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For Immediate Release

Journal of Vascular Surgery Highlights Findings of Physicians from Englewood Hospital

Herbert Dardik, MD

Ibrahim M. Ibrahim, MD

Two physicians from Englewood Hospital and Medical Center, vascular surgeon Herbert Dardik, MD, and advanced laparoscopist Ibrahim M. Ibrahim, MD, have had their findings on an unusual surgical procedure published in the October 2011 issue of the prestigious Journal of Vascular Surgery. The article recounts a complex case in which the surgeons saved the leg of a 64-year-old man suffering from a serious infection following leg bypass surgery to correct severe damage caused by atherosclerosis.

“After a successful series of steps to treat the infection, we came to an impasse,” said Dr. Dardik. “In simplest terms, you might say the final healing process was stalled and incomplete. We decided to close the wound using a novel approach.”

The physicians, both long-time innovators in their specialties, combined exceptional skills with state-of-the-art technology to move tissue with crucial healing potential down from within the patient’s abdomen through the body to the groin area, the site of the infection. The migration was accomplished using minimally invasive techniques instead of the conventional method of opening the abdominal wall.

The benefits of minimally invasive surgery are extensive and significant, said Dr. Ibrahim. Advantages include diminished post-op pain, reduced risk for blood clots, less scarring and a quicker return to normal activity. “We took a major, complicated operation and made it simple to the patient,” said Dr. Ibrahim, who specializes in minimally invasive abdominal surgery. The case outlined in the journal attests to Englewood Hospital’s exceptional care, continued the physician. “The surgery required a particular cadre of experts. It could not have been done at all hospitals.”

Dr. Dardik has served as chief of surgery at Englewood Hospital for a total of 22 years. He has been at the forefront of the hospital’s role as a leader in vascular surgery since the discipline’s early days. In fact, Englewood Hospital was in a select group when it qualified as the eighth training program in vascular surgery in the United States in 1978.

Dr. Dardik, who heads Englewood Hospital’s vascular surgery service and its coveted vascular fellowship program, has enjoyed his roles as researcher and innovator, both of which have come naturally to him, starting in medical school. “Ask the questions. Suddenly, the opportunity shows itself. Then, you do it,” he explains.

Yet, nothing has been more gratifying than “the pleasure” of taking care of a person and feeling his or her gratitude, said the physician, as he did for the patient in the journal article. “That never gets old, no matter how many times it happens,” said Dr. Dardik.

For more information:
“Vacuum-assisted closure therapy with omental transposition for salvage of infected prosthetic femoral-distal bypass involving the femoral anastomosis”
Journal of Vascular Surgery
Volume 54
October 2011

 
About Englewood Hospital and Medical Center
 
Englewood Hospital and Medical Center provides the highest level of compassionate, patient care and safety through a broad range of advanced clinical programs, treatments and diagnostic services. It is renowned for its bloodless medicine and surgery program, cardiac and vascular programs and its leadership in breast care, oncology and joint replacement services. Through its affiliation with the Mount Sinai School of Medicine and the Mount Sinai Consortium for Graduate Medical Education, this acute-care and community teaching hospital trains medical residents in many disciplines, including internal medicine, critical care medicine, surgery, pediatrics, podiatry, and pathology.  Its Vascular Fellowship Program has trained a generation of world-class vascular surgeons.  Additionally, many members of Englewood Hospital’s medical staff serve as faculty at Mount Sinai. Englewood Hospital has earned numerous awards and accreditations from the Joint Commission, J.D. Power and Associates, HealthGrades, and other organizations.  Englewood Hospital is among the six percent of hospitals nationwide honored by the American Nurses Credentialing Center with the prestigious Magnet™ status, the highest recognition for nursing excellence - a distinction earned three consecutive times by our nursing staff.