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Oral Cancer Screenings

Dr. Robert DeFatta, a fellow of the American Head and Neck Cancer Society, will offer free oral cancer screenings from 8 a.m. to noon on Monday, April 27, at DeFatta ENT & Facial Plastic Surgery, 1490 Rivers Edge Trail, Altoona, in observance of the 18th annual Oral, Head and Neck Cancer Awareness Week.

The screening is painless and only takes about 10 minutes, and early diagnosis and treatment improves outcomes and chances of survival.

New procedure benefits oral cancer patient from Thorp

“It came on fast,” said the 53-year-old plumber who lives in Thorp. “Something told me in the back of my head to go to the doctor.”

Drost saw Dr. Robert DeFatta, an otolaryngologist — or ear, nose and throat specialist — who sees patients at Sacred Heart Hospital in Eau Claire and St. Joseph’s Hospital in Chippewa Falls, on Jan. 3 at a clinic in Neillsville.

Surgical robot used to treat obstructive sleep apnea

For decades, Dorothy Bruhling woke up feeling tired.

During the day the Chippewa Falls woman found herself getting winded while walking, and at night, her snoring could be heard throughout the house.

“It was bad,” said the 75-year-old Bruhling, who finally was diagnosed with obstructive sleep apnea at least 10 years ago, “but I didn’t realize how bad.”

Making Up the Difference: Otolaryngologists find ways to provide care for under- and uninsured patients

Doctors Rima and Robert DeFatta, married otolaryngologists who work at Sacred Heart Hospital in Eau Claire, Wisconsin, spend about an hour each day dealing with insurance-related hassles. About 20 percent of their patients are un- or underinsured, so the two physicians spend time dashing off letters to insurance companies, re-jiggering treatment plans and helping patients access available resources. Recently, Rima DeFatta, MD, had to figure out how to diagnose a patient who presented with symptoms that suggested possible neurologic involvement.

What’s Wrong with the da Vinci Robot?

Robert DeFatta, MD, PhD, ENT, a surgeon at the Head and Neck Center at Sacred Heart Hospital in Eau Claire, WI, praises the da Vinci robot as the vehicle for entering a “new era” of treatment that, among other things, reduces the amount of chemotherapy needed in treatment. In addition, it has mitigated the need for feeding tubes, and enabled patients to return to normal speech and swallowing soon after surgery, tells HealthLeaders Media.

Local procedure has baby, mom breathing easier

Kim and Nick Stary of Chippewa Falls have something more to be thankful for today. Their nearly 5-month-old daughter, Clark, is breathing easier because of a novel approach tried by a local physician to address a congenital condition.

Clark, the couple’s second child – and second daughter – was born June 30. Unfortunately, their baby was born with some complications, including a condition that made it hard for the newborn to breathe.

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Robert DeFatta

Robert J.DeFatta
M.D. PhD

Facial Plastic Surgeon

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