Our Blog: To Your Health

Gastrointestinal & Minimally Invasive Surgery Is Now Center for Advanced Surgery

Monday, December 20, 2021

Beginning January 2022, Gastrointestinal & Minimally Invasive Surgery (GMIS) will be The Oregon Clinic Center for Advanced Surgery (CAS). We’ll continue delivering the highest quality surgical care, while remaining at our current locations at Providence Portland Cancer Center and Providence St. Vincent Medical Center.

November is National COPD Awareness Month

Tuesday, November 16, 2021

November is Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) Awareness Month. COPD is a chronic lung disease that makes it difficult to breathe and can cause severe coughing, wheezing, shortness of breath, and chest tightness. 

As of 2019, COPD is the third leading cause of death worldwide and affects over 16 million adults. The good news is that COPD is both preventable and treatable. It’s never too late to begin taking care of your respiratory health.  

Surgical Treatment for Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia

Monday, November 15, 2021
Benign prostatic hyperplasia/enlargement (BPH/BPE) is a common diagnosis among aging men. Men with persistent symptoms despite medications or those who cannot tolerate medications will benefit from procedures. In the current era, there are multiple options available: Rezūm™, UroLift®, Transurethral Resection of Prostate (TURP), Greenlight Photovaporization of Prostate (PVP), Holmium Laser Enucleation (HoLEP), and Robotic Simple Prostatectomy. With so many options available, how do you know which one is right for your patient?

Advances in Therapeutic Endoscopic Ultrasound: Expanded Options in Pancreatitis, Cholecystitis and More

Friday, November 5, 2021
Endoscopic ultrasound (EUS) was initially developed as a diagnostic tool in the 1980s. In 2012, the field of therapeutic EUS expanded significantly due to the introduction of lumen apposing metal stent (LAMS) technology. LAMS are unique dumbbell-shaped metal stents that are deployed under EUS guidance (see image). They enable gastroenterologists with training in interventional endoscopy to connect two lumens and create new routes for drainage, bypasses, and more. Additionally, newer electrocautery-enhanced (or “hot”) devices have transformed LAMS deployment into a single step process, simplifying these new procedures and increasing the margin of safety.