New NOCHS practice aims to address ‘silent epidemic’ among women

Mark Brooky • Jul 21, 2015 at 11:02 AM

The center is “a carved-out program” inside the Grand Haven-based health system’s continuum of care, NOCHS officials said.

Gynecological surgeon Dr. Samir Hamati will serve as the center’s medical director. He was the first physician on the Lakeshore to perform robotic surgery in 2006 and has performed more pelvic prolapse surgery than any other physician in Michigan to date, according to NOCHS officials.

“In Michigan, we see about a 40-percent failure rate with pelvic prolapse surgeries done in the traditional ‘open’ way — where a long incision is made across the abdomen and the surgeon works with his hands inside the patient,” Hamati said. “Higher infection rates, longer recovery periods, more blood loss and more chances for adhesions (trauma to surrounding tissue) happen this way.”

Since May, Hamati has performed nine prolapsed correction surgeries using the less-invasive da Vinci system at North Ottawa Community Hospital.

“Because we continue to see a rise in that specific surgical volume, and recognizing Dr. Hamati’s desire to specialize in that area, we established the Pelvic Prolapse Correction Center of Michigan,” NOCHS Chief Communications Officer Jen VanSkiver said.

Hamati calls robotics “the gold standard” in surgery. It allows him to see where he needs to more clearly and closely, offering better precision.

“As a result, I can do more, less invasively than I could the traditional way,” he said. “Now, I cannot only reposition the lapsed organ, but I can precisely and delicately strengthen the surrounding area to ensure all of the pelvic organs are firmly in place, significantly minimizing the chance for any future issues.”

NOCHS will have a demonstration surgical robot for the public to try out during the upcoming Coast Guard Festival’s Seniors Day on Wednesday, Aug. 3. It will be at the Mulligan’s Hollow Recreation Area from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The public will find it is much like a video game: stacking virtual blocks and rings, and moving objects that simulate the precision of the robot.

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