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Physician Team at Northwestern Memorial Performs Rare Oral Gallbladder Removal
Date:9/12/2007

in, Director of Endoscopy and Associate Professor of Medicine and Surgery at the Feinberg School, explains that physicians have been conceptualizing natural orifice surgery for years, but current endoscopic devices do not offer a platform for it. By utilizing a stable operating platform, instruments can be manipulated to view, cut, grasp, and suture tissue without ever cutting into the skin, which may be attractive to some patients as these procedures can eliminate all visible scars, and eliminate much of the pain that may occur in abdominal surgery involving skin incisions.

Medical devices that were utilized for this procedure included the EndoSurgical Operating System(TM) by USGI Medical and endoscopic equipment made by Olympus(TM). For this case, three small laparoscopic ports were used in conjunction with the endoscopic system in order to assess the safety of the procedure and to assist in refining the technique. Current risks include proper suturing of the incision that is created in the stomach, as if not closed properly, complications could occur. The team expects to gradually eliminate these external ports in future procedures.

About Northwestern Memorial Hospital

Northwestern Memorial Hospital is one of the country's premier academic medical centers and is the primary teaching hospital of the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. Northwestern Memorial and its Prentice Women's Hospital and Stone Institute of Psychiatry have 744 beds along with 1,424 affiliated physicians and 6,464 employees. Northwestern Memorial is recognized for providing state-of-the-art patient care and exemplary clinical and surgical advancements in the areas of cardiothoracic and vascular care, gastroenterology, neurology and neurosurgery, oncology, organ and bone marrow transplantation, and women's health.

Northwestern Memorial received the prestigious 2005 National Quality Health Care Award and is listed in eight specialties in U.S. News & World
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