Mercy's Dr. Kevin Audlin Discusses New "Low Impact" Surgery
There is a new, minimally invasive laparoscopic surgery used to treat a variety of gynecological conditions.
Kevin M. Audlin, M.D., FACOG, Co-Director, The Endometriosis Center, Institute for Gynecologic Care at Mercy Medical Center, is the first doctor in the mid-Atlantic region to use 3 millimeter tools for minimally invasive laparoscopic surgery for gynecologic conditions.
According to Dr. Audlin, the tools have gotten smaller and smaller. They used to be 10-12 millimeters, then five, and now they measure at just three millimeters.
"What I'm seeing is significant improvement in outcomes; quicker return to work, less pain, less narcotic usage, which is huge," Dr. Audlin said.
"I started feeling this horrible pain last July before I went to Greece. I almost didn't go because of the pain," patient Sarah Asdenti said.
Asdenti was able to make that trip after the minimally invasive surgery, not just for her endometriosis, but for an umbilical hernia, ovarian cyst and for her appendix. Dr. Audlin was able to do it all in one procedure. Two months post-op, she's feeling great.
Dr. Audlin added that most patients don't see much of a scar at all.
View Mercy gynecologist Dr. Kevin Audlin’s interview on low impact 3mm gynecologic surgery.
Founded in 1874 in downtown Baltimore by the Sisters of Mercy, Mercy Medical Center is a 183-licensed bed acute care university-affiliated teaching hospital. Mercy has been recognized as a top Maryland hospital by U.S. News & World Report; a Top 100 hospital for Women’s Health & Orthopedics by Healthgrades; is currently A-rated for Hospital Safety (Leapfrog Group), and is recognized by the American Nurses Credentialing Center as a Magnet Hospital. Mercy Medical Center is part of Mercy Health Services (MHS), the parent of Mercy’s primary care and specialty care physician enterprise, known as Mercy Personal Physicians, which employs more than 200 providers with locations in Baltimore, Lutherville, Overlea, Glen Burnie, Columbia and Reisterstown. For more information about Mercy, visit www.mdmercy.com, MDMercyMedia on Facebook, Twitter, or call 1-800-MD-Mercy.