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Robotics Surgery for Spine Cancer Gives Adrianna Her Life Back

Adrianna Mogollon seemed like a happy and healthy young woman, with her entire life ahead of her. She had a loving family, a passion for snowboarding and a zest for life. Everything seemed great until it didn’t. After the sharp back pains became too much for her to endure, she made an appointment to see […]

Uganda Spine Surgery Mission 2018 – Day 4

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Day 4: Murphy Strikes Breakfast was like the calm before the storm; no one truly knew what was going to happen, but we knew it would be a busy day. We had planned one instrumentation and fusion and one posterior lumbar instrumentation and fusion for the morning, and occiput (bone at the bottom of your […]

Uganda Spine Surgery Mission 2018 – Day 3

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Day 3: Clinic Queues Another morning, another breakfast, another bus ride to the clinic, however, instead of our usual bus, we had a much more entertaining situation. The previous night, our normal bus driver wasn’t there, so someone else drove us to the hotel. The problem was, the bus we were taking was significantly smaller […]

Ethiopia Spine Surgery Mission 2018 – Days 12 – 15

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Ethiopia Spine Surgery Mission 2018 – Days 12-15   Sunday May 27 Day 12 Today we only had one case. She was a 21-year-old female who at pre-opt had a 110° x-ray, but during surgery she measured 124° scoliosis. She is doing great and she looks great. Today is Dr. Belanger and my (Toni Belanger) […]

Ethiopia Spine Surgery Mission 2018 – Days 6-11

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Ethiopia Spine Surgery Mission 2018 – Days 6-11   Monday, May 21, 2018 Day 6 Today is actually day 11 that we have been doing surgery, but I have been overwhelmed with all the surgeries we have been doing and trying to take care of everyone that I have not had time to blog. Let […]

Ethiopia Spine Surgery Mission 2018 – Days 4-6

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Ethiopia Spine Surgery Mission 2018 – Days 4-6 Saturday, May 19, 2018 Day 4 Sorry I haven’t been able to post this yet but the wi-fi has been down since we arrived.  I am just keeping a running blog of our daily events. Hopefully I will be able to send it soon. Dr. Belanger was […]

Ethiopia Spine Surgery Mission 2018 – Days 1-3

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Ethiopia Spine Surgery Mission 2018 Day 1 Wednesday Dr. Theodore Belanger, Walt Evans, Ashton Wise, Dr. Jeff Angobaldo and I (Toni Belanger) arrived on Wednesday May 16that 12:30am after a 16-hour flight. Our driver, Abe whom we have used for the past 4 years greeted us at the airport. We arrived at the hotel and […]

Uganda Spine Surgery Mission 2017 – Day 9

Day 9: Let’s Get Cracking! Every morning is an early morning with a team breakfast. 6:30 am rolls around, and we all begin to trickle down from our rooms to eat and plan the day in more detail than we did the day before; two fusions were planned for the day on a woman by […]

Uganda Spine Surgery Mission 2017 – Day 7&8

The weekend: I Guess You Could Call This Days 7 & 8? Saturday morning. Bittersweet as we of Team 1 share our last breakfast together before everyone leaves Dr. Huang and I (Adam) behind to join Team 2 as they go to a conference in South Africa. We recall the events of the week and the […]

Uganda Spine Surgery Mission 2017 – Day 6

Day 6: That Case Was How Long? A typical morning, as usual. A workout for some, an even earlier morning for others, and sleep for the rest of us. We discuss the plan for the day over breakfast; a challenging and long fusion on a teenage girl named Jacinta, another fusion and decompression in the […]

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