Dr Harry Reich, MD, FACOG, FACS
Currently, Dr Reich maintains a patient practice in New York and in Kingston, Pennsylvania.
Friday, August 12, 2005
Dr Harry Reich, MD, FACOG, FACS, known worldwide in the field of laparoscopic surgery is brought patients from the USA to perform advanced gynaecologic procedures at the Chrissie Tomlinson Memorial Hospital this week. He is being assisted by local Gynaecologist, Dr Barry Richter.
Four American patients came to Grand Cayman especially for their surgery. And according to Dr Richter, “Dr Reich performs very sophisticated gynaecologic surgery including the treatment of complicated endometriosis.”
He is one of the very few doctors trained and experienced in the use of SprayGel Adhesion Barrier - designed to prevent or reduce the formation of adhesions in the abdominal or pelvic cavity after surgical procedures, said Dr Richter.
The International Adhesions Society (USA) describes adhesions as fibrous bands which connect tissues and organs that are normally separated. They are sometimes associated with endometriosis and pelvic inflammatory disease, and often form after abdominal or pelvic surgery.
Over 93 percent of patients who have had one or more procedures may have adhesions. The formation of adhesions following pelvic surgery remains one of the leading causes of infertility, small bowel obstruction and re-operation for pelvic pain. These complications can greatly affect a woman’s daily activities.
“Although the use of SprayGel Adhesion Barrier has been approved since November 2001 in Europe, it is not yet approved by the FDA, making this treatment unavailable in the US. For several years, Dr. Reich has been taking his patients to Italy and Germany so that they can benefit from this treatment,” explained Dr. Richter.
SprayGel is a smooth water based coating material known as a hydrogel. At the end of the surgical procedure the surgeon easily applies the adhesion barrier which coats tissues during the critical healing period, preventing specific tissues from sticking together and forming adhesions.“I am very excited about the opportunity of performing surgery in Cayman. Obviously it is much closer and more convenient for my patients to come to Cayman rather than Europe. The patient also gets the opportunity to recuperate in a warm, world-class getaway,” said Dr. Reich.
Dr. Reich has performed many firsts, including the first laparoscopic hysterectomy, the first pelvic lymphadenectomy for cancer, and the first excision of cul-de-sac endometriosis that included rectal resection. Dr. Reich has performed more than 4,000 gynaecologic laparoscopic procedures, and is internationally renowned for developing advanced laparoscopic techniques and for his many publications, presentations, textbooks and chapters, lectures and research. He is the co-editor of the Textbook of Laparoscopy, 3rd Edition, published in 1998.
In 1991 Dr. Reich received the Excel Award for extraordinary contributions to laparoscopy by the Society of Laparoendoscopic Surgeons. He is consistently listed among the Best Doctors in America in many ranking publications.