Saving lives with diagnosis on time

by Hospital Pablo Tobon Uribe
Saving lives with diagnosis on time
Saving lives with diagnosis on time
Saving lives with diagnosis on time
Saving lives with diagnosis on time
Saving lives with diagnosis on time
Saving lives with diagnosis on time
Saving lives with diagnosis on time
Saving lives with diagnosis on time

Gladys is a patient who came to our Hospital due to severe abdominal
pain that limited her quality of life significantly. When she was evaluated
by our medical staff, she was diagnosed with colon cancer. Through the
laparoscopy procedure, it was possible to provide her with timely
treatment for this pathology, removing the tumor based on the expertise
of our team’s gastrointestinal and endoscopic specialist surgeon.

After the intervention, and thanks to the efficiency of the procedure, it
was possible to discharge her the following day since laparoscopy
procedures reduce the necessary stay time at the hospital.

The patient highlights the good treatment and quality of the service
she received at our Hospital from both the specialist who treated her
and the assistant personnel who assisted her during the procedures and
her subsequent recovery process.

Hospital Pablo Tobón Uribe maintains its purpose of ensuring timely
diagnoses for every patent in order to provide them with agile and
effective treatment.

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Karen, a 33-year old woman, came into Hospital Pablo Tobón Uribe on April 28, 2020,
through our outpatient emergency service after a series of external diagnostic tests with
results showing abnormalities in her digestive system. She stated: “Several people had
recommended the Hospital’s gastroenterologists to me and that was why I decided to
come here”

With the support of a highly qualified interdisciplinary team, Karen underwent a
diagnostic laparoscopy exam, which is a procedure that works as a supplement to
conduct the full staging of the gastric cancer case, thus enabling the examination of the
abdominal cavity, as well as establishing the resectability of the tumors, with the aim of
assessing the feasibility of a surgery as a treatment alternative for the pathology.

“This exam can be conducted on an outpatient basis under general anesthesia, and it
consists in inserting a laparoscope with a camera into the patient’s body through very
small incisions on the navel (approximately 2 to 5 millimeters), which translates into a
significantly quicker recovery and a lower level of pain for the patient,” explained Doctor

The laparoscopy procedure entails a great benefit because it allows ruling out the
presence of malignant cells that are not observable by means of a tomography or any
other diagnostic method.

Thanks to this minimally invasive procedure, Karen is currently receiving an adequate and
timely treatment for her disease, and has already showed progressive improvements in
terms of her health and quality of life. “There were no difficulties during the procedure and
my healing process has gone really well so far. I have felt very calm and confident, and
the constant support of Hospital Pablo Tobón Uribe’s entire medical team has been
remarkable,” claimed Karen.

Doctor Jaime Montoya, who is an attending gastroenterologist and oncologist at our
Hospital, was in charge of conducting the necessary exams and procedures to offer
Karen a timely diagnosis, which allowed identifying a case of stomach cancer.

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Diana is 44 years old and she came to our Hospital in the need of an endoscopy-based gastric
tissue biopsy in order to get her health condition checked. The procedure, which requires
general anesthesia and the use of a laparoscope, lasted approximately one hour and it was
performed by our gastrointestinal surgery and endoscopy specialist.

Dr. Jaime states that the laparoscopy procedures performed on patients that often look to get
their health condition checked is a method that allows identifying the diagnostic more quickly
and assertively. "Our patient Diana came looking for assistance because she had been having
persistent pain in the upper quadrants of her abdominal area for about a year. Thus, an
assessment of the patient was conducted by means of the endoscopy equipment, that is, a
digital chromoendoscopy. This exam allows performing biopsies that enable confirming the
diagnostic and, subsequently, giving the patient the onco-specific treatment”.

Diana told us that she is not worried at all because several people close to her have recommended
Hospital Pablo Tobón Uribe due to its specialists and the use of advanced technology for
the diagnosis of pathologies. Our patient Diana is currently starting the indicated treatment for
her final diagnostic.

Our Hospital continues serving each one of our patients to meet their specific health needs.

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Rosa, a Testimonial with Soul
It was eventually determined that the patient’s dizziness was caused by a
severe hypoglycemia condition, commonly known as low glucose or sugar
levels, directly related to an insulin-producing tumor located in her pancreas,
which is called insulinoma.
Ms. Rosa came to Hospital Pablo
Tobón Uribe because she had been having
repetitive morning dizziness for three
months. Despite having consulted different
medical specialists and institutions on
several occasions, it had not been possible
to establish the actual cause for her body’s
After a hospitalization event and having ruled out suspicions of neurological
pathologies, Rosa was referred to the Hospital with Soul under the
supervision of our gastroenterology specialist, Doctor Gabriel, who made
available all his knowledge to her with the purpose of assisting her.
Rosa and her family accepted the alternative proposed by Doctor
Gabriel, an ethanolization- based ablation procedure that consists in using a
needle through an endoscopic technique to apply a substance that
subsequently enables the endosonography-guided ablation of the
neuroendocrine tumor. This procedure is performed using medical equipment
that combines endoscopy, which consists in using a camera-equipped device,
and ultrasonography to make the visualization of the tissues easier for the
Thanks to this type of moderately invasive procedures based on the use of
state-of-the-art technology, it is possible to reach tumors such as the one Ms.
Rosa had, thus allowing to regulate her insulin levels and facilitating her
treatment without the need to resort to surgical interventions.
Since the patient underwent the mentioned procedure, her quality of life has
notably improved, enabling her to resume her day-to-day activities.

Rosa is now in good health conditions and she is deeply grateful to Hospital
Pablo Tobón Uribe for its care with soul and for having provided her with a
timely assistance and a solution for her needs. In her own words: “I am deeply
grateful to the Hospital; I feel completely satisfied with its healthcare service
and I’d like to thank everyone, from the clerical staff to the doctors and medical
team, who were considerate and helpful at all times.”

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Olga is a professional woman, active, mother of Juan Martín, a 7 years boy. But in one night everything changed. She lost her health and almost her life… Thanks to the expertise of a gastroenterologist and the technology of the Hospital Pablo Tobón Uribe, Olga reborned and has a new opportunity to live a happy and plenty live.

November 27 of 2018, a day like any other in Olga’s life, except that she went to sleep at night, and didn’t woke up the day after. She was in a coma. Lorena was taken to a hospital and diagnosed with a pancreatic insulin issue, caused for a mass on her pancreas. After coming back of the coma, doctors presented several options of treatment, each one with high repercussions in her quality of life All but one: Doctor Gabriel Mosquera gastroenterologist at the Hospital Pablo Tobón Uribe presented her a different treatment choice: with an specialized endosonography usually used in diagnosis of cancer, Doctor would be able to retire de tumor of the pancreas without collateral effects. This was how, thanks to Doctor`s Mosquera experience and the technology of the Hospital Pablo Tobón Uribe, Olga received a second chance to live her life!!! 

This story had a happy end, thanks to people like you! • We need to get more equipment, that let us save more lifes!

Olga authorized us to share her experience in our Hospital.

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Hospital Pablo Tobon Uribe

Location: Medellin, Antioquia - Colombia
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Project Leader:
Diana Pavas
Medellin, Antioquia Colombia
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