OB/GYN Practice Achieves Milestone with Minimally Invasive Surgery

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Women now have better and safer options for surgery which means quicker recovery and back to work and family sooner.

Most of the 200+ laparoscopic hysterectomies we perform yearly are word of mouth and regional referrals

The doctors at Women’s Health and Surgery Center in Stafford, VA always believed in providing the best care available to their patients. But when it comes to minimally invasive surgery they have reached a level of success placing them in the top 1% in the U.S. providing minimally invasive surgical options for women.

With over 600,000 hysterectomies performed each year in the U.S. >60% of these procedures are still performed as open or abdominal procedures. These open procedures can have increased complications, blood loss, and keep patients out of work for up to 8 weeks. This doesn’t include other gynecological procedures for treatment of uterine fibroids, endometriosis, pelvic floor disorders or infertility that are also often performed as open procedures.

In recent years laparoscopic or minimally invasive surgery has become more common as surgeons have become more adept at these procedures. But in many parts of the country the adoption rate for MIGS (minimally invasive GYN surgery) has been slow. The recent popularity of robotic surgery has increased the availability of MIGS in some regions, however robotic surgery can be expensive and prolong surgical cases that can strain already stretched health care resources. Not to mention additional costs to the patients.

“The skill set that needs to be present and honed is quite high and many surgeons quite honestly don’t have the time or the case volume to become proficient in MIGS procedures”, said Dr. Kurian Thott co-founder and MIGS surgeon at Women’s Health and Surgery Center. Many medical societies such as American Association of Gynecologic Laparoscopists and American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists have recommended that physicians not skilled in minimally invasive surgery should be referring to MIGS surgeons in their area.

“Most of the 200+ laparoscopic hysterectomies we perform yearly are word of mouth and regional referrals”, said Dr. Thott. The achievement is that our group performs 99.9% of these procedures via laparoscopy. About 60% of these patients go home the same day. We are preforming cases that a few years ago would have been either referred out of our area or done as open procedures.
The Internet has allowed patients to become more informed and educated regarding surgical options and they are asking their doctors the tough question, “Do you perform MIGS?” and “if you don’t tell me who does”.

“We are proud of our success in MIGS but know that we still need to do more to help get the word out on minimally invasive options for women,” notes Dr. Lia Shorter Medical Director at Women’s Health and Surgery Center.

Many times medical news is not too exciting, but to know that there are minimally invasive options for women in the region is very exciting news.

Women’s Health and Surgery Center has 2 locations in the Stafford and Fredericksburg, VA region and more information can be found at http://www.obgynvirginia.com or facebook.com/obgynvirginia.

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