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Advanced Robotic Technology Expands Minimally Invasive Surgical Options for Women

March 5, 2010

Women across the country are benefiting from advanced minimally invasive gynecological surgery made possible through the da Vinci Robotic Surgical System.

Locally, Mercy Hospital of Buffalo is the only hospital offering this surgical option for women who are facing hysterectomy for non-cancerous conditions, myomectomy (removal of fibroids in the uterus) and sacrocolpopexy (repair of pelvic organ prolapse).

In an effort to spread the word throughout Western New York, the community is invited to attend a special da Vinci Open House event on Tuesday, March 9 from 1 pm to 4 pm at the Black and Blue Steak and Crab Restaurant, 5493 Sheridan Drive, Williamsville, NY.

Surgeons Ali Ghomi, MD and Scott Zuccala, MD will be on hand at the Open House to answer questions about da Vinci surgery and will provide demonstrations of the da Vinci robotic surgical tool. Light refreshments will be served. The event is free and open to the public. For more information on Catholic Health women services, call HealthConnection at 706-2112.

Statistics show that one in three women will one day face the need to undergo a hysterectomy. Of the 600,000 hysterectomies performed nationally each year, 65% of them are done using a traditional open incision. In the Buffalo area, over 1,000 hysterectomies were performed using an open incision in 2009. When these procedures are performed using a minimally invasive approach such as da Vinci surgery, patients benefit from shorter hospital stays, less pain and scarring, and significantly faster recoveries.

“The word is out on robotic-assisted surgery and it is well overdue in Buffalo,” said Ali Ghomi, M.D. of Mercy Hospital’s Obstetrics/Gynecology (OB/GYN) Department, who performed the first local robotic-assisted hysterectomy for non-cancerous indications, myomectomy, (removal of fibroids in the uterus) and sacrocolpopexy (repair of pelvic organ prolapse) at the hospital in 2009.

“My patients are back on their feet in days rather than weeks,” noted Dr. Ghomi. “Robotic-assisted surgery is helping us pioneer a new standard of patient care in gynecological surgery.”

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