New therapeutic unit to better serve patients and their families
The sheer volume of endoscopy patients seen at Cleveland Clinic’s Digestive Disease Institute over the past two decades has helped it become a leader in advanced procedures.
“Endoscopy has always been a traditional strength of this program, dating back to the 1980s,” explains John Vargo, MD, MPH, who leads the team of advanced endoscopists and serves as Interim Chair of the Department of Gastroenterology and Hepatology.
“Cleveland Clinic was one of the first centers to have endoscopic ultrasound and to critically evaluate ablation of esophageal cancer in the 1980s and 1990s,” he notes. Ablation refers to the surgical removal of a body part.
While the modalities continue to evolve, Dr. Vargo says his team remains at the forefront of the field with its use of endoscopic mucosal ablative and resection techniques, including cryoablation and radiofrequency ablation.
Owing to the increase in patient numbers, the Digestive Disease Institute will open a state-of-the-art therapeutic endoscopy unit in 2011. Located in the Glickman Tower on Cleveland Clinic’s main campus, the 1,500-square-foot expansion will increase the advanced endoscopy team’s capacity from four suites to six. It also will feature:
- A fixed fluoroscopy unit, which uses x-ray to produce real-time images of internal organs in motion
- “Mood lighting” and choice of background music to soothe patients
- Expanded waiting area
- Increased recovery bed capacity, with improved privacy for patients and more room for family members
“This much-anticipated expansion not only will effectively increase our ability to handle additional volume to speed up diagnosis and treatment for patients, but also serve to create a more comfortable environment for patients and their families,” Dr. Vargo says.
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