New Minimally Invasive “Tattoo” Procedure to allow Surgeon to More Easily Identify Lesions for Removal
Brandon, Florida (September 24, 2013) – Brandon Regional Hospital announces a major addition its services. Brandon Regional Hospital is now utilizing Electromagnetic Navigation Bronchoscopy® (ENB)™ to access and biopsy lesions deep in the lung. The superDimension® i-Logic™ System is a minimally invasive option for patients who have been identified as having a small or hard-to-reach lesion on their lung that is inaccessible through traditional bronchoscope. The ENB procedure combines GPS-like technology with a catheter-based system that uses the patient’s natural airways to reach these particular masses.
ENB is typically an outpatient procedure and minimizes the need for more invasive surgical procedures to assess lesions in the distant regions of the lung, where more than two-thirds of all cancers are found. This new procedure minimizes the need for more conventional assessments, such as thorascopic or percutaneous needle biopsy, which may require an inpatient stay and can cause complications such as a collapsed lung.
This procedure may be used when an abnormal finding in a distant part of the lung has been found on an x-ray, CT scan or PET-CT scan that may be caused by infection, inflammation or cancer. Small lesions in the outer area of the lung are difficult to reach for diagnosis and treatment. “Traditional bronchoscopy frequently fails to reach the outer areas of the lungs often leading to more invasive surgical options for diagnosis,” says Daniel G. Lorch, MD, pulmonologist. The Electromagnetic Navigation Bronchoscopy® allows the pulmonologist to locate and identify the lesion with a tattoo so that it can be found by the surgeon in the OR. Then the surgeon can see the spot and remove it requiring a lot less surgery and a lot less time,” he added.
“Recently we had a patient with a lesion. When I brought the patient into surgery, I just removed what was inked by Dr. Lorch. I presented it to the pathologist who looked at it under the microscope while we were still in the operating room. The pathologist identified it as benign and our procedure was complete,” said Richard Picciocca, MD, thoracic surgeon.
“We are proud of this technology to the community which further enhances our services to the community,” said Bland Eng, CEO of Brandon Regional Hospital. “News that a spot (lesion), deep in your lung, has been found and a lung biopsy needs to be performed raises many concerns and emotions. It is important to know that you have options close to home.”
About Brandon Regional Hospital
Brandon Regional Hospital is a proud member of the nation’s leading provider of healthcare services. BRH is a 398-acute care facility which includes a 25-bed Behavioral Health Center. BRH holds the following certifications:
· The first hospital in Hillsborough County to receive accreditation as a Chest Pain Center with PCI from The Society of Chest Pain Centers.
· The three star award for excellence in cardiac surgery – the highest award given by the Society of Thoracic Surgeons.
· Certification as a Primary Stroke Center by The Joint Commission.
· Designated by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Florida as a Blue Distinction Center for Spine Surgery and Orthopedics.
· The Brandon Regional Hospital Echocardiography Lab has been awarded a three-year term of accreditation in the area of adult transthoracic by the Intersocietal Commission for the Accreditation of Echocardiography Laboratories (ICAEL).
In addition, BRH has enhanced its services this year with the addition of:
· The Women’s Center at Brandon Regional Hospital includes The Baby Suites, Level III NICU (Neonatal Intensive Care Unit), and in-patient rooms for gynecology and antepartum patients.
· The Behavioral Health Center a 25 bed unit which emphasizes the importance of instilling hope with group and individual psychotherapy, medication assessment, psycho-educational group, family support and education groups, and interventions designed to guide the mind, body, and spirit to recovery.
· The Neuroscience Center and Heart & Vascular Center offer the latest diagnoses and treatment options in neurological, spine and cardiac conditions.
Brandon Regional Hospital initiated a program to only perform elective deliveries at 39 weeks gestation unless medically indicated. Although this initiative is becoming wide-spread throughout the nation, Brandon Regional Hospital and HCA implemented this initiative before it became a national movement.
Brandon Regional Hospital is located at 119 Oakfield Drive, Brandon, Florida 33511. For more information contact Patricia Montgomery, 813-571-5105 or go to BrandonRegionalHospital.com.