Shortage of Contrast for Imaging Services

Because of a global shortage of iodinated contrast material (Omnipaque) caused by temporary overseas manufacturing disruptions, ChristianaCare is taking steps to preserve supply so that it remains available for the most time-sensitive and urgent patient needs. (Learn more in our frequently asked questions.)

Omnipaque contrast is the most widely used contrast material for CT scans and radiographic examinations at ChristianaCare facilities. It is also used for cardiac imaging and interventions, and in the GI lab, Surgicenter and other settings.

The shortage is expected to last several weeks, and likely into the summer months.

Hospitals and health care organizations worldwide are managing the effects of the shortage and the impact to patient care.

ChristianaCare is making every effort to meet the needs of patients who need this product in their procedures. We are working individually with physicians to prioritize those patients with the most urgent needs.

Wherever possible, we are using alternative contrast material and limiting its use to ensure adequate supplies for time sensitive and emergent exams. It is possible that some elective procedures that use this product will need to be delayed.

ChristianaCare will continue to look for options to minimize disruptions created by the shortage, as we serve our community as expert, caring partners in health.

Learn more in our frequently asked questions (FAQs).

COVID-19: Click here for what to expect at ChristianaCare during COVID-19

Surgery and appointment information – Learn more

For the safety of our patients and caregivers, we have expanded and changed how we deliver care to reduce the spread of COVID-19.

Depending on your medical needs, your appointments could take place in-person, by phone or by video. There may be times when an appointment or procedure may be rescheduled. In which case, we will contact you to let you know. Rest assured, all urgent needs will be addressed promptly.

Existing ChristianaCare patients can request an appointment using their patient portal account.

Visitor restrictions are still in place for your protection. Please refer to our visitor policy for more details.

Our operating rooms are now accommodating elective procedures.

As an added safety measure, all patients will be screened for COVID-19. If needed, your doctor will order a COVID-19 test to be performed at a ChristianaCare laboratory three to five days before your procedure.

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Shortage of Contrast for Imaging Services

Because of a global shortage of iodinated contrast material (Omnipaque) caused by temporary overseas manufacturing disruptions, ChristianaCare is taking steps to preserve supply so that it remains available for the most time-sensitive and urgent patient needs. (Learn more in our frequently asked questions.)

Omnipaque contrast is the most widely used contrast material for CT scans and radiographic examinations at ChristianaCare facilities. It is also used for cardiac imaging and interventions, and in the GI lab, Surgicenter and other settings.

The shortage is expected to last several weeks, and likely into the summer months.

Hospitals and health care organizations worldwide are managing the effects of the shortage and the impact to patient care.

ChristianaCare is making every effort to meet the needs of patients who need this product in their procedures. We are working individually with physicians to prioritize those patients with the most urgent needs.

Wherever possible, we are using alternative contrast material and limiting its use to ensure adequate supplies for time sensitive and emergent exams. It is possible that some elective procedures that use this product will need to be delayed.

ChristianaCare will continue to look for options to minimize disruptions created by the shortage, as we serve our community as expert, caring partners in health.

Learn more in our frequently asked questions (FAQs).

COVID-19: Click here for what to expect at ChristianaCare during COVID-19

Surgery and appointment information – Learn more

For the safety of our patients and caregivers, we have expanded and changed how we deliver care to reduce the spread of COVID-19.

Depending on your medical needs, your appointments could take place in-person, by phone or by video. There may be times when an appointment or procedure may be rescheduled. In which case, we will contact you to let you know. Rest assured, all urgent needs will be addressed promptly.

Existing ChristianaCare patients can request an appointment using their patient portal account.

Visitor restrictions are still in place for your protection. Please refer to our visitor policy for more details.

Our operating rooms are now accommodating elective procedures.

As an added safety measure, all patients will be screened for COVID-19. If needed, your doctor will order a COVID-19 test to be performed at a ChristianaCare laboratory three to five days before your procedure.

Minimally Invasive and
Robotic Surgery Center

Minimally Invasive and Robotic Surgery Center

Robotic, Laparoscopic and Endoscopic Surgery

If you need surgery, you want to get back from your procedure and resume your active life with minimal pain, recovery time, and hospital stay.

At ChristianaCare, we can help you get back on your feet. Our surgeons offer more than a decade of experience in these pioneering robotic, laparoscopic or ‘keyhole,’ and endoscopic procedures. These minimally invasive surgeries use tiny incisions and miniature robotic instruments to perform operations ranging from appendectomy to weight loss to hernia repair to hysterectomy to cancer surgeries, and many more. Many who have minimally invasive surgery leave with no more than bandages for dressings.

Minimally invasive surgeries not only offer smaller incisions, but more precision in the procedure. These procedures benefit you in the many ways when compared to traditional ‘open’ surgeries:

  • Reduced hospital stay (or none at all).
  • Less pain and scarring because of smaller incisions.
  • Decreased recovery times.
  • Reduced risk of infection.
  • Less trauma during surgery.
  • Less blood loss.
  • Less post-surgery complications.
  • Foster return to usual activities.

ChristianaCare is committed to staying on the leading-edge of minimally invasive and robotic surgical care. We continually invest in the latest tools, technologies, and training.

Minimally Invasive Surgery

Laparoscopy is done through one or more small incisions and uses a surgical telescope and tiny video cameras and surgical instruments.

The types of minimally invasive surgeries at ChristianaCare include:

Cancer Anal disease, rectal polyps, and colon and rectal cancer.
Cancer surgery for organs inside the abdomen.
General Recal proplapse
Hernias: inguinal, umbilical, abdominal and incision.
Acid reflux, hiatal hernia and swallowing problems / antireflux, hiatal hernia, achalasia.
Appendicitis / Appendectomy.
Diverticulitis and infections of the colon / colon-benign diseases.
Gallbladder problems and stones, cholecystitis and cholecystolithiasis.
Urology Kidney, bladder and ureter surgery.
Prostate surgery.
Women’s Health Endometriosis surgery.
Fertility-sparing treatments (to preserve uterus and ovaries).
Fibroid treatment, myomectomy and ablation.
Hysterectomy, surgery for uterine problems and abnormal bleeding.
Incontinence surgery, for bladder and bowels.
Pelvic floor repair and prolapse surgery.
Pelvic pain treatment.
Tubal ligation.

 

Robotic Surgery

Robotic surgery uses a magnified, 3-dimensional view of the surgical site, offering the surgeon great visualization precision and control. The Da Vinci robot offers more flexibility of movement than a hand. Like laparoscopy, robotic surgery reduces hospital stay, results in less pain and scarring, and decreases recovery time.

ChristianaCare has robotic surgery available at Christiana Hospital and Wilmington Hospital.

Cancer Anus and rectal polyps and cancers.
Cancer surgery for stomach, liver, pancreas, adrenal, and colon.
Cancer surgery for uterus, ovaries, fallopian tubes, and cervix.
Cardiac Surgery Selected heart bypass procedures.
General Rectal prolapse.
Hernias: abdominal and incision.
Acid reflux, hiatal hernia and swallowing problems / antireflux, hiatal hernia, achalasia.
Appendicitis / Appendectomy.
Diverticulitis and infections of the colon / colon-benign diseases.
Gallbladder problems and stones / Cholecystectomy.
Weight Loss Bariatric bypass, banding, or sleeve surgery.
Women’s Health Endometriosis surgery.
Fertility-sparing treatments (to preserve uterus and ovaries).
Fibroid treatment, myomectomy and ablation.
Hysterectomy, surgery for uterine problems and abnormal bleeding.
Pelvic floor repair and prolapse surgery.
Pelvic pain treatment.