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What’s New in GI Services

Texas Health Resources hospitals have welcomed many exciting additions to their gastrointestinal (GI) services in recent months, from new physicians to some of the latest technological advancements.

Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Hurst-Euless-Bedford
The addition of endoscopic ultrasound to Texas Health HEB in August 2008 means patients can stay close to home for the procedure.

Endoscopic ultrasound, which involves the threading of a scope down the throat to the intestinal tract, is used to help physicians evaluate abnormalities that may have been detected during a previous imaging procedure.

“We use advanced equipment,” says Jay Yepuri, M.D., gastroenterologist on the medical staff at Texas Health HEB. “The procedure is performed in an outpatient setting, and patients are often able to return home the same day.”

Texas Health Arlington Memorial Hospital
The GI unit at Texas Health Arlington Memorial received a complete refurbishment last fall. The unit now houses five suites for procedures, including a specialty suite for endoscopic ultrasound.

Plus, Texas Health Arlington Memorial is the first facility in the Arlington area to use Spyglass®, a system that provides enhanced visualization of the bile ducts. Spyglass® allows a single physician to direct a probe to the area in question, examine obstructions or tumors, formulate a potential diagnosis and perform an intervention — all in one procedure.

Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Cleburne
General surgery services have expanded at Texas Health Cleburne with advanced laparoscopic procedures to treat conditions of the colon and prevent reflux. The small incisions that characterize such procedures mean quicker recovery times for patients.

Kari Frano, D.O., general surgeon, has joined the medical staff at Texas Health Cleburne and specializes in these procedures. A native of Norway, Dr. Frano received a degree in osteopathic medicine from the University of North Texas Health Sciences Center Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine.

Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Fort Worth
“Our GI unit features some of the most advanced technology and procedures available,” says Ben Horsley, R.N., B.S.N., Endoscopy manager at Texas Health Fort Worth. “We offer GI and pulmonary ultrasound, and we also use the Spyglass® system.”

In addition, Texas Health Fort Worth uses Cyberknife® robotic radiation for tumors along the GI tract. By placing markers around a selected tumor, the technology can target a specific area, limiting radiation exposure to the surrounding healthy tissue.

Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Southwest Fort Worth
Texas Health Southwest is pleased to announce the addition of a new GI suite. Technology in the suite will allow for two new minimally invasive procedures: endoscopic ultrasounds, which give physicians on the medical staff a detailed view of the gastrointestinal tract to detect hard-to-find tumors; and argon plasma coagulations, used to control bleeding in the gastrointestinal tract. Procedures will be performed with high-definition equipment.

To learn more about GI services at a Texas Health hospital, visit
or call 1-877-THR-WELL (1-877-847-9355). (Spring 2009)

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