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Five things to know this Wednesday morning:
1.) Physicians at Physicians’ Surgery Center of Downey were the first in the western United States to use mild electrical stimulation similar to that found in a pacemaker-like system to help alleviate the symptoms of chronic bowel incontinence (inability to control the bowel) in a patient who had not had success with more conservative treatments.
During a minimally invasive outpatient procedure, physicians implanted the interstim neurostimulator, about the size of a stopwatch, under the skin in the upper buttock.
Gastroenterologist Dr. Bill Kim placed the initial trial wires and on June 19 urologist Dr. Ernest Agatstein placed the permanent device. The patient was having up to three episodes of fecal incontinence weekly but has not had a single episode of fecal incontinence since the placement of the device.
Dr. Agatstein has also placed the device in his patients with urinary incontinence with similar results. For more details about the procedure, call the center at (562) 869-0500.
2.) The Downey Razorbacks started practices this week in advance of its 54th season. Practices are held weekdays from 6-8 p.m. at Rio San Gabriel Park; spectators are welcome and the snack shack is open.
3.) Longtime Downey resident Stella Marie Armas died June 18 at age 89. She and her late husband, Richard Armas, owned a Dick Sporting Goods in Lynwood before starting Armas Plastering, Sandblast & Restucco. She was also employed by Hughes Aircraft. A full obit will appear in this week’s paper.
4.) Downey resident Raoul John “Ray” Hoeschen died July 22 at age 78. He worked for more than 30 years as an outside salesman with Distributor Supply Company of Los Angeles, and belonged to Downey Elks Lodge No. 2020. He was previously recognized for his work with the Jerry Lewis Labor Day Telethon. His obituary will publish in this week’s paper.
5.) Folklor Pasion Mexicana performs tonight at Furman Park, starting at 7 p.m.