Notes on Women's Health
Notes on Women's Health

Category: Myomectomy

Am I a Good Candidate for Gynecological da Vinci Surgery?

Am I a Good Candidate for Gynecological da Vinci Surgery?Years ago, patients who needed gynecological surgery only had a single option — an open procedure. In open procedures, the surgeon makes a large incision to carry out the operation resulting in the potential for greater postoperative pain, larger scars and longer recovery times. Today, laparoscopic surgery options have replaced that invasive procedure.

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John Garofalo, M.D. Receives Certifications in Minimally Invasive Gynecologic Surgery

Press Release

April 11, 2011

Norwalk, CT – Today John Garofalo, M.D. was admitted to the Registry of the Council of Gynecologic Endoscopy (CGE) with certification at the highest level of competence in Operative Laparoscopy and Operative Hysteroscopy. He is now one of a select group of Connecticut and Fairfield County physicians to be listed on the Registry. With this certification, CGE recognizes Dr. Garofalo’s experience conducting endoscopic surgeries that led to successful medical outcomes.

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da Vinci surgery and endometriosis

In the last few months I’ve blogged about several different surgery types that can be performed using the da Vinci Surgical System. (If you’re new to this blog, the da Vinci Surgical System uses five very small abdominal incisions and state-of-the-art remote control technology to convert my hand movements from a console a few feet away into precise movement of da Vinci surgical instruments.) Another condition that can be treated using the da Vinci Surgical System is endometriosis. Read More

da Vinci surgery, uterine fibroids and myomectomy

da Vinci myomectomy

da Vinci myomectomy

In my last blog I wrote about hysterectomy (surgical removal of the uterus) and how this surgery is well-suited for surgery using the da Vinci approach. One of the main reasons a woman might consider a hysterectomy is the presence of uterine fibroids, which are non-cancerous tumors that grow out from the muscle layer and connective tissue in the uterus. Uterine fibroids (also called leiomyomas or myomas) are very common, especially during a woman’s middle and later reproductive years: about 20-40% of women will be diagnosed with uterine fibroids at some point in their lives.

In most cases uterine fibroids are harmless. But sometimes they can cause heavy and painful menstruation, painful sexual intercourse, and urinary frequency and urgency. Uterine fibroids that are located inside the uterine cavity can make it difficult or impossible to conceive a child, and they can cause complications in pregnancy, including bleeding, miscarriage, premature labor, or interference with the position of the fetus.

If you or someone you know has problems with uterine fibroids, there are several options for treatment. Read More