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ProMedica Becomes First Healthcare System in Region to Perform Single-Site Robot-Assisted Hysterectomy

posted on: 03/19/2014

Surgery Performed at ProMedica Bixby Hospital

TOLEDO, Ohio, March 12, 2014 – ProMedica’s Victor Cherfan, DO, became the first doctor in the region to perform a single-site, robot-assisted hysterectomy. The surgery was completed at ProMedica Bixby Hospital in Adrian, Mich. on Feb. 27.

Dr. Cherfan, who reported that the surgery went very well, sees the single-site hysterectomy as a growing trend. “With this innovation a patient is now able to receive a complex procedure through one small incision. What patient wouldn’t want that?”

Single-site surgery is performed with a one-inch incision in the navel using the da Vinci Surgical System. During the procedure the surgeon sits comfortably at a console viewing a 3D high-definition image of the patient’s anatomy. The surgeon uses controls to move the instruments and camera.

The incision is hidden by the navel, making the surgery virtually scar-free. Single-site hysterectomy benefits include a shorter recovery time, lower blood loss, minimal pain and a shorter hospital stay.

Dr. Cherfan is among a small group of gynecologists in Ohio and Michigan who have been trained to perform da Vinci Single Site surgery. In order to perform the surgery a doctor has to complete an intensive training program.

“Although there were other options for minimally invasive hysterectomy before 2005 (when robot-assisted surgery was approved by the FDA), open abdominal surgeries were performed as much as 65 percent of the time,” said Dr. Cherfan. “With the use of robotic surgery, the open hysterectomy rate has since dropped to 30 percent.

Most of Dr. Cherfan’s patients who undergo the minimally invasive surgery leave the hospital within 24 hours, as opposed to three to five days when performed with an open hysterectomy.


About ProMedica
Toledo, Ohio-based ProMedica is a mission-based, not-for-profit healthcare organization formed in 1986. ProMedica has more than 15,000 employees and nearly 1,900 physicians with more than 600 healthcare providers employed by ProMedica Physicians. Its 12 hospitals and more than 300 facilities offer comprehensive diagnostic, medical and surgical specialties in heart and vascular, oncology, orthopedics, neurology, and women and pediatric services. ProMedica’s mission is to improve health and well-being, with a strong focus on wellness and clinical excellence, as well as innovative, community advocacy programs that address health-related issues such as hunger and obesity. For more information, please visit www.promedica.org.