Charles Bye is happy to get back to his yard work after his bout with esophageal cancer.
Interventional procedures for gastrointestinal issues have recently become available at Temecula Valley Hospital. Gastroenterologist and Interventional Endoscopist Indraneel Chakrabarty, MD, MA, is using advanced technology that is leading to great outcomes for his patients.
Charles Bye had his annual physical and usual lab work, but based on the results, Dr. Chakrabarty recommended diagnostic tests. During an upper endoscopy, a nodule was found in Charles’ esophagus, as well as a hiatal hernia and lesions from acid reflux. “I’ve had acid reflux for years, but always took over-the-counter antacid products. I thought it was normal to have it occasionally, so I never reported it to my doctor,” says Charles.
Minimally Invasive, Quicker Recovery
The nodule tested positive for esophageal cancer. Dr. Chakrabarty did a procedure called an endoscopic mucosal resection (EMR). Dr. Chakrabarty is the first doctor to perform the advanced EMR procedure at Temecula Valley Hospital. He explains it’s a less invasive alternative to surgery for removing abnormal areas from the lining of the digestive tract. “This procedure is normally done at university hospitals, but Temecula Valley Hospital has this advanced equipment,” says Dr. Chakrabarty. “The EMR is minimally invasive, and completed as an outpatient procedure. Without using EMR, Charles would have encountered major surgery with a long recovery.”
Dr. Chakrabarty was able to remove all of the cancer during the procedure. Charles feels lucky that the cancer was found while in the early stages and had not spread. “I am grateful that Dr. Chakrabarty was so thorough, because the cancer was caught in time and I did not need any further treatment,” he says.
Charles was also thankful for the great care he received at Temecula Valley Hospital. “They were very accommodating to me and my wife. I felt great the whole time, and I was able to go home that day and did not have any complications. Dr. Chakrabarty is an amazing doctor, and Temecula Valley Hospital is amazing, too. I highly recommend both!” he says.
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Getting to Know Dr. Chakrabarty
Gastroenterologist and Interventional Endoscopist Indraneel Chakrabarty, MD, MA, was raised in Hemet and received his BS in Biochemistry from UCR; his MA in Medical Sciences and medical degree from Boston University School of Medicine; and his fellowship in Gastroenterology and Interventional Endoscopy from Lahey Clinic. He was a teaching associate and Hospitalist at Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School. He is known throughout the region for his use of advanced technology and interventional gastroenterology. These are highly specialized procedures used to detect, prevent, diagnose and treat complex conditions such as Barrett’s esophagus, liver and biliary disease, pancreatic cysts, and gastrointestinal bleeding and cancers.
Listen or download an informational podcast, as Dr. Chakrabarty explains the signs and symptoms of esophageal cancer and what can increase your risk of developing it. Visit Podcasts and select his name in the drop down box.
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To make an appointment with a gastroenterologist at Temecula Valley Hospital, call 855-859-5203.