In 2010, Professor Kiricuta was diagnosed with a tumor in his small intestine. He received advice from a German hospital to undergo a high-acuity pancreaticoduodenectomy (PD) to remove the tumor.
Kiricuta was concerned about the risks of this procedure and searched for more conservative treatment options in order to reduce potential complications and maintain an acceptable quality of life. Through researching the subject on the Internet, he learned that surgeons at National Taiwan University Hospital (NTUH) had extensive experience with this type of tumor.
In 2011, he traveled to NTUH for treatment. A top doctor there was able to completely remove the tumor using an endoscope.
"I felt well after the procedure and within one week was able to resume normal activity," said Professor Kiricuta.
Last updated on 31 December 2015
Before Leaving the Hospital: Get All the Paperwork
Impatient to be gone, and often suffering the woozy side effects of surgery and post-operative pharmaceuticals, patients too often find themselves back at home later, missing important documents that could have more easily been obtained on site. So before you hightail it out of your hospital or clinic, be sure that you have all of your important documents.
Generally, larger hospitals provide complete medical documentation as part of the standard exit procedure. However, some smaller clinics may rely more on verbal instructions, and they are less likely to build and maintain a dossier on your case.