When Mark Stratton, 12, started having mild abdominal pains after meals, his mother, Julie, wanted to give it a while to see if it would resolve on its own. Julie was worried that another trip to the doctor’s office could mean huge medical bills that she couldn’t pay. But after the pain persisted for two weeks, it was clear they needed to see a doctor.
They were directed to Dell Children’s Medical Center. After waiting for what seemed like an eternity, the doctor emerged with the news no parent wants to hear – Mark had a rare form of pancreatic cancer called islet cell carcinoma. “At first I was devastated”, she said. “But the doctor quickly reassured us that this was a highly treatable form of cancer”. But Mark would need to undergo a major operation, referred to as the Whipple procedure. “The thing I worried most about was the pain. They had to open him up, god I didn’t want to think about that”, she says, holding back tears.
Luckily, Julie was connected with a team of anesthesiologists from the Capitol Anesthesiologist Association. They assured her that with a professional team carefully administering the agent Propofol, that Mark would be unaware of anything during the operation.
The operation was a huge success.
“I was really scared”, said Mark. But when asked if he was in a lot of pain, he said, “yeah, but mostly when I got home and didn’t take my pain meds”.
Today Mark is cancer free and both he and Julie are grateful for the expert services of the Capitol Anesthesia Association.
It is no secret that sleep apnea is a serious condition. Through research out there, it has shown that it can have serious health issues on someone. Nobody wants to have to go through that or suffer. If someone is having trouble sleeping or issues with sleeping, it can really affect their day-to-day life. It also affects their partner sleeping next to them as they can oftentimes have trouble sleeping because of loud snoring. The time was now to do something about it and do something about it as quickly as possible. They always say that it is better to catch something sooner rather than later because then it is possible to fix it and make it better. He has founded Dental Sleep Masters.
This is the same person that was responsible for Operation Smile, which helped raise funds to help children better improve their teeth. He is the kind of doctor that is all about solutions and looking for ways to fix things. As a doctor, he takes it upon his himself to be proactive and help out patients and other people. If there is anyone that knows a thing or two about sleep disorders and ways to fix them, it is Dr. Avi Weisfogel. He is considered an expert in this line of work and with being an expert, it allows him to diagnose the problem and fix it so the person can go back to enjoying their life.
Along with his team at Dental Sleep Matters, they are working around the clock on the issue. They have worked to improve sleep labs and get the best results possible. In addition to that, they are taking a more proactive role as dentists to work with the sleep physicians. By opening up this line of dialogue, everyone can get on the same page, work together, and fix this issue. Avi is very unselfish and is not afraid to seek other opinions. He knows a lot, but he is not going to call himself a know-it-all. He is very humble and willing to look at what others have researched and come up for the betterment of his patients.