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Patient Spotlight on Jerry Covey

 

Jerry Covey and Lankenau's Medical Director of Endoscopy, Dr. Bob Etemad.

Jerry Covey had always been in great shape.

“I’ve been physically active my entire life,” he says. “I used to be a farmer and worked 16-hour days, 6 days a week – you had to be in shape for that.” So Jerry knew something was wrong when his severe heartburn didn’t go away and he began to feel like “something was caught” in his throat when he swallowed.

Jerry previously had nodules removed from his vocal chords. But the underlying cause of the nodules was only now becoming apparent – gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), a condition that occurs when stomach acid rises up into the esophagus and causes tissue damage.

“I had to give up a lot of food and drink that I loved – coffee, chocolate and, worst of all, red wine,” he says. He was eventually diagnosed with Barrett’s esophagus, a condition in which the tissue lining of the esophagus undergoes an abnormal change, usually due to chronic acid exposure caused by GERD. Some patients who are diagnosed with Barrett’s develop esophageal cancer.

“That got my attention,” says Jerry, who was placed on medication to control his acid reflux. Although he had almost no side effects from the medication, he felt that he was “taking too many pills a day.” This quality of life issue moved him to do a little research. “I found Dr. Etemad and was willing to drive more than an hour from my home in Downingtown to see him at Lankenau Medical Center,” he says.

Bob Etemad, MD, is a gastroenterologist and Medical Director of Endoscopy at Lankenau. Dr. Etemad offered Jerry a new option called Transoral Incisionless Fundoplication (TIF), a procedure that involves inserting a tube-like device through the mouth into the esophagus while the patient is under general anesthesia. The tube tightens the esophageal sphincter, thus creating a better barrier against acid. TIF advantages include a shorter hospital stay, quicker recovery time, reduced discomfort, and no visible scars.

“My results have been outstanding,” says Jerry. “I have no restrictions on my diet, and I don’t have to sleep on a bed that’s inclined anymore.” He also no longer has to take his medication each day. “About 80 percent of patients find complete symptom relief from TIF,” says Dr. Etemad.

“Lankenau offers the most advanced endoscopic procedures performed anywhere,” says Dr. Etemad.

Jerry is a believer. “My quality of life has improved tremendously thanks to Lankenau and Dr. Etemad,” he says. “Now that is something I can raise my wine glass to.”

To make an appointment with Dr. Etemad, visit our
website or call 1.866.CALL.MLH. 

 

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Posted by Main Line Health on 1/25/2012 3:48:52 PM

Patient Spotlight on Jerry Covey

 

Jerry Covey and Lankenau's Medical Director of Endoscopy, Dr. Bob Etemad.

Jerry Covey had always been in great shape.

“I’ve been physically active my entire life,” he says. “I used to be a farmer and worked 16-hour days, 6 days a week – you had to be in shape for that.” So Jerry knew something was wrong when his severe heartburn didn’t go away and he began to feel like “something was caught” in his throat when he swallowed.

Jerry previously had nodules removed from his vocal chords. But the underlying cause of the nodules was only now becoming apparent – gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), a condition that occurs when stomach acid rises up into the esophagus and causes tissue damage.

“I had to give up a lot of food and drink that I loved – coffee, chocolate and, worst of all, red wine,” he says. He was eventually diagnosed with Barrett’s esophagus, a condition in which the tissue lining of the esophagus undergoes an abnormal change, usually due to chronic acid exposure caused by GERD. Some patients who are diagnosed with Barrett’s develop esophageal cancer.

“That got my attention,” says Jerry, who was placed on medication to control his acid reflux. Although he had almost no side effects from the medication, he felt that he was “taking too many pills a day.” This quality of life issue moved him to do a little research. “I found Dr. Etemad and was willing to drive more than an hour from my home in Downingtown to see him at Lankenau Medical Center,” he says.

Bob Etemad, MD, is a gastroenterologist and Medical Director of Endoscopy at Lankenau. Dr. Etemad offered Jerry a new option called Transoral Incisionless Fundoplication (TIF), a procedure that involves inserting a tube-like device through the mouth into the esophagus while the patient is under general anesthesia. The tube tightens the esophageal sphincter, thus creating a better barrier against acid. TIF advantages include a shorter hospital stay, quicker recovery time, reduced discomfort, and no visible scars.

“My results have been outstanding,” says Jerry. “I have no restrictions on my diet, and I don’t have to sleep on a bed that’s inclined anymore.” He also no longer has to take his medication each day. “About 80 percent of patients find complete symptom relief from TIF,” says Dr. Etemad.

“Lankenau offers the most advanced endoscopic procedures performed anywhere,” says Dr. Etemad.

Jerry is a believer. “My quality of life has improved tremendously thanks to Lankenau and Dr. Etemad,” he says. “Now that is something I can raise my wine glass to.”

To make an appointment with Dr. Etemad, visit our
website or call 1.866.CALL.MLH. 

 

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