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Tune in Tuesday as Vanguard live-Tweets from the Operating Room

Dr. TiesengaOur sister hospital in Oak Park, Vanguard West Suburban Medical Center, is welcoming you into their Operating Room this Tuesday, June 5. Don’t worry about scrubbing in; follow them from the comfort of your couch or even your desk at work – via Twitter. Tune in to get a play-by-play of a unique surgery that’s not being performed anywhere else in the state.

Coverage begins at 9 a.m. Tues., June 5. Frederick Tiesenga, M.D., Director of Minimally Invasive Surgery at West Suburban Medical Center, will operate on a patient with a hiatal hernia and Gastrointestinal Reflux Disorder (GERD) – a condition where acid from the stomach backs up into the esophagus, irritating the esophageal lining. It affects an estimated 15 million Americans, and the non-surgical medications required to treat GERD’s symptoms often leave patients with adverse side effects over time. A hiatal hernia occurs when part of the stomach sticks upward into the chest through an opening in the diaphragm. It is the result of weakened tissues in the area.

Although both conditions are common among people over age 50, Dr. Tiesenga’s surgery is anything but. During the 90-minute surgery, he will combine two rare procedures into one unique hybrid surgery to correct the patient’s anatomy.

MIS Surgery

Dr. Tiesenga is the only surgeon in Illinois who uses a Single Incision Laparoscopic Surgery (SILS) approach for this surgery hybrid. Only a few years ago, patients undergoing these surgeries would be left with extensive scarring. Our patient will walk away with no scarring—and you’ll be there to experience the whole thing.

“The type of surgery we’re going to share was a major surgery with a lot of scarring and risky complications only a few years ago,” says Dr. Tiesenga. “Now the patient will be having two surgeries at once – an incisionless surgery and a single-incision surgery – and will walk away with no scarring.”

The patient is a 54-year old Melrose Park man who gave permission for West Suburban to live-Tweet his procedure because he thinks it may benefit others. “It will help people prepare for the surgery and know they don’t have to be scared,” the patient said of the Twittercast.

After six months of severe throat pain whenever he ate, the patient is ready for his surgery. He consulted several physicians about potential causes for the pain before West Suburban Gastroenterologist Kamran Heydarpour, M.D., discovered he had a hiatal hernia and referred him to Dr. Tiesenga for surgery.

Tune in to Twitter on Tuesday morning at 9 a.m. to experience the surgery in real-time. And don’t be shy! Dr. Tiesenga and his team will be taking questions and comments throughout the procedure.

For more on GERD and hiatal hernia, visit the American Gastroenterological Association. You can also follow Vanguard West Suburban Medical Center on Twitter: or search for #VHCSurgery.

More about Dr. Tiesenga
Frederick Tiesenga, M.D., Director of Minimally Invasive Surgery at West Suburban Medical Center, received his medical degree from the University of Illinois College of Medicine and his residency clinical training at Metropolitan Group Hospitals in Chicago.

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