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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.
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
Hospital Herrera Llerandi y Hospital Universitario Esperanza
Digestive Disease Week (DDW) sponsored by The American Gastroenterological Association and American Association for the Study of Liver Disease… http://www.ddw.org/home
American Medical Association (AMA)
Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons (SAGES) Asociación Americano de Cirujanos Enterológicos y de Endoscopia
American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy
International Hepato-Pancreato-Biliary Association (IHPBA)
American Hepato Pancreato Biliary Association (AHPBA)
Society for Surgery of The Alimentary Tract (SSAT)
Universidad de Francisco Marroquin, Facultad de Medicina, Asociacion de Alumni (AEFAM-UFM)
Asociación Latinoamericana de Cirugía Endoscópica (ALACE)
Southeastern Surgical Conference, Annual Scientific Session
La Asociación de Cirujanos de Guatemala (ACG)
Colegio de Médicos y Cirujanos de Guatemala
Sanatorio Nuestra Señora del Pilar, Guatemala
University of Louisville, Kentucky, USA Medical School, Department of Surgery
Ohio State University, Dept. of Surgery, Columbus, Ohio, USA
Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN, USA
Universidad de San Carlos Facultad de Ciencias Médicas, Hospital General San Juan de Dios
Universidad Francisco Marroquín, Facultad de Medicina
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
Come back soon to read about the latest treatment methods that this doctor finds most interesting
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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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.