Surgeon’s mission trip takes expertise in women’s surgery to Nicaragua

David L. Doering, M.D., to help women with access to treatments for gynecology issues

Each year, more than 200 women are able to see David L. Doering, M.D., for issues requiring surgery for gynecologic cancers. A “Master Surgeon” as designated by the Surgical Review Corp., Dr. Doering uses minimally invasive and robotic surgery techniques.

In February, he’ll be taking his surgical expertise to women in Chinandega, Nicaragua. Access to health care is an issue in the second poorest country in the Western Hemisphere.

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“There are many women in Nicaragua who need help for gynecological issues,” said Dr. Doering, who is a gynecologic oncologist with Norton Cancer Institute and is also board certified in obstetrics and gynecology. “This includes fibroids, stress incontinence and pelvic organ prolapse.

“By providing my services as part of a mission trip, I hope to help women who otherwise would have to live with their symptoms.”

At Norton Women’s & Children’s Hospital, Dr. Doering is part of its designation as a Center of Excellence in Robotic Surgery and Center of Excellence in Minimally Invasive Gynecology. In Nicaragua, he’ll have to do things the “old school” way.

“In the United States we have access to the latest advancements for care,” Dr. Doering said. “If we’re lucky, we’ll have access [in Nicaragua] to some laparoscopy equipment for some minimally invasive techniques.

“If not, we’ll need to use other surgical approaches.”

Norton Healthcare is donating surgical instruments to assist his efforts.

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