Complex GYN Surgery with confidence

GYN surgery

The American Association of Gynecologic Laparoscopists (AAGL), an internationally established authority in the field, named the George Washington University Hospital a Center of Excellence in Minimally Invasive Gynecology (COEMIG) in October. 

James Robinson, MD, FACOG“We’ve become recognized for complex cases,” says James Robinson, MD, FACOG, Associate Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology and Director of Minimally Invasive Gynecologic Surgery. “Patients are referred to us from all over the region.” Along with Dr. Robinson, Gaby Moawad, MD, Assistant Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology, and Cherie Marfori, MD, FACOG, Assistant Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology, were named COEMIG designees.

Examples of cases the three surgeons might take on include fibroids that have recruited additional or “parasitic” blood supply, fibroids weighing up to 10 pounds, and endometriosis that has infiltrated the vagina and rectum. The team, one of only a few such elite groups in the United States, also operates on pregnant patients.

“These are cases a generalist wouldn’t touch,” says Dr. Robinson.

AAGL Center of Excellence

What’s in a name?

COEMIG designation requires an extensive review of a hospital’s surgical facilities, operations and procedures as well as its staff’s education, training and continuous quality improvement efforts. The AAGL designation recognizes member laparoscopists as the foremost authorities in gynecology and pioneers in technique and procedure.

Dr. Moawad“Quality care and meeting COEMIG criteria are ‘team successes,’” says Dr. Moawad. He attributes responsibility to the institution, hospital setting, trained nursing staff, patient education, post-op – “the whole process,” he says, “as well as the surgeons.”

Dr. Marfori agrees, adding, “We know we have a good program and have wonderful outcomes.” She says the designation is a symbol that “we’re doing a great job taking care of women,” and includes GW Hospital’s role as an educational center.

“We’re the only hospital in the DC area with a 2-year accredited fellowship in minimally invasive gynecologic surgery,” says Dr. Robinson, who started and continues to operate the program. “We are committed to training the next generation of advanced MIG surgeons.”

A new freedom

An outstanding aspect of a quality gynecologic surgery program is that women no longer have to undergo one tried-and-true procedure. Choices include a range of minimally invasive options. In collaboration with her physician, a woman can choose the surgery that’s right for her, and the one that lets her resume her lifestyle as soon as possible.

Dr. Marfori“The data is clear: When we reduce the incision size, we can decrease complications and improve recovery time,” says Dr. Marfori. “There are more options than ever, and we are versed in all of them.” Quality results also come from care that’s individualized for each woman.

“The goal is to do whatever is possible in a minimally invasive way, with minimal complications,” says Dr. Moawad. “We assess the patient and what is best for her.”

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