First of its kind in Iowa: Iowa Methodist Medical Center Becomes First Hospital to Perform Robotic Single Site Hysterectomy
September 26, 2013
UnityPoint Health - Des Moines
Des Moines, IA - As one of the region's leaders in robotic surgery, Iowa Methodist Medical Center is once again bringing surgical innovation to patients. Iowa Methodist became the first hospital in Iowa, and one of only a few in the Midwest to perform a hysterectomy using the single site approach for robotic surgery.
This revolutionary surgery adds another surgical option for minimally invasive single incision hysterectomy surgery. Iowa Methodist has a proud tradition of performing single site minimally invasive surgery. In 2009, Dr. Steven Elg, gynecologic oncologist at The Iowa Clinic, performed one of the first single site laparoscopic hysterectomies in Iowa and helped to develop the first single site gynecologic oncology surgery program in Iowa for pre-cancers and early cancers of the female reproductive tract.
"The program at Iowa Methodist is continuing to build upon its strong reputation for minimally invasive single site surgery, and we are thrilled at being able to provide new robotic technology to obtain the best surgical outcome for each patient," said Elg.
Although just a handful of women around the country have undergone a robotic single site hysterectomy, their overwhelming response has been very positive, including minimal recovery time. |
"The ability to perform single site hysterectomy is certainly advantageous cosmetically, as the incision is virtually hidden in the patients naval," according to Erik Bedia, M.D., OB/GYN at UnityPoint Clinic. Dr. Bedia is the other surgeon performing the surgery at Iowa Methodist.
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