New Medical Equipment to Help Patients with Gallstones

Pain and discomfort from conditions such as gallstones may be more easily relieved thanks to new technology at Sanford. Sanford Clinic Gastroenterology is using a new technology known as SpyGlass Direct Visualization System.

Pain and discomfort from conditions such as gallstones may be more easily relieved thanks to new technology at Sanford. Sanford Clinic Gastroenterology is using a new technology known as SpyGlass Direct Visualization System. It includes a miniature 6,000 pixel fiber optic probe that provides physicians with a direct view of a patient’s bile duct, overcoming some of the visual challenges of conventional procedures.

“This new technology gives my patients another, less-invasive option,” said Philip Tanner, MD with Sanford Clinic Gastroenterology. “Before SpyGlass, surgery was often required. Now with the aid of SpyGlass, the large stones can be broken up within the duct and removed avoiding surgery.”

With the SpyGlass Direct Visualization System, large gallstone removal is relatively quick and requires no incisions. SpyGlass also is aiding doctors in the diagnosis of tumors in the pancreas and or bile ducts.

“The technology is altering the way we diagnose and treat patients with liver, gallbladder and bile duct conditions,” added Tanner.

For more information, contact Sanford Clinic Gastroenterology at (605) 328-8500.