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BMC's Urogynecology Physicians Recognized for Excellence in Minimally Invasive Surgery
Surgeons in Boston Medical Center's Urogynecology Program, a subspecialty within BMC's Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, provide state-of-the-art minimally invasive surgical solutions to help women who have problems with their pelvic organs or incontinence regain function and quality of life.
BMC's Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology has been designated a Center of Excellence in Minimally Invasive Gynecology by the American Association of Gynecological Laparoscopists (AAGL), the largest minimally invasive gynecologic organization in the world. The elite designation recognizes surgeons and health care facilities that demonstrate an unparalleled commitment and ability to consistently deliver safe, effective and evidence-based patient care combined with a dedication to offering women minimally invasive surgery whenever possible. BMC is one of only two AAGL Centers of Excellence in Massachusetts.
Expert care. Program Director J.R. Larrieux, MD, MPH, and colleague Liezl G. Irisari, MD, both of whom have been named AAGL Center of Excellence in Minimally Invasive Gynecology designees, provide unparalleled expertise in diagnosing and treating a wide range of urogynecologic conditions, including endometriosis and pelvic pain, fibroids, dysfunctional uterine bleeding, pelvic organ prolapse, vaginal and perineal laxity, urinary and fecal incontinence, interstitial cystitis and fistulas. The extensive experience and skill of our surgeons enables them to undertake a full range of cases, many involving surgical or patient complexity―patients who have had previous surgeries and/or suffer from multiple conditions, such as heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes and obesity.
Patient-focused approach. Surgeons provide patients with the most effective treatment options available, including minimally invasive conventional laparoscopic surgery, vaginal procedures without abdominal incisions and robot-assisted laparoscopic surgery. Traditional open surgical procedures are also performed. Patients who undergo minimally invasive procedures typically experience less pain and bleeding, fewer complications, shorter hospital stays and faster recoveries. In addition, many can be conveniently performed on an outpatient basis, allowing patients to return home on the same day as their surgery or the next.
Innovative technologies and treatment options. In addition to laparoscopic surgery and vaginal procedures, BMC offers sophisticated robot-assisted laparoscopic surgery, which is used in the treatment of more complex cases of pelvic organ prolapse, fibroids and gynecologic cancers in appropriately selected patients. The robotic surgical system allows surgeons to perform complex minimally invasive procedures using a set of small incisions, rather than a large incision, and identify vital anatomy more easily while performing precise surgical dissections and removing specific tissue. The robot's instruments provide enhanced dexterity that is not always available using conventional laparoscopic or open procedure instruments.
Multidisciplinary collaboration. Our surgeons collaborate closely across disciplines, including bariatric surgery for procedures involving the bowel; urology for complicated cases of endometriosis that involve both the urologic system and gynecologic organs; and the Center for Digestive Disorders when testing is required in cases involving fistulas and fecal incontinence
Seven members of BMC's Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology have been named AAGL Center of Excellence in Minimally Invasive Gynecology designees:
John K. Durfee, MD
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Learn more about BMC's Urogynecology Program, a unique program that provides state-of-the-art minimally invasive surgical solutions to help women who have problems with their pelvic organs or incontinence regain function and quality of life.
News In Brief: BMC Urogynecology Physicians Named AAGL Center of Excellence Surgeons (PDF)