Great news for patients facing benign hysterectomy: Lakeside Women’s Hospital is excited to offer da Vinci Single-Site hysterectomy for qualified patients.
During the minimally invasive Single-Site procedure, the surgeon is 100 percent in control of a robotic-assisted system, which translates his or her hand movements into smaller, more precise movements of tiny instruments inside the body. The da Vinci system features a magnified 3D high-definition vision system, which enables the surgeon to operate with enhanced vision and precision. Unlike traditional robotic surgeries requiring three to five small incisions, the specially designed Single-Site instruments allow the surgeon to perform a hysterectomy through a single incision in the belly button, leaving the scar almost unnoticeable.
Fifty-six-year-old Kathy Holland of Oklahoma City was the first patient to undergo the procedure at Lakeside. “The thought of one incision sounded wonderful to me,” admits Holland who with both ovarian and uterine cancer in her family elected to have the surgery as a preventive measure. She says she was amazed at how quickly she recovered. “Normally a hysterectomy takes a good four to six weeks to heal, but I was able to pick up my 23-pound grandson just two weeks after the surgery. It was amazing.”
Potential benefits of a Single-Site hysterectomy include virtually scarless results, minimal pain, low blood loss, low rate of complications, fast recovery, a short hospital stay and high patient satisfaction. The surgery can be performed in about one hour with a typical hospital stay of less than 24 hours. Drs. Andrea Palmer and Margaret Hall have been specially trained to perform the procedure.