A Surgical First for New Jersey

February 15, 2011 04:11 AM

Montclair, NJ -- A single incision laparoscopic hysterectomy, a new minimally invasive procedure with significant benefits for some female patients, was recently successfully performed by Dr. Charles Haddad and Dr. Fares Diarbakerli at Mountainside Hospital. The surgery marked the first time the new technique was used in the state and one of its very first uses in the entire tri-state area.


“For the past decade, a laparoscopic procedure that requires three small incisions to accommodate the use of three different instruments has been the most minimally invasive option available. This new procedure, which requires only one small belly button incision, is even less invasive. As a result, it further reduces the potential for post-surgery discomfort and complications and offers a distinct cosmetic benefit,” said Dr. Haddad, a board-certified specialist in obstetrics and gynecology.


Haddad, who is active in the American Academy of Gynecologic Laparoscopists and the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists,pursued training in North Carolina after learning of the new surgical option at a national meeting. Dr. Haddad and Diarbakerli, co-surgeons, and a Mountainside surgical team assisted with the procedure that involves use of a new device.


“This surgical milestone underscores the caliber of the talented, highly skilled physicians associated with our hospital, as well as our commitment to providing the finest quality women’s health services,” said John Fromhold, President and Chief Executive Officer of Mountainside Hospital. “We are delighted to partner with Dr. Haddad to introduce this new treatment alternative in New Jersey.” The hospital has made numerous women’s health enhancements in the past year including expansion of the breast health, bone health and labor and delivery programs, Fromhold said.


“While community hospitals are commonly associated with convenient access to comprehensive health care, everyone associated with Mountainside is committed to a higher standard. We strive to offer the most effective, state-of-the art diagnostic and treatment alternatives in a setting that emphasizes multidisciplinary, personalized care and promotes wellness and healing,” he said.


Hysterectomy is the surgical removal of all or part of a woman’s uterus. It is indicated to alleviate various gynecological conditions when they cannot be resolved with non-surgical treatment. More than 600,000 hysterectomies are performed in the US each year.  
Single incision laparoscopic hysterectomy, also known as single port laparoscopic hysterectomy, is emerging as a significant treatment option with leading physician specialists across the country seeking training in the procedure. The single incision laparoscopy procedure is not appropriate for all hysterectomy patients and eligibility must be determined by a qualified physician.

 

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