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Summer Meltdown Challenge!
The SSC staff is going to practice what they preach...
Staying Healthy is Good for You!
In the next 10 weeks, we'll be working out more, making better meal and snack options and competing to lose weight. This is a friendly competition among staff and we hope it might inspire you to reach for an apple instead of a candy bar once in a while!
Dr. Crandall presented multiple podium and poster presentations at the International Society for the Advancement of Spine Surgery (ISASS) in April 2013.
To review the abstracts of the podium and poster presentations, click here:
Doug Robinson: Hoops star Mikey Jacobsen is fighting back
By Doug Robinson, Deseret News
Mikey Jacobsen might be the most remarkable prep basketball player in the state, but almost no one knows it. A two-year starter at point guard for Woods Cross High, he's averaging about 5 points, 2 assists and 1 steal a game — modest numbers unless you know the rest of the story.
In a game against Layton earlier this month, Jacobsen scored the game-winning basket with 8 seconds remaining, improvising a dash down the lane for a layup after a play broke down. Against Roy, he sank a game-winning free throw with 8 seconds left.
But none of this matches the feat Jacobsen pulled off just to make the team and play the game. Every time Jacobsen makes a shot or a steal, every time he sprints down the floor, it's a testament to his determination and the support of parents, doctors, a personal trainer and a dedicated surgeon.
"I don't think you realize how remarkable it is that your son is playing basketball," a doctor told Mikey's parents. "Do you appreciate how unusual this is? He's a miracle."
A few years ago, Jacobsen couldn't lift an unweighted bar in the weight room, put on socks or shoes, shoot a basketball or do anything more strenuous than walking.
Jacobsen has full-curvature scoliosis, a deformity in which the spine curls from side to side like a country road. Quasimodo, the tragic figure in Victor Hugo's "Hunchback of Notre Dame," probably had scoliosis, although this is never stated in the book.
Dr. Chang's Visit to China - Featured on CBS 5
In case you missed it, here is the story on Dr. Chang's visit to educate surgeons and fix some serious cases of scoliosis. Thank you CBS 5's Elizabeth Erwin and photographer Mike!
My Experience in China
Written by Michael S. Chang, MD Monday, 27 August 2012 15:52
In August, I spent two weeks in China and returned with incredible stories from my experience. There were two purposes to the trip to China. The first was to teach the latest techniques of deformity surgery to Chinese surgeons by invitation of their professors. To that extent, I helped them with several selected, difficult cases and also spent several days lecturing at their annual orthopaedic conference.
The second purpose was akin to a medical mission. Because coverage of scoliosis is limited in China, many families cannot afford care, even when their children have an absolutely crippling amount of scoliosis. I was able to get Medtronic to make some generous donations of equipment and volunteered my services in order to provide care to these patients for free.
The second purpose interested the Chinese press, and so actually, there are several newspaper/TV stories about the trip on the web. Unfortunately, they are written Chinese! They do have several good photos of me with some patients, however.
Soon we will post some before and after photos, photos of the surgery itself, hospital staff, and just the environment. Stay tuned!
Recovering from a back breaker
This is the story of Jackie Puhls' recovery from her back surgery with Dr. Michael Chang at St. Josephs Hospital. Featured on KPNX 12 News Today on July 30, 2012 6AM.
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