Sisters among national hospitals for da Vinci training

September 26, 2013 Updated Sep 26, 2013 at 11:09 AM EDT

By Tracey Drury, Buffalo Business First

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Sisters among national hospitals for da Vinci training

September 26, 2013 Updated Sep 26, 2013 at 11:09 AM EDT

A Catholic Health hospital has been named a national training center for advanced gynecologic surgeries using the da Vinci robotic surgical system.

Intuitive Surgical Inc., the developer of the da Vinci system, named Sisters of Charity Hospital and its St. Joseph Campus as a GYN Epicenter training site, the only hospital in New York and one of just 23 nationwide.

The designation is expected to make the region a destination for surgeons from across the country who want to learning to perform minimally-invasive urogynecologic procedures, hysterectomy and other gynecologic surgeries using the da Vinci system.

The Catholic Health GYN Epicenter team will be led by Dr. Ali Ghomi, medical director of minimally invasive gynecologic and robotic surgery at Sisters. He is among a team of surgeons who have performed nearly 2,400 robotic surgeries since Catholic Health installed its first da Vinci at Mercy Hospital of Buffalo in 2005. Today, da Vinci systems are used by more than two dozen surgeons throughout Catholic Health for a wide range of surgical procedures.

Robotic surgery has been growing in popularity in recent years, with proponents like Ghomi pointing to smaller incisions, quicker recoveries, less pain and scarring and fewer complications.

"Robotic surgery is the most advanced platform in minimally invasive surgery," he said. "For patients, especially busy women, it means they can resume their normal lives in a fraction of the time - many the same day - than with traditional surgery."

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