September 19, 2014

Cataract surgery keeps IT specialist working

Laser eye surgery at Gottlieb makes big difference in man's life

A successful laser eye surgery made driving, reading and computer work enjoyable again for Bob Anderson, 82, pictured here with his wife Juanita.

Bob Anderson enjoys exotic travels, dancing with his wife, and generally keeping active. At the age of 82, he also continues working on computers, a passion that began in 1953.

When Bob noticed his eyesight deteriorating and giving him trouble working and driving, he sought help. The lens of Bob’s left eye had become cloudy due to a condition known as cataract. He also had astigmatism, a common irregularity in the shape of the eye that can cause vision problems. Bob’s eye doctor referred him to Brian Proctor, DO, an eye surgeon at Gottlieb Memorial Hospital.

“At Gottlieb, we can easily correct both problems. For astigmatism, we can choose from nine different types of implants to achieve great results for each patient. These treatments are more precise than what was previously possible,” said Dr. Proctor.

“It’s been transformative, and our team was an early adopter of this new technology. A 10-minute operation that only requires mild sedation and a 20-minute post-surgery stay in the recovery room can make a big difference in the lives of people like Bob.”

Dr. Proctor added that the risks of surgical complications (such as infection) at Gottlieb is less than one percent, about half of the national average.

“Another unique treatment we offer at Gottlieb is ECP (Endoscopic CycloPhotocoagulation),” Dr. Proctor said. “We perform this laser surgery in conjunction with cataract surgery for people with mild to moderate glaucoma.
We reduce the amount of fluid in the eye, and thus lower the pressure that can damage vision. Loyola and other medical centers refer patients to Gottlieb for this operation.”

“Dr. Proctor said that laser surgery could help me,” Bob said. “I was a little worried, but I was also confident because of how he and the people around him conducted themselves. Plus, could there be a better place for me than Gottlieb – God’s beloved Hospital?”

Bob plans to have a similar operation on his right eye and offers this advice to people with cataracts. “I recommend having Dr. Proctor perform the surgery. He has a relaxed demeanor, his confidence and the attitudes of the people around him are very reassuring.”

About Loyola Medicine and Trinity Health

Loyola Medicine, a member of Trinity Health, is a quaternary care system based in the western suburbs of Chicago that includes Loyola University Medical Center (LUMC), Gottlieb Memorial Hospital, MacNeal Hospital and convenient locations offering primary and specialty care services from 1,877 physicians throughout Cook, Will and DuPage counties. LUMC is a 547-licensed-bed hospital in Maywood that includes the William G. and Mary A. Ryan Center for Heart & Vascular Medicine, the Cardinal Bernardin Cancer Center, a Level 1 trauma center, Illinois's largest burn center, a certified comprehensive stroke center and a children’s hospital. Having delivered compassionate care for over 50 years, Loyola also trains the next generation of caregivers through its teaching affiliation with Loyola University Chicago’s Stritch School of Medicine and Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing. Gottlieb is a 247-licensed-bed community hospital in Melrose Park with 150 physician offices, an adult day care program, the Gottlieb Center for Fitness, the Loyola Center for Metabolic Surgery and Bariatric Care and the Loyola Cancer Care & Research at the Marjorie G. Weinberg Cancer Center at Melrose Park. MacNeal Hospital is a 374-bed teaching hospital in Berwyn with advanced inpatient and outpatient medical, surgical and psychiatric services, advanced diagnostics and treatments. MacNeal has a 12-bed acute rehabilitation unit, a 25-bed inpatient skilled nursing facility, and a 68-bed behavioral health program and community clinics. MacNeal has provided quality, patient-centered care to the near west suburbs since 1919.

Trinity Health is one of the largest multi-institutional Catholic healthcare systems in the nation, serving diverse communities that include more than 30 million people across 22 states. Trinity Health includes 92 hospitals, as well as 109 continuing care locations that include PACE programs, senior living facilities and home care and hospice services. Its continuing care programs provide nearly 2.5 million visits annually. Based in Livonia, Mich., and with annual operating revenues of $18.3 billion and assets of $26.2 billion, the organization returns $1.1 billion to its communities annually in the form of charity care and other community benefit programs. Trinity employs about 129,000 colleagues, including 7,800 employed physicians and clinicians. Committed to those who are poor and underserved in its communities, Trinity is known for its focus on the country's aging population. As a single, unified ministry, the organization is the innovator of Senior Emergency Departments, the largest not-for-profit provider of home health care services—ranked by number of visits—in the nation, as well as the nation’s leading provider of PACE (Program of All Inclusive Care for the Elderly) based on the number of available programs.