Friday, January 12, 2007

Innovative Aneurysm Procedure Performed For First Time in Fort Myers, Florida HealthPark Medical Center Site of Procedure

Innovative Aneurysm Procedure Performed For First Time in Fort Myers, Florida HealthPark Medical Center Site of Procedure

Lee Memorial Health System (LMHS) recently became the second health system in the country to perform the Onyx™ procedure, an advanced method to treat brain aneurysms, at HealthPark Medical Center. LMHS physician, Dr. Eric Eskioglu, was the first to perform the procedure in Florida.

Fort Myers, FL (PRWEB) May 15, 2009

Lee Memorial Health System (LMHS) recently became the second health system in the country to perform the Onyx™ procedure, an advanced method to treat brain aneurysms, at HealthPark Medical Center. LMHS physician, Dr. Eric Eskioglu, was the first to perform the procedure in Florida.

"This procedure is for patients who we used to have to, heartbreakingly, tell, 'There's nothing we can do,'" says Dr. Eric Eskioglu, the only vascular neurosurgeon in the state of Florida certified to perform the surgery. "It's one big weapon to treat an aneurysm minimally-invasively. We do not have to open the skull."

Nearly two percent of the population walks around with an aneurysm in their brains. An aneurysm is the weakening of any wall of a brain artery, forming a little bubble. The rupture of the bubble can carry lethal consequences.

The Onyx™ procedure involves threading a catheter through the groin. The tiny catheter fills the aneurysm with a putty-like material, Onyx™. "The released Onyx™ comes out liquid and solidifies as it meets blood," explains Dr. Eskioglu, "just as lava solidifies when hitting the ocean in Hawaii."

The inside liquid continues to expand, increasing volume and blocking the flow of blood to the site of the aneurysm, and eventually solidifies. If blood cannot enter the aneurysm, then there is no bleeding, meaning no risk of rupture. "It's literally like caulking an aneurysm," says Dr. Eskioglu. "Looking at a follow-up angiogram, you don't even know an aneurysm was there."

Dr. Eskioglu's second Onyx™ patient, Ann Durant, says her one-night stay in the hospital felt more like a vacation than brain surgery, crediting the attentive neuroendovascular team. "We are just so blessed," says Ann. "There seems to be more important places in the country Dr. Eskioglu could have gone. He's so special, and he was here."

After her seven-day recovery, Ann was taking her daily walks with her husband. Dr. Eskioglu's first Onyx™ patient, Phyllis Welsh, was out playing golf and tennis one week after her procedure.

"Even though the patients I treat are strangers to me, I know they are somebody's grandma, someone's mother or father," says Dr. Eskioglu. "I never lose sight of that, because I am a very family-oriented person, and I need to do my best to keep these people going."

For more information, please visit http://www. LeeMemorial. org (http://www. LeeMemorial. org).

About Lee Memorial Health System:
Open since 1916, Lee Memorial Health System (LMHS) is one of the largest public health systems in the United States and the largest community-owned health system in Southwest Florida. With over 8,500 employees, LMHS is made up of four acute care hospitals and two specialty hospitals, as well as outpatient centers, walk-in medical centers and primary care physician offices.

An award-winning health care system, LMHS provides regional programs, such as our Trauma Center and Children's Hospital, which serves our community members from Tampa to Miami. Visit http://www. leememorial. org (http://www. leememorial. org) for more information.

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