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Dealing with an Infertility Diagnosis: Know Your Options Aug 2nd, 2019

Receiving an infertility diagnosis might feel like the end of the world — but it’s not. With advanced technologies, innovations in medical care, and the help of a fertility expert, you may very well be able to conceive.  Dr. Richard Farnam of Texas Urogynecology & Laser Surgery Center explains infertility...

What Causes Chronic Pelvic Pain? Jul 25th, 2019

Do you suffer from chronic pelvic pain? This condition can be hard to diagnose. Medically, it’s often described simply as chronic, non-cyclic pain in the pelvic region, meaning it’s not tied to the menstrual cycle. Finding a doctor who will take your pain seriously and work with you to find...

Living With Endometriosis Jun 21st, 2019

If you are one of the approximately one in ten women who suffer from endometriosis, you may be familiar with the constant cycle of pain, abnormal bleeding, or infertility struggles that plague many women with the condition. For many years, endometriosis was understudied and under-diagnosed. Today, you can seek a...

What You Need to Know About Essure® Removal May 15th, 2019

In the past, many women who wanted permanent sterilization without a hysterectomy or tubal ligation chose Essure as a convenient, non-surgical option. The procedure included the insertion of a 1-inch long coil into each fallopian tube via the vagina. Sterilization would result as scar tissue formed around each coil, creating...

Have You Heard About the New Revolutionary Treatment for Problematic Fibroids? Apr 17th, 2019

Most women develop fibroids at some point in their lives, but for 1 in 5, these growths can become highly problematic, causing varying levels of pain and bleeding, as well as pregnancy issues. Until now, the most effective way to put an end to troublesome fibroids was through a hysterectomy,...

Don't Endure Painful Sex After Menopause Mar 27th, 2019

When it comes to the “change of life,” you may be expecting the hot flashes and night sweats, since that’s what most women talk about when they go through menopause. But what you may not be expecting are the changes that occur to your intimate areas -- the vaginal dryness,...

Learn About Our New and Improved, Minimally Invasive Prolapse Surgery Feb 15th, 2019

If you’ve reached the end of conservative measures for treating pelvic organ prolapse and it’s time for surgery, you can choose an innovative, minimally invasive option that can decrease your surgical recovery time, minimize scarring, and speed your healing. Richard Farnam, MD is a board-certified urogynecologist and surgeon who leads...

Doctors share ways to improve treatment for incontinent patients at experts’ forum Jan 14th, 2019

Declaring that it’s time to replace adult diapers and social withdrawal with more liberating long-term options, a recent forum of the nation’s top surgeons looked at how to improve patient and physician education regarding more effective therapies for incontinence.   “It makes me want to educate my patients and other providers...

Considering pelvic organ prolapse surgery? Read this first Jan 14th, 2019

Pelvic support defects and organ prolapse are common conditions for women as they age, but many women won’t discuss their symptoms – not even with their doctors. In the United States 24% of women have Pelvic Organ Prolapse (POP) where one or more organs in the pelvis, such as the uterus, bladder or...

Dr. Farnam Performs Milestone 2000th Robotic Surgery Jan 14th, 2019

Farnam credits his early adoption of technology and minimally invasive surgical procedures, with reaching this individual milestone that entire hospitals and health care centers more commonly achieve as a group. “It’s an honor and a privilege to be one of a handful of surgeons in the country -  and in...

Can treatments like FemiLift and MonaLisa Touch vaginal laser therapy really turn back time... May 29th, 2018

More and more women are looking to take control of their bodies again after changes brought by childbirth and aging. Some are looking for relief from the misery of post-menopausal issues like vaginal dryness, itching, urinary incontinence or painful intercourse. Others may feel a sense of vaginal “loosening” that affects their...

Milestone of 2000 robotic surgeries by Texas physician highlights major shift in gynecology care Sep 27th, 2017

EL PASO - When Dr. Richard Farnam tested one of the first robots for minimally invasive gynecology surgery in 2002 he knew he was participating in a revolutionary advancement in patient care. “It was something from the future. No one had ever even been able to conceive of a surgery...

KTSM: Borderland Doctor Working to Reduce Surgical Injuries Apr 30th, 2017

Las Palmas Medical Center is currently the only site in the world that's enrolling patients in a clinical trial for a new fluorescent chemical.  Dr. Richard Farnam says the purpose of that chemical is to protect the ureter, a tube that connects the kidney to the bladder, during certain surgeries. ...

Texas doctor uses fluorescent imaging in groundbreaking hysterectomy surgery Mar 6th, 2017

Dr. Richard Farnam of the Texas Urogynecology and Laser Surgery Center has launched a groundbreaking trial that has the potential to dramatically reduce the risk of ureter injury during surgery.     Ureter injuries are the one of the most serious complications of gynecological and general surgeries.  The ureters are paired...

There’s no quick fix for Female Sexual Dysfunction, but plenty of options remain May 16th, 2016

While last year’s debut of the so-called “Female Viagra” was a disappointment, women should know it wasn’t their only option. There are still a number of time-tested treatments that can help with some of the gynecological factors behind female sexual dysfunction.      Approximately 40 percent of women in the U.S. are estimated to...

Dr. Farnam captures spotlight for El Paso in live broadcast of robotic surgery May 2nd, 2016

More than 7,000 gynecologic surgeons got their first look at the latest innovation in robotic surgery demonstrated by Dr. Richard Farnam of the Texas Urogynecology and Laser Surgery Center during the 2016 AAGL Global Hysterectomy Summit in April. Farnam and his team appeared via live broadcast to perform the first hysterectomy in...

Next-generation surgical robot brings new treatment options to El Paso women Aug 24th, 2015

Robotic surgery in El Paso has taken a major leap forward with the debut of the four-armed Da Vinci XI technology, which offers surgeons a greater range of motion and reach for even more minimally invasive treatments. “The new Xi surgical robot is the culmination of years of meticulous engineering...

Urinary incontinence: To sling or not to sling? Mesh is the question - Read on for the answer Aug 10th, 2015

Many women are paying a high price for urinary incontinence without knowing all the facts behind a simple procedure that has been providing a permanent solution for decades. That is largely attributed to a reluctance women have to talk with their doctors about their symptoms out of embarrassment, or the...

Patients should understand risks in uterine fibroid surgery Aug 14th, 2014

Women dealing with problems from uterine fibroids should be informed of recent developments in screening and surgical procedures for treatment. In response to an April 2104 notice from the FDA over a common surgical technique, gynecologist associations are working to raise awareness and deepen research on the issue so that patients can make informed...

Robotic Ovarian Tumor Surgery | Mary’s story Jul 22nd, 2014

Women, like Mary, with a personal or family history of breast cancer have an elevated risk of ovarian cancer.  So when a tumor appeared on her ovary, she and her physician, Dr. Richard Farnam of the Texas Urogynecology and Laser Surgery Center, chose to take an aggressive approach to treatment.  Checkups...

Texas Urogynecology and Laser Surgery center announces new website Mar 29th, 2014

The Texas Urogynecology and Laser Surgery center is proud to announce the release of the center’s newly redesigned website, www.farnammd.com. The new website serves as a portal for helpful patient information, including the latest research on gynecologic conditions and the most advanced robotic surgical treatment options.  Urogynecology is a specialized field...

Physician travels from Taiwan to learn from Dr. Farnam Mar 15th, 2014

What brings a traveling gynecologist from Taiwan to El Paso? For Dr. Grace Lo it was the chance to observe Dr. Richard Farnam of the Texas Urogynecology and Laser Surgery Center, who she sought out for his expertise in minimally invasive surgery. “I’ve been here three weeks and I’ve already...

Dr. Farnam is now Board Certified in Urogynecology Nov 12th, 2013

In August of 2013, Dr. Farnam became one of the first board certified urogynecologists in the United States. Dr. Farnam is now Double Board certified in Obstetrics and Gynecology and Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery (Urogynecology). Urogynecology is a subspecialty of gynecologic surgery, which involves the treatment of pelvic...

Dr. Farnam leads the nation with Single Incision Robotic Surgery Aug 8th, 2013

El Paso Times recently interviewed Dr. Farnam about this new surgical technique.  Dr. Farnam is one of only seven initial surgeons in the nation to offer Single Site hysterectomy.  This surgical technique allows for a potentially scarless hysterectomy procedure. INOVATOR IN SINGLE SITE SURGERIES Over 750 robot surgeries since 2007 First...

Las Palmas Medical Center Among First in Nation To Perform Single-Site Robotic Hysterectomy Surgery May 31st, 2013

"This single-site robotic platform provides surgeons with the increased dexterity, control and high-definition 3-D vision found with traditional robotic surgery, as well as the added benefit of performing the operation through a single, nearly invisible scar hidden in the navel," Richard Farnam, M.D., a gynecologist and robotic surgeon at Las Palmas...

El Paso Inc. writes a story on Dr. Farnam's single incision hysterectomy May 28th, 2013

First there was R2-D2, the diminutive robot of “Star Wars” fame. Now 30 years later, there is daVinci Si Vespa platform, a seven-foot robot with tools on a cart, managed at a console by a surgeon performing one-site hysterectomies and gallbladder operations. “Medicine lagged far behind the movie industry in...

Why women should care about the new board certification for urogynecologists Mar 28th, 2013

After years spent developing criteria for assessing quality care, the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology and the American Board of Urology in 2013 granted its first certifications in the specialty of Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery to qualified urogynecologists. Urogynecology takes a comprehensive approach to managing pelvic disorders that used to require...

El Paso Inc. - Farnam Leads Robotic Gynecologic Surgery Training Feb 11th, 2012

El Paso gynecologic surgeon, Dr. Richard Farnm has been designated as the Epiccenter for Robotic Gynecologic Surgery in the Southwest.  The Epicenter is an honor appointed by the intuitive Surgical, the manufacturer of the Da Vinci robot.  The program is designed to teach and train doctors around the country on...

El Paso, Texas now part of the da Vinci Epicenter Progam Jan 2nd, 2012

Over 25 U.S. Training Epicenters with combined experience exceeding 5,000 cases have been chosen for their excellence in patient outcomes and dedication to assisting new da Vinci surgeons through their initial case series. New da Vinci  surgeons and their teams visit Epicenter sites to observe cases and learn da Vinci surgical techniques. Epicenter surgeons then...

Robotic Future: Simulator helps doctors hone their surgical skills Jul 18th, 2011

Dr. Richard Farnam uses a new tool that allows him to perform highly complicated robotic surgeries in the operating room at Las Palmas Medical Center -- without a patient. That's because he uses a robotic surgical system called the da Vinci Skills Simulator, allowing him to practice his surgical skills...

Cutting edge x2: Surgeon combines new technique, technology for groundbreaking procedure Apr 13th, 2009

There's virtually no sign that Maria Contreras had a hysterectomy only three weeks ago.  The skin on her stomach is smooth, and you'd have to peer into her belly button to find traces of her cutting edge surgery. "I was amazed," said Contreras, 45. "I was up and waking the...

Solutions: Panel offers women answers to pressing health concerns Sep 22nd, 2008

Women have a lot questions about their bodies and the things time and disease can do to them.  But they don't always reach out for answers.  Maybe events - free events like Women's Health Seminar on Tuesday at Las Palmas Life-Care Center - can lend a helping hand.