. The program aims to educate residents of the area on how to deal with Dementia and Alzheimer’s diseases with emphasis in early detection in order to better control the disease. Congratulations, and keep up the good work.

Glance through it; I know that you will like this issue.  MDN