Surgeon is Fifth in New York State to Perform Minimally Invasive,
Virtually Scar-less Procedure
White Plains, NY (October 11, 2013) – Herbert Gretz III, M.D., Director of Gynecologic Oncology and Gynecologic Minimally Invasive and Robotic Surgery at White Plains Hospital, this week became the first surgeon in Westchester and Fairfield counties and the fifth in New York State to perform a single site, robotic gynecological surgery. The particular procedure Dr. Gretz performed was a hysterectomy and bilateral salpingo-oophorectomy using a single, small incision with the da Vinci® surgical system.
Dr. Gretz is among a small group of surgeons in the United States with the greatest expertise in minimally invasive and robotic gynecological surgery, according to officials at White Plains Hospital and Intuitive Surgical, the maker of the da Vinci surgical system that is used for the procedure.
White Plains Hospital has been known for years throughout the region for advanced expertise in robotic surgery, most notably for robotic prostatectomy, gynecologic surgery and more recently, thoracic surgery for the treatment of lung cancer.
“Dr. Gretz is a highly skilled surgeon who has been a leader in our hospital’s robotic surgery program for years,” said Michael Palumbo, M.D., Chief Medical Officer and Executive Vice President at White Plains Hospital. “We are very pleased to expand our offerings in robotic surgery with this new procedure, utilizing some of the most advanced technology available and combining it with his exceptional surgical expertise for the benefit of our patients.”
Recently approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, single-site robotic surgery offers the traditional benefits of minimally invasive surgery such as shorter recovery time, smaller incisions, minimal pain, low blood loss and a brief hospital stay, but it also provides the added benefit of a single small incision around the belly button, so that patients are left with just one, often nearly invisible scar near the navel.
Conventional laparoscopy and robotic surgery are both less invasive surgical methods used to treat benign and cancerous gynecologic conditions. During a robotic-assisted single-site procedure such as the one Dr. Gretz performed, the surgeon sits at the robotic console in the operating room viewing a 3-D, high-definition camera image of the surgical site. The surgeon uses hand controls to move the camera and instruments which correspond to hand, and finger movements into precise movements of the smaller instruments inside the patient. Advantages of robotic surgery include control, precision and clear visibility.
Dr Gretz is known throughout the New York metropolitan region as a highly skilled surgeon with unique laparoscopic abilities. He has received numerous awards for research and clinical practice, and has been repeatedly named in Westchester Magazine’s Best Doctors edition.
In addition to his leadership role at White Plains Hospital, he also currently serves as Associate Clinical Professor and the Associate Director of the Gynecologic Minimally Invasive Surgery Fellowship in the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Science at Mt. Sinai Hospital in Manhattan. He is also member of the Board of Directors of the New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation.
White Plains Hospital (WPH) is a 292-bed voluntary, not-for-profit health care organization with the primary mission of offering high quality, acute health care and preventive medical care to all people who live in, work in or visit Westchester County and its surrounding areas. Centers of Excellence include the Dickstein Cancer Center, The William & Sylvia Silberstein Neonatal & Maternity Center and The Ruth and Jerome A. Siegel Stroke Center. The Hospital has the busiest Emergency Department in Westchester County, seeing over 55,000 visits a year. White Plains Hospital is the only community hospital in Westchester County licensed to perform emergency & elective angioplasty. The Hospital is an eleven-time winner of the Consumer Choice Award, an honor given to the nation’s top hospitals by the National Research Corporation, and received Magnet designation in 2012 from the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC). WPH is a member of the New York-Presbyterian Healthcare System. For additional information, visit http://www.wphospital.org.