Saving lives with diagnosis on time

by Hospital Pablo Tobon Uribe
Saving lives with diagnosis on time
Saving lives with diagnosis on time
Saving lives with diagnosis on time
Saving lives with diagnosis on time
Saving lives with diagnosis on time
Saving lives with diagnosis on time
Saving lives with diagnosis on time
Saving lives with diagnosis on time

A Testimony with Soul

Isabella, one of our patients at Hospital Pablo Tobón Uribe



Isabella is a pediatric patient at our Hospital. She was admitted on October 19, 2021, with a diagnosis of a tumor in her spinal cord. Therefore, after being admitted, she was directly referred to the intensive care unit. Due to her delicate health condition, Isabella underwent an MRI exam which allowed confirming that the tumor was pushing her nerves, thus causing her difficulty to breath, walk, eat and mobilize normally. Her diagnosis was not positive and the only option for removing the tumor from her body was a surgical procedure.


On October 27, Isabella underwent surgery to remove the tumor and, subsequently, got a diaphragmatic pacemaker implanted through a laparoscopic procedure performed by our thorax surgeon, Wilfredy. The purpose of this last procedure was to allow her diaphragmatic muscle to move so that Isabella would be able to breathe without the help of a ventilator, thus improving both her and her family’s quality of life.


In January 2022, Isabella was discharged from the Hospital. Her mother says that their lives completely changed since Isabella’s initial diagnosis: “we used to live in an apartment but when Isabella was going to be discharged from the Hospital, we had to move to a house to make things easier for her and us.” At first, the news were a little discouraging: “they told us that we would have to specially furnish a room for her with a ventilator, because Isabella was probably never going to be able to breath on her own,” stated Patricia. Time went by and Isabella started exhibiting an unexpected improvement. She started eating and, a few days later, breathing on her own thanks to the surgical procedure performed by our specialist. Therefore, Isabella was able to leave the ventilator behind and, little by little, continued showing health improvements. Both Patricia and Isabella have expressed their gratitude to the Hospital for the assistance given and the care provided.


Testimonies like Isabella’s inspire us to continue being a Hospital with Soul focused on the care and well-being of each one of our patients.

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Katherin is a pediatric patient who was brought to our Hospital’s emergency room when she weighed 32 kilograms due to malnutrition caused by other health difficulties that prevented her from ingesting food. The patient was admitted with the aim of conducting timely exams in order to identify the corresponding pathology. One week later, Katherin was diagnosed with achalasia, a disease that hinders food and fluids from passing through the esophagus. Therefore, the patient underwent two surgical procedures, a laparoscopic Heller myotomy and a laparoscopic Toupet fundoplication, both conducted on October 5, 2021. Currently, Katherin thanks the Hospital for the timely assistance provided by all the staff who were part of her treatment: “The nurses and doctors were checking on me all the time. They were really nice to me and that made me feel very comfortable over my entire stay at the Hospital.” The patient has recovered her ability to ingest food with medical indications, and her health condition has been improving thanks to the timely detection and treatment. “After the surgery, I started having liquid food and, a week later, I began having some solid food too. Right now, the food is passing through nicely, so I have been able to eat without any problems,” stated Katherin. Testimonies like this one are a source of motivation for us to keep serving each one of our patients.

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Álvaro, a patient of our Hospital, sought the assistance of our
Emergency Room service due to a sharp abdominal pain and digestive
bleeding that caused him to faint. After the assessment and diagnosis
carried out by our specialists and by means of a colonoscopy, it was
found that the cause of Álvaro’s condition was a tumor located in his
right colon, which was considerably damaging his quality of life.

For this reason, Álvaro underwent a laparoscopy procedure that
allowed performing a hemicolectomy, which consists in surgically
removing part of the colon with the purpose of solvingthe patient’s
problem. This surgical intervention was greatly successful thanks to the
interdisciplinary work of our gastroenterology specialists.

The patient was discharged two days after the surgery, which represents
a significantly shortrecovery time period for this type of pathology. This
is only possible due to the efficiency and precision of the laparoscopy
procedure, which reduces the hospital stay time and guarantees
excellent results.

Álvaro has stated his deepest gratitude to Hospital Pablo Tobón Uribe
for the excellent service provided and the swiftness of the assistance
given throughout the process. The Hospital with Soul maintains its strong
work on striving to achieve the best results for the benefit of the patients,
ensuring effective treatments and high-quality assistance.

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Gladys is a patient who came to our Hospital due to severe abdominal
pain that limited her quality of life significantly. When she was evaluated
by our medical staff, she was diagnosed with colon cancer. Through the
laparoscopy procedure, it was possible to provide her with timely
treatment for this pathology, removing the tumor based on the expertise
of our team’s gastrointestinal and endoscopic specialist surgeon.

After the intervention, and thanks to the efficiency of the procedure, it
was possible to discharge her the following day since laparoscopy
procedures reduce the necessary stay time at the hospital.

The patient highlights the good treatment and quality of the service
she received at our Hospital from both the specialist who treated her
and the assistant personnel who assisted her during the procedures and
her subsequent recovery process.

Hospital Pablo Tobón Uribe maintains its purpose of ensuring timely
diagnoses for every patent in order to provide them with agile and
effective treatment.

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Karen, a 33-year old woman, came into Hospital Pablo Tobón Uribe on April 28, 2020,
through our outpatient emergency service after a series of external diagnostic tests with
results showing abnormalities in her digestive system. She stated: “Several people had
recommended the Hospital’s gastroenterologists to me and that was why I decided to
come here”

With the support of a highly qualified interdisciplinary team, Karen underwent a
diagnostic laparoscopy exam, which is a procedure that works as a supplement to
conduct the full staging of the gastric cancer case, thus enabling the examination of the
abdominal cavity, as well as establishing the resectability of the tumors, with the aim of
assessing the feasibility of a surgery as a treatment alternative for the pathology.

“This exam can be conducted on an outpatient basis under general anesthesia, and it
consists in inserting a laparoscope with a camera into the patient’s body through very
small incisions on the navel (approximately 2 to 5 millimeters), which translates into a
significantly quicker recovery and a lower level of pain for the patient,” explained Doctor

The laparoscopy procedure entails a great benefit because it allows ruling out the
presence of malignant cells that are not observable by means of a tomography or any
other diagnostic method.

Thanks to this minimally invasive procedure, Karen is currently receiving an adequate and
timely treatment for her disease, and has already showed progressive improvements in
terms of her health and quality of life. “There were no difficulties during the procedure and
my healing process has gone really well so far. I have felt very calm and confident, and
the constant support of Hospital Pablo Tobón Uribe’s entire medical team has been
remarkable,” claimed Karen.

Doctor Jaime Montoya, who is an attending gastroenterologist and oncologist at our
Hospital, was in charge of conducting the necessary exams and procedures to offer
Karen a timely diagnosis, which allowed identifying a case of stomach cancer.

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Hospital Pablo Tobon Uribe

Location: Medellin, Antioquia - Colombia
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Diana Pavas
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