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Mediterraneo Hospital represented Greece at the international invasive endoscopy contest in Chicago!

By | ENDOSCOPY, IN THE NEWS

The Gastroenterology Department of Mediterraneo Hospital represented Greece at the World Cup of Endoscopy 2017 held at the American Digestive Disease Week 2017 in Chicago on 9-12 May. This is the most important scientific event in the field of gastroenterology with over 16,000 participants from around the world.

For the first time in the world was presented a colorectal obstruction case that was dealt with without surgery. Dr. Maurogenis Georgios and his colleagues (I. Tsevgas and D. Zachariadis) performed an endoscopic colopexy and colostomy on a patient with a heavy medical history that was not able to undergo surgery. Under moderate sedation and 24-hour hospitalization, endoscopy was successfully performed and high-risk surgery was avoided.

The presentation received positive feedback from the conference jury and was published in the June issue of the American Invasive Endoscopy Journal. VideoGIE

You can find the full text here.

The first Australian patient at Mediterraneo Hospital for the ORAYA treatment!

By | IN THE NEWS

Mr. Barry Allen R. is the first Australian patient who travelled to Greece just to visit Mediterraneo Hospital and receive stereotactic therapy for treatment of wet macular degeneration; a therapy that is offered only in Mediterraneo Hospital and selected centers in Switzerland, Germany and Great Britain.
The pictures of the admission and treatment are published with the consent of the patient and his accompanying person.

A pioneer medical team and a grateful patient!

 

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MEDITERRANEO HOSPITAL: Το Πρώτο Πιστοποιημένο Νοσοκομείο κατά BS EN 15224 από διαπιστευμένο φορέα

By | PRESS RELEASES

ΔΕΛΤΙΟ ΤΥΠΟΥ, 15/03/2017

MEDITERRANEO UKAS CERT BS GR 15224 sm 1 212x300 - MEDITERRANEO HOSPITAL: Το Πρώτο Πιστοποιημένο Νοσοκομείο κατά BS EN 15224 από διαπιστευμένο φορέαΤο MEDITERRANEO HOSPITAL πάντοτε στην πρώτη γραμμή των υπηρεσιών υγείας υψηλού επιπέδου, ανακοινώνει την απόκτηση του πρώτου στην Ελλάδα πιστοποιητικού BS ΕΝ 15224 από διαπιστευμένο φορέα.

Το πρότυπο BS EN 15224 αποτελεί το Ευρωπαϊκό πλαίσιο προδιαγραφών για την ανάπτυξη και εφαρμογή συστημάτων διαχείρισης στις υπηρεσίες υγείας προκειμένου να ανταποκρίνονται με επάρκεια στις ειδικές ανάγκες και τις ιδιαίτερες συνθήκες των υπηρεσιών υγειονομικής περίθαλψης.

Η εφαρμογή του προτύπου BS EN 15224 διασφαλίζει περαιτέρω την υψηλή ποιότητα παροχής υπηρεσιών υγείας και αποτελεί βασικό εργαλείο στα χέρια του Mediterraneo Hospital  για τη συνεχή βελτιστοποίηση των λειτουργιών του με σκοπό  την παροχή σύγχρονης και εξατομικευμένης φροντίδας.

Κατά τη διάρκεια της  πιστοποίησης, εξειδικευμένη ομάδα εμπειρογνωμόνων και επιθεωρητών με διεθνή εμπειρία, συνάντησε έναν άριστα δομημένο οργανισμό, με σύγχρονες εγκαταστάσεις και ιατροτεχνολογικό εξοπλισμό.

Ταυτόχρονα διεξήχθη επιτυχής επιθεώρηση επαναπιστοποίησης κατά ISO 9001: 2015. Το Mediterraneo Hospital είναι ήδη πιστοποιημένο κατά TEMOS για τις υπηρεσίες του προς τους Διεθνείς ασθενείς.

Το σύνολο των πιστοποιήσεων αυτών αποτυπώνουν με τον καλύτερο τρόπο την δέσμευση του Mediterraneo Hospital για παροχή υπηρεσιών υγείας διεθνών προδιαγραφών.

Weight loss: Is there a magic solution for it?

By | IN THE NEWS, NUTRITION
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Nutrition Department of Mediterraneo Hospital

In the recent years, nutrition has been increasingly drawing scientific interest. Admittedly, should one enter a popular internet search engine, the terms “diet”, “weight loss” etc. will generate thousands of results. However, some of these results may not be scientifically documented and they may be associated with various health risks.

Undoubtedly, the ways to lose weight, providing fast and spectacular results, always draw people’s attention. Within that frame, “magic” pills and “forbidden” foods have emerged, being presented as the only solution for the treatment of overweight and obesity. But where does the truth lie?
As far as the ”forbidden” foods are concerned, food intolerance tests have been recently available, indicating which foods are fattening or block one’s metabolism. Afterwards, it is recommended that the person should remove these foods from his daily diet for a short or a long period of time. There is no documented scientific study available, showing that there are foods affecting metabolism or being associated with weight loss or weight gain respectively. Weight loss and weight gain are solely due to the energy balance, namely the relationship between “energy in” (food calories taken into the body through food and drink) and “energy out” (calories being used in the body for our daily energy requirements and physical activities). Intolerance is a condition in which the body is unable to digest one or several food components, causing various symptoms, that are not associated with weight gain. The two most frequently occurring kinds of intolerance is gluten intolerence (celiac disease) and lactose intolerance, being both diagnosed with specialized tests that are not carried out at fitness centers or private practice.

Many people have been subjected to these tests and seem to have lost weight, which is absolutely reasonable, since they exclude foods from their diet, meaning that they consequently reduce their caloric intake. Unfortunately, when the exclusion of some food groups from one’s diet lasts for a long period of time, it can cause significant deficiencies in nutrients, being essential for the proper body function.
According to the Hellenic Dietetic Association, no intolerence test is an effective way to reduce body weight.

Apart from intolerance tests, numerous dietary supplements are also available, promising big weight loss, mainly by reducing appetite or by causing malabsorption of ceratin nutrients, such as fat. Most of them have been studied in the literature. The majority of studies conclude that there are insufficient data supporting their success in weight loss and further investigation is needed. Their results are short-term, and it is not clear if some of them are associated with adverse effects on health.

To sum up, nothing can substitute a balanced diet. There are not good and bad foods or magic ways to lose weight. A variety of foods should be consumed along with moderate levels of physical activity, which not only ensure a healthy weight and fat mass loss, but also a successful weight maintenance or loss.

 

World Osteoporosis Day

By | PRESS RELEASES

Press Release, 20/10/2016

 

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Osteoporosis is one of many medical issues in the recent years that concern the whole civilized world. It is defined as the decrease of the bone mineral density that affects the structure of the bone and increases the risk of spontaneous fracture. Osteopenia is the asymptomatic condition where there are no fractures involved.

It is known that at least 33% of women will suffer of low bone density mineral after the age of 48 due to menopause, while 20% of men will  sustain one or more fractures after the age of 50 due to poor bone quality.

Major risk factors to develop osteoporosis are considered family history, small body frame, unbalanced diet with low amount of calcium and vitamin D, excessive alcohol and cigarette smoking use, high caffeine intake, inactive lifestyle, hormone imbalances due to thyroid or menstruation problems, long term therapy with glucocorticoids, anticoagulants, anti-seizure medications, contraceptives, anti-inflammatories, antineoplastic and PPI medications.

Awareness and prevention is the best strategy against osteoporosis. Although some risk factors cannot be changed there are several that can be reduced or even eliminated in order to prevent osteoporosis. Adequate calcium and vitamin D intake, proper exercising and specific anti-osteoporotic medications can increase the bone quality. Osteopenia can and must be treated before it is developed to osteoporosis.

Early diagnosis along with proper treatment by a Specialized Physician can contribute to a controlled progress of the disease without complications.

The Osteoporosis and Metabolic Bone Disease Department of Mediterraneo Hospital, under the supervision of Dr. Constantinos Tsevdos M.D., M.Sc., provide the latest knowledge and techniques regarding prevention, diagnosis and treatment of osteoporosis as well as other metabolic bone diseases.

 

To request an appointment at the Osteoporosis & Metabolic Bone Disease Department call at +30 210 911 7000

 

Τμήμα Οστεοπόρωσης και Μεταβολικών Νοσημάτων των Οστών

Mediterraneo Hospital

Τηλέφωνο για ραντεβού :2109117000, εσωτ:710

Donation to the 8th District Fire Department Station in Elliniko

By | IN THE NEWS

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This is one of many significant initiatives of the Corporate Social Responsibility of Mediterraneo Hospital, as well as recognition of services that the Fire Department provides to our community.

Holidays without gaining weight

By | IN THE NEWS

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Thalia Kardatou, Collaborator, Nutrition Department of Mediterraneo Hospital

The term “summer vacation” has been associated in most people’s minds with a period of relaxation and tranquility which often affects our eating habits and hence our body weight. Frequent eating in taverns and restaurants, eating snacks outside the home and increasing alcohol consumption throughout the day usually lead to weight gain although there are many opportunities for physical activity (swimming, walking, water sports). Do not get stressed about keeping your weight during the holidays, just follow some useful tips!

  • Say “Yes” to breakfast, but with moderation: Breakfast is perhaps the most enjoyable, summer meal, especially for those staying in a hotel because the buffet is full of dishes that we rarely eat in the morning in the winter (e.g. fried eggs, bacon, sausages, bougatsa, creams, cakes etc.). Although it would be healthy eating fruits, whole grains and yogurt in the morning,  you can also try some “forbidden” food, but in a small quantities. If you do not eat at a hotel, but on the way to the beach, instead of paying a visit to a bakery for pizzas, cheese pies, donuts, etc. you can opt for fresh milk and a sandwich with whole grain bread.
  • Eat something on the beach: Do not stay withot food all day, considering that you can eat safely at night in the tavern. Try to eat small and frequent meals that will provide you with the right energy for the sea and beach games. Beach canteens usually have foods of high caloric value, and if you eat every day from there, there is a risk of gaining weight without even noticing. Before leaving the hotel room, make a pack of bottled water, sandwich with whole grain bread, yogurt and lots of fruit.
  • Pay attention to alcohol: Prefer wine or beer that have fewer calories and alcohol and, in order not to exceed the indicated quantity for each glass, drink a glass of water respectively. Also make sure you drink plenty of liquids (coffees, juices and tea) to hydrate your body while detoxifying it. Beware also of nuts and crisps commonly served with drinks at bars: if possible, ask them to take them back and bring you fruits and raw vegetables (eg carrots), otherwise eat a minimum of nuts and no potato chips.
  • Consume plenty of fruit, natural juices and vegetables that not only reduce appetite but also provide you with antioxidants and fiber, reducing fat absorption.  Some of them will even help you naturally tan).
  • Say “Yes” to ice cream, but with moderation: Although an ice cream now and then doesn’t hurt, it contains many fats and calories – and the more “rich” (for example, chocolate, caramel, nuts, creams, etc.), the more fattening they are. The ideal dessert is, of course, frozen yoghurt with fruit, but if you can not resist an ice cream, choose the simplest one you can find. If you’re getting ready-made ice cream, always read the packs to know how many calories you eat. Another alternative is to eat whenever possible, water ice (without adding sugar).
  • Do not miss the opportunity for exercise: Increased physical activity is also a good way to save yourself from excess weight. Swimming, racquets, beach volley and simple walking is really helpful.
  • Goal maintenance: Set your goal of maintaining your body weight as a loss during summer vacation is a lot of pressure while trying to relax. “All in good measure“!

A novel cardiac operation by the Mediterraneo Hospital “Heart Team””

By | PRESS RELEASES

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A few days ago a transapical aortic valve implantation (TAVI) was performed with absolute success -and for the first time in Greece- using the SYMETIS transcatheter aortic valve at Mediterraneo Hospital. Minimal access technique with a small surgical incision was used. The operation was performed on an octogenarian male who had previously been operated on with Coronary Artery Bypass Grafting by the same team 13 years ago.

Decision to proceed with the transapical approach was dictated by the multiple comorbidities (pulmonary disease, peripheral vascular disease), old age, previous successful operation and the lack of peripheral vascular access (which would enable the more conservative percutaneous transcatheter implantation).

The successful operation was performed at the Hybrid Operating Theater of Mediterraneo Hospital which is a combination of a Cardiac Surgery Operating Theater and a fully equipped Interventional Cardiology Laboratory. Dr. Matthew Panagiotou, Consultant Cardiac Surgeon, Director of Cardiac Surgery Department and Dr. Athanasios Magginas, Consultant Interventional Cardiologist, Director of Cardiology Department and their respective teams made the procedure possible.

After the successful procedure, Mediterraneo Hospital belongs to an international group of hospitals with an increasing experience, being able to offer the full range of surgical and interventional options for the treatment of aortic valve disease.

Delivery of medicines and medical supplies to the Social Pharmacy of the Elliniko – Argyroupolis Municipality

By | PRESS RELEASES

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Glyfada, 17/02/16

There was a great response of Mediterraneo Hospital staff to the call for medicines concentration for the Social Pharmacy of the Elliniko – Argyroupolis Municipality. We have all sent a powerful message of solidarity. Medicines and medical supplies were delivered on Wednesday, 17th February at the Social Service facilities of the Municipality and will be available to our uninsured and financially weak fellow citizens.

 

Rehabilitation of Neurological Conditions and Lesions of the Central Nervous System

By | IN THE NEWS

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Physiotherapy plays an important role in the rehabilitation of neurological conditions and illnesses of the Central Nervous System. Among the neurological conditions that can be treated are multiple sclerosis and Parkinson’s disease, while protocols for the rehabilitation of craniocerebral and hemorrhagic or ischemic stroke can be applied.

The physiotherapy unit, by approaching each case individually and holistically, takes on the task of rehabilitating the patient, in collaboration with other units within our hospital, the doctors, the surgeons, the nutritionists, and the psychologists.

Before the application of the program, the medical history of the patient is taken down and their present condition, along with the medical data from other departments and the desired objectives, are all evaluated together.

First, the correct and uninhibited breathing and correct posture of the body are ensured; then, the physiotherapeutic rehabilitation begins, even from the first hours after surgery, employing kinesiotherapy and special techniques which correspond to each condition. When it is deemed necessary, technical equipment is employed, as well as electrotherapy, orthotic inserts and mobilization structures.

In short, the following could be noted regarding the rehabilitation plan:
•Correct functional breathing (specially designed movements in order to unfold the lungs, expectoration, uninhibited functional breathing through suction of the bronchial excretions).
•Correct body posture of the patient (by avoiding contraction of the muscles and the tendons, by avoiding the need for leg rests and footstools, and by avoiding eccentric contractures)
•Maintenance or even improvement of the spectrum of the movements of the joints (distensions, structures of immobilization and support)
•Suppression and prevention of various pathological reflexes, wherever these occur, which in turn may lead to a bad posture of the body of the patient, contractures, flexural or extensive patterns.
•Muscular strengthening
•Proprioception exercises, which means specialized techniques for the improvement of the neuromuscular interlocking, aiming at making the muscular system ‘smarter’ so that it can react faster and more accurately, in order to prevent lesions of the muscular-tendon and the joints.
•Improvement of balance
•Retraining in gait, which means an effort to restore the gait to the most normal pace possible, by eliminating pathological patterns or by training the patient to use the appropriate aid correctly.
•Guidelines and list of exercises for the post-operation time period after hospitalization (daily personalized training program for each patient)
•Reintegration in the social and working environment: In collaboration with the other hospital departments, the patient is trained at their living and working space, according to the new standards of their mobility situation, adapting the environment around them in such a way, that the most comfortable way of living is secured.

The Department of Physiotherapy at Mediterraneo Hospital is always close to the patient, both during their rehabilitation, as well as after it, and is always in contact with them for any question or guidance on new rehabilitation techniques.

The constant updating and training of the Department’s staff contributes to the specialized support, in accordance with current international scientific standards.