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New Hysterectomy Technique Cuts Scars and Recovery TIme

Update Date: Dec 27, 2013 09:41 PM EST

Single-site hysterectomies may cut recovery time and reduce the risk of visible scars.

Women who undergo traditional hysterectomies can take weeks to recover. The procedure can also leave them with visible scars. However, a new study reveals that single-site robotic hysterectomy using the da Vinvi Surgical System can significantly cut recuperation time and reduce the size of scars. 

The system, which includes a console, high-definition scope and instrument arms and camera, works by transforming the surgeon's movements into smaller, more precise movements of the tiny instruments that are inserted through a port at the navel.

"This technique allows me to perform a hysterectomy through a single site-the navel. Therefore, the patient can still wear a variety of clothing and swimwear after surgery without showing scars," Dr. Eric Eisenhauer, medical director of gynecologic oncology at UC Health, a member of the UC Cancer Institute and professor at the UC College of Medicine, said in a news release. "Pain is minimized, and most patients go home after a day in the hospital."

Researchers said that the new system could potentially also be used for gallbladder surgery as well as gastric bypass surgery.

"Our goal is to get women recovered from their surgery as soon as possible," he saod. "Regardless of whether or not you may think you need this procedure, if you notice any changes in your menstruation or any severe cramping, please see your gynecologist or health care provider to catch any health issues in the earliest stages."

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