Published on December 14, 2010

Baptist Memphis Physician Performs New Bile Duct Procedure

MEMPHIS, Tenn. - Baptist Memorial Hospital-Memphis gastroenterologist Dr. Edward Cattau recently performed the city's first electrohydraulic gastroenterology procedure with a new technology called SpyGlass.

The SpyGlass technology uses a fiber optic catheter that is passed through a standard gastrointestinal scope and then threads into the gallbladder bile ducts or pancreas. Once stones are identified, shockwaves can be delivered through the catheter to break up the stones into pieces small enough to be removed safely.

"Before we had this technology, patients had to endure an invasive surgery," said Cattau. "Now we can remove the stones without an open surgery, which means a quicker recovery and a shorter hospital stay for the patient."

The Baptist Memphis campus includes the 706-bed hospital that is the flagship of the Baptist Memorial Health Care system. It serves as a major referral center for patients from across the Mid-South and offers many diagnostic, surgical and rehabilitation services. The hospital has added hundreds of beds in the past few years, with the opening of a new patient tower and the Baptist Heart Institute. Consumers have rated Baptist Memphis their most preferred hospital for overall health care services in an independent National Research Corp. poll for the past 15 years in a row, and according to HealthGrades®, Baptist Memphis ranks in the top 5 percent nationally for emergency medicine and cardiac surgery and in the top 10 percent in the nation for overall cardiac services, stroke treatment, pulmonary services, prostatectomy, GI medical treatment and critical care. For more information on Baptist Memphis, please call 901-226-5000 or visit


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