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    New Laparoscopic Colon Surgery Technique is Successful for Complicated Crohn’s Disease
                                         Surgery

       By Dr. David Blumberg, M.D., FACS, FASCRS
       Dated: Sep 07, 2009

       Pittsburgh, PA, 7th September, 2009: Dr. David Blumberg, a laparoscopic colon surgeon in Pittsburgh has
       pioneered a novel laparoscopic colon surgery technique that is widely applicable and successful in many
       diseases including complicated Crohn’s .

       Dr. Blumberg's pioneering work was reported in the journals Surgical Innovations in September 2008 and
       Surgical Laparoscopic, Endoscopic and Percutaneous Techniques in February and June of this year. This
       novel laparoscopic colon surgery technique enables patients to have a 95-98% success rate compared to a
       20-25% failure rate commonly reported for traditional laparoscopic colon surgery.

        Two of Dr. Blumberg’s patients who had Crohn’s surgery over the past month shared their experiences
       with us. Susan an 18 year old morbidly obese female with a stricture involving her transverse colon
       suffering from Crohn’s disease for 4 years remarked: “No surgeon would operate on me because they said
       it was too risky”. “They told me I weighed too much and that the location of the stricture was too difficult
       to remove you know with the small cut surgery”. “But I knew I wasn’t getting better and I needed an
       operation”. “I travelled two hours so that I could get an expert colon surgeon to help me”. “Dr. Blumberg
       was able to perform a laparoscopic colectomy on me and I was in the hospital for only 3 days with no
       complications and 1 week later I am like a new person”. “I am so grateful for what he did for me and I no
       longer feel sick.”

        While a traditional colon resection performed laparoscopically is associated with increased complication
       rates for patients with obesity like Susan, Dr. Blumberg’s has shown that his novel laparoscopic technique
       is equally effective and safe in patients with obesity. His work was reported in the peer reviewed journal,
       Surgical Laparoscopic, Endoscopic and Percutaneous Techniques this February. Using this technique, Dr.
       Blumberg found that his new laparoscopic colon operation could be completely successful in 96% of obese
       patients and 92% of morbidly obese patients. There were no increased complication rates and patients with
       obesity had a similar short hospital stay as thin patients.

        Dr. Blumberg has been successful in performing laparoscopic Crohn’s disease surgery in some of the most
       complicated patients. We caught up with a second patient of his, Steven who recently had a laparoscopic
       colectomy. Steven was referred to Dr. Blumberg with recurrent Crohn’s disease with a stricture where the
       small intestine had previously been connected to the colon. “Twelve years ago I had my initial operation for
       Crohn’s disease. “My colon was perforated and the surgeon needed to make a big incision to remove the
       bowel”. “I did well but it took a long time for me to recover from surgery”. “This year it came back in my
       intestine as a narrowed area. After struggling for 9 months with medications I was referred for surgery”. “I
       saw multiple surgeons and all of them said I needed a big cut because there would be a lot of scar tissue in
       my abdomen from the first operation and because I had a perforation”. I did not want a big incision because
       I knew that it would take months for me to recover like the last time. I needed to get healthy quick and get
       back to my job”. “I consulted with Dr. Blumberg even though he was several hours away and he was able
       to resect my colon stricture completely laparoscopically with only 4 days in the hospital and no
       complications. Two weeks after surgery Steven is back at work as a College Professor and said: “I feel
       great now and my recovery was so smooth thanks to the small incisions and Dr. Blumberg’s compassion
       and expertise”.
        Laparoscopic Crohn’s disease surgery is usually not offered to patients with recurrent Crohn’s disease



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because it is technically difficult and has a higher failure rate in part do to scar tissue created from prior
surgery. Dr. Blumberg says that he was successful in Steven’s case as well as many other patients because
he utilizes a laparoscopic device called a harmonic scalpel that can safely separate the intestine when it is
trapped in scar tissue. Utilizing this device, Dr. Blumberg demonstrated in the peer-review journal Surgical
Innovations last September that combined use of laparoscopic colectomy with a harmonic scalpel was
successful in 95% of patients with scar tissue in the abdomen thus avoiding an open colectomy (colon
resection).

About Dr. David Blumberg

 Dr. David Blumberg, is a colorectal surgeon at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center and is a Fellow
of the American College of Surgeons and American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons. Dr. Blumberg
pioneered Band-Aid colon surgery, a novel laparoscopic colon surgery technique which results in less
discomfort, quicker recovery, and improved cosmetic look. His technique offers hope for patients with
colorectal diseases that also have obesity and prior abdominal surgery. Dr. David Blumberg, M.D., FACS,
FASCRS is a Board Certified General and Colorectal Surgeon at the University of Pittsburgh Medical
Center. Dr. David Blumberg received his M.D. from SUNY-Downstate Medical School. He trained as a
surgical oncologist at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York and as a colorectal surgeon at
the prestigious Ochsner Medical Center in New Orleans. Dr. Blumberg is recognized as a national expert in
the area of colorectal cancer and laparoscopic colon surgery. He has written over 40 articles and has
lectured at multiple national meetings. He is listed in Who's Who in America and was awarded by his peers
as one of Pittsburgh's Top Doctors in 2007 and 2008. Dr. Blumberg's clinical expertise is in the areas of
colorectal cancer, inflammatory bowel disease (Crohns & Colitis), diverticulitis and laparoscopic colon
surgery. Dr. Blumberg is dedicated pioneer actively working to improving the surgical outcomes of patients
with colorectal cancer, diverticulitis, colon polyps, Crohn’s disease & ulcerative colitis while minimizing
the trauma of an operation.
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Tags               colon surgery, colorectal surgery, colon cancer surgery, colorectal cancer surgery, colon removal
surgery
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City/Town          Pittsburgh
State/Province     Pennsylvania
Zip                15232
Country            United States




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