Center for Minimally Invasive Surgery

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Mount St. Mary's Hospital and Health Center has implemented its $1.2 million expansion of Interventional Radiology Services resulting in the creation of the Center for Minimally Invasive Surgery (CMIS). The new Center is integrated into the hospital's new $4.9 million Imaging Center which opened in November 2003. With the Imaging Center already housing state-of-the-art MRI and CT technology, the new Center for Minimally Invasive Surgery allows even further expansion of services.

"As we continue to be a primary provider of interventional radiology services in Niagara, we have expanded our service to meet the full needs of the community," said Judith A. Maness, president and chief executive officer. "Since 1997 Dr. Frederick Poynton has been leading our interventional radiology services and has developed a quality relationship with local physicians."

Dr. Poynton graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University at Buffalo School of Medicine and came to Mount St. Mary's in 1997. Dr. Poynton is a Board Certified, Fellowship Trained Interventional Radiologist. He has earned the highest medical certifications in his specialty.

"Dr. Poynton is well known and well respected for his expertise. Because of his unique talents we are significantly investing in this service," Ms. Maness said.

Minimally Invasive Surgery or Interventional Radiology is 21st Century Medicine. It is a rapidly growing area of medicine. Interventional radiologists are physicians who specialize in minimally invasive, targeted treatments performed using imaging guidance. Interventional radiology procedures are an advance in medicine that replace open surgical procedures. They are generally easier for the patient because they involve no large incisions, less risk, less pain and shorter recovery times. Many minimally invasive surgery procedures can be performed without an overnight stay in the hospital. General anesthesia is usually not required and procedures are often less expensive than other surgical alternatives.

Interventional Radiologists (IRs) use their expertise in reading X-rays, ultrasound and other medical images to guide small instruments such as catheters through the blood vessels or other pathways to treat disease percutaneously (through the skin). These procedures are typically much less invasive and much less costly than traditional surgery.

Located minutes from the Canadian border, Mount St. Mary’s Hospital is the hospital of choice for Western New York and Niagara Falls residents.

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