Jameel Butt, MD, general surgeon and chief of staff at Harlan ARH Hospital, has brought a new surgical ultrasound procedure to the community.
Endoscopic ultrasound is used to identify and locate lesions and tumors in the gastro-intestinal tract as well as provide information for physicians to stage cancers located there.
The endoscopic ultrasound evaluates not only the depth of any tumor but also the vessels and lymph nodes surrounding the esophagus, thus allowing for the staging of esophageal cancer.
This procedure can determine if a lesion can be removed with minimally invasive endoscopic techniques. The tool is also used to biopsy benign and malignant lesions of the upper GI tract and surrounding organs and structures.
According to Dr. Butt, Harlan ARH is the first surgical facility in the region to provide this procedure.
To schedule an examination and evaluation for services using this technology, contact the surgery department in the ARH Daniel Boone Clinic at 606-573-4520.