UAMS OB/GYN is First in State to Obtain Focused Practice Designation for Minimally Invasive Gynecologic Surgery

By Linda Satter

The designation from the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology (ABOG) recognizes certified specialists who have additional surgical expertise and dedicate a significant percentage of their practice to the care of women with benign and complex gynecologic diseases using minimally invasive surgical techniques.

Racher earned her medical degree from UAMS in 2010 and completed her residency in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology in 2014. She is also the director of the UAMS Vulvar Clinic.

“We are proud to offer patients minimally invasive options for their surgical needs through Dr. Racher, who is highly skilled in these techniques,” said Nirvana Manning, M.D., chair of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology. “Large fibroids, advanced endometriosis or adhesions from prior procedures shouldn’t limit patients’ choices when it comes to gynecologic surgery. By providing less invasive surgical options, we are able to offer women less postoperative pain, less risk of infection and less recovery time.”

Racher is proficient in hysteroscopic, laparoscopic and vaginal surgical approaches. She offers in-office diagnostic and operative hysteroscopy using the Endosee Handheld Hysteroscopy System that provides immediate diagnostic information during office visits.

She is the first gynecologist in Arkansas to offer Vaginal Natural Orifice Transluminal Endoscopic Surgery (vNOTES), a way to perform surgery through the vagina without any incisions in the abdomen, and laparoscopic radiofrequency ablation of uterine fibroids using the Acessa platform, a uterine sparing technique for fibroids. She is also proficient in robotic surgery and performs laparoscopic hysterectomy and myomectomy using the Xi DaVinci Surgical System.

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