Minimally Invasive Surgery at OTMH is Evolving
A remarkable surgery, the first of its kind in Oakville, was recently performed at Oakville Trafalgar Memorial Hospital (OTMH) in April 2018. A 78-year-old patient was diagnosed with a Gastrointestinal Stromal Tumor (GIST) of the stomach located at the junction with the esophagus. This is a very difficult area to treat surgically. GISTs tend to grow, have intermediate benign behaviour and for these reasons they have to be surgically resected. The patient was soon referred to Dr. Federico Pampaloni, a general surgeon at OTMH with a specialty in minimally invasive surgery and an assistant clinical Professor with the Department of Surgery at McMaster University.
I sit in the waiting room trying so hard not to be scared. I try to convince myself that my husband, Nicola, is fine. The indigestion and chest pain he’s been having is nothing to worry about. Then the nurse comes out to tell me the doctor wants to talk to me. And my heart drops. Gently, Dr. Ronan Behar, a gastroenterologist, says the words I’ve been dreading. “I’m so sorry Mrs. Marchese, your husband has stomach cancer.”
Surgical patient care at OTMH receives international recognition
The American College of Surgeons National Surgical Quality Improvement Program (ACS NSQIP®) recognized Oakville Trafalgar Memorial Hospital (OTMH) for achieving meritorious outcomes for surgical patient care in 2017. The NSQIP is a major ACS initiative. Nearly 850 adult and pediatric hospitals use the program. The goal of ACS NSQIP is to reduce complications related to a surgical procedures. Curtailing complications reduces health care costs along with improving the overall patient experience. This ACS program commends a select group of hospitals for reducing surgical complications. OTMH was one of 83 hospitals that achieved this recognition.
On April 2020
Dr. Pampaloni, Dr. Choy and Dr. De Montbrun joined as Faculty
CMAS - The Centre for Minimal Access Surgery -
Dr. Mehran Anvari, founding Director of the Centre for Minimal Access Surgery (CMAS), is world renowned for his experience in, and contributions to, the field of laparoscopic surgery. Dr. Anvari is a Professor of McMaster University’s Department of Surgery, Chair in Minimal Access Surgery and Surgical Innovation; he conducts his clinical practice at St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton.
Dr. Anvari has recognized how well we have done at Oakville Trafalgar Memorial Hospital (OTMH) developing a strong service in Minimally Invasive Surgeries. OTMH is a teaching site where the Fellows rotate as part of the CMAS Fellowship.
on May 2021
Halton Healthcare’s Home Dialysis Program in the Top Five in Ontario
Halton Healthcare is among the top five in Ontario for number of patients on home dialysis treatments, according to The Ontario Renal Network’s March 2021 Quarterly Report. This success can be attributed to a progressive Nephrology Program that empowers patients to dialyze independently safely in the comfort of their home. It also reflects a recent innovative collaboration between the Nephrology and the Surgery Programs to offer a new surgical procedure, required home peritoneal dialysis that was not previously available at OTMH.