Fall, 2011

Placing Calumet Medical Center on the Map

Peter Janu, MD, training surgeons state-wide


Fall 2011

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Chilton, Wis. –  When Calumet Medical Center (CMC) General Surgeon, Peter Janu, MD became trained in TIF (Transoral Incisionless Fundoplication) procedure he had not planned on drawing state-wide attention. Nevertheless, his pioneering of this new technique in the area coupled with the number of TIF procedures that he has completed has brought him a flood of interest from his peers and placed CMC on the state map.

TIF treats the underlying cause of GERD (Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease) without incisions. A device is inserted through the mouth and into the stomach to fasten tissue folds for creation of an anti-reflux valve. The new valve recreates natural anatomy and protects against reflux resulting in significant improvement in quality of life for patients suffering from GERD.

“Initially I was hesitant about the procedure. Ultimately, a friend of mine convinced me of its effectiveness and encouraged me to become trained. At the same time, ironically I had a patient aware of TIF and volunteered to be my first case,” said Janu.

Janu’s training was followed by successful advocacy for insurance coverage and the purchase of necessary equipment. “My first patient is now 19-months post and is doing very well,” said Janu.

After completing several procedures, Janu began holding seminars to educate the public. Statistics show that 20% of the adult American population suffers from heartburn – one of the symptoms of GERD. That large percent was evident in the turn out for the seminars and resulted in an overwhelming request for evaluation. Patients have been traveling to CMC to get this procedure done from as far away as Escanaba, Michigan.

The TIF procedure began gaining respect in the medical community and other surgeon’s desired training. Janu’s pioneering and large patient base drew attention throughout the state and several surgeons have now made the trip to CMC to learn from him.

“The surgeons observe me while performing the procedure and then afterwards I spend time answering questions. It can be difficult to arrange physician’s schedules but there is a strong need and it is important that I encourage others to learn the technique,” said Janu.

The President of the WI Surgical Society saw the importance of the procedure and traveled from Mauston, WI to observe the procedure being performed at CMC. In addition, Janu has trained his partners in the procedure who are now beginning to perform cases in Appleton. Dr. Janu has also been asked to present the results of the TIF procedure at this year’s WI Surgical Society Fall Conference in November.

 


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