SMC Performs Its 1st Single-Site Hysterectomy

(PUEBLO, COLO.) St. Mary-Corwin Medical Center has expanded its use of robotic-assisted surgery and recently performed the hospitals first single-site hysterectomy using a single, small incision thanks to the addition of the da Vinci Si Surgical System. After acquiring the million dollar technology in July 2016, a highly-trained surgical team recently performed the leading-edge procedure paving the way for physicians at St. Mary-Corwin to continue to grow the use of this highly-specialized system for patients across the community and surrounding region.

I am honored to be the first physician at St. Mary-Corwin to perform this procedure through a single incision, said Joseph Castelli, MD, FACOG. Weve been performing hysterectomies using the surgical robot for several years but the innovative single-site technique takes this surgery to an entirely new dimension by allowing patients to recover more quickly with less pain since there are fewer wounds, and the cosmetic outcome is much more pleasing.

Hysterectomy, the surgical removal of the uterus, is the second most common surgical procedure for women in the United States. An estimated one-third of all women will have a hysterectomy by age 60, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Compared to a traditional hysterectomy, a robotic-assisted procedure is minimally invasive and helps women return to their normal activities more quickly. The surgery is performed in less than one hour and many patients return home within four hours and nearly all go home within 24 hours. The da Vinci Si robotic surgery system also allows for a single incision hidden within the belly button, compared to traditional laparoscopic surgeries, which require three to five small, visible incisions.

The addition of the da Vinci Si robotic surgery system and single-site surgery is a milestone for St. Mary-Corwin and compliments the communitys longest-running robotic surgery program to yield the best possible outcome for each patient, said Brian Moore, president and chief executive officer. Our goal is to provide safe, high-quality care to patients by improving accuracy, outcomes and the overall patient experience.

The da Vinci Si Surgical System features Firefly Fluorescence Imaging providing physicians the ability to see in real-time with image-guided identification of key anatomical landmarks using near-infrared technology. Further, the system includes state-of-the-art mechanical capabilities that allow for rotation, pivoting, and bending at angles far greater than functions of just the human wrist. This approach allows surgeons to operate with enhanced precision, improved vision and much greater dexterity and control. The robotic and computer technologies assist surgeons in manipulating high-performing tools to yield the best possible outcome for each patient.

Physicians at St. Mary-Corwin are also using the da Vinci surgical system to perform general and urologic procedures. For more information about robotic surgery at St. Mary-Corwin visit


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