08:37pm Tuesday 17 October 2017

New Gastroenterologist Brings Specialized Skill to Albany Med’s Digestive Disease Center

Sven Hida, M.D., a gastroenterologist with specialized training and knowledge of advanced interventional endoscopy, has joined Albany Medical Center’s Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology.

Dr. Hida recently performed the hospital’s first peroralendoscopic myotomy (POEM) procedure, an incision-less surgery that corrects swallowing and digestive disorders.

Using an endoscope that is threaded down a patient’s throat, he is able to access and repair nerve-damaged muscles in the stomach andesophagus. Traditional methods to correct these disorders have always required at least two abdominal incisions, often more. The POEM procedure, whose benefits to patients include shorter hospital stays and faster recovery time, is only offered at a handful of medical centers in the United States.

Colonie resident Mary Yowell, 42, sought Dr. Hida’s help after close to a decade of battling scleroderma, a connective tissue disease, left her virtually unable to eat.

“If I managed to get a meal down, my stomach would swell up and press against my diaphragm,” Yowell said. “It was very painful. I thought this was going to be my life’s one big puzzle. I’m so grateful to Dr. Hida for fixing the problem.”

Mary required a surgical release of pyloric muscle,” Dr. Hida said. “This is a circular sphincter muscle in the stomach that serves as a gateway to the small intestine, which, in Mary’s case, was frozen in a nearly-closed position due to her illness. Her surgery was performed entirely through the mouth.”

“I am finally able to eat,” Yowell said. “My body is finally getting what it needs nutritionally. Every time I sit down to a meal, I say a silent thank you to Dr. Hida.”

In addition to the POEM procedure, Dr. Hida specializes in a full range of interventional endoscopic procedures for adult and pediatric patients.

He also plans to perform the region’s first endoscopic sleeve gastroplasty, a weight-loss procedure that was recently approved by the FDA, later this year.

“It is gratifying, as director of the Digestive Disease Center, to have recruited such a highly skilled endoscopist and teacher,” said Catherine Bartholomew, M.D., chief of the Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology. “Patients with complex GI disorders of the bile ducts, pancreas, esophagus and stomach will surely benefit from his expertise, and I know he will contribute greatly to the quality of our gastroenterology fellowship training program.”

Dr. Hida serves as the director of Endoscopy Services and the head of the section of interventional endoscopy at Albany Med’s Digestive Disease Center. He treats patients for a full range of GI diseases and disorders that include intestinal (esophageal, stomach, small bowel, colon),pancreatic and liver cancers; dysphagia; pyloric, esophageal, small bowel and large bowel stenosis; achalasia, pancreatitis, gastroparesis, Barrett’s esophagus, ulcerative colitis, Crohn’s disease, irritable bowel syndrome, GERD, obesity, blocked bile and pancreatic ducts, and gallstone disease.

Dr. Hida received his medical degree from St. George’s University School of Medicine in the West Indies, and completed a residency in internal medicine—as well as a fellowship in geriatrics and a fellowship in gastroenterology­—at Winthrop University Hospital in Mineola, N.Y., with advanced training rotations at Columbia Presbyterian Hospital and Jacobi Montefiore Medical Center.

He is now seeing patients at Albany Med’s Digestive Disease Center at 43 New Scotland Ave. in Albany. To learn more or to schedule an appointment, please call (518) 262-5276.

Albany Medical Center, northeastern New York’s only academic health sciences center, is one of the largest private employers in the Capital Region. It incorporates the 734-bed Albany Medical Center Hospital, which offers the widest range of medical and surgical services in the region, and the Albany Medical College, which trains the next generation of doctors, scientists and other health care professionals, and also includes a biomedical research enterprise and the region’s largest physicians practice with more than 450doctors. Albany Medical Center works with dozens of community partners to improve the region’s health and quality of life. For more information: www.amc.edu or www.facebook.com/albanymedicalcenter.





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