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St. Luke’s Warren Campus Is The First Hospital In New Jersey To Offer Blue Light Cystoscopy To Detect Tumors In The Bladder

St. Luke’s Warren Campus Is The First Hospital In New Jersey To Offer Blue Light Cystoscopy To Detect Tumors In The Bladder

Warren Surgeons

(Left to Right): Marc N. Abo, MD, Chair, General Surgeon
and Chair, Department of Surgery;
James T. Finegan, Jr., MD, Ophthalmology; and
Franklin I. Margolis, MD, Urology.

Phillipsburg, NJ (4/18/2014) -- St. Luke’s Warren Campus urologist Franklin Margolis, MD, is proud to offer blue light cystoscopy, an advanced procedure with unique technology to detect and diagnose tumors in the bladder.  Dr. Margolis currently performs the procedure in the operating room at St. Luke’s Warren Campus, the first New Jersey hospital to offer the procedure. Called Cysview®, the procedure will soon be available at the Roseberry Surgery Center in Phillipsburg, NJ as an outpatient procedure.

“This procedure uses a special dye that turns tumor cells pink when exposed to a blue light,” explains Dr. Margolis. “As a result, we can detect and remove very small tumors before they have morphed into something harmful.”

Like traditional cystoscopy, the procedure uses a thin, tube-like telescope called a cystoscope that is carefully passed up the urethra and into the bladder. The device enables the physician to inspect the bladder lining closely for any abnormal growths or suspicious areas. These are removed for further examination using tiny surgical tools passed through the scope.

Out-of-state patients routinely come to St. Luke’s Warren Campus for the procedure, he says, adding that some the credit the procedure for saving their lives.

“I have used blue light cystoscopy to screen about 60 patients so far,” Dr. Margolis says. “About 15 of those patients had tumors that would have been undetectable using white light cystoscopy alone. The name of the game is to detect and find lesions when they are young before they have had a chance to grow.”

St. Luke’s Warren Hospital’s Roseberry Surgery Center Offers Advanced Technology And Outstanding Surgical Team

The Roseberry Surgery Center at St. Luke's Warren Campus combines outstanding physicians and staff with advanced technology for a better patient experience, says general surgeon Marc N. Abo, MD.

“The patient satisfaction scores are outstanding,” says Dr. Abo, who is Chairman, St. Luke’s Warren Hospital Department of Surgery. “It’s a great facility.” Roseberry is an ambulatory surgery center, meaning that patients usually return home the same day of the procedure. Should the surgery be more extensive than initially expected, a bridge connects the center with St. Luke’s Warren Hospital.

Among the procedures commonly performed are ear, nose and throat, eye, foot, colon-rectal, and gastro-intestinal procedures, as well as biopsies, lumpectomies and skin cancer removal.

“Everything is geared toward making the outpatient experience the best it can possibly be,” Dr. Abo says. “Surgery can be intimidating, but our center provides a welcoming atmosphere for patients. Because of our smaller size, it is very easy to maneuver within the center. Plus, it affords easy access to the hospital should patients require additional services and care.”

Many of the procedures performed at Roseberry are minimally invasive. As a result, patients often have less pain and scarring and recover sooner than with traditional, “open” surgery.

A common type of minimally-invasive surgery uses specialized instruments along with a camera called a laparoscope. During the procedure, the device is passed into the abdominal cavity through an incision about two inches long. The laparoscope transmits a live feed from the abdominal cavity to high-resolution video monitors in the operating room. While watching the monitor’s high-definition display, the surgeon uses special instruments to perform the procedure through a second incision in the abdomen.

Ophthalmologist James Finegan, MD, says the center is also equipped with a high-tech $100,000 microscope used in eye surgery. Performing hundreds of cataract surgeries at Roseberry each year, Dr. Finegan will soon offer a procedure to treat open-angle glaucoma, a condition that damages the eye's optic nerve and gets worse over time. More frequent in older adults, and three times as prevalent in women, glaucoma is often associated with an excess buildup of pressure inside the eye. Continued surplus pressure can cause permanent vision loss and even blindness.

In June 2012, the Federal Food and Drug Association approved the iStent® for use during cataract surgery. Smaller than the date on a penny, iStent® is the smallest medical device the FDA has ever approved. During the procedure, an ophthalmologist inserts the device into the eye of a patient with glaucoma to open clogged blood vessels, enabling the eye to drain and restoring proper pressure.

“Our patients have been very happy with their experiences at Roseberry and we look forward to offering new procedures at the center,” Dr. Finegan says.

“Access is easy, with parking just 20 feet from the main entrance. Also, patients typically return home in a few hours after their procedure.”


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