Medical Technology Helps Save Stroke Patient

“Technology saved my life!”

Leroy Luraschi wouldn’t consider himself a “tech-savvy” person but someone who occasionally likes to surf the web or play a game on his home computer. Leroy was doing just that one evening at his Montrose home when all of a sudden he felt an unexpected sensation in his head. “It felt like something broke. I felt like someone was poking something through my eye,” he explains.

Leroy got up from his computer, walked into his bedroom and collapsed onto the floor. “All I remember is my 19-year old son Jacob running into the room, he called 9-1-1,” says Leroy.  Paramedics took Leroy to Montrose Memorial Hospital. Immediately upon arrival to the emergency room Leroy says he knew he was having a stroke. “I couldn’t talk or move my whole right side,” he explains. Staff at Memorial Hospital dialed in Swedish Medical Center Neurologist Dr. Chris Fanale by tele-medicine technology and he was up on a screen within minutes ready to consult with doctors about Leroy. “It’s pretty wild that there was a specialist hundreds of miles away in Denver helping me in the ER,” says Leroy.

Leroy was transferred shortly after to Swedish Medical Center in Denver by helicopter where he was assessed in person by Dr. Fanale and the stroke team. According to Dr. Fanale, “stroke can happen to anyone, anywhere, at any time.  Stroke does not discriminate with age. Being close to a certified stroke center or a hospital with telemedicine capabilities allows you to get stroke treatment rapidly and efficiently. Sometimes patients in non-urban communities need a higher level of care due to the severity and complicated nature of their strokes. At Swedish Medical Center, we have the multidisciplinary team with the stroke specialists that can care for patients such as these on a 24/7/365 basis. The quicker we can treat, the better the outcome. We can only do that with seamless clinical collaboration between hospitals, as was displayed in the care of this patient. “

Leroy, who is 49-years old, didn’t expect he’d ever have a stroke. “I was completely caught off guard that I was having a stroke. But I’m so glad that I had the Swedish stroke team right there with me. They made my life worth living again and they sure know what they’re doing!” says Leroy.

 

More about Gamma Knife

There is important news for patients with brain tumors and abnormalities—especially those who were previously told that their medical conditions precluded them from undergoing surgery. A new treatment system called Gamma Knife is available to you at Swedish Medical Center, your local hospital in Denver.

The Gamma Knife is an advanced piece of equipment used to treat tumors and other abnormalities in the brain without an incision and with minimal effect on surrounding healthy tissue. For patients whose age or medical condition rules out surgery, the Gamma Knife can be a viable treatment option.

The Gamma Knife uses intense doses of radiation to treat malignant tumors that arise in or spread to the brain (primary brain tumors or metastatic tumors), benign brain tumors (meningiomas, pituitary adenomas, and acoustic neuromas), blood vessel defects (arteriovenous malformations) and functional problems (trigeminal neuralgia). The Gamma Knife treatment is highly effective for smaller brain lesions and those that are near critical structures in the head, such as the brain stem and cranial nerves.

The Gamma Knife treatment procedure is called stereotactic radiosurgery, and it is minimally invasive and creates few side effects or complications. It minimizes the risks of postoperative complications, infections, and internal hemorrhage. Often performed as an outpatient procedure, the Gamma Knife treatment does not require that patients stay in the hospital for more than 24 hours, which significantly reduces medical costs for the patient. Even better, the Gamma Knife treatment is covered by Medicare and many other insurance providers.

Gamma Knife is one of the state-of-the-art treatment options we offer here at Denver’s Swedish Medical Center. As a Level 1 Trauma Center, we are available to treat a wide variety of medical problems and disorders. If you would like to learn more or are ready to schedule an appointment, please give our hospital staff a call at (303) 562-3132.

Your Child’s Health

At Swedish Medical Center, we believe that gaining knowledge allows you to take control of your health and do the best for yourself and your family. Check out these links for more information about your child’s health, and give our Denver hospital a call at (303) 562-3132. We can provide additional information or help you schedule an appointment with our friendly and knowledgeable staff members.

 

What is the NanoKnife Cancer Treatment System?

If you or a family member has recently been diagnosed with cancer in Denver, you should know that technology is always advancing and providing hospitals with new ways to treat cancer before it spreads. The NanoKnife Cancer Treatment System is a recent innovation in cancer care that is currently available at our hospital in Denver.

The NanoKnife Cancer Treatment System is a revolutionary new method of removing cancerous tumors from the body. The NanoKnife System is FDA-approved for all soft tissue organs, including the kidneys, liver, heart and lungs.

This is a minimally invasive treatment that can remove difficult-to-reach tumors at a cellular level. Since the NanoKnife System relies on the body’s natural healing process to replace cells, there is little to no scarring after the procedure.

The NanoKnife Cancer Treatment System directs electrical energy directly at the tumor, which opens the walls of cancerous cells, effectively destroying them. This also leaves healthy tissue undamaged, a wonderful breakthrough in the treatment of cancer.

Patients with small tumors that are less than five centimeters are eligible for treatment—these small tumors may have been considered inoperable in the past. The NanoKnife Cancer Treatment System can be used for primary liver tumors or tumors that have spread to the liver from other parts of the body.

A patient undergoing the NanoKnife System can expect to be put under general anesthesia. With the use of a CT scan or ultrasound guidance, the doctor will insert the electrodes on or near the tumor. Once the electrodes are placed, the NanoKnife generator sends a series of short and intense electric pulses directly to the tumor. The NanoKnife System requires only a brief hospital stay, and patients normally experience only a small amount of pain or discomfort following the procedure.

Call the Swedish Medical Center in Denver, Colorado at (303) 562-3132 if you are interested in learning more about the NanoKnife Cancer Treatment System. We offer state-of-the-art treatments and employ top-quality medical professionals.