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In an increasingly complex world where technology seems to advance at an almost-daily rate, it is reassuring to know that many of the most sophisticated and cutting-edge breakthroughs are designed for one thing: to save lives and help people become healthier and happier. Whether it’s the most advanced diagnostic equipment available to medicine or the newest robotic surgical systems, these advances are revolutionizing medicine and redefining the abilities of doctors and surgeons who are now able to achieve what was unthinkable just a few years ago. Technology allows specialists to go farther into the human body with greater accuracy – and with much smaller impact. With these new tools and minimally invasive procedures, patients can literally walk away from a major surgery such as a partial nephrectomy after just a few days recovery – a procedure that until recently required weeks in the hospital and months of recovery time. With the wealth of well-known medical institutions in the New Orleans area, some of the world’s foremost technology and specialists are at work right in our own city.

Dr. Bradley J. Bartholomew
    Dr. Bradley J. Bartholomew is a board-certified neurosurgeon, and graduate of Tulane undergraduate and medical school, where he also completed his neurosurgery training. He was the first doctor in the region to perform microendoscopic lumbar discetomies, and has consistently stayed on the forefront of both new technology and new skills in order to provide top quality, minimally invasive surgery for his patients. Dr. Bartholomew regularly performs advanced procedures, such as the cervical artificial disc replacement, in addition to all forms of complex spine surgery. He uses the latest technology available, including frameless navigation, to assist him in surgery. In pursuit of excellence, he regularly attends national conferences and educational seminars in order to stay on the cutting-edge of medical technology.
     Dr. Bartholomew maintains his membership in the American Association of Neurological Surgery, the Congress of Neurological Surgeons, the North American Spine Society and multiple local neurosurgery societies. He is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons and an associate clinical professor on neurosurgery at Tulane Medical School.
     As a native of New Orleans, he’s proud to be part of the local medical community and looks forward to providing a personal level of patient care for years to come. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call his office at (504) 457-3452.

The Center for Dental Reconstruction
    Teamwork is the key to success at The Center for Dental Reconstruction. Utilizing the expertise of two specialists in dentistry, working as a team, the clinic provides top-quality dental and reconstructive care and services to patients throughout the New Orleans region. Dr. Michael Block is an oral and maxillofacial surgeon and Dr. Paulino Castellon is a prosthodontist. Their skills, combined with state-of-the-art technology such as the cone beam CT scanner, can determine within 0.5 milimeters the exact anatomy of the patient’s bone, teeth and facial structures. Corrective procedures are performed in one setting, with both doctors present during many combined procedures.
    The most advanced technologies help the doctors and staff provide top-quality care to patients. For example, cone beam CT scanning can be combined with computer-guided implant therapy to provide immediate results. Implants can be put directly into place when removing teeth, and combined treatments offer patients a remarkable esthetic value.
    Patient care comes first at The Center for Dental Reconstruction, and the staff manage everything from scheduling to coordinated care to ensure that each visit is as smooth and comfortable as possible. They provide state-of-the-art treatment in a gentle and professional manner. For more information call (504) 833-3368 or visit www.centerfordentalreconstruction.com.

East Jefferson General Hospital
    Everyone agrees that quality health care starts with prevention and wellness. Nutrition, exercise, lifestyle management and screenings can reduce the need for hospitalized care. In those cases where hospital care is required, however, that care must be personalized, efficient and delivered in a patient-friendly manner. East Jefferson General Hospital provides exactly that. The community hospital has a long history of providing seminars, classes and outreach programs designed to provide individuals and families the latest in disease management and prevention. Community members learn to avoid heart attacks, control weight and even adjust to new motherhood.
     Meanwhile, EJGH leads the region in both diagnostic and treatment technologies for inpatient and outpatient services. Their surgeons have been innovators in the area of minimally invasive surgery. As an affiliate of M.D. Anderson Physicians Network, credentialed EJGH doctors have access to the very latest treatment protocols developed by the nation’s leading cancer fighter. They are rated 5-Stars, “Best in Region” by HealthGrades in cardiac bypass and cardiac surgery, and their orthopedic division is recognized as one of the finest in the state.
     Perhaps the most telling honor is the recognition EJGH has received as Louisiana’s first Nurse Magnet Hospital. The quality and compassion of their nurses, along with their commitment to personalized care, distinguishes everything they do. East Jefferson General Hospital is committed to delivering the highest qualities of comfort and care every day. The future of health care is here.

Eyecare Associates
    The doctors of Eyecare Associates are pleased to provide their cataract patients with new lens technology that can transform their lives by allowing them to not only correct cataracts, but also to achieve new independence from glasses and other corrective eyewear. By removing the cataract and replacing it with a Premium Multi-focal IOL, Eyecare’s surgeons are able to correct a patient’s distance vision as well as their presbyopia (near vision). This allows many patients to see well at all distances without the help of glasses, bifocals or reading glasses. Driving, reading, working on the computer – all these activities can be enhanced with increased vision, and patients are able to appreciate the small details of life again.
     Toric IOL’s are designed for patients with an astigmatism. These new premium lenses allow Eyecare’s doctors to remove the cataract that may be clouding their vision – and the astigmatism that has been distorting their vision – all at the same time, creating dramatic results for patients who would otherwise not regain high-quality distance vision after cataract surgery without corrective glasses.
    Cataracts can dramatically affect everything that someone sees or does, but they don’t have to. Cataract removal is one of the safest and most effective surgical procedures. With a state-of-the-art outpatient surgery center in the same building as their office, the doctors of Eyecare Associates can lift the fog that cataracts cause in vision and allow patients to see colors that appear more rich and vibrant with everything in clear focus.
    The full-service, Metairie-based clinic prides itself in offering the latest technology and services to their patients by also providing LASIK surgery, retina services, diabetic services, treatment of glaucoma, contact lenses and cosmetic services – such as BOTOX and LATISSE – and other eye conditions. For more information, or to schedule an appointment call (504) 455-9825 or visit www.eyecareneworleans.com.

Gulf South Eye Associates
    Individuals with glaucoma continue to benefit by great strides in medical and surgical treatment. At Gulf South Eye Associates, John W. Boyle IV M.D. offers an outpatient laser procedure that has helped numerous patients since its arrival in private practices.
    Selective Laser Trabeculoplasty is the most up-to-date laser treatment for patients with open-angle glaucoma. SLT uses extremely accurate pulses of low energy laser light to target melanin-containing cells in a network of tiny channels, called the trabecular meshwork. With minimal damage to surrounding cells, the procedure stimulates drainage of fluid in the eye, reducing intra-ocular pressure that causes damage to the optic nerve and loss of vision. “It’s about effective pressure control,” says Dr. Boyle. “This procedure is quick, it’s less invasive and it has far fewer risks or complications than going into the operating room.”
    The procedure lasts approximately 10 minutes per eye, and SLT has proved to be almost as effective as first-line therapy for the treatment of glaucoma. “This is a great option,” Dr. Boyle says, “for patients who have recently been diagnosed with early glaucoma and don’t want the inconvenience of having to apply eye drops every day.”
    SLT also is an effective alternative for patients whose conditions don’t respond well to topical medications. Additionally, in more advanced cases, SLT works alongside ongoing glaucoma medication therapy, and can help to postpone the need for more invasive incisional glaucoma surgery. SLT is a safe, office-based procedure that can be repeated with no systematic side effects. For more information about Gulf South Eye Associates call (504) 454-1000 or visit wwwgulfsoutheye.com.

The NORTH Institute
    Conveniently located on the Interstate 12 corridor in Lacombe, The NORTH Institute offers a multidisciplinary practice with experts in the fields of neurosurgery and spinal surgery for musculoskeletal and cranial disorders, rehabilitative medicine, orthopaedic surgery and sports medicine. Highly skilled experts treat diseases and injuries of the muscles, bones, joints and spine. Celebrating its 10th year, The NORTH Institute has become the largest neurosurgical orthopaedic facility in the area.
    The board-certified surgeons, orthopedic surgeons and physiatrists offer the latest in surgical, and nonsurgical treatments and physical therapy. The NORTH Institute has incorporated the most advanced Minimally Invasive Spinal Surgery into its practice, giving patients the safest procedure possible, and a much quicker return to normalcy. They are often up for dinner and walking back into their own homes by the next day.
    The development of a cranial program offer patients “brain surgery” on the Northshore, as well, incorporating modern technologies for problems such as cerebral aneurysms, pituitary and acoustic tumors, and pain syndromes. Artificial Disc Replacement has been added as a great alternative to spinal fusion in many cases, allowing for a much quicker recovery time, without the need for rods and screws.

Tulane Medical Center’s Department of Urology
    Prostate cancer, bladder cancer and kidney cancer are three of the most common cancers in America, and the Tulane Medical Center’s Department of Urology is leading the way in detection and treatment. Applying cutting-edge technology using the newest generation DaVinci Si high definition robot – of which there are only eight in the world – the team of physicians and surgeons at Tulane Medical Center have achieved incredible success rates in treating cancers of the kidney, urinary tract and prostate. Furthermore, the HD magnification potentially allows better visualization and preservation of the nerves responsible for potency with prostate cancer surgery.
    With a second DaVinci robot, Tulane now can expand services to help even more patients.
    Tulane Urology has been leading the way in robotic laparoscopic partial nephrectomy, saving kidneys from cancer, without having to remove the entire kidney. These robotic surgeries are so precise that doctors are able to isolate and remove cancerous tumors without destroying or removing the entire organ. “Our goal is to save kidneys,” says Dr. Benjamin Lee, professor of urology, “and spare the patient from dialysis.”
    Tulane Urology is dedicated to improving lives by advancing the field of urology. Their physicians have achieved an international reputation for pioneering novel approaches to treating urologic disease and for providing comprehensive urologic care in the Gulf South. As Dr. Lee recalls one prostate cancer patient saying, “You come to Tulane worried about cancer. You go home cancer-free."
    For more information call (504) 988-2536 or visit myprostatecancer.com or tulane.edu/som/departments/urology/.

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