Centra Virginia Baptist Hospital recognized as Center of Excellence for Minimally Invasive Gynecology

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Centra Virginia Baptist Hospital recognized as Center of Excellence for Minimally Invasive Gynecology

Monday, June 27, 2016

Lynchburg, Virginia - Centra Virginia Baptist Hospital was recently recognized as the region’s first Center of Excellence for Minimally Invasive Gynecology (COEMIG) by the American Association of Gynecologic Laparoscopists. The designation recognizes surgeons and hospitals that have a proven commitment to safe, effective and evidence-based care.

The rise of minimally invasive surgical techniques has significantly improved the treatment experience for women. Minimally invasive surgery allows for smaller incisions and shorter recovery time for common gynecological procedures.

“The COEMIG designation not only shows our commitment to performing minimally invasive surgeries, but also our dedication to perform surgeries at the highest standard in order to have the best possible outcomes for our patients,” said Matt Tompkins, MD, Lynchburg Gynecology.

COEMIG offers a database to compare surgeries around the world to help physicians continually improve patient experience and outcomes. “The COEMIG designation is reflective of the excellent care given by the minimally invasive team at Centra Virginia Baptist Hospital. The minimally invasive approach allows patients to get back to their normal routine with only a minor disruption,” said Lynnett Schindler, MD, Women’s Health Services of Central Virginia.

Surgeons have excellent options to address pain and bleeding from fibroids, endometriosis, hormonal imbalances and ovarian masses to allow women to cure their problem with minimal downtime.

These surgery options reduce infection risk, pain, and allow women to return for full activity sooner. Minimally invasive surgery is performed through dime-sized incisions, much smaller than traditional surgery, which typically requires six- to 12-inch incisions.

In addition to Centra Virginia Baptist Hospital, the following surgeons were COEMIG certified: Lewis Dabney, MD, Lynchburg Gynecology; Christine Marraccini, MD, Women’s Health Services of Central Virginia; Wade Neiman, MD, Women’s Health Services of Central Virginia; Lynnett Schindler, MD, Women’s Health Services of Central Virginia; Matt Tompkins, MD, Lynchburg Gynecology; Tracy A. Wheelock, MD, Women’s Health Services of Central Virginia; and Sarah Woods, MD, Lynchburg Gynecology.

For more information on minimally invasive surgery options, visit WC.CentraHealth.com.