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Minimally Invasive Surgery

American Institute of Minimally Invasive Surgery Recognizes YRMC as a
Center of Excellence in Women's Health

Minimally invasive surgery (MIS), also known as laparoscopic surgery, is a state-of-the-art alternative to traditional open surgery. This advanced surgical technique uses smaller incisions, so it offers the patient many advantages, including less pain, less scarring, a shorter hospital stay and a faster recovery.

Yuma Regional Medical Center has been designated as a Center of Excellence in Women's Health by the American Institute of Minimally Invasive Surgery (AIMIS). To achieve this designation, a hospital must have an accredited AIMIS surgeon on staff and meet high standards for MIS procedures.

Dr. James Vining, OB/GYN, an accredited AIMIS physician, said, "Yuma Regional Medical Center leads the nation in minimally invasive surgery for hysterectomies. Our goal is to provide women with the highest level of care." YRMC has achieved a 92 percent adoption rate for minimally invasive hysterectomies, while the average for hospitals nationwide is only 30 percent.

In addition to hysterectomies, MIS techniques can be used to treat other conditions, including fibroids, endometriosis and ectopic pregnancies. The typical recovery time for a minimally invasive procedure is ten days to two weeks, as compared to traditional abdominal surgery which usually requires six weeks of recovery time. In addition, MIS procedures typically only require an overnight hospital stay while the hospital stay for major abdominal surgery can be anywhere from five to seven days.

Dr. Vining described other advantages of MIS procedures. "It saves significantly on disability in terms of those that are employed. It's a more rapid return to work, and less disruption in the patient's day-to-day activities. They are only in the hospital overnight, and within three to four days they're back to most of their normal activities."

All MIS procedures are performed at the YRMC Women's Surgical Services Center.


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