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.
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.