Hadassah

Hadassah Doctor Receives International Prize for Medical Innovation

Tuesday, Oct 21 2014

At its 26th annual conference in Shanghai, China, the international Society for Medical Innovation and Technology (SMIT) awarded its International Prize for Medical Innovation and Technology to Prof. Yoav Mintz, Director of the Center for Innovative Surgery at the Hadassah Medical Center for his research aimed at developing a novel, nonsurgical method to perform gastric bypass and cure Type 2 diabetes. Approximately 300 participants were on hand from about 20 countries.

Prof. Mintz, in cooperation with the Israeli start-up EasyNOTES, recently developed a method to perform a gastric bypass without a single incision or anesthesia, by using an endoscope to place magnets into the small intestine and stomach. Over the next seven days following placement of the magnets, thanks to the natural healing process of the body, a connection in the tissues is formed between the magnets.

“At this point in time,” explains Prof. Mintz, “this system, in the advanced stages of development, is designed to cure Type 2 diabetes. “Two simple endoscopic procedures is all that it takes,” he adds.

There are more than 285 million cases of diabetes worldwide and a forecast of an increase to 485 million cases by the year 2030, according to the International Diabetes Federation. Gastric bypass, performed primarily for weight loss in the morbidly obese, also has the effect of putting 80 percent of cases of Type 2 diabetes into remission. As Prof. Mintz reports, global experience with bariatric surgery reveals that “patients suffering from diabetes show a resolution of their disease within a few days following surgery, even before losing weight.”

While medical centers around the world are performing gastric bypass surgery for diabetic patients who are not obese with good results, there are differing opinions as to whether the surgical risks are too great to justify the operation. Prof. Mintz’s procedure is aimed at achieving the same positive results without the risks of major invasive surgery.

Prof. Mintz is a graduate of the Hebrew University-Hadassah School of Medicine and completed his residency in surgery at the Hadassah Medical Organization. While doing a two-year fellowship at the University of California at San Diego (UCSD), Prof. Mintz worked with Prof. Mark Talmini and Prof. Santiago Horgan, world leaders in minimally invasive and robotic surgery. When he completed his fellowship, he returned to Hadassah to implement the new techniques and vision. An inventor with half a dozen patents registered in his name, Prof. Mintz serves on the steering committee of SMIT, is an active member of SAGES (Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons), as well as EAES ( European Association of Endoscopic Surgery), where he serves on the technology committee.

Comments

From: jerry on December 12, 2015
Is anyone in the USA going this kind of endoscopy surgery as a cure of type 2 diabetes, like Dr. Mintz?
From: Myra Dunn on October 8, 2015
I am very interested in having this surgery. What is the procedure to make an appt. in Israel? Is anyone in the USA doing this procedure.
From: Adam on September 6, 2015
What do you think about this miraculous cure for type 2 diabetes?
From: Francisca on April 27, 2015
I Will be in Israel they first week of June & I Want to make an App. W/ Dr. Mitz if Possible & Also the Information about Cost of the visit with Dr. & How to pay!
First Name
Email
Comment
Enter this word:

Related Stories

alt_text

Monday, Oct 9 2017

Honoring a Hadassah Leader's Legacy with Increased Breast Cancer Programming

Jill Stenzler-Engelman devoted 15 years to Hadassah's Check It Out® breast cancer awareness program in St. Petersburg, Florida. She taught breast self-exam and early detection at high schools, jails, and more. Her husband, Dr. Greg Engelman, said, “Jill loved to teach and loved educating young adults and adults on being proactive about their health.” Sadly, after a courageous 10-year battle, Jill died of ovarian cancer at age 53.

READ MORE ›
alt_text

Monday, Oct 9 2017

Dr. Tamar Elram Announcement

The administration of Hadassah Medical Organization is pleased to announce the selection of Dr. Tamar Elram as the new Director of the Hadassah Mount Scopus Hospital.

READ MORE ›
alt_text

Wednesday, Oct 4 2017

Hadassah Medical Organization Sends Top Adolescent Trauma Expert to Mexico to Aid Earthquake-Ravaged Victims

Hadassah has sent one of the world’s top experts on adolescent Post Traumatic Stress Disorder Syndrome (PTSD) to Mexico City.

READ MORE ›
alt_text

Wednesday, Oct 4 2017

National Board Member’s Grandbaby Saved by Hadassah Heart Specialists

Long-time National Board Member Helaine Ohayon has been a devoted supporter of the Hadassah Medical Organization for many a year.

READ MORE ›

Donation Questions

donorservices@hadassah.org

(800) 928-0685

Membership Questions

membership@hadassah.org

(800) 664-5646

Missions Department

missions@hadassah.org

(800) 237-1517

Contact Us

40 Wall Street

New York, NY 10005

support@hadassah.org

More ›

Show More