Lifestages – Samaritan Centers For Women Performs First Robotic Single-Site Hysterectomy in Dayton, Ohio

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Dr. Bruce Bernie with assistance from Dr. Leesa Kaufman, both surgeons and Lifestages physicians, recently performed the first robotic assisted single-site hysterectomy in Dayton, Ohio. This new surgical technique using the da Vinci System was performed through one tiny incision in the belly button, making the procedure virtually scarless.

A surgical team at Good Samaritan Hospital (GSH), Dayton, led by Dr. Bruce Bernie (with assistance from Dr. Leesa Kaufman) – both accomplished surgeons and Lifestages physicians, performed the first robotic assisted single-site hysterectomy on May 29, 2013 in Dayton, Ohio. The patient’s hysterectomy was performed through one tiny incision in the belly button, making the procedure virtually scarless.

The surgeons removed the patient’s uterus and ovaries through an incision of approximately one inch using Single-Site instruments on the da Vinci System. The Food and Drug Administration cleared the specialized Single-Site instruments for use with the da Vinci robotic surgical system in December of 2011. Dr. Bernie has been training on the apparatus since then to prepare for this first surgery in the region.

“Our first single-site robotic hysterectomy went flawlessly,” says Dr. Bruce Bernie, Lifestages physician and Medical Director, Robotic Surgery, GSH. “Neither robotic surgery nor single-incision surgery is new, but combining the two to perform a hysterectomy requires additional training and special equipment," says Dr. Bernie. "To be one of the first surgeons/practices to offer this technically advanced surgery demonstrates Lifestages leadership in providing patients with the most up-to-date minimally invasive surgical options."

Laparoscopic and robotic surgery have come a long way – in the beginning, it took six incisions, then down to four incisions to just ONE incision less than one inch in length – Dr. Bernie and Dr. Kaufman at GSH both perform highly advanced laparoscopic and robotic single-site procedures through the belly button. These minimally invasive techniques help alleviate discomfort for patients, reduce blood loss, shorten length of hospital stay and minimize scarring allowing for a quicker recovery and outstanding outcomes.

The GSH Robotic and Minimally Invasive Gynecologic Program has earned the distinction as a Gynecologic Epicenter. Surgeons from around the nation visit to learn from Dr. Bernie, the Medical Director, Robotic Center at GSH. It is with great pride that Lifestages announces this new procedure, the robotic assisted single-site surgery.

Lifestages – Samaritan Centers For Women is a nationally recognized medical practice focused on clinical excellence, technological innovation and a comprehensive approach to health care for women of all ages. With a group of eight physicians, four midwives and a nurse practitioner they provide obstetric, gynecological and health promotion services, that focus on giving patients the quality care they want and deserve. Lifestages – Samaritan Centers For Women has four convenient locations in Dayton, Englewood, Huber Heights and Centerville. To make an appointment or to get additional information about Lifestages, please call the office at (937) 277-8988 or 1-888-808-1016.

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