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Sanford Women’s Performs Single-Incision Robotic Hysterectomy
May 14, 2014  | 
Sioux Falls, S.D. – Sanford Women’s is now performing single-incision robotic hysterectomies.  The surgery is performed through a tiny incision in the belly button, making the procedure virtually scarless.

The instrumentation allows the surgeon to remove the uterus, fallopian tubes and ovaries through one small incision. In addition to a minimal scar that is often hidden by the belly button, the benefits of this surgical procedure may include shorter hospital stay, faster recovery and less pain. Previous robotic surgeries required up to four incisions.

Sanford gynecologic surgeons Laurie Landeen, MD and Erica Schipper, MD are the first in the state trained to perform this innovative procedure using the latest technology available, da Vinci® Single-Site™ robotic surgery system. Sanford is among the first hospitals in the Midwest to offer the surgery.

“Women no longer have to worry about significant scars and missing weeks of work,” said Dr. Schipper. “Most patients go home the next day and have to take little more than ibuprofen for the pain. They resume normal activities within a couple of weeks.”  

The technology used to perform the procedure was approved by the FDA in 2011, with approval for use in benign hysterectomy and salpingo-oophorectomy (fallopian tubes and ovaries) granted in February 2013.

“We are proud to be the first in the state to offer our patients a single-incision hysterectomy,” said Paul Hanson, president Sanford USD Medical Center. “It demonstrates our commitment to offering women the most advanced, minimally-invasive surgical options.”

For the procedure, a surgeon makes an incision less than an inch in length in the patient’s belly button. This allows a port, or tube, to be placed in the opening. Through this port, the robot’s camera and robotic arms are moved into the patient’s abdomen.

The surgeon then sits at a console, viewing 3-D, high-definition images, while using controls to move robotic arms and instruments inside the patient’s body. The system translates the surgeon’s hand, wrist and finger movements into precise, real-time movements of the surgical instruments.
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