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Single Incision Surgery. Virtually Scar-less Results

At the Midwest Institute for Robotic Surgery at Silver Cross Hospital, we are performing robotic hysterectomies and cholecystectomy (gallbladder surgery) through a one tiny incision in the belly button with virtually scarless results.  Not only will you look amazing, but you will be back enjoying life even sooner than if you have traditional open, laparoscopic, or even laparoscopic robotic surgery.

The potential benefits of Single-Site Surgery include: Single-incision

  • Virtually scarless results
  • Minimal pain
  • Low blood loss
  • Fast recovery
  • Short hospital stay –most patients go home within 24 hours
  • High patient satisfaction


How Does it Work?

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 below the viewer to move the instrument arms and camera.  In real-time, the system translates the surgeon’s hand, wrist and finger movements into more precise movements of the miniaturized instruments inside the patient. 


Virtually Scar-less

Unlike traditional robotic surgeries requiring three to five small incisions, da Vinci ® Single-Site® Surgery allows for a single incision in the belly button.  Here, instruments are placed to remove the gallbladder or treat chronic pain, heavy bleeding, non-cancerous fibroids, endometriosis, and prolapse by surgically removing the uterus, known as a hysterectomy.


Not every surgeon who operates using a da Vinci robot is qualified  to perform Single-Site Surgery.  Not only do these physicians meet rigorous criteria to be affiliated with The Midwest Institute for Robotic Surgery and care for patients at Silver Cross Hospital, but they are specially trained in da Vinci®  Single-Site® Surgery. In fact, Dr. Nahla Merhi was one of the first physicians to perform da Vinci ® Single-Site® Hysterectomy in the United States. And Dr. Laura Raguaskaite was the first female surgeon in Illinois to perform da Vinci® Single-Site® Cholecystectomy.

Single-Site Hysterectomy

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Single-Site Cholecystectomy

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