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Unique PEG Procedure Saves Life of Muscular Dystrophy Patient

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The life of a patient suffering from muscular dystrophy was saved recently thanks to a percutaneous endoscopic gastrostomy (PEG), a procedure performed in Israel exclusively at Laniado Hospital.  This minimally invasive procedure enables a feeding tube to be radiologically inserted directly into the stomach through the abdominal wall under local anesthesia and under X-ray guidance.  It is used when people – generally elderly individuals or those suffering from muscular dystrophy – are unable to swallow through the esophagus.   
The patient, who lives in the center of the country, has had muscular dystrophy for a number of years.  The disease advanced rapidly in recent months, making it virtually impossible for him to swallow, threatening death by starvation.  Several medical centers in close proximity to his home that perform endoscopies to alleviate situations like this were unable to do so, due to the position of his stomach.  He was also rejected for surgery because his medical condition didn’t allow him to undergo anesthesia.  The patient, who refused to have a feeding tube inserted into his stomach due to the suffering entailed, subsequently underwent a drastic, life-threatening weight loss since the he was unable to swallow any food or liquid.  
Further investigation led to Laniado Hospital. The patient was given a quick appointment and after undergoing treatment, immediately began to gain weight.  

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 Dr. Amir Shachar Appointed Director of Emergency Medicine at Laniado

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Dr. Amir Shachar, one of the founding fathers of the profession of emergency medical in Israel, was recently appointed director of the Department of Emergency Medicine at Laniado Hospital.  In addition to holding degrees in internal medicine, cardiology, emergency medicine, and medical administration, as well as a master's degree in health systems management, Dr. Shachar is an expert in sports medicine and sleep medicine.  He was the first director of the program to train emergency medicine doctors in Israel, at Tel Aviv University, and served in many other senior positions, including as director of the Emergency Medical Department at Sheba Medical Center-Tel Hashomer, deputy director of the Internal Medicine Division at Meir Hospital in Kfar Saba, deputy director of Meir Hospital, and others.

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Senior Laniado Nephrologist Moshe Shashar Presents Research at European Nephrology Conference

Europe Nephrology Conference

At the European Nephrology Conference held recently in Copenhagen, senior nephrologist at Laniado, Dr. Moshe Shashar presented his research on the effects of Aldactone on the endothelial cells.
Endothelial cells provide a protective layer for blood vessels - from the large vessels to small capillaries in the organs far from the heart. These cells may be damaged by various diseases, including liver disease, heart disease, preeclampsia and others.  In such cases, complications may arise that require immediate treatment. Dr. Shashar’s research, which to date has been carried out in the laboratory on cells, shows that Aldactone drug that is commonly used to treat high blood pressure, also improves the functioning of endothelial cells.   The next stage of the study is to examine the effect of the drug on animals like mice.

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Dr. Ari Pelta Expert in Colon & Rectal Surgery, Joins Laniado’s Surgical Team

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Dr. Ari Pelta, a senior general surgeon and an expert in the field of colon and rectal surgery, has recently joined Laniado’s surgery department. A graduate of New York Medical College, he completed his general surgery residency at North Shore-Long Island Jewish Medical Center, in New York, including a final year as Chief Resident in surgery.  He acquired additional specialty training during a fellowship in Colon and Rectal Surgery at the Georgia Colon and Rectal Surgical Clinic.

Dr. Pelta combines treatment using innovative technological approaches, extensive clinical knowledge, and experience in Israel and abroad. He will focus on treating complex cases of colorectal cancer, Crohn's disease, clinical problems associated with the tailbone (phonidell), incontinence, etc.  In addition to his work in the Surgery Department, Dr. Pelta will provide consultation at Laniado’s institutes outpatient clinics. 

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Procedure Developed at Laniado’s IVF Unit Greeted
with Great Interest at Israel Fertility Association Conference

Laniado unique worldwide in implanting embryo on fourth day after egg retrievalFertility conference

Since 1978, five million babies around the world have been born through in-vitrio-fertilization – over 37,000 of them in Israel in the last year alone.  
The procedure is a delicate one, with the date of implantation of the embryo after the egg is  retrieved critical to both fetus survival and development as well as the formation of defects.   A successful procedure requires the initial development of the embryo under laboratory conditions on the one hand and its continued development under natural uterine conditions as soon as possible, on the other.