Top Doctors 2014

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Up & Coming

Medical advancements are happening all the time, and we’ve rounded up the top four advancements that took place here in our own backyard. 

Experts at Mercy created a contact lens capable of delivering drugs. Photo courtesy Mercy

The O Arm
Where to find it: Freeman Health System in Joplin
What it does: Instead of navigating their way through the body with a 2D image, neurosurgeons can now steer with a more complete 3D image thanks to the O Arm Multidimensional Imaging System at Freeman Health System. This new device is especially beneficial for patients undergoing spinal procedures. Surgeries can be less invasive and recovery time is improved. 

Bioreabsorbable Stent
Where to find it: Mercy Hospital, Springfield 
What it does: This could be the next revolution in the treatment of heart disease. Made of the same material used in dissolvable stitches, this tiny mesh stent is strong enough to hold open blocked arteries. Where it differs from its steel counterpart is its ability to dissolve into the bloodstream after a year, and that means big improvements for patients with heart disease. Now, should another blockage form, they can get a second stent put in, and unlike the metal stents, which cause the body to kick-start an aggressive healing process that can cause the artery to renarrow and send the patient back into the O.R., the mesh stent dissolves into the bloodstream. 

Drug-Releasing Contact Lenses
Where to find it: Mercy Research and Development
What it does: Back in 2010, Mercy Research and Development received the Department of Defense grant to start experimenting with ways to treat eye injuries on the battlefield. Researchers have now created a contact lens capable of delivering drugs over seven days. This is a huge step in the treatment of soldiers who suffer from an eye injury while on duty but who can’t be immediately rushed to a hospital.

 Crossboss and Stingray Coronary CTO Crossing and Re-entry
 Where to find it: CoxHealth
What it does: In 2013, CoxHealth started offering this new treatment for severely clogged arteries (chronic total occlusions). Traditionally, this condition meant bypass surgery, which requires months of recovery time, but the Crossboss system has patients out of the hospital in just a few days. Instead of using the riskier bypass surgery, the Crossboss method attacks the blockage by getting to it through smaller arteries and restoring blood flow.


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