MILFORD, MA--(Marketwire - Feb 26, 2013) - Melissa (Mead) Clough, M.D., an obstetrics and gynecology physician and surgeon with a private practice in Milford, MA, today announced she offers patients a minimally-invasive surgical option using the da Vinci robotically-assisted surgical system. Dr. Clough is the first robotically trained gynecologic surgeon in the Milford region and among the few surgeons in metrowest Boston who are taking the lead in using the da Vinci robotic technique for surgical procedures.
The da Vinci robotic surgical system is used in a wide range of procedures, such as cardiac, thoracic and urological procedures as well as gynecologic procedures. Dr. Clough performs da Vinci robotic gynecologic procedures at Milford Regional Medical Center and at St. Elizabeth's Medical Center, Boston, MA.
Dr. Clough uses the da Vinci robotic surgical system for gynecologic procedures such as hysterectomies, ovarian cystectomies and treatment of endometriosis, among others. The da Vinci system's 3-D surgical view allows for greater access, precision and control than other minimally invasive approaches such as two-dimensional laparoscopy, enabling superior visualization of tissue planes and target anatomy. This expands the pool of patients who can benefit from minimally-invasive surgery to include patients with complex conditions such as high BMI, previous surgeries, large fibroids, chronic pelvic pain, fertility issues or severe endometriosis.
Use of the da Vinci robotic surgical technique also allows for improved outcomes that are beneficial to the patients, such as minimal blood loss and tissue damage, smaller incisions, less scar tissue, decreased length of hospital stay and recovery time, diminished post-operative pain, and a faster return to normal activities.
"I am passionate about offering services to my patients that will best meet their needs and that includes providing them with minimally invasive surgical options," said Dr. Clough. "I am committed to learning the latest technology and have been among those surgeons taking the lead with adopting new tools, such as laparoscopy. Therefore, I immediately pursued robotics, especially since it is an ideal solution for those women who would otherwise not have the option of having minimally invasive surgery."
An OB/GYN physician and surgeon for 20 years, Dr. Clough received comprehensive training in the da Vinci robotically-assisted surgical system at St. Elizabeth's and, with the recent acquisition of the da Vinci surgical system at Milford Regional Medical Center, is now performing the robotic gynecological surgical services at the two locations.
About Melissa (Mead) Clough, MD, PhD, FACOG
Dr. Clough is board certified by the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology and is a Fellow of The American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. She earned her medical degree from the Boston University School of Medicine and completed her residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center in Worcester, MA. She has a private OB-GYN practice, "Caring for Women," opened in 1999 and located in Milford. Prior to studying medicine, Dr. Clough completed a PhD at the University of Texas at Austin and served as a faculty member at Harvard Business School.
For more information on Dr. Clough, Caring for Women or the da Vinci robotically-assisted surgical system, visit http://www.caring4women.net.