Surgeons at OhioHealth are now performing robotic-assisted, single-site hysterectomies. Using Single-Site™ instruments on a da Vinci® robotic surgical system, surgeons remove a patient's uterus through a tiny, one-inch incision in the belly button, making the procedure virtually scarless.

Michael Parker, MD, an OB/GYN who practices robotic surgery at OhioHealth Grant Medical Center, and Mini Somasundaram, MD, an OB/GYN who practices robotic surgery at OhioHealth Riverside Methodist Hospital are among a small group of surgeons in the country who have received training to perform the single-site hysterectomy and the only ones in central Ohio.

A hysterectomy is the second most common operation for US women and is often recommended to treat fibroids, pelvic prolapse, endometriosis, heavy menstrual bleeding and certain cancers. By age 60, 1 in 3 US women will have a hysterectomy. Fibroids are the top reason why women have hysterectomies.

Benefits of single-site hysterectomy surgery include virtually scarless results, minimal pain, low blood loss, 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.