Dr. Michael Scharff’s surgical team performed the first Gynecological Single-Site robotic surgery using Gateway Regional Medical Center’s surgical robot.
GRANITE CITY — The Gateway Regional Medical Center Robotic Surgery Team performed the first Gynecological Single-Site robotic surgery in the Metro East. The entire operation was performed through a single small incision near the belly button, making the procedure virtually scar-less.
Approved by the FDA in 2013, the technology offers the traditional benefits of robotic surgery such as a shorter recovery time, lower blood loss, less pain, typically a shorter hospital stay and higher satisfaction among patients. The surgery can be performed in under an hour with a typical hospital stay of less than 24 hours.
Led by Dr. Michael Scharff, the team performed the procedure for a benign condition using the hospital’s surgical robot. Scharff is one of a small group of surgeons in the area who has received the training to perform the surgery. The minimally invasive procedure is traditionally performed laparoscopically or robotically using multiple incisions, or by one large incision in an open surgery. Using robotic assistance, Scharff performed the procedure through an incision of approximately 1 inch.
“I’m excited to be the first physician in our market to use this technology for a gynecologic procedure. I’m even more pleased to be able to offer this less-invasive and more cosmetic option for our patients,” Scharff said. “With the incision virtually hidden in the navel, it allows patients the comfort of not worrying about their scars and focusing on recovery.”
Although only a small population of women around the country have undergone robotic single-site procedures, their responses have been very positive, including minimal recovery time.
The Robotic Surgery Program at Gateway Regional Medical Center is a comprehensive surgical program offering patients a variety of surgical procedures, including robotic surgery for the treatment of numerous gynecological conditions, cancers and other diseases. GRMC is one of the only hospitals to offer this robotic technology for gynecologic surgery, in addition to robotic surgery for gallbladders.
For more information about Gateway Regional Medical Center, call (618) 798-3000.