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  • Writer's pictureBy Pacific Island Times News Staff

GRMC expands minimally invasive surgical services

Dr. Viola Cruz

The Guam Regional Medical City (GRMC) is looking forward to the expansion of its minimally invasive surgical services with theaddition of a new general surgeon, Dr. Mariana Vigiola Cruz.

Dr. Vigiola Cruz will be performing surgeries currently done in Guam but with much smaller incisions for faster recovery and less morbidity to our patients compared to usual care, as well as performing new specialized procedures like bariatric surgery.

Dr. Vigiola Cruz will be building on the expertise and pioneering efforts of Dr. Christian Eusebio, who performed Guam’s first laparoscopic bariatric surgeries in October 2020 and a second in May 2021.

GRMC welcomes Dr. Vigiola Cruz’s experience in providing bariatric solutions to Guam’s diabetes, heart, and other healthcare issues. She also brings specialized training in treating surgical diseases of the stomach including reflux, and minimally invasive approaches to various types of hernias.

Minimally invasive surgery involves performing operations using specialized techniques and equipment to create very small incisions rather than larger wounds associated with traditional approaches.

The surgery uses a laparoscope, a thin tube with a light and camera, that is inserted into the incision and small, thin instruments to perform the procedure. This results in minimal scarring, less pain and faster recoveryin many cases compared to open surgery.

Dr. Vigiola Cruz comes to GRMC from Northwestern Medicine Lake Forest Hospital in Lake Forest, Illinois where she practiced general, bariatric, and minimally invasive surgery. Dr. Vigiola Cruz completed a Minimally Invasive Surgery and Advanced Gastrointestinal Fellowship at New York-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center and Training. She presented and published research in the areas of general and bariatric surgery, gastrointestinal disorders, burn therapy and basic science, and surgical protocols relatedto dialysis access during the initial COVID-19emergency response in New York City.

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