Bayonne Medical Center opens new heartburn treatment center

Patients with long-term heartburn are treated noninvasively

Bayonne Medical Center has launched a new heartburn treatment center and continues to build on its robotic surgery program, Chief Hospital Executive Dr. Vijay Singh told the Bayonne Community News.

He said the hospital has recently opened an advanced endoscopic center with multiple modes of diagnosis and treatment for gastrointestinal disorders such as longstanding peptic ulcer disease.

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Usually, when a patient complains of recurring heartburn, Singh said that an endoscopy would be performed for diagnosis. The heartburn center takes treatment to “the next level.”

First, Singh said that the PH levels in the patient’s stomach would be analyzed. This is a noninvasive process involving the swallowing of a small capsule that assesses whether the patient has high or low acidic fluid. Singh said this can be a cause of heartburn.

If that is normal, the next step is to check motility. Singh said this involves assessing the movement or contractions of the stomach during the digestion of food. The center checks for abnormalities or pathologies during that process.

If that is normal, then a patient would be given an endoscopy. Singh said that at the center, the endoscopy is noninvasive. A patient would swallow a small capsule instead of having a tube down the throat and into the stomach.

After two days, the patient must wear a specialized belt that takes pictures of the gastrointestinal tract during digestion. The data is analyzed by specialized doctors during a followup visit.

Expanding robot-assistant surgery

Singh said the hospital received its second robotic system at the end of February. The technology, by Globus Medical, is the second of three robots BMC will receive.

The new equipment is an advanced orthopedic spine platform capable of assisting in many surgeries. Singh said the technology has been proven effective in the past few years and is now available at the hospital.

“It’s very safe, minimally invasive, with quick recovery time for the patient,” Singh said of the robotic technology. “It’s a smarter system than a lot of the robots that are on the market right now.”

According to Singh, the new technology provides advanced navigation for the surgeon operating the machine. The robotics helps surgeons treat neurological, orthopedic, and spinal issues such as hip replacements and spinal disease.

“Having these kinds of equipment and hardware is essential to create evidence-based guidelines and protocols for this subset of patients,” Singh said.

Singh said the hospital is in the process of creating a robotic surgery institute. BMC is starting a robotics fellowship in late June. Singh said that the hospital wants to expand existing academic programs to support the institute.

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