Mercy Miami Hospital July 02, 2014

Miami, FL – Mercy Hospital – A Campus of Plantation General Hospital has expanded its use of robotic-assisted surgery to offer single-site hysterectomy surgery. On June 26, 2014, Luis Mendez, M.D., Gynecological Oncologist, performed the first robotic-assisted single-site hysterectomy at Mercy Hospital. Dr. Mendez is among a small group of surgeons in South Florida trained to perform this advanced procedure.

Hysterectomy, the surgical removal of the uterus, is the second most common surgical procedure for women in the United States. 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.

“This exciting new technology together with our highly trained medical staff offers better surgical outcomes for our patients,” said Barbara J. Simmons, R.N., Chief Executive Officer for Mercy Hospital. “Not only is this procedure less invasive, the recovery period is significantly reduced.” Ms. Simmons added, “Single site robotic-assisted surgery now gives women a surgical option that leaves virtually no scar."

“Single-incision robotic hysterectomy surgery allows surgeons the ability to not only operate through one small incision and through a natural body opening like the umbilicus (belly button), but it gives me the precision and high definition vision to enhance surgical capabilities,” said Dr. Luis Mendez. “This procedure enhances the quality and safety we offer our patients.”