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Texas Health Dallas is First in State to Receive Prestigious Designation for Women’s Surgeries
07/01/2010

DALLAS — Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas is the first hospital in Texas — and one of only three in the United States — to be named a Center of Excellence for gynecological surgery by the American Institute for Minimally Invasive Surgery (AIMIS).

During minimally invasive hysterectomies, surgeons use three laparoscopes to perform the surgery, which used to require a major abdominal incision.
During minimally invasive hysterectomies, surgeons use three laparoscopes to perform the surgery, which used to require a major abdominal incision.

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The recognition is being given to Texas Health Dallas for its high volume of minimally invasive women’s surgeries and superior patient outcomes, according to AIMIS.

“Being named a center of excellence is exciting, but it’s most rewarding to know we’re doing what’s best for patients,” said Dr. David Bookout, chairman of obstetrics and gynecology at Texas Health Dallas. “The physicians on the medical staff pioneered many of these laparoscopic techniques, and they’re committed to it because of the benefits to patients.”

Minimally invasive techniques at Texas Health Dallas include laparoscopic and robotic surgeries for various medical conditions. During laparoscopic procedures, surgeons use two tiny probes to operate inside the patient’s abdomen. A camera is inserted through a third incision, which lets physicians see inside the abdomen.

The Center of Excellence designation recognizes Texas Health Dallas for excellence in various women’s surgeries, most notably laparoscopic hysterectomies.

Obstetrician/Gynecologist Jay Staub, M.D., explains the benefits of minimally invasive techniques in performing a hysterectomy. 

“Minimally invasive surgery usually means shorter hospital stays and quicker recoveries for patients,” said Dr. John Bertrand, an OB-GYN on the medical staff at Texas Health Dallas and director of the hospital’s Advanced Gynecologic Surgery Fellowship at Texas Health Dallas. He’s also director of the Texas Health Minimally Invasive Technology Center. “Thanks to these advancements, women can get back on their feet and back to their regular lives much quicker.”

Each year, more than 600,000 women in the U.S. undergo a hysterectomy, with one in three women having had the surgery by age 60. The procedure, which involves removal of the uterus, is used to treat fibroids (non-cancerous uterine growths); endometriosis (when growth of uterine tissue affects other abdominal organs); uterine prolapse (uterus moves within abdomen, causing urinary problems, pelvic pressure and other problems); cancer; persistent vaginal bleeding; and chronic pelvic pain.

Almost 60 percent of these procedures at Texas Health Dallas are laparoscopic hysterectomies — more than double the national average, according to AIMIS. With only tiny incisions (the uterus is removed by a special instrument that cuts it into small strips), laparoscopic hysterectomy allows patients to go home the same day, and they can resume normal activity in one to two weeks. A traditional open hysterectomy usually requires a patient spend three to four days in the hospital — with up to six weeks recovery from the painful abdominal incision.

Surgeons on the medical staff at Texas Health Dallas have also been at the forefront of developing surgical techniques for laparoscopic supracervical hysterectomy, a surgical advance that removes the uterus while preserving the cervix.

Dr. Jay Staub
Dr. Jay Staub
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“This is about offering many surgical advances to patients, so we can provide each woman with the best treatment plan for her,” said Dr. Jay Staub, an OB-GYN on the medical staff at Texas Health Dallas. “We want patients to know that we have tools and techniques at our disposal to provide optimal treatment plans. We’re dedicated to providing these treatment options because they safely benefit patients, while reducing hospital stays, complication rates and health care costs.”

Staub said the statistics show that women being treated at other medical centers in Dallas, across the state and throughout the country are having traditional, open surgeries when there might be better options. “A traditional open hysterectomy is necessary in some cases, but we’ve found that minimally-invasive techniques are effective for most patients,” he said. “Some physicians and medical centers are just behind the curve.”

In addition to laparoscopic hysterectomies, surgeons on the medical staff at Texas Health Dallas offer other minimally invasive women’s surgeries, including myomectomy for uterine fibroids (a minimally invasive procedure that removes uterine fibroids without damaging the uterus) and diagnostic laparoscopy, which allows surgeons to diagnose complex, hard-to-identify conditions with minimal impact on the patient.

About Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas
Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas is an 898-bed acute care hospital and recognized clinical program leader, having provided compassionate care to the residents of Dallas and surrounding communities since 1966. U.S. News and World Report has ranked Texas Health Dallas among the nation’s best hospitals in digestive disorders, orthopedics, and neurology and neurosurgery. An affiliate of the faith-based, nonprofit Texas Health Resources system, Texas Health Dallas has approximately 4,000 employees and an active medical staff of more than 1,000 physicians. For more information, call 1-877-THR-WELL, or visit TexasHealth.org/Dallas.

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