THE DEEDS OF OUR PAST
ARE THE SEEDS OF OUR FUTURE.
SINAI SALUTES 40 YEARS OF MEDICAL BREAKTHROUGHS.
1992 — Laparoscopic Implantation of
Automatic Implantable Cardiac
Defibrillator (AICD) — Sinai physicians
become the first in the United States to use a
laparoscope to implant an AICD, a device which
monitors the heart and provides a small electri-
cal shock if the heart beats abnormally. This new
procedure does not require a large incision or
opening the chest and virtually eliminates many
of the problems associated with other heart
1992 — Botulinum Toxin Treatment of
Spasmodic Dysphonia — Sinai ear, nose and
throat physicians inject botulinum toxin into the
vocal cords of patients suffering from spasmodic
dysphonia, a disease causing impaired speech.
The treatment results in a normal speaking
voice within three weeks.
1991 — Treatment for Vulvodynia
Utilizing a Pulsed Dye Carbon Dioxide
Laser — A Sinai gynecologist develops a highly
effective treatment for vulvodynia, a painful
condition characterized by persistent inflam-
mation of the major vestibular glands and
surface blood vessels around the entrance to
the vagina. A pulsed dye carbon dioxide laser
is utilized to vaporize the inflamed glands and
1991 — Ablation of the Endometrium by
Electrocoagulation — Sinai becomes one of
the first hospitals in the state to perform this
procedure, also known as "rollerball," which
is an important alternative for women who face
hysterectomies for significant uterine bleeding.
1991 — In-utero Blood Transfusion
through Cordocentesis — Sinai's Department
of Obstetrics and Gynecology conducts the hospi-
tal's first such in-utero blood transfusion on a fetus
whose blood does not match the mother's.
1987 — Community Reintegration
Program — Sinai initiates one of the most
extensive psychiatric programs of its kind in the
state. Inpatients can take trips to shopping
malls, banks, concerts, etc., with rehabilitation
specialists, to enhance their psychological adjust-
ment and self-confidence.
1986 — SKIP-R (Sinai Kids Information
Program - Rehabilitation) — Children are
aided in making emotional adjustments and
learn about their parent's rehabilitation through
Sinai SKIP-R — the first comprehensive program
of its kind in the nation.
1986 — Lipid Analysis Laboratory
The Center for Disease Control in Atlanta selects
Sinai's Lipid Analysis Laboratory as the first in
Michigan to be standardized. The lab analyzes
blood fats which affect patients' risks for
coronary heart disease.
1986 — Safety in Surgery — Sinai is
one of the first hospitals in Michigan to use
the Mass Spectrometer as a safety feature
in surgery to monitor amounts of oxygen,
carbon dioxide and anesthetic agents in the
1986 — Lupus Research and Treatment
Sinai is one of a few hospitals in the nation with
a program devoted solely to Lupus research and
1985 — Obstetrical Data Base — A com-
puterized data base, integrated into all of Sinai's
obstetrical programs, tracks rates of complications,
caesarean sections, etc., and helps to evaluate
our quality of care and reduce risk.
1985 — Pre-term Labor Prevention
Program — The incidence of and problems
associated with premature births in Michigan
are addressed through this new program at
Sinai, one of the few hospitals in the state to
offer such assistance.
1978 — Laser Ablation of the
Endometrium — Sinai physicians devise a
procedure to destroy the endometrium with a
laser. The technique prevents menstruation
and helps patienis who suffer very heavy,
prolonged menses which cannot be controlled
by medication. This has been used as an
alternative to hysterectomies.
1977 — Cardiac Rehabilitation Program
Sinai physicians develop the first rehab program
of its kind in Michigan and it serves as a model
for other hospitals around the country.
1976 — Analyzing Electrical Potentials
of the Heart — Sinai is the first institution in
the world to record the electrical activity of the
sinus node from the surface of the chest. The
evolution of the technique helps to determine if
a patient has potential for sudden death.
1975 — Hysteroscopy — This technique
is used for the first time at Sinai, one of the
first institutions in the country to utilize the
hysteroscope to gain a better view of the
uterus, often eliminating the need for a
dilation and curettage.
1973 — Mechanical Heart — Sinai physi-
cians are the first in the world to develop and
implant a partial mechanical heart.
1973 — Dual Chamber Pacemaker
Sinai is among the first hospitals in the country
to test and implant a pacemaker to separately
stimulate the heart atrium and ventricle, providing
a normal and effective heart rhythm.
1973 — Laser Surgery — Sinai physicians
are among the first nationally to use laser for
the treatment of certain genital tract diseases.
The recent addition of the pulsed dye laser
allows them to continue on the leading edge
of laser applications.
1991 — Catheter Atherectomy — This proce-
dure, utilizing a newly specially designed catheter,
is conducted for the first time at Sinai offering
patients who suffer from diabetes, hardening of
the arteries or gangrene an alternative to bypass
surgery or amputation.
1984 — Diabetes Pregnancy Program
A comprehensive program of counseling and
treatment is launched at Sinai, one of few
hospitals in the state with such a program.
1972 — Laparoscopy — Laparoscopy is
performed for the first time in the city by
Sinai physicians. The procedure involves
using an endoscopic instrument to look
inside the abdomen for diagnostic and
1990 — Argon Laser Trabeculoplasty
Sinai takes part in the national Glaucoma Laser
Trial which shows that argon laser trabeculoplasty
may be a safe and effective alternative to eye
drops as a first treatment for newly diagnosed
1981 — Balloon Angioplasty (PICA)
Sinai is one of the first hospitals in Michigan to
introduce this procedure which inflates a balloon
in a blocked artery found while the patient is
undergoing catheterization, thus avoiding
coronary artery bypass surgery.
1971 — Surgical Preparation — Sinai
establishes a pre-operative holding area where
patients are prepared for surgery, ranking Sinai
among the first hospitals nationally to improve
safety and efficiency through development of
such an area.
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1970 — Heart Catheter Monitoring
Sinai is among the first U.S. hospitals to measure
heart pressures in critically ill patients using a
catheter in an intensive care unit
1970 — Crisis Clinic — Both acute psychiatric
and emergency medical care are offered at Sinai
— one of few hospitals in southeast Michigan to
1970 — Intra-Aortic Balloon Pump
Sinai physicians develop and clinically prove
the usefulness of a device which, when placed
in the aorta, temporarily assists a failing heart.
A permanent device is still under development
1969 — Pain Management — Techniques
to control both acute pain after surgery and the
chronic pain of cancer and other conditions are
pioneered by Sinai physicians.
1967 — Mandibular Staple — A revolutionary
dental device which permits the permanent fixa-
tion of dentures is developed by Sinai physicians.
The device contributes to the nutritional well-
being and appearance of people throughout
1955 — Cleft Palate Research — Sinai
physicians develop new methods for treating
open clefts in the palate. Our Cleft Palate
Clinic's multi-disciplinary approach allows oral
and plastic surgeons to cooperatively provide