Gynecologic Oncology Surgery
Eli Serur, M.D., Division Chief
Richmond University Medical Center’s Gynecologic Oncology Surgical Program operates as a regional referral center for both gynecologic oncology as well as pelvic reconstructive surgeries, attracting patients from throughout Staten Island, Brooklyn and New Jersey. The center has one of the highest volumes of gynecologic oncology and gynecologic surgery in the Northeast, with Dr. Eli Serur as the Division Chief.
Dr. Serur is a well-known gynecologic oncology surgeon with specific expertise in minimally invasive surgery. When appropriate, patients can have surgery as an ambulatory patient, leaving the same day as the procedure or with a brief overnight stay. Minimally invasive means the use of specialized operating equipment that allows the surgeon to operate through small incisions in strategic locations, rather than a full-size incision. This promotes patient safety with less recovery time and less chance of infection. Woman can return to their daily routines with work and family quicker than from a traditional open surgery.
In previous U.S.News & World Report Best Regional Hospitals rankings, Richmond University Medical Center ranked highest on Staten Island in Gynecology.
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Benefits of Minimally Invasive Surgery:
- Smaller incisions/less scarring
- Less pain
- Less blood loss
- Shorter recovery time
- Faster return to normal activities
Dr. Eli Serur treats both benign and malignant gynecologic conditions, including:
- Abnormal uterine bleeding
- Ovarian cysts and masses
- Endometriosis and pelvic pain
- Uterine fibroids
- Large uteri
- Uterine cancer
- Cervical cancer
- Early ovarian cancer
At Richmond University Medical Center, the da Vinci Surgical System can be used for many procedures, including:
- Abdominal Wall Hernia Repair
- Colectomy (for colon cancer and diverticulitis)
- Gastrectomy (removal of stomach tumors)
- Hiatial Hernia Repair (diaphragm repair)
- Hysterectomy (removal of uterine cancer and fibroids)
- Nephrectomy (kidney removal)
- Nissen Fundoplication (for acid reflux)
- Ovarian Cystectomy (removal of ovarian cysts)
- Single-Site Cholecystectomy (gallbladder removal)
- Splenectomy (spleen removal)
Dr. Eli Serur on Minimally Invasive Gynecologic Surgery
The high-tech approach can mean a faster recovery and a shorter hospital stay
Eli Serur, MD, the director of gynecologic oncology services at Richmond University Medical Center, has been performing surgery at the hospital for nearly two decades. As a specially trained gynecologic surgeon dedicated to diagnosing and treating benign and malignant conditions of women’s reproductive organs, he provides screening for early cancer detection and genetic testing as well as treatment. Surical options for women consist of traditional and minimally invasive techniques, including laparoscopic and robotic surgery. A laparoscopic procedure is a minimally invasive alternative to a traditional “open” in which a large incision must be made. When gynecological surgery is necessary, surgeons at Richmond University Medical Center provide patients with minimally invasive, leading edge options whenever possible.
Dr. Serur is trained to perform single site robotic hysterectomies; Richmond University Medical Center is the only hospital on Staten Island to offer this procedure. According to Dr. Serur, who is relied on as a resource for physicians in the field, the kind of treatment or surgery performed is depends on the patient and her condition. “At Richmond University Medical Center, our goal is to deliver the treatment best suited to condition and health, focusing on quality of life. We need to do a work-up, find the diagnosis, determine the status of the disease, and evaluate overall health. There is not just one decision – there are options within each decision, all based on age, health, and condition. For example, many cervical or uterine cancer patients in the early stage of the disease may be eligible for minimally invasive techniques, and go home the next day, with full recovery within two weeks. Those with advanced conditions may have different options.”
Dr. Serur has performed thousands of laparoscopic surgeries and hundreds of robotic surgeries using the da Vinci Surgical System. Robotic surgery can be particularly effective when the patient is obese, as can happen with endometrial cancer, as this condition is more prevalent in obese women because of related hormonal changes. “The use of the da Vinci equipment makes performing surgery on a highly overweight patient easier, as there is clear organ visibility and facilitated manageability of the tissue.”
“When you come to Richmond University Medical Center,” he goes on to say, “You are evaluated by health care providers with vast experience in gynecological cancer and related diseases. You are provided with options, including the most current and up-to-date services that are applicable to your situation. Plus, we make sure to follow up with our patients on a regular basis to make sure they stay in remission. We have a high overall success rate.”
Richmond University Medical Center, through the hands of specially-trained expert physicians, offers patients who qualify minimally invasive surgical options that reduce complications and the time it takes to return to normal activities.