Dr. Farr Nezhat, MD, FACOG, FACS, is a recognized pioneer and subject matter expert in the discipline of minimally invasive laparoscopic and robotic gynecologic surgery. He frequently publishes articles in peer-reviewed medical and scientific journals and presents lectures worldwide at medical congresses about the utility, safety and efficacy of minimally invasive surgery and recognizing, preventing and managing surgical complications. Dr. Nezhat’s clinical practice is a long-standing high-volume surgical referral center welcoming women from across the United States and abroad for consultations in the New York, NY, metropolitan area, with offices in downtown Manhattan and Valley Stream, Long Island.
Dr. Nezhat is currently the Fellowship Director of a postgraduate program covering minimally invasive laparoscopic and robotic surgery in gynecologic malignant and benign pathologies. This is a highly sought after multidisciplinary program, attracting international applicants.
Additionally, he is the Director of Minimally Invasive Surgery, a faculty position at NYU Winthrop Hospital.
Laparoscopy is a minimally invasive surgery (MIS) technique utilizing small incisions (typically less than 10 millimeters) to insert a camera and specialized surgical instruments into abdominal and pelvic cavities. Minimally Invasive Surgery is a discipline whose proponents advocate minimizing incisions while maximizing surgical outcomes. A laparoscope (camera system) is inserted through a small incision, typically in the naval, and additional small incisions are made for inserting surgical instruments. The abdomen is inflated with carbon dioxide gas to separate organs that naturally lie on top of one another so they can be better visualized and accessed.
While the above-outlined scenarios do not necessarily preclude an open surgical approach, there are rarely individual cases in which an open procedure is preferable. In cases necessitating an open incision, Dr. Nezhat aims to minimize the size of the incision.
Dr. Nezhat performs the vast majority of his surgical cases laparoscopically, either by traditional laparoscopy or robotic-assisted laparoscopy. Since he is a pioneer and advocate of minimally invasive surgery, his goal is to minimize open incisions.
Laparoscopy requires increased training, skill and experience over traditional open surgery. Therefore, it is important to select a seasoned surgeon such as Dr. Nezhat, who performs a high volume of minimally invasive cases. He has been performing minimally invasive surgery since 1983.
Dr. Nezhat and his brothers, Drs. Camran and Ceana Nezhat, are world renowned for pioneering minimally invasive surgical techniques and routinely publish their work in peer-reviewed journals. They have definitively demonstrated the safety and efficacy of laparoscopic surgery and were early proponents of its use.
"Wherever in the body a cavity exists or a cavity can be created, operative laparoscopy is indicated and probably preferable. The limiting factors are: skill and experience of the surgeon and the availability of proper instrumentation.” Operative Laparoscopy (Minimally Invasive Surgery): State of the Art. Journal of Gynecologic Surgery, Volume 8, Issue 3, January, 1992.
The Drs. Nezhat authored four textbooks covering operative gynecologic and robotic-assisted laparoscopy and hysteroscopy. Minimally invasive techniques and evidence-based efficacy are at the core of the texts.