Mount Sinai Medical Center recently became one of the first facilities in the nation to perform a single incision robotic gynecological surgery. Dr. Nicholas Lambrou, Mount Sinai gynecologic oncologist, is part of a small group of surgeons in the country who has received training to perform the single site surgery, which was approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in March.
Unlike traditional robotic surgeries requiring three to five small incisions, this new technology allows for a single incision in the belly button resulting in a nearly invisible scar hidden in the navel. The surgery offers minimal pain and virtually scarless results for women needing complex gynecological procedures such as hysterectomies, ovarian surgery, and removal of fibroids or cervical cancer. The scarless surgery includes the added benefits of having a surgery done robotically which include shorter recovery time, less blood loss and fewer complications.
“With the traditional way of doing surgery, with an open technique, patients would usually be in the hospital for three days with a recovery time of four to six weeks,” said Dr. Lambrou. “With single incision robotic surgery, however, we can anticipate patients going home the same or following day and back to their normal lives within ten to fourteen days.”
During the procedure, the surgeon sits comfortably at a console, viewing 3-D, highdefinition images of the patient’s anatomy. The surgeon uses controls below the viewer to move the instrument arms and camera. In real-time, the system translates the surgeon’s hand, wrist and finger movements into more precise movements of the miniaturized instruments inside the patient.
“To be one of the first hospitals to offer this technically advanced surgery demonstrates Mount Sinai’s leadership in providing patients with the most up-to-date minimally invasive surgical options,” said Lambrou. Mount Sinai offers various types of robotic- assisted surgeries. In addition to gynecological surgical procedures, the hospitals’ surgeons perform robotic-assisted surgery in thoracic, urologic, colorectal and oncologic surgery
Mount Sinai also offers a wide range of minimally invasive conventional laparoscopic surgeries.
For information on robotic and other minimally invasive surgeries at Mount Sinai Medical Center, call 305-674-CARE (2273) or visit www.msmc.com.