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Donation to the Kropia Municipal Medical Health Unit in Aghia Marina

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Equipment donated to the Kropia Municipal Medical Health Unit in Aghia Marina

As part of its corporate social responsibility activities Mediterraneo Hospital, its Administration donated medical machinery and equipment, examination couches and healthcare materials to the Municipal Medical Health Unit in Aghia Marina.

The aforementioned have already been delivered and installed.

Press Conference for O – Αrm surgical imaging system

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The fully portable O-arm surgical imaging system by Medtronic, a hi-tec company, is a multi-dimensional, revolutionary platform used in the biggest surgical centres worldwide and indeed a ‘landmark’ for intra-operative imaging. Coupled with a surgical navigation system it is the only such system to guarantee 100% accuracy in locating and managing even the finest and most sensitive lesions and damage!

The system’s accuracy allows for accessing and operating on even exceptionally high risk areas, eliminating scope for medical error and thus particularly delicate, even previously inoperable, cerebrocranial areas may be accessed to have brain and spinal cord tumors removed, as well as musculoskeletal pelvic masses and tumors from the limbs, while moreover spinal procedures are becoming safer and more effective thanks to this innovative technology.

O-arm’s unique features signify a dramatic drop for surgery time required (which is now less by up to 50%), and even high-risk patients may nowadays be operated on! In addition, on top of the fact that the number of indications has increased, O-arm technology provides real-time 3-D images of organs during surgery, thus minimizing surgical risk while at the same time increasing patient survival rates.

This is what Panagiotis Papangelopoulos, Athens University Professor of Orthopedics and Chief of Orthopedic University Clinic A’ at ATTIKON General Hospital, and Mediterraneo Hospital Neurosurgeon Georgios Athanassiou, Chief of Neurosurgery

Mr. Papangelopoulos pointed out that the Orthopedic Clinic A’ at ATTIKON General Hospital currently uses advanced and novel technologies in the field of surgical navigation. O-arm with Navigation is used mostly for total arthroplasties, trauma, spinal surgery and also, as of late, so as to have musculoskeletal masses from the limbs and the pelvis removed.

Navigation systems have been rapidly developing in recent years. They are now used in spinal surgery for they provide real time 3D images of anatomical areas during surgery while allowing for locating the exact anatomical position of surgical tools and implants (screws). As a result, Navigation affords a detailed surgical access plan and imaging access to screws and implants in real time.

Navigation has moreover been used as of late in myoskeletal mass surgical rescissions. ‘We have on various occasions used Navigation systems for the transcutaneous cauterization of osteoid osteomas or in metastatic lesions along with osteoplasty. We are trying to improve the use of surgical Navigation so as to safely remove masses from the spinal column as well as malignant tumors from the pelvis, to preserve healthy tissue around the mass while at the same time minimizing complications and functional losses for the patient’, Professor Papangelopoulos said.
Mr. Athanassiou stressed that especially as concerns spinal surgery, big-scale spinal fusions to manage severe scoliosis, either in teenagers or due to degenerative causes, are among the most serious procedures. The number of patients in need of spinal fusion is daily on the rise due to an ageing population and our sedentary way of life. Many spinal fusion cases are quite advanced age-wise which begets various other problems too. Support from an anaesthesiologist’s point of view can be quite demanding but it is also a challenge for medical science today.

And on top of that, Mr. Athanassiou underlined, patients are known to be fearful of paralysis due to anesthesia when having spinal surgery. There neither cause for insecurity and fear as regards nerves and nervous tissue remaining intact any longer nor is there any reason for fear on the part of either surgeons or patients about any type of possible paralysis after surgery as it is now down to zero.

As less time is needed in the OR and there are fewer possible complications for the nerves, it is now feasible to cut down on time for anaesthesia, to contain blood loss, do fewer transfusions, limit time spent in the ICU post-op, get patients less exposed to infectious agents and thus overall patient stress drops which in turn signifies lower morbidity rates owing to non-surgical issues.

For his part Mr. Vougioukas underpinned that neuro-Navigation has been an integral part of many types of Surgery (Neuro-, General-, Orthopedic-, Gnatho-surgery) for the past ten years. This technique mostly counts on pre-op imagery (MRI and CT axial scans) to help surgeons navigate safely through parts of the body characterised by tough anatomy and difficult access.

 

Partnership between Mediterraneo Hospital and Cambridge Breast Clinic

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Glyfada, October 25, 2012

The partnership between Mediterraneo Hospital and Cambridge Breast Clinic was formally launched with a function which was held on Wednesday, October the 24th at the residence of the British Ambassador in Kolonaki (Athens). Ambassador David Landsman OBE made a brief introduction which was followed by speeches made by Professor Gordon Wishart and Ms. Georgia Dragini, Mediterraneo Hospital BoD Vice-President, before approximately 300 guests who stood for the world of medical science, business, diplomacy and representatives of Attica’s southern suberbs’ local government and administration.

The new Breast Clinic at Mediterraneo Hospital counts on the same guidelines and principles that Cambridge University Hospitals use to guarantee provision of top-notch care and clinical services for breast disease diagnosis and treatment.

A team of highly specialized physicians, who work both in the UK and Greece exclusively in the field of breast disease, are in charge of diagnosis and treatment. The Clinic is in direct contact and cooperation with top English University Hospitals which specialise in breast disease management. Opinions on mammograms and histological tests and exams are given by medical doctors both in Greece and the UK to ensure optimum diagnostic outcome and accuracy.

Thanks to this new partnership scheme Mediterraneo Ηοspital aspires to become a reference point while providing integrated and full-fledged health services based on European standards and prerequisites.

 

Open Space Event fοr Cambridge Breast Clinic

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mastografia cbc 200x300 - Press ReleasesOn October 13, within the wider context of inaugurating our newly-established Cambridge Breast Clinic (CBC), and as October is formally the month for raising breast cancer awareness, Mediterraneo Hospital launched a day’s campaign with a view to providing information to the general public. The event took place on two locations at the heart of Glyfada.

Thus, over 2,000 people came to our information desks and were updated on the new Breast Clinic as well as on the joint Mediterraneo Hospital-CBC preventive mammogram care programme which is currently underway.

CBC uses the same guidelines Cambridge University Hospitals use for breast disease integrated diagnosis and treatment.
Gordon Wishart, CBC Director who actually works both in Greece and the UK, along with CBC Deputy Director John Benson and Vassilis Pitsinis are heading the team of experts who work for the Breast Clinic.

World Health Day

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On April 4, 2012, on the occasion of World Health Day, Mediterraneo Hospital hosted a day-long open campaign in Glyfada. It was on that day that the general public, visitors and citizens alike, were given information material about the new primary healthcare discount policy Mediterraneo Hospital shall be adhering to throughout 2012.

It is by virtue of its new discount pricing policy that Mediterraneo Hospital offers a 40% discount to individual patients who pay out of pocket at the outpatient department upon provision of the following services: consultation with doctors on call (cardiologist, internal medicine expert, surgeon, orthopedic expert) as well as all diagnostic tests and exams.

Such discounts should apply whenever citizens from the municipalities of Glyfada, Voula and Argyroupoli-Elliniko come to Mediterraneo Hospital for the afore-stated services throughout 2012.

World Heart Day

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On September 29, 2011 in centrally-located squares in Glyfada and the Flisvos Marina, on the occasion of World Heart Day, Mediterraneo Hospital organised a day campaign to raise public awareness on heart disease.
The general public was handed material on cardiovascular disease prevention; over 2,500 of our fellow citizens were posted on the risk for the most dangerous disease of our time and informed about simple ways to easily protect themselves.

Mediterraneo Hospital has invested heavily in cardiovascular disease protection and management.

Contemporary methods to treat myocardial infarction involve the prompt re-opening of blocked arteries through coronary angioplasty within the first 90 minutes of patient admission to hospital.

There is only a handful of medical institutions in Attica that can indeed do that.

Mediterraneo Hospital is able to do so thanks to its Cardio Clinic which is operative 24/7, its interventional cardiology section which is on duty round the clock and its team of cardiologists and nursing staff that have performed over 2,500 surgical procedures.

In addition, 2011, despite the recession, was the year when Mediterraneo Hospital had its first minimal-radiation dose scanner (i-Dose) for coronary CTA, i.e. a non-invasive priceless heart-imaging modality, installed.