June 15, 2009
Dr. Ramesh Luther, a Gastroenterologist with Catholic Health and Sisters of Charity Hospital, St. Joseph Campus, is the first physician in Western New York to use the new SpyGlass Direct Visualization Laser Guide System to remove a gallstone from a patients’ bile duct.
Geraldine, the patient undergoing the procedure, had an almond-sized gallstone, the largest Dr. Luther has seen in a bile duct. She’s thrilled with the results of the procedure. “I feel great! No pain and I went home the same day,” says Geraldine.
The SpyGlass Technology, from Boston Scientific, makes it easier to diagnose and treat a patient with gallstones or obstructions in their biliary tract, which is the series of channels and ducts that run between the liver, gallbladder and pancreas. The device provides a direct view of a patient’s bile ducts, overcoming some of the visual challenges of conventional procedures, allowing the physician to locate the gallstone or obstruction and clear it using a laser.
The SpyGlass System is a fiber optic probe with a light, camera and laser guiding tube. The tube is fed down the patient’s mouth and directed through the stomach into the first part of the small intestine where the entrance to the biliary tract is located.