Single Incision Hysterectomy

Less Pain, Little to No Scarring and Faster Recovery

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In this 3-part video series, Dr. Robert Southwick an OB/GYN, at Aurora BayCare Medical Center in Green Bay, WI, explains the single-incision laparoscopic hysterectomy and it's benefits.

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In this 4-part video series, Sarah Ziebell, a patient of Dr. Robert Southwick, talks about her experience with the single-incision laparoscopic hysterectomy he performed on her.

The most common questions women ask when faced with the need for a hysterectomy are:

  1. How long will I be in the hospital?
  2. How soon can I resume my life?
  3. After I’ve healed, will I have a scar?

Aurora Health Care offers a new minimally invasive hysterectomy that may help alleviate many of these concerns, called single-incision laparoscopy. With a single incision hidden in the belly button, the single-incision laparoscopy procedure potentially offers fewer incisions, less pain and no visible scarring.

How Does the Single-Incision Laparoscopic Hysterectomy Work?

One of the latest advancements in laparoscopic surgery, the new hysterectomy performed using a single port or incision allows for the removal of the uterus through the belly button which measures 20 mm, or slightly smaller than the diameter of a nickel. To perform this procedure, the surgeon inserts a soft and flexible instrument equipped with three distinct openings called a port. It acts as a pass-through, allowing for the use of three surgical devices to be inserted, at the same time, into the belly button. When the surgery is complete, the port is removed from the belly button, leaving one incision which may not be visible upon healing.

Fewer, Smaller Incisions

The single incision in the belly button avoids the large incision made in the lower abdomen involved in a typical open hysterectomy and the multiple small incisions required for standard laparoscopic surgery. Fewer and smaller incisions mean less pain and scarring.

Potential for No Visible Scar

As its name implies, single-incision laparoscopy requires only a single incision that is slightly smaller than the diameter of a nickel. By hiding this small incision within the belly button, this new hysterectomy may eliminate the visible scars typically associated with surgery.

Possible Reduction in Pain and Recovery Time

Single-incision laparoscopy may reduce wound pain when compared to traditional abdominal and laparoscopic procedures. Because the single-incision laparoscopy only requires a small incision in the belly button, women can avoid the trauma associated with additional cutting through multiple layers of skin, muscle and connective tissue required to access the uterus, an aspect of other surgical options that may require extra time to heal. The minimally invasive nature of this new hysterectomy may also result in the potential for reduced recovery time, getting women back to their lives as soon as possible.

For a complete list of physicians who offer this new, minimally invasive hysterectomy, please call toll-free 888-863-5502 or use the find a surgeon search.

Robotic Assisted Single Incision

Robotic Assisted Single IncisionA minimally invasive hysterectomy can be performed through a small incision in your belly button using single-incision traditional laparoscopy or da Vinci® Single-Site® Surgery. These procedures allow for virtually scarless results.

With da Vinci Single-Site Surgery, doctors remove your uterus and possibly your ovaries and fallopian tubes through your belly button using state-of-the-art instruments. Patients who choose da Vinci Single-Site Surgery experience virtually scarless results, similar to single incision traditional laparoscopy.
As a result of da Vinci technology, da Vinci Single-Site Hysterectomy offers the following potential benefits:
  • Low blood loss
  • Low rate of converting to traditional laparoscopy and open surgery
  • Low rate of complications
  • Short hospital stay
  • Small incision for virtually scarless results

Your doctor will explain possible risks and considerations related to a hysterectomy and you should discuss all procedure options with your doctor if he/she recommends a hysterectomy to determine the option that is best for you.

Aurora physicians who provide the robotic assisted single incision procedure include: