New Mom Benefits From Methodist Sugar Land Hospital’s Commitment to Advanced Neurosurgery

Lisa Riner has just experienced one of the most amazing experience in her life-the birth of her daughter Lexi, at Methodist Sugar Land Hospital.

But as she prepared to take Lexi home, a lingering headache was putting a damper on her excitement. When Riner's obstetrician, Dr. Jane Starr, found out about her pain, she examined her further and determined that a CT scan was in order. The results shocked everyone.

The CT scan showed that the headaches were caused by a small mass at the base of Riner's skull, said Rajesh Bindal, M.D., a neurosurgeon on staff at Methodist Sugar Land Hosptial. Instead of going home with her baby, Riner was suddenly a patient awaiting brain surgery. "It was definitely scary news" she remembers. "I didn't know what was going to happen, to me or to Lexi."

Fortunately for Riner, Methodist Sugar Land Hospital is the only hospital in Fort Bend County was advanced neurosurgery services. With its high level of care, specialized staff, state-of-the-art technology and first-class operating suites, even complex procedures such as the one Riner needed have become commonplace at Methodist Sugar Land Hospital.

In fact, Dr. Bindal, who leads the hospital's neuroscience service line, performed Fort Bend's first brain surgery last year at Methodist Sugar Land Hospital. He was called in to care for Riner, meaning she could stay with Lexi – an important consideration for the new mom.

"If Lisa had given birth at most suburban hospitals, she would have been transferred out for neurosurgery, and Lexi would have been left behind." said Dr. Starr. "But because we have the capabilities and expertise to handle complex neurosurgical procedures, Lisa was able to stay here and be close to her baby while she recovered."

A few days after the mass was discovered. Dr Bindal removed the growth from Riner's skull, and Riner was reunited with her new baby daughter. "I'm feeling fine now," says Riner, who has been home since mid-December. "I bounced back quickly and I'm enjoying spending time with Lexi."

The staff at Methodist Sugar Land Hospital went out of their way to make sure we were cared for," Riner says. "Lexi and I both got extra special care and it made a very difficult time easier to handle".

Dr. Bindal says that Riner's experience is another example of how Methodist Sugar Land Hospital is committed to our community by bringing medical services once available only at the Texas Medical Center home to Fort Bend County. "There is tremendous value to patients and their families when they can access innovative procedures and advanced neurosurgical techniques right here close to home," he says.

About Methodist Sugar Land Hospital

Methodist Sugar Land Hosptial, part of The Methodist Hospital System and ranked as one of the 100 Best Companies to Work For by FORTUNE Magazine, is committed to serving the healthcare needs of our community. The new hospital expansion provides Methodist Sugar Land Hospital some of the most advanced technology and medical capabilities in the are and has maintained the highest quality of care. The Methodist Hospital is known for internationally. The new hospital has expanded bed capacity and existing services including labor and delivery, critical care, emergency department, surgery, lab and imaging.

Just in the last couple of years Methodist Sugar Land Hospital's physicians have successfully performed services once only available in the medical center – abdominal aortic, aneurysm repair, angioplasty with stents, brain surgery, carotid artery stenting, gastric lap band surgery, open heart surgery, single port laparoscopic adrenalectomy surgery, single port laparoscopic gallbladder surgery and urinary bladder reconstruction – the first time any of those procedures had been done in Fort Bend County.

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