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Albuquerque Business First

Dennis Domrzalski, Reporter- Albuquerque Business First

Surgeons and other community providers will get a chance Aug. 15 to learn about a new micro-laparoscopy surgical technique at a seminar sponsored by Lovelace Women’s Hospital.

Lovelace Medical Group surgeon Dr. Eldie Cruz will help lead demonstrations on the technique at the all-day seminar at Lovelace Women’s Hospital in Albuquerque.

“It’s going to be an outreach to the community and to the providers to let them know what the surgery is and how it can benefit patients,” Cruz told Albuquerque Business First.

“I have been doing the surgery for five years now, but it is new to New Mexico.”

The micro-laparoscopy technique is used for gallbladder removal, hysterectomies, tubal ligations and endometriosis cell removals.

In micro-laparoscopy, the instruments are 2.3 mm in diameter, which benefits the patient via minimal scarring and potentially shorter recovery times. Traditional laparoscopic incisions have ranged from 5.6 to 13.2 mm in diameter. The goal was to enhance laparoscopic surgery by decreasing patient trauma while increasing physician efficiency during surgery, Cruz said.

“The instruments are so small that they really don’t count as an incision. It’s more like passing a needle through the skin, and it’s roughly the size of an IV needle,” Cruz explained. “Patients who undergo micro-laparoscopy have smaller incisions, which result in less scarring and lower infection rates.”

“Additionally, because of the improved physician efficiencies during the surgery, there is less patient trauma due to smaller incision size, which potentially results in shorter recovery times and less post-operative pain,” he said.

Dr. Cruz has performed more than 500 micro-laparoscopy procedures in his career and joined Lovelace Medical Group in late 2013.

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