"The simulation center is unique to GBMC," said Carol E. Ritter, M.D., GBMC's Director of Women's Minimally Invasive Surgery. "Not many hospitals, certainly not many community hospitals, have a simulation lab like this." Minimally invasive laparoscopic surgery works through small incisions far from the target of operation by using video cameras and long, thin instruments. The video camera becomes the surgeon's eyes as images are projected onto a monitor. "The advantage of smaller incisions is that you have less bleeding, less pain, less risk of infection and faster recovery times," Ritter said. "With these improved clinical outcomes, you can return to your regular life more quickly."