ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Palmyra Medical Center in Albany is now a national physician training center for incision less surgery.
Doctors from Atlanta and Mississippi started training Thursday on a new surgical procedure to treat gastro reflux disease.
The Doctors got hands on training with the EsophyX Device which treats reflux problems in the stomach and esophagus without making any incisions.
They put the device down the patient's throat during outpatient surgery.
Palmyra Medical Center and Dr. John Bagnato have been recognized as national leaders in the procedure and were selected to train other physicians.
EndoGastric Solutions Chief Medical Officer Dr. Alex Porter said "Now they are in a position where they can share their knowledge and their experience and their expertise with other Physicians who have an interest in bringing it into their communities."
Dr. John Bagnato said "Reflux disease is a serious disease. It's not just heartburn every now and then. It's associated with cancer and life threatening problems."
Palmyra joins the University of Southern California, George Washington University, Ohio State University and Northwestern University as national training centers for the new surgical procedure.