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Holy Cross Hospital Offers Robotically-Aided, Minimally Invasive Hysterectomies

da Vinci Robotic Surgical System

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (March 31, 2015) – Holy Cross Hospital in Fort Lauderdale is now offering the da Vinci® Single-Site® hysterectomy procedure without the use of a power morecellator during the procedure to offer a minimally invasive surgical option for benign hysterectomies.

Moises Lichtinger, MD, former chairman of the department of obstetrics and gynecology at Holy Cross, performs the procedures. “Many women who have non-cancerous conditions requiring a hysterectomy, such as fibroids, endometriosis and uterine prolapse, can potentially benefit from this single-site surgery that offers lower blood loss, shorter hospital stays and shorter recovery times,” said Lichtinger.

The procedure allows the surgeon to perform the hysterectomy through a single incision in the belly button, leaving the scar almost unnoticeable. Offering advanced vision and precision, the procedure utilizes a magnified 3D high-definition vision system and a robotic-assisted system that translates the surgeon’s hand movements into smaller, more precise movements of the tiny instruments inside the body.

The FDA has approved single-site instrumentation for benign hysterectomy and cholecystectomy procedures.  Based on currently available information, the FDA discourages the use of laparoscopic power morcellation during hysterectomy or myomectomy for the treatment of women with uterine fibroids. That instrument is often used in minimally-invasive surgeries to cut the uterus into small pieces and may increase the risk of enabling any undiagnosed cancer to spread.  A cancer expert who sits on the Holy Cross Hospital Tumor Board, Lichtinger has never utilized a power morcellator in single-site hysterectomy procedures.

According to the National Institutes of Health, about one-third of all U.S. women have a hysterectomy by age 60.

A leader in pioneering minimally-invasive surgeries, Holy Cross also performs da Vinci® Single-Site cholecystectomy that removes a patient’s gallbladder through a single 2.5 cm incision.

For more information contact the Holy Cross Medical Group Obstetrics and Gynecology Practice at (954) 229-6000 or visit HolyCrossRobotics.com.

About Holy Cross Hospital
A part of Trinity Health, Fort Lauderdale, Fla.-based Holy Cross Hospital is a full-service, non-profit Catholic hospital operating in the spirit of the Sisters of Mercy. Since opening its doors in 1955, the 557-bed hospital has offered progressive services and programs to meet the evolving healthcare needs of individuals and families we serve. Today, Holy Cross has more than 600 physicians on staff representing more than 40 specialties and more than 3,000 employees. To learn more about Holy Cross Hospital, visit holy-cross.com, “like” Holy Cross Hospital, Fort Lauderdale on Facebook, or follow @holycrossfl on Twitter.

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