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Gynecologic Surgery

When medication and non-invasive procedures are unable to relieve symptoms, surgery remains the accepted and most effective treatment for a range of gynecologic conditions. These include, but are not limited to, uterine fibroids, endometriosis, pelvic pain, ovarian cysts, uterine prolapse and menorrhagia or excessive bleeding.

Traditional open gynecologic surgery, using a large incision for access to the uterus and surrounding anatomy, has for many years been the standard approach to many gynecologic procedures. Yet with open surgery can come significant pain, trauma, a long recovery process and threat to surrounding organs and nerves. For women facing gynecologic surgery, the period of pain, discomfort and extended time away from normal daily activities that usually follows traditional surgery can understandably cause significant anxiety.

Fortunately, less invasive options are available. Some gynecologic procedures enable surgeons to access the target anatomy using a vaginal approach, which may not require an external incision. But for complex hysterectomies and other gynecologic procedures, robot-assisted surgery with the da Vinci® Surgical System may be the most effective, least invasive treatment option. Through tiny, 1-2 cm incisions, the physicians at ECMiss, using the da Vinci System, can operate with greater precision and control, minimizing the pain and risk associated with large incisions while increasing the likelihood of a fast recovery and excellent clinical outcomes.


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Richard C. Taft, MD

 

Dr. Richard Taft, a Greenville native, received his undergraduate degree from Duke University and his medical degree from the University of North Carolina School of Medicine.  He completed his residency at UNC Hospitals.
Dr. Taft has been part of medical mission to Africa.
Dr. Taft and his wife, Cheryl, have three daughters. In his spare time, Dr. Taft enjoys the beach, golf and spending time with his grandchildren.

    Richard Taft
 

Hale H. Stephenson, MD

 

Dr. Stephenson was a Morehead Scholar at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill.  He graduated from East Carolina University School of Medicine.  Dr Stephenson completed his residency at UNC Hospitals. He is certified in robotic surgery.
Dr. Stephenson has been part of medical missions to Nicaragua and Armenia.
He enjoys photography and spending time with his wife, Lee, and their three daughters.

   
 

Frank L. Gay, MD

 

Dr. Gay graduated with honors from Duke University and Emory University School of Medicine and completed his residency at the University of Alabama.  Originally from New York, he has been an Ob/Gyn since 1990 and is certified in robotic surgery.
Dr. Gay enjoys camping and hiking with his wife, Debbie, and their four sons.
Dr. Gay has been part of medical missions to Africa and Central America, and is a faculty advisor for the Christian Medical Association.

   
 

Scott Avery, MD

 

Dr. Avery graduated from Virginia Tech and the University of Oklahoma School of Medicine and completed his residency at the University of Virginia Hospital in Charlottesville. He is certified in robotic surgery.
Dr. Avery enjoys traveling, skiing and spending time with his wife, Kim and their four children.
Dr. Avery has been part of medical mission trips to Haiti.

   
 
   

William H. Taft, III, MD

 

Dr. William Taft graduated from the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, received his medical degree from East Carolina University School of Medicine and completed his residency at the University of Alabama. He is certified in robotic surgery.
Dr. Taft is active in the Boys and Girls Club. He enjoys the beach, duck hunting and spending time with wife, Holly, and their four daughters.

   
 

Angela Haskins, MD

 

Dr. Haskins graduated from the University of Delaware, received her medical degree from the University of South Carolina School of Medicine Columbia and completed her residency at East Carolina University Brody School of Medicine
Dr. Haskins enjoys a full range of sports including basketball and football.
In her spare time she loves spending time with her husband, James, and their two children.

   

Kori Whitley, MD

 

Dr. Whitley graduated from Appalachian State University, received her medical degree from East Carolina University Brody School of Medicine and completed her residency at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center.
In her free time, Dr. Whitley enjoys cooking, reading, going to the beach and spending time with her husband, Wyatt.

   
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