ATLANTA, GA. - Dr. Michael Randell, a gynecologist on the Medical Staff at Northside Hospital - Atlanta, performed the Hospital's first daVinci robotic hysterectomy using the Advincula Arch made by Cooper Surgical.
The Advincula Arch is designed to increase uterine visibility for surgeons, increase patient safety, and encourage more surgeons to offer a minimally invasive approach to their patients, according to Dr. Arnold Advincula who invented the device.
"Offering my patients the safest and least invasive surgery has always been my goal," said Dr. Randell. "Today, with the use of the daVinci robot and devices like the Advincula Arch, women can have a hysterectomy performed safely, through a few small incisions. This allows for quick healing, less pain, and return to normal activity soon after the surgery.
Dr. Randell, who has performed over 500 robotic procedures and more than 2,000 laparoscopic surgeries, is on the cutting edge of minimally invasive surgery. In 2010, Dr. Randell performed the first single incision hysterectomy at Northside Hospital using only one small incision. Last year, Dr. Randell performed the Hospital's first tubal ligation reversal surgery using the daVinci robot resulting in a successful pregnancy and the delivery of the baby two weeks ago.
"I am always looking for innovative devices that allow me to do more for my patients through minimally invasive surgery," said Dr. Randell.
About 600,000 hysterectomies are performed annually in the United States. It is the second most common surgery among women. Today, sixty to seventy-percent of hysterectomies are performed using a four to eight-inch abdominal incision that requires up to a two day hospital stay, six to eight weeks of recovery, and greater need for pain medications.
"Unfortunately, many women are unaware of the newest surgical techniques available to them for a hysterectomy, to remove fibroids, or to reverse their tubal ligation, " said Dr. Randell. "Minimally invasive surgery is better for patients. This can be done as an outpatient and patients can return to their normal routine much quicker."
Dr. Randell recommends that women needing gynecologic surgery should seek out a well trained and experienced laparoscopic or robotic surgeon. Dr. Randell suggests using internet search engines, hospital referral services, and asking other doctors for recommendations.
Visit http://www.obgynatlanta.com or http://www.fibroidsatlanta.com for more information.
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Michael D. Randell, M.D., F.A.C.O.G. is a Board Certified Obstetrician and Gynecologist in Atlanta, Georgia. He is on the Medical Staff of Northside Hospital. His private office is located in Sandy Springs, next to Northside Hospital. Dr. Randell is a Fellow of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. He is an expert in laparoscopic and robotic surgery. With over twenty years of experience, he trains other surgeons on the use of the daVinci robot and lectures across the Country on many topics in women’s healthcare.
Our practice provides comprehensive women's health care. We take care of patients needing high risk obstetrical care and advanced gynecological surgical care, including robotic surgery.
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Thursday, February 2, 2012