Mercy Medical Center Expands Single-Incision Surgery Offerings

SILSTM Techniques Now Available For Gynecological Procedures

(April 30, 2012 - RockvilleCentre, NY) - Continuing its leadership in Single Incision Laparoscopic Surgery, Mercy Medical Center has expanded its offerings of the ultra-minimally-invasive SILS technique to encompass gynecological procedures and the newest weight-loss surgery technique.

Dr. Shawn Garber, Chief of Bariatric Surgery, was one of the first physicians in the nation to offer SILS surgery for gall bladder and Lap-Band® laparoscopic gastric banding for weight loss four years ago, and he and colleague Dr. Javier Andrade recently became among the first to utilize it in sleeve gastrectomy.

Extending Mercy's leadership in SILS, Dr. Greg Zito, Chairman of the Department of Surgery, in 2010 brought the technique to Long Island for bowel and other soft-tissue procedures for the treatment of conditions such as colon cancer and diverticulosis.

Now, Director of Obstetrics and Gynecology Dr. Patrick McManus, along with Dr. Laurence Mack, Director of Ob/Gyn Quality, have made Mercy the first community hospital in the area at which SILS techniques are available for hysterectomies, the removal of pelvic masses, and other gynecological procedures.

The minimally-invasive SILS procedures involves just one three-quarter-inch incision through the navel using a special port, rather than the three or four abdominal wall openings as large as four inches that are required with older laparoscopic techniques.

"Single Incision procedures provide an important new option that reduces the risk of infection and other complications along with the benefits of less pain, fewer scars and quicker recovery," observed Dr. McManus.

Dr. Mack noted that "Our experience has been that SILS patients experience less discomfort and can leave the hospital quickly."

"And," he said, "Most also report that they can barely notice the single incision hidden in the belly button."

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