Crouse Hospital is the first hospital in Central New York to perform a single-site robotic hysterectomy. Using the most advanced technology available, GYN surgeon Sargon Bebla, MD, uses the da Vinci Surgical System to perform the delicate and complex operation through one tiny incision in the navel. The navel nearly completely conceals any scarring.
Hysterectomy is one of the most common surgeries among women and is often recommended to resolve serious and sometimes painful conditions such as endometriosis, excessive menstrual bleeding or uterine fibroids.
In addition to nearly invisible scarring, potential benefits of single-site hysterectomy include minimal pain, faster recovery because of reduced trauma to the anatomy, short hospital stay and high patient satisfaction.
The surgery can be performed in about one hour with a typical hospital stay of 24 hours, says Dr. Bebla, who has been using the robotic surgical technology for gynecologic and pelvic reconstructive procedures since 2009.
“The single-site procedure takes the many benefits of robot-assisted hysterectomy a step further by decreasing the number of incisions from four to one. With just a one-inch incision hidden in the navel, it’s what you don’t see that is so impressive – no visible scar,” says Dr. Bebla
During the procedure, Dr. Bebla sits at a console, viewing a 3D, high-definition image of the patient’s anatomy. The surgeon uses controls below the viewer to move the instrument arms and camera. In real time, the system translates the surgeon’s hand, wrist and finger movements into more precise, delicate movements of the miniaturized instruments inside the patient.
“The robotic technology gives me greater range of motion and precision than with hand-manipulated, minimally invasive procedures.”
Crouse’s robotic surgery program is the largest in the region, with more than 650 procedures performed annually. Areas of clinical expertise include general surgical; urology; GYN oncology; colorectal; and gynecology surgery.
For more information on the Crouse Institute for Robotic Surgery go to: crouse.org/robotics
For more information on Dr. Bebla go to crouse.org/DrBebla