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Gynecological surgery virtually scarless
Rochester, N.Y. - It's through these arms, doctors at Highland Hospital are able to get a better view.
You can see the tissues very clearly and you're able to handle the tissues very delicately. There's less blood loss so for the patient post operatively, there's a lot less pain, said Dr. Coral Surgeon with the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at URMC.
Doctor Surgeon and Oona Lim have been working with the Da Vinci robotic device since 2009.
While its not new to Rochester, the way it's used for gynecologic surgery is a first in the region.
By using it, doctors can operate at a single site at a woman's naval for gall bladder removal or a hysterectomy.
The new tool eliminates multiple incisions, something doctors say benefits overall patient care.
I was terrified because it included surgery and that's always a little scary, Janet Mangano said.
Pain was something Mangano worried about.
She needed to have a Hysterectomy and figured a chance for minimal scarring was her best option.
Mangano was the first patient to have the new procedure.
She even showed me pictures of the robot in the incision which I thought was really cool. I mean this is Jetson stuff right?" Mangano said.
Less pain also means a faster recovery time.
Doctors said patients can often times leave the hospital the next day.
Just another sign of advances in technology doctors say will get even better over time.
It's amazing to see the difference, see the progression of the patient with a big incision to the old fashion laparoscopic to the Da Vinci and now to the single site, Dr. Lim said.