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EJGH Introduces Stretta Treatment Print E-mail
Wednesday, September 10, 2014 12:00 AM

Marinofor Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD)

East Jefferson General Hospital is proud to introduce Stretta Treatment, a breakthrough technology for the treatment of Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD). Stretta Treatment uses radiofrequency energy administered through a small catheter to strengthen the lower esophageal sphincter, allowing for the reduction or elimination of gastrointestinal reflux. It is particularly effective for those whose GERD is uncontrolled by medication.

“Stretta Treatment is an endoscopic procedure we can now use for patients who are not getting the results they need from medication, who no longer want to take medications and may not be candidates for nor desire to have an invasive surgical procedure,” says Dr. Mark Marino, EJGH Gastroenterologist. “Stretta is effective because it is a minimally invasive option done in an outpatient setting with less recovery time.” 

GERD is a chronic GI condition which results from gastric contents, most notably acid, being refluxed into the esophagus. Symptoms such as severe heartburn, chest pain, dry cough and regurgitation of food are common complaints of GERD. Often times, lifestyle and diet management or medications can manage the symptoms, but for some, a minimally invasive technique such as Stretta Treatment or even surgery may be an option.

For more information or to find a physician who specializes in the Stretta Treatment, call HealthFinder at 456-5000. 

EJGH Offers Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy Print E-mail
Thursday, September 04, 2014 08:04 AM

hperbaricsEast Jefferson General Hospital and Wound Care Specialists are proud to announce the opening of the new East Jefferson Wound and Hyperbaric Medicine Center. Hyperbaric oxygen therapy will operate in conjunction with East Jefferson’s existing wound care center which already provides outpatient services to people with chronic or difficult to heal wounds. Hyperbaric medicine, also known as hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT), is the medical use of concentrated oxygen at levels higher than atmospheric pressure. HBOT has numerous indications some of which include the treatment of certain diabetic wounds of the lower extremities, necrotizing soft tissue infections, chronic refractory osteomyelitis, radiation necrosis, and failed skin grafts.

The goal of the East Jefferson Wound and Hyperbaric Medicine Center is to significantly increase patients’ wound healing rates and improve patients’ quality of life.

3D technology helps doctors spot breast cancer more easily Print E-mail
Monday, August 18, 2014 02:41 PM

Shawn Hotard.web-smEJGH is one of the first hospitals in Louisiana to offer 3D Mammography. This new state-of-the-art technology provides 3-dimensional images of the breast, which can help detect abnormalities in dense breast better than standard mammography. 

Shawn Hotard, a wife and mother in her mid-forties, faces a diagnosis no woman wants to hear – breast cancer. Shawn is also an EJGH team member and radiology tech who understands the clinical benefits of catching cancer early. That is why she followed her physician's advice to have frequent mammogram screenings due to her dense breast tissue, even though she had no family history of the disease. And, that decision may have saved her life.

Conventional mammograms may have missed her cancer because it does not always offer a clear enough image through dense breast tissue. Now, with the use of 3D mammography technology, EJGH radiologists can detect cancers and better differentiate between cancers and normal breast cysts.

Shawn is now undergoing chemotherapy and will have radiation therapy as part of her future regimens of treatment. 

CLICK HERE to view a WWL-TV story that features Shawn Hotard and EJGH Radiologist Dr. Mary Beth Lobrano.

CLICK HERE to learn more about The Breast Care Center at EJGH and 3D mammography.

Emergency Department Introduces the Geaux Zone! Print E-mail
Thursday, August 07, 2014 04:10 PM

doctor,patient-smallWith their new "Geaux Zone", East Jefferson General Hospital aims to significantly change the way many of us think of a visit to the Emergency Room. Emergency Departments historically have seen patients on a basis of who is clinically in more dire need. Those in more "emergent" need go first and those who are triaged with less specific or more "minor" needs wait until a physician is free to see them.

The Geaux Zone allows those patients who are triaged and assessed as not needing to be placed on a monitor or won't need to be placed in a bed move through to treatment quickly. Now, those patients can move directly to a physician screening, receive a treatment plan and move through the process more quickly than before. This is not only beneficial to the patient, it saves beds for those who will truly need them. The patients who most benefit from the new Geaux Zone include those with minor abdominal pain, minor illnesses or those who need simple medication or treatment but will not be hospitalized.

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