Single Site Robotic Surgery
A surgical team at Northside Hospital Forsyth performed the first da Vinci - or robotic-assisted single site hysterectomy in November 2013. The patient's uterus was removed through one tiny incision in the belly button, making the procedure virtually scarless. The Food and Drug Administration cleared the specialized Single-Site instruments for use with the da Vinci System in Gynecology in February. da Vinci is a robotic surgical system widely used in complex minimally invasive surgery.Led by Margarett Ellison, M.D., the team performed the hysterectomy using Single-Site instruments on a da Vinci System. Using robotic assistance, the team was able to remove the uterus through an incision of approximately one inch. The minimally invasive procedure may also be performed laparoscopically through a single incision or robotically using multiple incisions. A hysterectomy may also be performed with one large incision in an open surgerical procedure. Dr. Margarett Ellison is one of a small group of surgeons in the country who has received training to perform the robotic-assisted single site surgery.