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First Robotic Single-Site Hysterectomy Performed at Lowell General Hospital

One Incision Through Patient's Belly Button Leaves Virtually No Scar

Lowell General Hospital recently became one of the first hospitals in New England to perform a robotic hysterectomy using a single, small incision. Gynecologic surgeon Nonnie-Marie Estella, MD performed the robotic single-site procedure using the daVinci Si® robotic system. The patient's uterus was removed utilizing a one-inch incision in her belly button, making the procedure virtually scarless.

Approximately 600,000 hysterectomies are performed in the United States each year, making it the second most common surgery for women, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. A physician may recommend a hysterectomy if a woman has been diagnosed with endometriosis, heavy menstrual bleeding, fibroid tumors, pelvic prolapse, or cancer. There are a variety of surgical approaches available for hysterectomy, including open, vaginal, laparoscopic and robotic.

"We are pleased to offer this additional minimally invasive option to our patients who need a hysterectomy," said Dr. Estella. "Using the robotic single-site technique allows us to minimize the pain and bleeding associated with a traditional hysterectomy, and increases the likelihood of a faster recovery. The single incision in the belly button heals incredibly well, and leaves no noticeable scar."

The daVinci Si robotic system enhances surgeons' skill with computer technology, enabling them to see vital anatomical structures more clearly and perform surgical procedures more precisely. State-of-the-art, robotic instrumentation controlled by the surgeon allows for complex procedures to be performed through tiny incisions that eliminate the need for large incisions. High definition, three-dimensional vision offers surgeons visualization far superior to that of the human eye.

Lowell General Hospital has a robust minimally invasive surgical program and offers robotic surgical options for a variety of gynecological, urological and general surgery procedures. Lowell General Hospital is the first hospital in Massachusetts to offer single-site robotics surgery for both gynecology and general surgery. The first robotic single-site cholecystectomy, or removal of the gall bladder, conducted at Lowell General Hospital was performed by Michael Jiser, MD, FACS in May 2012.

For more information about the diverse minimally invasive surgery offerings at Lowell General Hospital, including robotic surgery, visit: Center for Minimally Invasive Surgery.

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