Lakewood Ranch Medical Center (LWRMC) is the first in the community to offer new fluorescence imaging technology designed to reduce complications for plastic, reconstructive and general surgery patients. The technology features high-definition video cameras that make it possible for surgeons to visualize blood flow.
This technology works by using a low-powered laser light source to stimulate a fluorescent imaging agent that is injected into the blood stream. The fluorescent agent binds to the proteins in blood and circulates through the body, which gives the surgeon real-time visualization of blood flow through vessels and into tissue.
“Typically, patients would need to have a second operation for implants following mastectomy. This technology assists with clinical decision making and helps to decrease complication rates that may allow for direct implant placement at the time of mastectomy,” stated Plastic Surgeon Anna Widmyer, MD. Dr. Widmyer has been using the technology to benefit her breast cancer patients and research has shown that patients who have immediate breast reconstruction after mastectomy experience less anxiety and depression compared to those who undergo delayed reconstruction.
Andy Guz, Chief Executive Officer of LWRMC, added, “We are proud to be the first in the area to offer this innovative technology for the benefit of our patients. Lakewood Ranch Medical Center is committed to continually improving the quality of care we offer to the community.”