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New Asthma Treatment, Improved Robotic Surgical System Available to Patients at Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Southwest Fort Worth
04/11/2012

FORT WORTH, Texas — Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Southwest Fort Worth today announced two significant steps forward in the areas of asthma treatment and minimally invasive surgery.

The first step is the addition of bronchial thermoplasty, a procedure for patients 18 and older with severe asthma.

Bronchial thermoplasty is performed with a catheter-like device that delivers heat to the lungs of patients where asthmatic constrictions occur. Because the treatment works on the lungs themselves, doctors believe it will be a dramatic upgrade over medications currently used.

Texas Health Southwest is the only hospital in Tarrant County to offer this treatment. Individuals interested in learning more about bronchial thermoplasty should speak with their physician.

The second significant step is the purchase of a da Vinci® Si Surgical System, the newest da Vinci model. This system features a significantly enhanced three-dimensional high-definition view and fluorescent imaging, enabling greater precision. The Si system also comes with a simulator that physicians can use to enhance their skills.

The Si system can be used for a wide variety of procedures, including removal of the uterus, prostate, kidney, fibroids in the uterus and colorectal surgeries. The Food and Drug Administration has approved it for “single-site” incisions made through the navel for procedures to remove the gall bladder.

The hospital now has two da Vinci® systems, necessitated in part by the heavy demand for the first robot. More robotic surgeries are performed at Texas Health Southwest than any other hospital in Fort Worth, and Texas Health Southwest is the only hospital in Fort Worth to have the Si model.

About Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Southwest Fort Worth
Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Southwest Fort Worth is a 222-bed acute care, full-service facility that has provided quality and compassionate care to the residents of southwest Tarrant County for more than two decades. The hospital’s services include surgical and imaging services, a 24-hour emergency department, orthopedics and sports therapy, adult critical care, and a Level III neonatal intensive care unit. An affiliate of the faith-based, nonprofit Texas Health Resources system, Texas Health Southwest Forth Worth has 992 employees, 120 volunteers, and 578 members on the medical staff. For more information, call 1-877-THR-WELL, or visit TexasHealth.org/SouthwestFW.

About Texas Health Resources
Texas Health Resources is one of the largest faith-based, nonprofit health care delivery systems in the United States and the largest in North Texas in terms of patients served. Texas Health’s system of 14 hospitals includes Texas Health Harris Methodist, Texas Health Arlington Memorial, and Texas Health Presbyterian, and an organization for medical research and education. Texas Health Organization for Physicians and Texas Health Physicians Group provide a variety of models for engagement with physicians. Texas Health Partners is a joint venture development and management company owned by Texas Health Resources. Texas Health MedSynergies is a joint venture that offers physicians a range of office management and other business services to support their practices. Texas Health is a corporate member or partner in six additional hospitals and surgery centers. For more information, call 1-877-THR-WELL, or visit TexasHealth.org.

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