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PROGRAM SPOTLIGHT: PREMIER ESOPHAGEAL SURGICAL PROGRAM
The Northwestern Medicine Precision Robotic Esophagectomy with Minimally Invasive anastomosis and Enhanced Recovery (PREMIER) Surgical Program is an innovative approach to treating esophageal cancer, and complex esophageal disorders. The program uses the latest robotic technology to perform the entire esophagectomy through small incisions in the abdomen and neck, which reduces the risk of complications and speeds up recovery times. Patients can start eating by mouth the day after surgery and typically experience less pain and are discharged from the hospital within three to five days.
FIRST DEVICE TO MONITOR TRANSPLANTED ORGANS, DETECT EARLY SIGNS OF REJECTION
Northwestern University scientists have developed a groundbreaking electronic device for monitoring the health of transplanted organs in real time. This ultrathin, soft implant can detect temperature irregularities associated with inflammation and other body responses that arise with transplant rejection. It sits directly on a transplanted kidney and alerts the patient or physician by wirelessly streaming data to a nearby smartphone or tablet. This new device could provide reassurance and peace of mind for patients who worry about the health of their transplanted organs.
HOLEP: A SIZE-INDEPENDENT, DEFINITIVE THERAPY FOR BPH
Dr. Amy E. Krambeck is the Chief of the Division of Endourology and Stone Disease, and also a professor of Urology at Northwestern Medicine. She is a renowned global expert in Holmium Laser Enucleation of the Prostate (HoLEP) technique. This procedure is primarily used to treat lower urinary tract symptoms that are associated with Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (BPH). Dr. Krambeck discusses the benefits, surgical indications, and the latest technological advancements in HoLEP, particularly in the form of upgraded MOSES laser technology.
A patient underwent a unique surgery where his diseased lungs were completely removed to save his life as the lungs were severely infected. Breast implants were put in place of the lungs to support his heart. A day later, he underwent a successful double lung transplant. The patient's journey started with flu-like symptoms which led to hospitalization and being put on ECMO until Dr. Ankit Bharat and the lung transplant team at NM successfully performed the surgeries. This innovative approach to lung transplant surgery could potentially benefit many patients with conditions like cystic fibrosis.
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