Patient 1 – Pituitary Tumor
I had a pituitary tumor and I was losing sight in my left eye. It was a very large tumor that needed to be taken out quite urgently. Dr. Schwartz performed the surgery through the nasal cavity with an ENT specialist, Dr. Anand.
“The most amazing thing was that the degredation of my vision was pretty bad. When I first woke up, Dr. Schwartz was there, and my vision was perfect immediately.” “There were no side effects and I feel great. It’s amazing to think about what they did and how easy it was. I had almost no pain and minimal discomfort.”
Patient 2 - Chordoma
“In February 2003 I had a breathing problem. My regular HMO doctor referred me to an ENT doctor. She felt it was my adenoids and wanted to remove them. The second opinion agreed.” “One look with the endoscope and Dr. Anand said, “I think you have a chordoma”.
“My ENT disagreed with his diagnosis. She said he was an alarmist and it was most likely nothing. Dr. Anand sent me immediately to Dr. Schwartz. The night before the surgery she called me and said I think you should go ahead with the doctor’s plan for endoscopic surgery”
“I”ve been with him ever since.”
“I was scheduled to stay 4 days in the hospital, I only stayed 2. “I feel that I am in the best hands.”
“In my career, my job has made offers for me to relocate, but my family says you can’t relocate.” “It’s that important.”
"You Can Hit 'Play' Again"
Eneida Ramos, 39, has a full, active life. At any given moment she may be found volunteering, painting, working on her DIY projects, or cuddling her baby boy. Nothing about her cheery demeanor would suggest that until recently her life had been on “Pause” while she grappled with debilitating seizures, headaches, and vision disturbances. But thanks to Dr. Theodore Schwartz at Weill Cornell Medicine and NewYork-Presbyterian, Eneida has been able to press “Play” and live a full life again with her family.
Looking back, Eneida believes it all started more than a decade ago, but she didn’t realize it at the time. “I had headaches for at least ten years, but just blamed them on stress from work and life,” she says now. “I would take painkillers, which would alleviate the pain but not stop it. I was told by my primary care physicians that they were probably tension headaches or cluster migraines. We just left it at that.”
The first real sign of trouble came in 2016, but even then Eneida didn’t recognize how serious things were. “I was at the airport when I started to notice a change in my vision,” she recalls. “Reading, focusing on faces, and everything around me seemed ‘off.’ I figured it was time to visit the ophthalmologist to get my prescription changed.”