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Fecal Transplant Can Be A Cure For Serious Colon Infection

June 8th, 2018

The intestinal infection, clostridium difficile – commonly known as C. difficile or C. diff – causes terrible diarrhea and abdominal cramping. In severe cases, C. diff also can cause bloody stools, a rapid heartbeat, fever, nausea, weight loss, abdominal swelling and kidney failure. If not controlled, C. diff can be fatal. Most at risk are


Morbidly Obese Man in 2016 Runs Boston Marathon in 2018

April 16th, 2018

Caleb Oliver of Northampton has undergone quite a transformation, going from morbidly obese on Halloween in 2016 to preparing to run the Boston Marathon on April 16, 2018. Caleb weighed in at 377 pounds that Halloween before undergoing laparoscopic gastric bypass surgery with Maher El Chaar, MD, the Co-Medical Director of Bariatric Surgery at St. Luke’s University Health


Fecal Transplants Now Available at St. Luke’s Monroe Campus

April 6th, 2018

St. Luke’s Monroe Campus now offers a highly effective, innovative procedure to treat individuals with clostridium difficile infection (C diff), a serious infection that causes symptoms ranging from diarrhea to life-threatening inflammation of the colon. St. Luke’s gastroenterologist Robert Malcolm, MD, recently performed what is believed to be Monroe County’s first fecal microbiota transplant (FMT), which greatly improved the life of


Holistic Back, Neck Pain Specialist Joins St. Luke’s Spine & Pain Associates

January 5th, 2018

Pain management specialist Dr. Rammurti McKenzie’s approach to treatment starts with conservative measures. “I believe that diet, physical therapy and pain management techniques should be part of their treatment,” he said. “My goal is to help my patients feel better while needing little or no medication. I like to get them to the point where


St. Luke’s Offers DIEP Breast Reconstruction After Mastectomy

November 15th, 2017

Microsurgical Procedure Uses Fat from Abdomen (Like Tummy Tuck) to Rebuild Breast Bethlehem, PA – St. Luke’s Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery now employs two fellowship-trained physicians who perform the highly sought after DIEP (deep inferior epigastric artery perforator) breast reconstruction. An advanced microsurgical technique, DIEP breast reconstruction rebuilds the breast lost to mastectomy by using tissue taken from


“The Girls” Night Out Highlights After-Cancer Reconstruction Options

November 10th, 2017

St. Luke’s Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery Sponsored Fundraiser St. Luke’s Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery hosted a fun-filled evening with live music and a wine tasting at the Allentown Brew Works, 812 W. Hamilton St., Allentown, on Oct. 26, National Breast Reconstruction Awareness (BRA) Day. A fundraising event, “The Girls” Night Out raised over $6,000 for the St. Luke’s Cancer Center


Donors Fund NanoKnife for St. Luke’s Tumor Patients

November 1st, 2017

Thanks to generous donations, patients in the Lehigh Valley suffering from previously inoperable liver or pancreatic tumors now have a leading-edge treatment available to them at St. Luke’s University Hospital – Bethlehem. Donors have contributed $125,000 toward the purchase of a NanoKnife, a device used in a minimally invasive procedure that targets and kills hard-to-reach tumors


St. Luke’s Seventh Annual Bariatric Symposium

October 13th, 2017

We invite you to join us as we discuss the prevalence of obesity and the psychological, emotional, physical and associated health problems that often affect people suffering from the condition. When: Saturday, November 11, 2017 Where: DeSales University, University Center Time: 7:50 am to 2:30 pm To learn more, click here