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New hysterectomy cuts down on recovery time and pain

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A local Gynecologist is one of the first in the region to perform a new hysterectomy that cuts down on a woman's hospital stay and her recovery time.

28 year old Andria Calvert is one of the first women in the region to have a single-site robot-assisted hysterectomy, "It took me about a week to get back to normal. It's been about 3 weeks since I had it done and I feel no pain at all, it's like I never even had it done."

Here's how it works. A one inch incision is made in the navel. The surgeon sits at a console looking at a 3D, high-definition image of the patient's anatomy. Dr. Victor Cherfan says he is the first doctor in the area to perform the single-site surgery,"If I turn my wrist at the console, the robotic instruments turn with me. The system does nothing without me. We're able to do fine dissections and it gives us extremely fine control of the movements. Plus it's 3D, high-definition when looking into the patients abdomen and pelvis."

Dr. Cherfan is a ProMedica D. O. and he says one in three women will have a hysterectomy. He says the traditional open procedure, where patients are cut from side to side, often means days in the hospital and up to two months recovering. The single site robotic surgery can mean a shorter recovery time and shorter hospital stay as well as minimal pain and lower blood loss, "They're back to normal life within a week to ten days and that's a big difference."  That was important to Andria who is the mother of three young children, "I am really glad I did it. I feel like I can move on and live my life like I should. I'm happy."

According to ProMedica, Dr. Cherfan is one of a small number of Gynecologists in Ohio and Michigan who have gone through intensive training to perform the single-site surgery. Dr. Cherfan says with robotic surgery options, the open hysterectomy rate has dropped to about 30%. There is also a multiple-site, robot-assisted hysterectomy which has been performed in our region for several years, but the single-site procedure was just approved by the FDA last year.

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