Dr. Michael Vitale is a general and gastrointestinal surgeon who evaluates and corrects disorders and diseases throughout the gastrointestinal tract. Digeclinic is an out-patient surgery and advanced endoscopy clinic founded by Dr. Michael Vitale in 2008. At his clinic, the multidisciplinary group of medical professionals detect and treat diseases of the digestive system and associated organs.
With modern technology and a team of dedicated specialists, Dr. Vitale can meet the medical needs of his patients to the high quality global standards that they expect. Beyond his diagnostic insight, it is the whole-body comprehensive care, accurate communication, and genuinely warm attention that assure the best possible outcome for his patients from Guatemala, the United States, and around the world.
Most frequently, Dr. Vitale performs procedures regarding treatment of the gall bladder, including stones, tumors, cysts and cholecystitis, or inflammation. Stones can usually be detected and diagnosed by ultrasound, but with chronic cholecystitis, the gall bladder may be laparoscopically removed. Dr. Vitale says, “When gall stones move to the ducts, we perform ERCP to endoscopically view and treat the obstructions. It’s done every day here in my clinic. Sometimes stents are used to help the passing of the stones.” As of July 2017, Dr. Vitale has performed over 2400 ERCP’s, or endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography, procedures.
Overweight patients trust Digeclinic to medically oversee their weight loss goals. Dr. Vitale assures that patients suffering from obesity can reduce to a healthy weight quickly and safely.
- With an endoscopically placed intra-gastric balloon, the stomach volume is partially filled, to give the patient a feeling of satiety after eating small portions. It is minimally invasive, and the balloon is eventually removed after the patient has reached his or her ideal weight.
- A sleeve gastrectomy or adjustable gastric band is more restrictive, to reduce the volume of the stomach.
- A gastric bypass is a repositioning of your natural digestive system and should be carefully considered together with your gastric surgeon.
If you experience gastric reflux, burning sensation, stomach pain or abdominal cramps, these could be symptoms that need closer attention by a gastro-intestinal specialist, in order to stop the irritation and give you relief. Upper G.I. endoscopy or colonoscopy are methods of viewing your organs up close, to clearly inspect the problem, and determine the correct treatment plan.
Dr. Vitale recommends that everyone should a get regular screenings for early diagnosis and prompt, effective treatment. After a problem has lingered, it could become more complex and difficult. Patients over 60 should follow their doctor’s advice and get checked every 3-5 years.
The doctor says, “The goal is to maintain overall good health through early detection of pathologies and general prevention of gastric disease. Prevention brings well-being and peace of mind.”
Digeclinic – Clínica de Cirugía Gástrica y Endoscopia, Guatemala.
Gastric Surgery and Endoscopy Clinic, Guatemala City
- Fundador y Director Ejecutivo, 2008 hasta la fecha. CEO and Founding Member, 2008 to present
Hospital Herrera Llerandi y Hospital Universitario Esperanza
- Departamento de Cirugía, 2007 hasta la fecha, Surgical Staff, 2007 to present
Digestive Disease Week (DDW) sponsored by The American Gastroenterological Association and American Association for the Study of Liver Disease… http://www.ddw.org/home
- Convention Attendee. More than 14,000 gastro-intestinal specialists gathered in Chicago in May of 2017 to examine various subjects, such as the use of biosimilar products in G.I. practices.
- Invited Guest Speaker, Chicago, IL, USA, 2009. “Mirizzi Syndrome Type IV: An atypical presentation that is difficult to diagnose pre-operatively. Case Report”
American Medical Association (AMA)
- Active International Member since 2009.
Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons (SAGES) Asociación Americano de Cirujanos Enterológicos y de Endoscopia
- Guest Speaker, Boston, MA, USA, 2016 “Endoscopic Sphincterotomy With Bile Duct Stone Extraction”.
- Guest Speaker at the National Congress, Philadelphia, PA, USA, 2008. “Natural Orifice Transluminal Endoscopic Drainage for Pancreatic Abscesses”
- Guest Speaker at the National Congress, Dallas, Texas, USA, 2006. “Long-Term Follow-Up of Endoscopic Stenting in Patients with Chronic Pancreatitis Secondary To Pancreas Division”
American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy
- Elected International Member
International Hepato-Pancreato-Biliary Association (IHPBA)
- Guest Speaker, World Congress, São Paulo Brasil 2016
- Active Member since 2007 Miembro Activo desde 2007
American Hepato Pancreato Biliary Association (AHPBA)
- Active Member. Miembro Activo
Society for Surgery of The Alimentary Tract (SSAT)
- Curso Sesión, Washington DC, USA, 2015
- Certification Course. Curso de Certification, Washington, DC, 2015
Universidad de Francisco Marroquin, Facultad de Medicina, Asociacion de Alumni (AEFAM-UFM)
- University of Francisco Marroquin Medical School, Alumni Association
Miembro Activo. Active Member since 2008
Asociación Latinoamericana de Cirugía Endoscópica (ALACE)
- Lector Invitado, VIII Congreso, 2008. “Tratamiento endoscópico de complicaciones de pancreatitis”. Invited Guest Speaker in 2008
- Lector Invitado, VIII Congreso, 2008 “Correlación entre histopatología y pancreatografía retrógrada endoscópica para determinar el grado de pancreatitis crónica”. Invited Guest Speaker.
Southeastern Surgical Conference, Annual Scientific Session
- Invited Guest Speaker, Annual Scientific Session, Birmingham, AL, USA, 2008. “Bilateral Thoracoscopic Splanchnicectomy for Pain Control in Chronic Pancreatitis”
- Invited Guest Speaker, 119th Annual Session, Hot Springs, VA, USA, 2007. “Endoscopic Management of Post-Cholecystectomy Bile Duct Injuries”
La Asociación de Cirujanos de Guatemala (ACG)
- Miembro Activo desde 2005. Active Member since 2005
Colegio de Médicos y Cirujanos de Guatemala
- Miembro Activo desde 1999. Active Member since 1999
Sanatorio Nuestra Señora del Pilar, Guatemala
- Teórico-Práctico en Colocación de Balón Gástrico, 2009
University of Louisville, Kentucky, USA Medical School, Department of Surgery
- Fellowship in Pancreatic and Biliary Surgery, Subespecialista en Cirugía de Vías Biliares y Páncreas 2005 – 2007
- Fellowship in Advanced Gastrointestinal EndoscopyEndoscopía Gastrointestinal Avanzada, 2007
- Natural Orifice Translumenal Endoscopic Surgery (NOTES): The Louisville Experience, 2007
Ohio State University, Dept. of Surgery, Columbus, Ohio, USA
- Course in Advanced Therapeutic Endoscopy, 2006Curso en Endoscopia Terapéutica Avanzada
Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN, USA
- Course in Stretta Procedure, 2006
Universidad de San Carlos Facultad de Ciencias Médicas, Hospital General San Juan de Dios
- Departamento de Cirugía. 2007-2012. Department of Surgery Staff, 2007-2012
- Especialista en Cirugía General, 2005. Specialization in General Surgery, 2005
- Residente de Cirugía General, 2000-2004. General Surgery Residency, 2000-2004
- Founding Member of the Editorial Board
Universidad Francisco Marroquín, Facultad de Medicina
- Reconocimiento por la Facultad de Medicina, Cirujano General, 2005
- Médico y Cirujano, 1999
- Bacclaureate Degree in Medicine 1995
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Come back soon to read articles by or about the Doctor
Endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography and histopathology correlation for chronic pancreatitis. Am Surg 2009; 75 (8): 649-53
Mirizzi Syndrome Type IV: An Atypical Presentation That Is Difficult To Diagnose Preoperatively. Gastroenterology 2009; 136 (Suppl 1): M1528
Natural Orifice Translumenal Endoscopic Drainage For Pancreatic Abscesses. Surg Endosc 2009; 23 (1): 140-146
Bilateral Thoracoscopic Splanchnicectomy for Pain Control in Chronic Pancreatitis. Am Surg 2008 ; 74 (6) : 510-514
Endoscopic Management of Post-Cholecystectomy Bile Duct Injuries. J Am Coll Surg 2008; 206 (5) : 918-923
Natural Orifice Translumenal Endoscopic Drainage For Pancreatic Abscesses [Abstract]. Surg Endosc 2008; 22 (Suppl 1): S157
Long-term follow-up of endoscopic stenting in patients with chronic pancreatitis secondary to pancreas divisum. Surg Endosc 2007; 21: 2199-2202
Therapeutic endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography for the treatment of Fasciola hepatica presenting as biliary obstruction. Surgical Innovation 2006; 13(3):1-4
Long-term follow-up of endoscopic stenting in patients with chronic pancreatitis secondary to pancreas divisum [Abstract]. Surg Endosc 2006; 20 (Suppl 1): S271
Tuberculosis Mamaria: Reporte de cuatro casos en el Hospital General San Juan de Dios de Guatemala [Resúmen] Rev Guatem Cir 2004; 13(1)
Ileolitiasis: Complicación de la enfermedad litiásica vesicular asociada a fistula biliodigestiva. Rev Guatem Cir 2003; 12 (2): 54-57
Estudio comparativo entre ligadura con banda elástica y escleroterapia en el tratamiento de hemorroides internas. Rev Guatem Cir 2001; 10(2): 27-30
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Dr. Vitale takes a special interest in treatment of obesity, by studying the latest advances in intra-gastric balloon procedures, to improve the over-all health and well-being of overweight patients to bring their weight under control for a more active and satisfying lifestyle.
Please write to us about your experience with the doctor in the “Comments” section below. Other patients will be interested to know more about the doctor’s skill, experience, ethics and personal attention, as they resulted in your successful outcome
I had strong stomach pains, almost unbearable, so my friend took me to see Dr. Michael Vitale in Guatemala City. He told me I had suffered a tear in my bile duct or gall bladder, called biliary peritonitis. I was first in intensive care, then Dr. Vitale operated on me to eliminate residues of bile and lots of excess drainage.
Thanks to the professionalism of Dr. Vitale and to the hand of God I was feeling better every day, even though I had pneumonia, which was also being treated. Thanks to his medical skills, ethics, and above all his sincere humanity, he carried out the appropriate treatment that allowed me to continue improving and to live another day.
I can continue my treatment at the hospital in Panajachel because Dr. Vitale continues to support me and to give his medical advice. I do not hesitate to recommend Dr. Vitale as a doctor who takes an interest in the long-term health of his patients.
Ruth Orellana, Panajachel, Guatemala
I recently had a situation involving an acute attack of pain in my gallbladder. Fortunately, my friend called Dr. Michael Vitale at 8:00 on a Sunday morning and he was there to meet us at the emergency room in Guatemala City. The ultrasound examination showed that my gallbladder was full of stones, and that the only option to relieve the considerable amount of pain I was in would be to have urgent surgery to remove the offending organ.
In just a few hours, I was given all the appropriate tests and prepared for the surgery, which was accomplished laparoscopically, ensuring a quick recovery period. As I have several pre-existing conditions, including Multiple Sclerosis and Type 2 Diabetes, my case was potentially more complicated than others, but Dr. Vitale covered all the bases. I found his manner to be professional and reassuring right from the start.
I was out of the hospital and back home recovering two days after the surgery. Dr. Vitale was always available to give advice via the telephone and was very helpful in the follow-up appointments I had with him in the weeks after the surgery.
I couldn’t be happier with Dr. Vitale, and with Lori Shea, who stayed with me throughout the ordeal and was both supportive and genuinely caring, making me feel as if I were not alone in a strange new city. I highly recommend both Dr. Vitale and Lori Shea at Central America Surgery and feel very grateful to have been under their care.
Anne, Antigua Guatemala, 2018
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Charity, Public Service, Donations
Public service and caring for the less fortunate is a way of life in the Latin american culture
Dr. Vitale works together with social workers from various public hospitals in Guatemala City to provide endoscopy and other specialized procedures, at low-cost or no cost for the patient.
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