GRMC expands minimally invasive surgical services

Dr. Mariana Vigiola Cruz. (GRMC photo)

Guam Regional Medical City (GRMC) is looking forward to the expansion of its minimally invasive surgical services with the addition 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 recovery in 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 related to dialysis access during the initial COVID-19 emergency response in New York City.

GRMC is excited for the additional expertise Dr. Vigiola Cruz will bring to our minimally invasive surgery services. The expansion of our minimally invasive surgery services is another way GRMC continues to provide Guam with excellence in healthcare. If you’re considering or having surgery, ask your primary care provider to refer you to GRMC’s Specialty Clinic to discuss minimally invasive options with our surgical department.

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(GRMC Release)