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The latest and greatest in Milwaukee area medical innovations


January 2017

An External Combination

Dr. Ajay Sahajpal, head of the abdominal transplant program at Aurora St. Lukeís Medical Center, developed a technique known as En Bloc, where he combines the liver and kidney externally and then inputs them into the body simultaneously. The result? Faster healing and overall surgery times. Sahajpal performed the first surgical procedure using En Bloc in early 2016, and the technique is now being used by physicians worldwide.

Adaptive Radiation

The first patient in the U.S. to receive radiation using Radixact technology, a new, image-guided adaptive radiation therapy, was treated at Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsinís Cancer Network last October. Radixact offers the precise targeting of tumors, delivering a high dose of radiation to the tumor exactly where itís needed while substantially decreasing the dose to nearby healthy tissues.

Before Birth

Childrenís Hospital of Wisconsinís Fetal Concerns Center is the only program in Wisconsin to operate on a baby who is still in the womb. Fetal surgery allows conditions like spina bifida, a birth defect in which a babyís spinal cord fails to develop properly, to be corrected or significantly improved before birth. In 2014, the Fetal Concerns Center completed the stateís first prenatal spina bifida surgery, closing the opening on the spine.

Advanced Imaging

Molecular Markers to Individualize Treatment Options for Lung Cancer Patients (MITOS) is the first clinical trial launched at the UW Cancer Center at ProHealth Care using harmonized imaging techniques through WONIX, the Wisconsin Oncology Network for Imaging Excellence. The MITOS study aims to gather data that will aid in developing more effective treatment options for lung cancer patients.

The Hybrid Model

Cardiologists Dr. David Kress and Dr. Jasbir Sra, both of Aurora St. Lukeís Medical Center, pioneered a new hybrid ablation technique to treat symptomatic cases of atrial fibrillation, which involves the heartís upper chambers. The approach synthesizes two treatment options ó catheter-based care and minimally invasive surgery ó into one procedure, leading to improved long-term results and quality of life for patients.

Abdominal Advancement

A state-of-the-art procedure for treating cancers that have spread to the abdomen, HIPEC allows doctors to surgically remove any visible cancer, and then pour 108-degree chemotherapy into the abdomen to remove any microscopic cancer cells they canít see. Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin has performed more than 250 HIPEC procedures, and many system physicians have also helped develop HIPEC advances.

Aiding Kidsí Treatment

Childrenís Hospital of Wisconsin is home to the only Level 4 pediatric epilepsy center in Wisconsin, and its state-of-the-art Pediatric Epilepsy Monitoring Unit uses advanced technology to record patientsí brain activity and physical symptoms 24 hours a day over several days. The data allows specialists to determine the specific type of seizure and its frequency and origin to define the treatment best suited for the child.

Life-Changing Weight Loss

A new treatment option for patients with a BMI in the 30 to 40 range, ReShape is a 20-minute, outpatient intragastric balloon procedure that can help people achieve life-changing weight loss when combined with a personalized counseling program. Dr. Bobby Wu and Dr. James Burhop of Wheaton Franciscan Medical Groupís Bariatric Institute of Wisconsin are the only two surgeons in the Milwaukee area performing the ReShape procedure.

Heartburn Relief

Two new innovative techniques performed by the gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) team at Columbia St. Maryís, magnetic augmentation of the gastroesophageal junction (also known as the LINX procedure) and transoral incisionless fundoplication (or TIF), are alleviating GERD symptoms and providing heartburn relief for patients. Their minimally invasive nature allows for faster ó and easier ó recovery too.

Touch Treatment

A new laser therapy called MonaLisa Touch is now offered at ProHealth Care locations throughout southeastern Wisconsin. Intended to treat women experiencing painful gynecologic symptoms because of declining estrogen levels associated with aging, the treatment option improves dryness, pain and burning of vaginal tissues, relieving these symptoms.


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