Source: KTVK-TV 3 Good Evening Arizona

St. Luke’s Medical Center is the first hospital in Arizona, and among the first in the nation, to offer a cutting-edge treatment that provides relief for patients suffering from the painful symptoms of peripheral artery disease (PAD), a common condition caused by a build-up of plaque that blocks blood flow in the arteries of legs or feet. The addition of the new technology is part of the hospital’s continuing commitment to bring patients better treatment options and improve overall outcomes.

Recently approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Pantheris™ lumivascular atherectomy system, developed by Avinger, is an innovative image-guided therapy that, for the first time ever, allows physicians to see and remove plaque simultaneously during atherectomy procedures, which involve cutting plaque away from the artery and clearing it out to restore blood flow.

Ajay Mhatre, M.D., interventional cardiologist at Phoenix Heart Center, was the first physician in Arizona to use the new Pantheris lumectomy catheter during a procedure on March 10 on an 80-year-old diabetic patient.

Mesa snowbird Larry Horak endured years of severe contractions in his left calf, which seemed to occur randomly, whether drinking water or exercising. While he attributed the contractions to a spasm or charley horse, Horak was suffering from PAD, which was diagnosed by Dr. Mhatre.

Larry had intense pain in his toe one evening and, although it was red, he thought it would dissipate by morning, but instead the pain intensified and his toe turned black. Larry had a serious staph infection and was heading down the road to an amputation.

Knowing his age and diabetic condition, Dr. Mhatre also discovered poor blood flow and immediately realized Horak would be the perfect candidate for this breakthrough treatment, as both of the patient’s arteries were severely blocked. Patients commonly diagnosed with PAD are typically over the age of 60 and have a history of smoking, high blood pressure, diabetes, high cholesterol and/or atherosclerosis.

Mhatre says peripheral artery disease is a devastating and deadly condition that detrimentally impacts the quality of life, with patients experiencing cramping, numbness, discoloration and immense pain.

In terms of outcomes, the safety and advanced precision of the Pantheris technology may potentially reduce the need for follow-up procedures and stents.

This technology is a game changer in the treatment of PAD. Clinical studies have shown that not only does this new technology significantly reduce the recurrence of PAD, but procedures have avoided vessel perforation, dissection and late aneurysm.

In addition to these benefits, Pantheris’ radiation-free technology may help minimize radiation exposure to clinicians and patients by decreasing use of fluoroscopy.

PAD impacts nearly 20 million adults in the U.S. and is a costly disease with treatment estimated to cost up to $389 billion, more than the costs for diabetes and coronary disease, as well as all cancers combined. Often dismissed as normal signs of aging, the disease can become so severe and difficult to address with traditional treatments that patients and physicians often resort to undergoing invasive bypass surgeries, which can result in even higher health risks and lengthy, painful recoveries. In severe cases, patients often face amputation.

About Avinger

Founded in 2007, Avinger, Inc. is developing the next generation of catheter-based technologies for the treatment of cardiovascular and peripheral vascular disease utilizing core competencies in medical device catheter engineering and intravascular imaging. Currently, the company is developing a robust pipeline focused on creating devices that merge therapeutic and intravascular imaging capabilities into a single catheter – a platform that currently does not exist for minimally invasive treatment of vascular disease. For more information, visit avinger.com.

About Phoenix Heart Center

Located on the campus of St. Luke’s Medical Center, Phoenix Heart Center is a physician practice committed to delivering state-of-the-art cardiovascular care.  The professional health care team at Phoenix Heart Center provides a broad spectrum of cardiac services, from non-invasive tests for preventative care and early diagnosis, to all types of interventional catheter procedures. Using the latest advanced medical technology with years of expertise, the board-certified interventional cardiologists at Phoenix Heart Center can pinpoint heart issues and accurately diagnose treatments.  For more information, visit phoenixheartcenter.com or call 602-234-0004.

About St. Luke’s Medical Center

Serving Metropolitan Phoenix for more than 100 years, St. Luke’s Medical Center is a 200-bed tertiary care hospital part of IASIS Healthcare offering a full range of medical services, including emergency care, orthopedics, cardiac care, bariatrics, physical rehabilitation, pain management and wound care. St. Luke’s has a long history of innovation as the first hospital in Arizona to open a cardiac catheterization lab, and the first in the Valley to perform open heart surgery. With a focus on serving the diverse health care needs of the community, experienced professionals provide high quality care with the latest technology, in a caring environment. St. Luke’s Medical Center is an Official Healthcare Partner of the Phoenix Suns and Phoenix Mercury. For more information, visit stlukesmedcenter.com or call 1-877-351-WELL (9355).Find St. Luke’s Medical Center on Facebook and follow the hospital on Twitter.

Source: Glendale Star

Posted: Thursday, March 2, 2017 

We often attribute aches and pains to simply getting older. But here’s the truth: Life shouldn’t be painful no matter what age you are.

As part of its dedication to making a difference in the lives of its patients and communities, St. Luke’s Medical Center, along with Hedley Orthopaedic Institute and Arizona Institute of Footcare Physicians, members of IASIS Healthcare, is offering the general public a free, interactive joint health seminar from 9 a.m. to noon March 4 at The Wigwam, 300 E. Wigwam Blvd., Litchfield Park..

IASIS Healthcare is the official healthcare partner of the Phoenix Suns and Phoenix Mercury.

Attendees will hear from physicians from Hedley Orthopaedic Institute and the Arizona Institute of Footcare Physicians about all aspects of hip, shoulder, knee and foot health.

Also available for demonstration is the NAVIO robot, which will showcase an innovative new surgical system for partial knee replacement, along with another demonstration available by MAKOplasty, a minimally invasive treatment option for adults living with early to mid-stage osteoarthritis.

Seminar sessions will share different approaches to keeping joints healthy, the latest on arthritis and options for treatment, including joint replacement procedures, robotic innovations, regenerative medicine and more. The event closes with a physician panel, giving attendees the opportunity to ask questions about joint health.

As a special treat, attendees will be welcomed by the Phoenix Suns Gorilla and cheerleaders, before enjoying a free FootMaxx Gait Analysis and breakfast. Registration is encouraged as space is limited; call 877-351-9355, or visit stlukesmedcenter.com.

MEDIA CONTACT:            Angela Menninger, 602-373-8212 or angela@dualitypr.com

Hips, Shoulders, Hands, Knees and Feet: Saturday, March 4
FREE seminar focuses on everything you need to know about joint health

PHOENIX – (Feb. 14, 2017) – We often attribute aches and pains to simply getting older. But here’s the truth: Life shouldn’t be painful no matter what age you are.

As part of its dedication to making a difference in the lives of its patients and communities, St. Luke’s Medical Center, along with Hedley Orthopaedic Institute and Arizona Institute of Footcare Physicians, members of IASIS Healthcare, is offering the general public a FREE, interactive joint health seminar from 9 a.m. to noon, Saturday, March 4 at The Wigwam. IASIS Healthcare is the official healthcare partner of the Phoenix Suns and Phoenix Mercury.

Attendees will hear from physicians from Hedley Orthopaedic Institute and the Arizona Institute of Footcare Physicians about all aspects of hip, shoulder, knee and foot health. Also available for demonstration is the NAVIO robot, which will showcase an innovative new surgical system for partial knee replacement, along with another demonstration available by MAKOplasty, a minimally invasive treatment option for adults living with early to mid-stage osteoarthritis.

Seminar sessions will share different approaches to keeping joints healthy, the latest on arthritis and options for treatment, including joint replacement procedures, robotic innovations, regenerative medicine and more. The event closes with a physician panel, giving attendees the opportunity to ask questions about joint health.

As a special treat, attendees will be welcomed by the Phoenix Suns Gorilla and cheerleaders before enjoying a FREE FootMaxx Gait Analysis and breakfast. Registration is encouraged as space is limited.

WHERE:
300 E. Wigwam Blvd., Litchfield Park, AZ 85340

WHEN:
Saturday, March 4, 
9 a.m. – Noon
*Phoenix Suns Gorilla and cheerleaders onsite from 8 to 9 a.m.

WHO:   
Physician presenters and their respective sessions (in order), include:
Brandon Gough, M.D., Latest Innovations in Knee Replacement
Amy Jo Overlin, M.D., Sports Injuries in the Active Adult
Tim Bert, M.D., Regenerative medicine and Hip Arthroscopy
David Bates, DPM, Feet and Ankles
Walter Calvin Damper, D.O. & Mauricio Valdes, M.D., Back Pain
Michael J. Sumko, M.D., Latest Innovations in Hip Replacements
Phillip W. Bennion, M.D., Shoulders
Jimmy Chow, M.D., Robotic Innovations
Leah Brown, M.D., Elbow Injuries

The seminar is brought to you by members of IASIS Healthcare — St. Luke’s Medical Center (stlukesmedcenter.com), Hedley Orthopaedic Institute (HedleyOrtho.com) and Arizona Institute of Footcare Physicians (AZFeet.com).

RSVP:
Space is limited! Attendees are encouraged to register by calling 1-877-351-WELL (9355) or visiting stlukesmedcenter.com.

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Physicians Group of Arizona is expanding. PGA Surgical Specialists will allow the group to offer a wide range of surgical services from major operations to minimally invasive procedures. The group is affiliated with St. Luke’s Medical Center in Phoenix, Tempe St. Luke’s Hospital and Mountain Vista Medical Center in Mesa.

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Physician Group of Arizona expands with new surgical specialists

Physician Group of Arizona Inc. (PGA), an organization comprised of primary and specialty care physicians, is expanding with a new practice: PGA Surgical Specialists.

The expansion allows PGA to offer a wide range of bariatric and general surgical services, from major operations to minimally-invasive laparoscopic and outpatient procedures. PGA Surgical Specialists is affiliated with three IASIS Healthcare hospitals in the Valley – Mountain Vista Medical Center in Mesa, St. Luke’s Medical Center in Phoenix, and Tempe St. Luke’s Hospital in Tempe.

Affiliated with the Bridges Center for Surgical Weight Management, the PGA Surgical Specialists perform weight loss procedures at St. Luke’s Medical Center – a Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program (MBSAQIP) center, Tempe St. Luke’s Hospital, and Mountain Vista Medical Center.

The expansion also brings two Valley surgeons to PGA who have been recognized by Phoenix Magazine as “Top Doctors,” along with their surgical physician assistant:

  • Daniel T. Fang, M.D., FACS: Certified by the National Board of Medical Examiners and the American Board of Surgery, Dr. Fang has extensive experience in a wide range of bariatric and general surgical procedures. He is also a member of the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery.  Dr. Fang serves as a clinical instructor for the Phoenix Integrated Surgical Residency, a clinical assistant professor at A.T. Still University’s Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine, and an assistant professor at the Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine of Midwestern University.
  • Rob F. Schuster, M.D., FACS: Certified by the American Board of Surgery and the American College of Surgeons, Dr. Schuster has extensive experience and is fellowship trained in bariatric and general surgical procedures, specializing in general, oncologic, endocrine, trauma and bariatric surgery. Dr. Schuster has also served as a Clinical Instructor in minimally-invasive surgery, and as a Research Fellow at Stanford University.  He has also been the recipient of America’s Top Surgeon Award by Consumer’s Research Council of America for many consecutive years.
  • Emile Manansala, PA-C: As a Surgical Physician Assistant, Emile Manansala supports Dr. Fang and Dr. Schuster. Certified by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants, Manansala has extensive experience serving in a support role during advanced laparoscopic and laparotomy procedures. Emile is a fellow member of the American Academy of Physician Assistants, and an associate member of the American Society of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery.

The need for bariatric surgery services for weight management is increasing. In Maricopa County alone, one in four adults are obese. In the Hispanic community, that number climbs to nearly 33 percent of the population.

“Obesity-related issues contribute to heart disease and diabetes, the second- and seventh-leading causes of death, respectively,” said Jodi Johnson, director of Bariatric Services of Bridges Center for Weight Management. “According to the Maricopa County Department of Public Health, approximately 30,914 lives are lost in the county each year due to premature deaths.”

Although choosing to undergo bariatric surgery is one of the most difficult decisions an obese patient can make, it is also tied to undeniably cathartic health benefits. Phoenix resident Winchell Rabara was morbidly obese. His life consisted of taking a lot of prescribed medications to control his diabetes, blood pressure and cholesterol. This day-in and day-out routine led him to a life-changing epiphany. He had had enough of this lifestyle. After having bariatric surgery performed by Dr. Fang at the Bridges Center for Weight Management, Rabara was able to get his health back on track.

“Today I spend my free time walking and jogging every morning, along with working out at the gym most evenings,” said Rabara. “I no longer spend hundreds of dollars at the pharmacy every few weeks. Bariatric surgery has helped me to regain my health and take control of my life.”

 

Media Contact:  Angela Menninger, 602-373-8212, angela@dualitypr.com

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

PHYSICIAN GROUP OF ARIZONA EXPANDS WITH NEW SURGICAL SPECIALISTS PRACTICE

Collaboration Brings Bariatric and General Surgery Options to Patients

PHOENIX (Dec. 7, 2016) – Physician Group of Arizona, Inc. (PGA), an organization comprised of primary and specialty care physicians, is expanding with a new practice: PGA Surgical Specialists.

The expansion allows PGA to offer a wide range of bariatric and general surgical services, from major operations to minimally-invasive laparoscopic and outpatient procedures. PGA Surgical Specialists is affiliated with three IASIS Healthcare hospitals in the Valley – Mountain Vista Medical Center in Mesa, St. Luke’s Medical Center in Phoenix, and Tempe St. Luke’s Hospital in Tempe.

Affiliated with the Bridges Center for Surgical Weight Management, the PGA Surgical Specialists perform weight loss procedures at St. Luke’s Medical Center – a Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program (MBSAQIP) center, Tempe St. Luke’s Hospital, and Mountain Vista Medical Center.

The expansion also brings two Valley surgeons to PGA who have been recognized by Phoenix Magazine as “Top Doctors,” along with their surgical physician assistant:

  • Daniel T. Fang, M.D., FACS: Certified by the National Board of Medical Examiners and the American Board of Surgery, Dr. Fang has extensive experience in a wide range of bariatric and general surgical procedures. He is also a member of the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery. Fang serves as a clinical instructor for the Phoenix Integrated Surgical Residency, a clinical assistant professor at A.T. Still University’s Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine, and an assistant professor at the Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine of Midwestern University.
  • Rob F. Schuster, M.D., FACS: Certified by the American Board of Surgery and the American College of Surgeons, Dr. Schuster has extensive experience and is fellowship trained in bariatric and general surgical procedures, specializing in general, oncologic, endocrine, trauma and bariatric surgery. Dr. Schuster has also served as a Clinical Instructor in minimally-invasive surgery, and as a Research Fellow at Stanford University. He has also been the recipient of America’s Top Surgeon Award by Consumer’s Research Council of America for many consecutive years.
  • Emile Manansala, PA-C: As a Surgical Physician Assistant, Emile Manansala supports Dr. Fang and Dr. Schuster. Certified by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants, Manansala has extensive experience serving in a support role during advanced laparoscopic and laparotomy procedures. Emile is a fellow member of the American Academy of Physician Assistants, and an associate member of the American Society of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery.

The need for bariatric surgery services for weight management is increasing. In Maricopa County alone, one in four adults are obese. In the Hispanic community, that number climbs to nearly 33 percent of the population.

“Obesity-related issues contribute to heart disease and diabetes, the second- and seventh-leading causes of death, respectively,” said Jodi Johnson, Director of Bariatric Services of Bridges Center for Weight Management. “According to the Maricopa County Department of Public Health, approximately 30,914 lives are lost in the county each year due to premature deaths.”

Although choosing to undergo bariatric surgery is one of the most difficult decisions an obese patient

can make, it is also tied to undeniably cathartic health benefits. Phoenix resident Winchell Rabara was morbidly obese. His life consisted of taking a lot of prescribed medications to control his diabetes, blood pressure and cholesterol. This day-in and day-out routine led him to a life-changing epiphany. He had had enough of this lifestyle. After having bariatric surgery performed by Dr. Fang at the Bridges Center for Weight Management, Rabara was able to get his health back on track.

“Today I spend my free time walking and jogging every morning, along with working out at the gym most evenings,” said Rabara. “I no longer spend hundreds of dollars at the pharmacy every few weeks. Bariatric surgery has helped me to regain my health and take control of my life.”

To learn more about weight loss options through bariatric surgery, visit www.pgasurgical.com or call 602-251-8828. Most major insurance plans are accepted.

About Physician Group of Arizona, Inc.

Physician Group of Arizona, Inc., (PGA) part of IASIS Healthcare, is comprised of primary and specialty care physicians and surgeons committed to delivering the highest quality patient care. Combining expertise and personalized service with advanced technological equipment and facilities, these physicians provide high-quality healthcare to adolescents, adults and seniors throughout the Valley. PGA physicians are members of the medical staff at IASIS Healthcare hospitals in Arizona, including Mountain Vista Medical Center in Mesa, St. Luke’s Medical Center in Phoenix and Tempe St. Luke’s Hospital in Tempe. Physician Group of Arizona is an Official Healthcare Partner of the Phoenix Suns and Phoenix Mercury. For more information about PGA, visit PhysicianGroupAZ.com or call 1-855-551-DOCS (3627).

About St. Luke’s Medical Center

Serving Metropolitan Phoenix for more than 100 years, St. Luke’s Medical Center is a 200-bed tertiary care hospital part of IASIS Healthcare offering a full range of medical services, including emergency care, orthopedics, cardiac care, bariatrics, physical rehabilitation, pain management and wound care. St. Luke’s has a long history of innovation as the first hospital in Arizona to open a cardiac catheterization lab, and the first in the Valley to perform open heart surgery. With a focus on serving the diverse health care needs of the community, experienced professionals provide high quality care with the latest technology, in a caring environment. St. Luke’s Medical Center is an Official Healthcare Partner of the Phoenix Suns and Phoenix Mercury. For more information, visit stlukesmedcenter.com or call 1-877-351-WELL (9355).Find St. Luke’s Medical Center on Facebook and follow the hospital on Twitter.

About Tempe St. Luke’s Hospital

Tempe St. Luke’s Hospital, part of IASIS Healthcare, is an 87-bed, community hospital that has been serving the East Valley for more than 70 years. Tempe St. Luke’s offers comprehensive health care services, including emergency care, orthopedics, advanced surgical procedures, diagnostic imaging, maternity care, women’s services, pain management and wound care in a caring, community hospital atmosphere. Tempe St. Luke’s Hospital is an Official Healthcare Partner of the Phoenix Suns and Phoenix Mercury.  For more information, visit tempestlukeshospital.com or call 1-877-351-WELL (9355). Find Tempe St. Luke’s Hospital on Facebook and follow the hospital on Twitter.

About Mountain Vista Medical Center

Mountain Vista Medical Center, part of IASIS Healthcare, is a 178-bed, full-service hospital, featuring all-private rooms and advanced medical technology. Designed to provide comprehensive health care services for residents of the East Valley, the hospital is accredited as a Primary Stroke Center, Chest Pain Center and a Level III Trauma Center. The hospital also features a Cardiac Receiving Center.  Mountain Vista Medical Center is directly or indirectly owned by an entity that proudly includes physician owners, including certain members of the hospital’s medical staff. It is located in Mesa, just north of U.S. 60 at Crismon Road and Southern Avenue. Mountain Vista Medical Center is an Official Healthcare Partner of the Phoenix Suns and Phoenix Mercury. For more information, visit www.mvmedicalcenter.com or call 1-877-924-WELL (9355). Find Mountain Vista Medical Center on Facebook and follow the hospital on Twitter.   

About Bridges Center for Weight Management

Designated as a Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program (MBSAQIP) bariatric surgery since 2005, the Bridges Center for Surgical Weight Management provides a comprehensive program to help individuals achieve healthy, long-term weight loss. The multidisciplinary weight management program features preoperative education, weight loss surgery, nutritional guidance and postoperative support — all designed to help individuals achieve and maintain their weight loss goals. The Bridges Center team consists of knowledgeable health care professionals — all dedicated to making every experience a positive one by guiding and supporting individuals through every stage of their weight loss journeys. In addition to a highly-experienced team of board-certified bariatric surgeons, staff includes a psychologist, registered nurse, registered dietitian, licensed practical nurse, physical therapist, and a team of patient advocates. For more information, visit www.bridgesaz.com or call 1-800-248-5553.

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