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WCA Surgeon Uses Latest Techniques
to Enhance Kidney Surgery

Jamestown, N.Y., Thursday, June 14, 2007ŚNew innovations in WCA Hospital's award winning surgical program offer exceptional benefits for local patients. Ichabod Jung, M.D. urologist on staff at WCA is the first physician in the area to use a minimally invasive surgical technique (laporascopy) for partial removal of the kidney.

"This new technique allows us to take only the part of the kidney tissue that is affected by disease," says Dr. Jung. "It has been very challenging for us, but now we can leave healthy tissue in place. Our patients can continue to have kidney function, which in some cases may delay or eliminate the need for dialysis."

Smaller incisions, with fewer complications help patients get back to their normal everyday work and leisure activities sooner. "We are proud of our surgical staff and their continuous efforts to improve," said Betsy Wright, WCA President/CEO. "Minimally invasive surgery is the wave of the future and they are committed to providing leading edge care for our patients."

Dr. Jung is also using the latest device to control bleeding during surgery. The device is used directly on the surface tissue during surgery. It gives surgeons more control as it seals the tissue on contact creating the possibility of virtually bloodless resections, with the potential for less oozing and re-bleeding. "This control can make even the most technically challenging surgical procedures easier and opens the door to new surgical possibilities," says Dr. Jung. "Any technique that decreases blood loss and minimizes tissue damage will help our patients heal more quickly, with less pain."

"It's an exciting and innovative time for surgical care at WCA," adds Dr. Jung. "Technology, along with clinical expertise, has made giant leaps in improving the safety and outcomes for our patients. Less trauma and controlled bleeding decrease the possibilities of post operative complications, which is always a priority."

Dr. Jung is a member of Western New York Urology Associates, along with Peter Walter, MD and Ryan White, MD. For more information, contact their office at 103 Allen Street or phone 716-488-1851.

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