Dr. Kami Parsa Discusses the Removal of a 16lb Facial Growth

Dr. Kami Parsa Discusses the Removal of a 16lb Facial Growth

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[This Week in South Florida with Michael Putney] [Michael Putney]
Remarkable things happen every day at
the operating rooms of our local hospitals, but nothing was more
remarkable this week than the surgery that took place at Jackson Memorial
Hospital. Medical team worked for 17 hours to remove an unsightly and
dangerous growth from the face of Marlie Casseus, a 14 year old Haitian girl.
Joining us now are Dr. Jesus Gomez, the surgeon who performed that
lengthy operation on Wednesday. Also joined by Dr. Kami Parsa with Bascom
Palmer Eye Institute, a surgeon there, also part of the team. You know Dr. Parsa,
I had read that this poor little girl was losing her eyesight, at least in one
eye. Can her eyesight be saved? [Kami Parsa M.D.
Oculoplastic Surgeon]
Correct it can, actually one of the things that, as
Dr. Gomez was mentioning, this tumor and this lesion has this tendency to expand
and one of the things it was doing, the reason we wanted to do this surgery
sooner than later, it was compressing the optic nerve, which is responsible
for vision and part of the procedure initially was to go in and just do the
side that it was compressing and that was the left side. So we went in and
decompressed the orbit and removed the floor of the orbit and that’s, that
created more space for the optic nerve to. [Michael Putney]
So the pressure on the optic nerve has been
relieved? [Dr. Parsa]
It’s been relieved and reconstructed a new floor for that, so
with the titanium plates. [Michael Putney]
Well I want to thank you for the good work you do, Dr. Parsa and also Dr. Gomez, it’s really a remarkable thing. I spent a lot of time
in Haiti, I’ve seen a lot of children who need this kind of help, it’s very
gratifying to know that in our community they’re getting it. [Dr. Gomez]
Okay thank you very
much.

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