September 20, 2021 – A new minimally invasive procedure is now being performed at Holy Cross Health in Fort Lauderdale for women who are scheduled to undergo hysterectomy.
Natural Vaginal Orifice Transluminal Endoscopic Surgery (vNOTES) is the advanced gynecologic technique and the newest approach to hysterectomy procedures that offers many benefits to patients including shorter hospital stay, less postoperative pain , no visible scars and a faster recovery time.
Daniel Gomez, MD, FACOG, FACS, Head of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Holy Cross Health, was the first surgeon in the state of Florida to perform this procedure and one of the few surgeons in Broward County / South Florida to have been specially trained. on the innovative approach to hysterectomy and other common gynecological procedures.
“At Holy Cross, we provide the highest quality patient care, and vNOTES is an advanced technique that certainly improves patient care for women,” said Dr. Gomez. “As a less invasive option, vNOTES offers many benefits to our patients. A large majority of my patients can leave the hospital the same day as the operation.
The vNOTES technique, which uses the vagina as a surgical access route, is the most recent approach to hysterectomy procedures. For surgery, a vNOTES device known as theGelPOINT® V-Path transvaginal access platform is placed through the vagina into the pelvic cavity, providing access to the uterus, fallopian tubes and ovaries. The vNOTES device is the means by which the abdomen is inflated with carbon dioxide gas to give the surgeon the space needed to see and operate. A high definition camera and specialized instruments are inserted into the device, allowing surgeons to operate with the utmost precision and visualization. When the surgery is complete, the vNOTES device is removed and the gas is vented.
Hysterectomies are performed annually for women with chronic pain, fibroids, heavy bleeding, endometriosis, and precancerous or cancerous tumors. The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and the American Association of Gynecologic Laparoscopists have recommended vaginal hysterectomy, where possible, as the recommended approach.
For more information or to make an appointment with Dr. Gomez, please call 954-781-0180 or 954-229-6000.
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