Mentors Laparoscopic Surgeons in Latin America
He Headlined Mexico City Conference
May 22-25, 2012
Laparoscopic pioneer Thomas L. Lyons MD, trainer of thousands of
surgeons internationally over the past 22 years, demonstrated minimally
invasive gynecologic surgery techniques in Mexico City in May.
International Society of Gynecologic Endoscopists and American
Association of Gynecologic Laparscopists (AAGL) invited Dr. Lyons to
perform surgery at their conference May 22-25, 2012 in Mexico City.
April he participated in the 7th AAGL International Congress
on Minimally Invasive Gynecology in Buenos Aires, Argentina,
demonstrating Laparoscopic Supracervical Hysterectomy (a procedure he
developed in 1989) as well as myomectomy (removal of fibroids while
sparing the uterus) and surgical excision of endometriosis.
“It’s a three-pronged approach,” explained Dr. Lyons. “We’ll demonstrate
the technique the first time; on the second procedure we collaborate
with the surgeon learning it; and on the third I oversee what they do.”
From Lisbon, Portugal, to St. Louis, Missouri; from Moscow to the Mayo
Clinic; from Buenos Aires to Costa Rica, Dr. Lyons is respected—and
requested as an expert presenter and surgical trainer.
June he will travel to Moscow, Russia, for the 25th
International Congress on New Technologies for the Diagnosis and
Treatment of Gynecologic Diseases.
Improved Outcomes for Women
gynecologic surgeon is known for developing two laparoscopic procedures,
which have demonstrated vastly improved outcomes for women.
LSH, or laparoscopic supracervical hysterectomy developed in 1989,
leaves the woman’s cervix intact as a keystone support for the anatomy.
technique has also been shown in studies to help improve sexual function
post-surgery. Reasons for this include the fact that the vagina hasn’t
been scarred or pulled down as may occur in a laparoscopically assisted
vaginal hysterectomy. Dr. Lyons has always practiced vaginal
restoration as standard operating procedure for LSH and pelvic floor
Since abdominal incisions are
so tiny (unlike procedures performed using laparotomy or bikini
incision), fewer nerves are damaged, pain is lessened, and recovery is
Lyons also developed the Laparoscopic Burch Procedure for stress urinary
incontinence. It is among a variety of options for leakage and pelvic
floor defects that he teaches eager trainees around the world.
traveling to these destinations, he donates his time on ten to fifteen
demonstration cases during a week while he mentors surgeons learning the
minimally invasive techniques he developed.
Evolution of a World-Class Surgeon
Dr. Lyons began teaching surgeons from
around the world in the late 1980s as he trained others on laparoscopic
gallbladder removal. From there he began exploration and training on
tubal pregnancies, ovarian cysts, fibroids, hysterectomy and
endometriosis. At the present time, even certain cancers can be removed
In the early 1990s, telesurgery
revolutionized the field and Dr. Lyons began performing procedures in
his customary operating environment while surgeons in Europe or Asia
watched, asked questions and learned remotely.
“Doctors like to see and learn how to
perform a procedure live,” said Lyons.
He is now licensed to practice in
countries throughout the world. Perhaps his most challenging
international case involved the wife of the head rabbi in Israel, who
required pelvic floor repair. “She had given birth to 18 children, and
this was a redo of someone else’s work,” said Lyons. The restorative
procedure was a success.
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