New technology at OU Medical Center could cure certain tumors
OKLAHOMA CITY —
For the first time in years Bonnie Naifeh is optimistic for her future.
"I really thought I was done. I had filled my will out. I'd done everything."
In 2007 Bonnie was diagnosed with a pituitary tumor. She underwent three surgeries to remove the tumor but all three attempts were unsuccessful.
"They call you and say oh guess what it's back and you get very upset."
Desperate for answers, Bonnie turned to Dr. Michael Sughrue, a Neurosurgeon at OU Medical Center.
"He felt very comfortable he could remove the tumor," Bonnie said.
"This is a potentially curable problem," said Dr. Sughrue.
Using new technology Dr. Sugrute and his team used a camera or endoscope to look at Bonnie's tumor.
"What that allows you to do is take the vision source to the target. There are scopes that are angled and allow you to see around corners."
Those cameras allow Dr. Sughrue to make sure the entire tumor gets removed.
"We almost always get the whole tumor out. I can't remember a case where it was possible to get it all out that we didn't."
Dr. Sughruesaid the new technology is the difference between this surgery and Bonnie's previous unsuccessful attempts.
"The previous surgeons didn't see it. Not because they are bad surgeons but because they didn't have the right tools to take on a difficult case."
"Dr. Sughrue I feel did a really remarkable job," said Bonnie.
She has been tumor free since her surgery, "I feel great. I don't have any repercussions at this time," and said she will never be able to express her gratitude to Dr. Sughrue and his team.
"We all very blessed."
Bonnie will have to have yearly exams to make sure the tumor doesn't return but she is optimistic this is the cure she's been waiting for.