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By Jennifer Emert - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) -   High Tech equipment at Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital is allowing doctors to take care of problems without invasive surgery that used to be required.

The SpyGlass System can biopsy tumors and remove bile duct stones that normally would require open abdominal surgery.

The new system places a camera in the stomach through the mouth. It can be maneuvered into the bile duct to deal with stones and tumors.

Smaller stones can be removed by a balloon extraction. Bigger stones are handled differently. 

"We pass a small miniature scope that goes through the mother scope into the bile duct," said Dr. Vithal Kusuma of Albany Gastroenterology. "So this is like a baby scope, a miniature scope and through there we pass a probe that can send a shock wave to break the stone."

Doctors say this new procedure usually allows patients to go home the same day. The procedure typically takes an hour.

 


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