Interventional Radiology Saves Lives

Robin Urekar had suffered pain in his neck and shoulders for years, so he didn’t give it much thought when he developed pain in his mid-back.

Robin UrekarA welder, Robin, 46, had to take time off from work due to myofascial pain syndrome, a chronic pain disorder that can be caused by repetitive motions performed in certain jobs. Robin had been on multiple pain medications for three years.

When Robin started vomiting one night, he thought he had food poisoning. The next morning, his vomit was black, he had black stools and passed out for about 30 seconds. His wife, Mira, drove him to Juravinski Hospital from their home in Caledonia.

Gastroenterologist Dr. Marco Puglia told Robin he could have died within hours if he hadn’t sought treatment. His back pain was due to a very large, bleeding ulcer, likely caused by long-term use of anti-inflammatory drugs.

Using interventional radiology, Dr. George Markose was able to embolize (block off) the bleeding arteries by inserting a catheter through a small incision. Dr. Markose works with a team of highly-trained professionals, including interventional medical radiation technologists who operate the equipment and registered nurses who assist in the procedure and monitor the patient. With guidance from medical imaging, Dr. Markose could painlessly move the catheter to the arteries that needed to be closed off and insert 13 coils to block blood flow.

Robin’s bleeding stopped and, at his latest check-up, was told his ulcer is healed.

“I have never heard anything but positive words about Juravinski Hospital and Cancer Centre and now I know why. I was overwhelmed at how good the care was. Everyone there is 100 per cent fantastic.”
-Robin Urekar

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