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First Single Incision Robotic Hysterectomy in North Central Florida Performed at NFRMC

November 23, 2010

Gainesville, FL –  The first single incision robotic hysterectomy in North Central Florida has been performed by Anthony Agrios, MD, OBGYN.  Using the da Vinci SI Surgical System® , Dr. Agrios performed the minimally invasive procedure at North Florida Regional Medical Center in Gainesville, Florida on November 18, 2010.

According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, one in three women in the nation will have a hysterectomy before the age of 60. Robot-assisted hysterectomies have been performed at North Florida Regional Medical Center for the past few years, offering patients the option of surgery accomplished through a few small, 1-to-2 centimeter incisions.  This latest advance is another step forward since the procedure performed by Dr. Agrios was completed through one single incision.  It is the first of its kind performed in the region between Tallahassee and Orlando.

“The single incision procedure is the next step in the evolution of robotic-assisted surgery,” says Anthony Agrios, MD.  “It takes the benefits of robotic-assisted surgery and just enhances them even more.  The procedure is so minimally invasive, it makes it possible for my patients to go home the same day.   Other benefits are significantly less pain, minimal blood loss, quicker recoveries and less scarring.”  

“In the years since we made the decision to make robotically-assisted procedures available to our patients, we have seen how much this investment in advanced technology has benefited our patients,” says Matt Davis, Chief Operating Officer at North Florida Regional Healthcare.  “We have seen our robotics program grow as more and more patients become educated and search for robotically-assisted surgery.  We are excited to see another robotics first for North Central Florida happen on our campus because it translates into something good for our patients.”  

Two da Vinci Surgical Systems® are used by physicians on the campus of North Florida Regional Medical Center.  Prior to this latest robotic ‘first’ in North Central Florida performed at NFRMC, others include the first robotic GYN procedures in the community (hysterectomies for both benign and malignant conditions performed in November and December 2007); advanced robotic GYN procedures (Sacrocolpopexy and Myomectomy performed in March 2008 and December 2008.  NFRMC was first in community to offer latest generation da Vinci®  SI technology, which was installed in June 2009.

In addition, the CyberKnife delivers robotic radiosurgery to patients for a variety of procedures.  A number of other robotic devices that provide assistance to physicians in surgery are also available and are used for spine, knee and sinus procedures.

About North Florida Regional Healthcare:
North Florida Regional Healthcare is an organization centered around the only community hospital in Gainesville, Florida -- North Florida Regional Medical Center (NFRMC).  NFRMC is a 325-bed, full-service medical and surgical acute care center serving 14 counties and offering comprehensive cardiovascular care, oncology, orthopedics, neurosciences, weight loss surgery and treatment, women’s health and wound therapy, among other services.  A proven leader, NFRMC is fully accredited, is certified as a Primary Stroke Center by the Joint Commission on the Accreditation of Healthcare Organization, is designated as a Blue Distinction ™ Center for Knee and Hip Replacement ,Spine Surgery and Bariatric Surgery. Recognized by HealthGrades for General Surgery care that is among the Top 10 Percent in the nation, North Florida Regional Medical Center is a member of Hospital Corporation of America (HCA).  Based in Nashville, Tennessee, HCA remains the nation’s leading provider of healthcare services, composed of locally managed facilities that include approximately 166 hospitals and 112 outpatient centers in 20 states and England.

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