Division of Minimally Invasive Gynecologic Surgery
Winthrop’s Division of Minimally Invasive Gynecologic Surgery is committed to providing women requiring gynecologic surgery with the advantages of surgical techniques that can significantly reduce the amount of post-operative pain and wound complications while simultaneously providing for superior cosmetic results. The major benefit is that gynecologic operations can be performed for a variety of benign and malignant female pelvic diseases through small abdominal and/or vaginal incisions allowing for rapid recovery and return to full activities including work.
In addition to excellent patient care, the Division is also dedicated to on-going research and education. Education of gynecologic residents and fellows as well as practicing gynecologists is carried out in both laboratory and operating room settings. Winthrop is one of the first hospitals in the Northeast U. S. to have a dual robotic console in its operating suite. The second console allows surgeons beginning robotic surgery to directly observe a trained surgeon operate and, eventually, operate themselves under the direct supervision of a surgeon mentor. Winthrop also has its own gynecologic training laboratory where residents and practicing gynecologists are taught and practice basic and advanced techniques of minimally invasive surgery under simulated conditions before using these techniques in the operating room. Finally, the Division is involved in numerous clinical and laboratory research projects. The results of this research are shared with other members of the profession through presentations at national and international meetings and through publications in a number of recognized medical journals.
Minimally Invasive Surgical Techniques:
Female Pelvic Diseases Potentially Treatable by Minimally Invasive Surgery:
Uterine fibroid tumors
Menstrual disorders and abnormal uterine bleeding
Chronic pelvic pain
Benign cysts and tumors of the ovary
Cervical, uterine, fallopian tube, and ovarian cancers
It should be noted that a patient may be considered a candidate for minimally invasive surgery based on the type of disease, its extent, the available hospital facilities, and the experience of the operating surgeon.