Hysterectomy Performed at Rambam Transmitted Live to Hundreds of Doctors
For the first time, a live hysterectomy was passed live to hundreds of doctors at an international conference. The surgery took place at the Rambam Medical Center, led by Prof. Lior Levenstein using the vNOTES method – an innovative technology that uses the natural openings in the body to perform the surgery.
The surgery was broadcast live to the “European Urogynecological Society” conference in Tel Aviv, which was attended by hundreds of physiotherapy doctors from all over Europe, as well as a delegation of doctors from the Palestinian Authority.
The vNOTES method uses the natural vagina openings (the vagina) to perform the surgery, in contrast to a method that was previously customary, in which surgeons had to cut abdominal wall and perform laparoscopic surgery with small abdominal incisions and inserting tools and cameras through them. In the last year, close to 100 vNOTES surgeries were conducted at Rambam.
The surgery at Rambam today was performed by Prof. Lior Levenstein, director of the women’s unit and responsible for the urogenological service at Rambam Medical College. At the end of the operation, Prof. Levenstein said: “The method we demonstrated today, of laparoscopic surgery through the natural orifices, is a very important technological leap for women who need this type of surgery – it is, first and foremost, reducing the risk of infections, reducing postoperative pain and having Also aesthetically pleasing – there are no scars on the abdominal wall. I feel very proud that the Rambam Medical Center has been selected for the surgery to be broadcast live to the best doctors in the field gathered in Israel from all over Europe. This is a testament to the high level of technology and performance of Israeli medicine. “
The vNOTES, as stated, is an innovative technology developed by American Applied Medical. Amir Sayre, director of surgery at EMI Technology Marketing, said: “The innovative approach provides a safe and high quality solution for thousands of women in the world who pass it every year. Without scars, significantly reduced pain, short hospitalization time and rapid recovery. Israel is at the forefront of medical technology and the world leader in terms of the number of centers where the vNOTES approach is routinely implemented. “