First- ever removal of 11cm benign ovarian cyst using minimally invasive surgery through the umbilicus.
For the first time in Israeli medical history, doctors at Mayanei Hayeshua Medical Centre succeeded in totally removing an 11cm ovarian cyst with only a single incision made to the umbilicus.
When a gynecologist examined a 40+ year old female patient, married with three children, who had recently experienced intense abdominal pain, he noted a large 9cm ovarian cyst. The cyst presented as even larger on a later CT scan. With these high cancer markings, the patient was referred to Mayanei Hayeshua for urgent surgery.
Usually, such surgery involves three incisions in the lower abdomen and another incision in the umbilicus. Using a special, minimally invasive technique known as Single-Incision Laparoscopic Surgery (SILS), the Mayanei Hayeshua team surgeons performed the surgery on the 11cm ovarian cyst with just a single incision through the umbilicus.
Following the successful surgery, the cyst was sent to the pathology lab for processing. The patient was released from hospital only 24 hours after surgery. The pain had gone, and the patient was well on the way to full recovery.
Dr. Gabi Haran, director of Mayanei Hayeshua’s Gynecology-Oncology division, who has pioneered the use of SILS surgery in Israel, remarked: “This is a first for the hospital – and a first for Israel.”
In the last week of November 2019, Professor Rael Strous, the South African-born medical director of Mayanei Hayeshua’s Mental Health Centre, and professor of psychiatry at Tel Aviv University’s Faculty of Medicine, was in London for a busy round of meetings and events organised by the British Friends of Mayanei Hayeshua.