Douglas Brown, MD, of the Massachusetts General Hospital Minimally Invasive Gynecologic Surgery (MIGS) Center, answers frequently asked questions about our unique approach to gynecologic surgery.

Douglas Brown, MD

Frequently Asked Questions What is unique about the Minimally Invasive Gynecologic Surgery (MIGS) Center at Massachusetts General Hospital?

The MIGS Center at Mass General takes a multidisciplinary approach to patient care. Our expert team of surgeons collaborates to provide the best surgical care for each patient’s unique health concerns.

Are your surgeons certified to perform minimally invasive surgery?

All of our surgeons are certified in obstetrics and gynecology and their respective subspecialty. Several surgeons are certified by a national program called Fundamentals of Laparoscopic Surgery (FLS). The FLS program content has been endorsed by the American College of Surgeons (ACS) and is a joint educational offering of the Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons and ACS. FLS is also CME-accredited.

Do your surgeons perform robotic surgery?

Robotic-assisted laparoscopic surgery, using the da Vinci Surgical System, has been performed at Mass General since 2008. Your physician will determine whether or not a robotic-assisted approach may be useful in your care. Most advanced minimally invasive gynecologic procedures performed by our MIGS physicians do not require use of the da Vinci Surgical System.

What is laparoendoscopic single-site (LESS) surgery?

Also know as single-incision laparoscopy (SIL), laparoendoscopic single-site surgery involves one small skin incision (usually within the belly button), compared to the typical three to four abdominal incisions. Benefits may include a shorter recovery time and a better cosmetic result.

Where do MIGS Center physicians operate?

Procedures are performed at the Mass General main campus in Boston.