LONG BRANCH, NJ, May 5, 2011- The Kaleidoscope of Hope Foundation recently funded equipment to help Monmouth Medical Center gynecologists perform delicate minimally invasive procedures more precisely. The Kaleidoscope of Hope is an organization founded by ovarian cancer survivors who have turned their experience with the deadly disease into activism.
Since 2000, the Kaleidoscope of Hope Foundation — the primary advocate for ovarian cancer activism in the New Jersey area — has raised and awarded more than $1.7 million to help fund research for early detection and new treatment options. Founded by three ovarian cancer survivors, the foundation stresses the difference that early diagnostic tests or disease-specific therapy can make in the lives of women and their families.
Representatives of the organization traveled to Monmouth Medical Center to present a $16,000 donation to fund the purchase of a Uterine Positioning System (UPS). This equipment is used in robotically directed gynecologic surgery to stabilize the uterus in the exact position while the surgeon carries out the surgery remotely at the surgeon's console.
Robert Graebe, M.D., chairman of obstetrics and gynecology at Monmouth Medical Center who performed the hospital’s first robotic case, notes that as the number of conventional laparoscopic and robot-assisted gynecologic surgeries continues to rise, efficient and safe uterine manipulation has become increasingly important.
“This new uterine manipulation device provides accurate and secure uterine positioning and can manipulate the uterus with minimal bedside involvement from the surgical team and can facilitate a multitude of conventional laparoscopic and robot-assisted gynecologic surgeries,” he says.
Monmouth Medical Center was the first facility in central New Jersey to acquire a second-generation robotic surgical system. In response to a significantly growing number of surgical patients benefiting from advanced robotic technology, Monmouth Medical Center invested in the da Vinci™ Surgical System and has applied the technology to a host of surgical specialties, which in addition to gynecologic, include thoracic, bariatric, adult and pediatric urologic, colorectal and general surgery.
The da Vinci System enables surgeons to perform even the most complex and delicate procedures through very small incisions with unmatched precision, notes Dr. Graebe, who points to patient benefits that include significantly less post-operative pain, less blood loss and scarring, a shorter recovery time and a faster return to normal daily activities. He also notes that it is important for patients to know that surgery performed with this system does not place a robot at the controls.
“Your surgeon is controlling every aspect of the surgery with the assistance of the da Vinci robotic platform,” Dr. Graebe says.
To learn more about robotic surgery at Monmouth Medical Center, call 1-888-724-7123.
May 5, 2011
CONTACT: Carrie Cristello
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