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Benjamin J. Askins, MD, Moves to Lexington Family Practice Lake Murray

Lexington Medical Center is pleased to announce that Benjamin J. Askins, MD, has moved to Lexington Family Practice Lake Murray and is accepting new patients.

Benjamin J. Askins, MD

Dr. Askins previously cared for patients of all ages at Lexington Medical Center’s urgent care center in Lexington. Dr. Askins joins the board-certified physicians, nurse practitioner and skilled staff at Lexington Family Practice Lake Murray to provide comprehensive care for the entire family – from pediatric and internal medicine care to gynecology services and minor surgeries. The practice also offers on-site X-rays, laboratory services, general ultrasound exams, and stress and cardiovascular testing

A native of Johnsonville, South Carolina, Dr. Askins earned his medical degree from the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston. He then completed a family practice residency in Columbia. He is board certified by the American Board of Family Medicine.

Lexington Family Practice Lake Murray is located at 2006 Augusta Highway in Lexington. The office recently completed an extensive renovation. For more information or to make an appointment, call (803) 785 – 4747 or visit LFPLakeMurray.com.

Lexington Medical Center Welcomes Katherine T. Ostapoff, MD

Lexington Medical Center is pleased to welcome Katherine T. Ostapoff, MD, to its network of care. Dr. Ostapoff is practicing at Riverside Surgical Group, a Lexington Medical Center physician practice.

Katherine T. Ostapoff, MD

Board certified by the American Board of Surgery, Dr. Ostapoff has advanced training in laparoscopic and robotic surgery techniques. She is a member of the American Association of Cancer Research, American College of Surgeons, American Medical Association and Association of Academic Surgeons. Dr. Ostapoff most recently provided comprehensive surgical oncology care to patients at Roswell Park Cancer Institute in Buffalo, New York, the nation’s first cancer center, and at the University of Rochester Highland Hospital in Rochester, New York.

Dr. Ostapoff graduated magna cum laude from Emory University in Atlanta. She earned her medical degree from Wake Forest School of Medicine in Winston-Salem, North Carolina and completed her general surgery internship and residency at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center Parkland Hospital in Dallas. Dr. Ostapoff went on to complete a research fellowship at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center Hamon Center for Therapeutic Oncology Research in Dallas.

Dr. Ostapoff joins the board-certified surgeons and highly skilled clinicians at Riverside Surgical Group to provide comprehensive surgical care for cancer patients. As a part of Lexington Medical Cancer Center, the practice is supported by the region’s only Duke Health-affiliated cancer program.

Lexington Medical Center Implants Micra Wireless Pacemaker

Lexington Medical Center has become the first hospital in South Carolina to implant a new wireless pacemaker known as Micra™ into a patient to fix a slow heartbeat. Called the world’s smallest pacemaker, this device is not visible under the skin, and because there are no wires connected to it, there is a lower risk of complications. The Lexington Medical Heart Center team performed this pacemaker implantation inside the hospital’s cardiac electrophysiology lab on March 14, 2017.

“This device represents a significant breakthrough in pacing technology,” said William W. Brabham, MD, FHRS, of Lexington Cardiology, a Lexington Medical Center physician practice. “The ability to deliver pacing therapy using such a small device is revolutionary. It’s very exciting to think of the possibilities in the future.”

Dr. William Brabham

A pacemaker helps restore a healthy heart rhythm by sending tiny electrical signals to the heart to increase the heart rate. Traditionally, pacemakers have been implanted below the collarbone through an incision and have included leads, which are insulated wires. The leads carry the electrical impulse from the pacemaker to the heart.

The size of a vitamin capsule, Micra is more than 90 percent smaller than other pacemakers. It’s implanted in a minimally-invasive procedure through a vein in the leg directly into the heart, removing the need for leads to act as pulse generators and the appearance of any visible scar below the collarbone. Because leads in traditional pacemakers may shift, there is a small risk of those devices not working properly when needed; with no leads, Micra eliminates that concern. Also, its size and location can mean fewer post-implant activity restrictions and no obstructions to shoulder movement.

Micra

Manufactured by Medtronic, Micra is the first FDA-approved wireless pacemaker. It’s for patients who need a single chamber pacemaker. The device has more than a 99 percent implant success rate and 48 percent fewer major complications reported than with traditional pacemakers.

The Lexington Medical Heart Center team has received extensive training on proper device implantation. Dr. Brabham and Robert Malanuk, MD, FACC, performed the first Micra implantation at the hospital

For more information on Lexington Medical Center’s comprehensive cardiovascular care program, visit LexMed.com/Heart.