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.