JFL Obtains Advanced Equipment for Minimally Invasive Gynecologic Surgery

Gov. Juan F. Luis Hospital and Medical Center (file photo)

Gov. Juan F. Luis Hospital and Medical Center (JFL) is working with Hologic and now owns the advanced equipment necessary to perform Myosure and Novasure Minimally Invasive Gynecologic Surgery (MIGS).  JFL is the first and only hospital offering these Hologic procedures in the Caribbean.

Through partnering with two experienced physicians on St. Croix, Dr. Michele Berkeley MD/ FACOG and Dr. O. Anne Treasure, MD/FACOG, JFL has been able to perform 10 successful procedures since Feb. 15. Every patient reports they are healing well and have experienced no adverse post-surgical effects.

The Novasure and Myosure procedures are typically performed on women in their reproductive years (ages 24 to 47) who are experiencing uterine polyps and fibroids. They are minimally invasive, low risk and ideal for patients who do not have the necessary resources to leave the island for care or to take time off of work because this procedure is outpatient and does not require an overnight stay in the hospital.

Dr. Berkeley has been performing Novasure since 2015 and Myosure since 2018 at other hospitals on the mainland and was excited to bring this procedure to JFL to help the women of the Virgin Islands. About 1 in 5 women are affected by heavy or abnormal menstrual bleeding. With Novasure, 77% of women will have reduced or stopped menstrual bleeding within the first year. (Novasure, Hologic, 2018)

“Minimally invasive surgery is the wave of the future in medicine. JFL has partnered with Hologic, to bring state of the art gynecological care to women in the Virgin Islands. With the Novasure and Myosure we can now provide cutting edge surgical management of gynecological issues. This allows us to provide uterine sparing alternative surgical options with shorter hospital stays and decreased post-operative pain. I am proud to be a part of this revolutionary change,” said Dr. Michelle Berkeley.

“MIGS technology provides more options for outpatient and highly technical surgical procedures than we have ever had before. The recovery is shorter with less pain, and patients have the ability to receive state of the art care close to home,” said Dr. O. Anne Treasure, FACOG

“Our goal is to become the premier provider of women’s health in our community,” said Paul Blank, director of operating room at JFL.

To make an appointment with Dr. Treasure at St. Croix OB/GYN, women can go online to www.stcroixobgyn.com or call the office at 719-9873 or email stcroixobgyn@gmail.com.

For appointments with Dr. Berkeley at Hercare Inc., appointments can be requested via website at www.hercarevi.com or call the office at 692-2510, or email info@hercareusvi.com.

Women who call the hospital will be directed to their gynecologist to make an appointment. Initial appointments cannot be made through the hospital for this service.