Hysterectomy With An Invisible Scar - St. Francis Physicians are Making it Possible

Bon Secours St. Francis Health System physicians are performing a new hysterectomy that uses only a single incision through the belly button.

Online PR News – 19-February-2012 – – GREENVILLE, SC – Bon Secours St. Francis Health System physicians Dr. Edward Heidtman and Dr. Everett Fuller are two of the first OB-GYNs in the Upstate performing a new laparoscopic hysterectomy procedure that uses only a single incision through the belly button.

The procedure, called SILS (Single Incision Laparoscopy Surgery) hysterectomy, uses an incision about the size of a nickel made in the belly button to perform the surgery. Because the incision is made in the belly button, there is the potential to have no visible scar after the incision has healed.

“With the advancements in surgical technology, there is no reason an otherwise healthy woman needs to endure a long, painful recovery and care for multiple incisions after a hysterectomy," says Dr. Everett Fuller, Commonwealth Women's Care. "St. Francis bringing in this new technology has allowed skilled laparoscopic surgeons to transform a major surgery event into a short and simplified recovery previously only seen in outpatient surgical procedures.”

This advancement is made possible by a special surgical port that has three distinct openings, allowing for three different surgical tools to go through the same incision and perform the surgery.

“If you have the choice, wouldn’t you rather have a hysterectomy with a fast recovery, one incision to care for, and the potential for an invisible scar? More and more of our patients are finding out about this new procedure and are thrilled with the results," says Dr. Edward Heidtman, Carolina Women’s Health.

Key Facts

• SILS Hysterectomy needs only one incision, made through the belly button.
• Traditional laparoscopic hysterectomy requires three incisions. Open hysterectomy surgery requires a 3-4 inch incision.
• The SILS Hysterectomy incision may be invisible after it’s healed, due to its size and location.
• SILS Hysterectomy has a recovery time of about two weeks and a one night hospital stay
• Dr. Edward Heidtman practices at Carolina Women’s Health in Greenville
• Dr. Everett Fuller practices at Commonwealth Women’s Care in Greenville
• St. Francis is designated as a Center of Excellence for Minimally Invasive Gynecologic Surgery by the AAGL and Surgical Review Board

About

Bon Secours St. Francis Health System is a comprehensive, Catholic-based, not-for-profit healthcare system located in Greenville, South Carolina. Part of the Bon Secours Health System Ministry, St. Francis seeks to bring compassion to healthcare and be good help to those in need, especially the poor and dying. Named a Leapfrog Top Hospital (2009 – 2011) and the recipient of numerous awards for quality of care and patient satisfaction, St. Francis is the only hospital in the Upstate designated as a Center of Excellence for Minimally Invasive Gynecologic Surgery by the AAGL and Surgical Review Board. This designation comes after a strenuous review and reflects the organization’s commitment to quality care.

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Lee Turza
Bon Secours St. Francis Health System
1 St. Francis Drive
Greenville SC, 29601

864-255-1015