About Dr. Napolez
Adolfo Napolez M.D., the inventor of the G-tube Rapid Reinsertion Tray graduated from Southern Illinois University School of Medicine, and trained in General Surgery, Burn Surgery, and Cosmetic Surgery. He has published articles in five different Medical Journals and was a chapter author in a Cosmetic Surgery textbook. He was named a top Plastic Surgeon in 2010 by PSP magazine and an Outstanding Cosmetic Surgeon nationally in 2014 and 2016. He was recently nominated for Who’s Who of American Physicians for 2018. He has lectured internationally in Cannes, France, Barcelona, Spain, Cairo, Egypt and has been invited to speak in London, England, Prague, Czech Republic, Singapore, Moscow, Bangkok, Berlin as well as Paris, France and Rome, Italy.
He began devising the Gtube Rapid Reinsertion Tray two years ago after treating an Iraq War Veteran who lost a leg from an IED while stationed there and had a permanent g-tube inserted due to internal injuries suffered at the same time. The patient was seeking treatment for accidental removal of his g-tube while asleep. That day he went to a local VA Hospital in Peoria, Illinois where he lived for replacement of his g-tube. He was told they could not replace it and was directed to a VA Hospital in Springfield, Illinois, 3 hours away, for further care. Since he lived alone and had no local family members, he was forced to drive himself to the other hospital. In Springfield he was told they could not replace the g-tube and was directed to the Danville, Illinois VA Hospital, another 3-hour drive. On arrival at the VA in Danville he was told they could not replace it either and was directed to the local community hospital in Danville where Dr. Napolez examined the patient and informed him that a way to replace the g-tube in the Emergency Department would be found after hearing his story. The patient, who was 42 years old and alone, cried after hearing that his journey that day would not be in vain. Dr. Napolez then devised a way to get a new tube back in the soma site and the patient was unbelievably grateful that he would be able to return home to Peoria with his g-tube intact. That occurrence is where the idea for the G-tube Rapid Reinsertion Tray was developed, to help patients in need who are dependent on their g-tube for sole nutritional support, have an easier way to replace or reinsert it in an outpatient setting.
This invention reflects the calling of a physician, which is to help people in need and to provide comfort and reassurance when they need it most.
Hopefully this device serves them well and can ease the anxiety and fear in these patients who have the urgent need for g-tube reinsertion.