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GYN Oncologist Uses da Vinci Surgical Robot to Preserve Fertility
Date:6/18/2010

Mississippi’s only female Gynecologic Oncologist Mildred Ridgway, MD is now performing a new procedure at Baptist Medical Center in Jackson, Miss. using the da Vinci® surgical robot to remove uterine fibroids. Removing uterine fibroids is referred to as a myomectomy, or fibroidectomy.

Jackson, MS (Vocus) June 18, 2010 -- Baptist Medical New Network, a division of Baptist Health Systems in Jackson, Miss., recently posted a video of Mississippi’s only female Gynecologic Oncologist Mildred Ridgway, MD performing a minimally invasive way to remove uterine fibroids using the da Vinci® surgical robot. The procedure is often referred to as a myomectomy, or fibroidectomy and can be viewed at www.mbhs.org/mednews.

Dr. Ridgway began removing uterine fibroids using the da Vinci in 2009. The case dipicted in the video is of a 33 year-old woman who presented with an enlarged uterus, pelvic pain and excessive bleeding. In an effort to retain her fertility, Dr. Ridgway removed the single isolated fibroid, about the size of a large organge, from the patient’s uterus. So, in order to remove the fibroid tumor, Dr. Ridgway used the robot to access the uterus, make an incision, cut the tumor out and sew the uterus back together.

“The majority of myomectomies are still performed through open incisions,” said Dr. Ridgway. “For many patients, a robotic myomectomy is a less invasive approach for the removal of fibroid tumors. I can physically take out a large tumor with very little damage to the tissue surrounding the tumor.”

According to the U.S. National Institutes of Health, at least 25 percent of women suffer from uterine fibroids. Uterine fibroids are the most frequent pelvic tumors seen by gynecologists. They are treated in a variety of ways, includi
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