Dr. Devin Garza instructs on single site robotic surgery in Asia

by | April 2nd, 2015

‘See and Select’ Approach Replacing Open Surgery in the U.S. and abroad.

dr-garza“The rate of open surgery in Asia is over 60 percent—of course, some places more, and some less,” said Dr. Garza. “This rate compares to the U.S. in 2005, but the advent of robotic surgery has changed all of that, and now the average open rate for hysterectomy is down to 20 percent. However, at Renaissance Women’s Group the rate was just 0.5 percent in 2013.”

Austin, Texas – Feb. 19, 2015 – Surgeons from Japan and Korea were eager to learn how a single two-finger-width cut can replace multi-site or even open gynecologic surgery. Dr. Devin Garza, Director of Minimally Invasive Surgery at Renaissance Women’s Group in Austin, instructed on techniques for performing Single-Site robotic surgery, emphasizing the benefits of a ‘see and select’ targeted approach versus traditional multi-port or open (large incision) surgery, using a few as few incisions as possible.

Dr. Garza performed a live single site surgery and met with surgeons at many renowned medical teaching institutions.

  • In Seoul Korea, Dr. Garza performed a complex Single-Site surgery with 14 very interested surgeons in the operating room at Cha University Hospital/ CHA Bundang Medical Center. This improvement to a minimally invasive technique enables surgeons to perform even a complex hysterectomy with a single cosmetic incision hidden in the belly button.
  • In Tokyo, Japan, Dr. Garza accepted a rare invitation from the Japanese Society of Obstetrics and Gynecology – Department Chairman and Professor of Tokyo Medical University , Keiichi Isaka, MD, PhD. the president of the Japan Robotic Oncology Society to speak at the Japan Endometriosis Society conference on robotic application for complex endometriosis. He also met with the president of the Japan Obstetrics and Gynecologic Society.
  • In Seoul, Korea, he addressed the chairman of Korea Medical University and his department leaders interested in mastering robotic gynecologic surgery and the new single-site platform.

Dr. Garza was also interviewed by a leading robotic publication on a surgeon’s role in helping industry develop instruments and technology to best help patients.

About single site robotic surgery

The U.S. rolled out the new da Vinci platform in 2000, and 1.5 million procedures have been performed worldwide using the surgical system. The robotic approach has now evolved to include a single entry port that requires just a 2.5 cm. incision.

Dr. Garza pioneered the development of the single-site platform for gynecologic surgery. He was among the first surgeons in the US to perform a single site robotic hysterectomy, and is among the most experienced. He is one of 4 epicenter surgeons in Texas who train other surgeons on single-site and advanced robotic gyn surgeries.

Renaissance Women’s Group physicians have all trained in advanced robotic surgery:

  • Melanie Collins, MD
  • Devin Garza, MD
  • Clarissa Gutierrez, MD
  • Kimberly Loar, MD
  • Laura Meritt, MD
  • Tara Mills, MD
  • Jessica Montalvo, MD
  • Sherry Neyman, MD
  • Ginger Truitt, MD

“I enjoy teaching best practice ‘tips and tricks’ to help surgeons through their learning curve for gynecologic robotic surgery,” says Dr. Garza. “The real thrill, however, is watching my patients walk out of the hospital the same day of their single site robotic surgery with minimal pain and recovery time.”

| Category: CenTex OBGYN |

Comments are closed.