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Minimally Invasive Gynecologic Surgery

Boulder Medical Center announces that two of its physicians — Dr. Christine Abair and Dr. Alison Schultz — have earned the prestigious Center of Excellence in Minimally Invasive Gynecology (COEMIG) seal from the American Associate of Gynecologic Laparoscopists (AAGL) and Surgical Review Corporation.

This designation places Drs. Abair and Schultz at the forefront of minimally invasive gynecologic care and signifies Boulder Medical Center’s commitment to provide the best and safest care for women. When a woman sees the COEMIG seal, they will know they are receiving the highest quality gynecologic care from world-class experts.

Dr. Christine Abair
(photo: Avista Hospital)

Better patient outcomes

Minimally invasive procedures routinely lead to better patient outcomes, reduced blood loss, fewer complications, shorter hospital stays and a faster recovery. During this type of surgery, the physician uses tiny scopes and surgical instruments inserted through small incisions, eliminating the need to make a large incision in the abdomen.

“I believe that being at the leading edge of medicine and minimally invasive surgery is important to my patients because it allows them to have the best surgical outcomes,” explained Dr. Abair. “Patients are able to return to their usual activities faster and with less pain than with more invasive approaches.”

Dr. Alison Schultz
(photo: Avista Hospital)

Whether a woman has severe cramps, heavy menstrual bleeding, painful intercourse or they are afraid to exercise for fear of bladder leakage; gynecologic conditions afflict women of all ages and limit their quality of life. “I have a special interest in helping women with abnormal uterine bleeding, pelvic pain, endometriosis, uterine fibroids, and benign ovarian masses,” said Dr. Schultz. “I favor taking a minimally invasive approach because I believe it leads to a faster recovery, decreased hospital stay, less post-operative pain and pain medication requirements, preferable cosmetic outcomes, and higher patient satisfaction.”

Both Dr. Abail and Dr. Schultz conduct surgeries at Avista Adventist Hospital, one of only three Colorado hospitals to earn the COEMIG designation.


Minimally invasive procedures are offered for these conditions:

  • Abnormal uterine bleeding
  • Endometriosis
  • Hysterectomy
  • Infertility – including uterine septum and non-patent fallopian tubes
  • Uterine fibroids and polyps
  • Uterine and ovarian cysts

For more information:

Boulder Medical Center at Avista:  (303) 665-1045

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