New Procedure Available in Sarasota for Complex Digestive Disorders


Health + Wellness


Pictured: Endoscopy team with Dr. Abdelqader.

For more than 12 years, architect James Nichols suffered from swallowing and throat problems. His condition deteriorated so badly that he had trouble eating and sleeping, he lost over 20 pounds and had problems with constipation. He went to Sarasota gastroenterologist Abdelhai Abdelqader, MD, who diagnosed the problem and recommended a new procedure called POEMS. In the past, patients like Nichols had to travel to Orlando or Gainesville and wait months to see a specialist, but now this procedure is offered at HCA Florida Sarasota Doctors Hospital. Doctors are now able to perform the Peroral Endoscopic Myotomy (POEM) procedure at HCA Florida Sarasota Doctors Hospital. Doctors use flexible, high-definition endoscopes to pass through the patient’s mouth and into the esophagus. Procedures are performed in the endoscopy lab, which means there is no operating room or surgical scars for patients. Most patients go home the same day or simply stay overnight. “It’s big city care that’s done locally and it’s the latest in endoscopic management. Complex digestive issues, which previously required surgery, are now treated incision-free and minimally invasive, meaning patients no longer have to suffer,” said board-certified gastroenterologist Abdelhai Abdelqader, MD. Patients are now arriving in the Sarasota area from other parts of the state. for treatment. James Nichols is happy not to have to travel far from his seasonal home in Sarasota. “In addition to eating and swallowing better, I’m sleeping better and have an overall improvement in quality of life,” Nichols added.

Pictured: Endoscopy team with Dr. Abdelqader.

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