Menorah Medical Center
September 15, 2014

Menorah Medical Center (MMC) — part of HCA Midwest Health, Kansas City’s leading healthcare provider — will join the Colon Cancer Coalition from 6:30 to 9 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 20, 2014 at the Fourth Annual Get Your Rear in Gear 5K Run/Walk at the Legends Outlets in Kansas City, Kan.  Kansas City’s largest colon cancer event raises funds for colon cancer awareness efforts in the community.  The money raised helps with prevention, early detection and treatment and healthy living projects for colon cancer in the community. The event includes refreshments, t-shirts and marathon-quality medals for age group winner and provides a special opportunity to honor survivors and those lost to colon cancer.

Menorah Medical Center is a leader in Kansas City offering da Vinci technology, and is the first in Kansas City and one of the first across the globe to receive the newest and most advanced da Vinci Xi Surgical System.  The system is a technological leap forward in replacing large-incision abdominal surgeries (open surgery) with a minimally invasive approach and offers three-dimensional, high-definition visualization, which allows enhanced dexterity and greater precision and control for the surgeon during complex, multi-quadrant surgeries.

Menorah Medical Center board-certified Colorectal Surgeons Lina O’Brien, MD and Benyamine Mizrahi, MD, were the first in Kansas City to perform colorectal procedures on the da Vinci Xi on Sept. 8, 2014 at the hospital in Overland Park.

Menorah Medical Center will have a mobile model of the da Vinci Xi technology onsite at Get Your Rear in Gear.  Dr. O’Brien and Dr. Mizrahi will be on hand to answer questions and for media interviews about this state-of-the-art technology that is the most advanced, least invasive option for colorectal surgery, among others, and is allowing minimally invasive surgery to become the standard of care.

“Menorah Medical Center is committed to offering significant surgical advancements such as da Vinci Xi to our community,” says Steven D. Wilkinson, FACHE, President and Chief Executive Officer, Menorah Medical Center. “Our highly skilled surgeons are honored to be among the first in the world to utilize this truly amazing state-of-the-art technology.”

“We are proud to offer the da Vinci Xi to patients in Kansas City and to participate in meaningful awareness-building events such as Get Your Rear in Gear,” says Dr. Mizrahi.  “The statistics are staggering —the American Cancer Society estimates that 96,830 new cases of colon cancer and 40,000 new cases of rectal cancer will be diagnosed in 2014. It is expected to cause 50,310 deaths this year and yet, with early screening and improved treatments and advanced technology, such as the da Vinci Xi, more people are surviving.”

“For the patient, the da Vinci Xi Surgical System will mean low blood loss, a quicker return to physical functions and a normal diet, along with a shorter hospital stay,” says Dr. O’Brien.  “It also means resuming normal activities much quicker than with traditional colorectal surgery. For me as a surgeon, it provides unparalleled clarity and precision. And as a surgeon who specializes in colorectal surgery and patient care, being involved in an event such as Get Your Rear in Gear is important — if it helps one more person get screened and diagnosed early, that is priceless.”

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