First Robotic Single-Site Hysterectomy Performed at GW Hospital

First Robotic Single-Site Hysterectomy Performed at the George Washington University Hospital

April 23, 2014

Washington, DC – The George Washington University Hospital recently became the first hospital in the District of Columbia to perform a robotic hysterectomy using a single, small incision. Gynecologic surgeon Gaby Moawad, MD, Assistant Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology performed the robotic single-site procedure on one of the latest approved daVinci Si® robotic system platforms. The patient's uterus was removed through a one-inch incision in her belly button, making the procedure almost scarless.

Dr. Gaby MoawadFirst Robotic Single-Site HysterectomyApproximately 600,000 hysterectomies are performed in the United States each year, making it the second most common surgery for women, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. A physician may recommend a hysterectomy if a woman has been diagnosed with endometriosis, heavy menstrual bleeding, fibroid tumors, pelvic prolapse, or cancer. There are a variety of surgical approaches available for hysterectomy, including open, vaginal, laparoscopic and robotic.

"We are pleased to offer this additional minimally invasive option to our patients who need a hysterectomy," said Dr. Moawad. "Using the robotic single-site technique allows us to minimize the pain and bleeding associated with a traditional hysterectomy, and increases the likelihood of a faster recovery. The single incision in the belly button heals incredibly well, and leaves no noticeable scar."

The daVinci Si robotic system enhances surgeons' skill with computer technology, enabling them to see vital anatomical structures more clearly and perform surgical procedures more precisely. Advanced robotic instrumentation controlled by the surgeon allows for complex procedures to be performed through tiny incisions that eliminate the need for large incisions. High definition, three-dimensional vision offers surgeons visualization far superior to that of the human eye.

“This is a great credit to GW Hospital and our surgical team,” said Nancy D. Gaba MD, FACOG, Professor and Chair of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at GW Hospital. “Being able to offer single-site robotic surgery is just another reiteration of our strong commitment to women’s health in the Nation’s Capital and that we are at the forefront of new surgical options for patients.”

The George Washington University Hospital has a robust minimally invasive surgical program and offers robotic surgical options for a variety of gynecological, urological and general surgery procedures. In 2004, GW Hospital was the first hospital in the Washington region to use the da Vinci Surgical System for robotic surgery. Since then, surgeons have mastered the robot in colorectal, prostate, thoracic, cardiovascular, head/neck, kidney, gastric bypass, pelvic floor, gynecologic and bladder.

For more information about the diverse minimally invasive surgery offerings at GW Hospital, including robotic surgery, visit

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