Chattanooga’s First Single-Site Robotic Hysterectomy Performed At Parkridge East Hospital

Thursday, August 28, 2014
A surgical team at Parkridge East Hospital recently performed Chattanooga’s first single-site robotic hysterectomy, a less invasive treatment option that produces minimal scarring.

"This procedure offers an excellent cosmetic outcome following gynecologic surgery, and we are very excited to be able to offer it to our patients," said Jared Bement, executive director of surgical services for Parkridge Health System. “Compared with traditional hysterectomy, single-site procedures offer patients less scarring, less post-operative pain and a shorter recovery time.”

Hysterectomy removes a woman’s uterus and is the second most common surgery for women in America, with approximately one-third of all women undergoing the operation by the age of 60. Hysterectomy is often recommended to treat serious and sometimes painful conditions such as endometriosis, excessive menstrual bleeding or uterine fibroids.

In a traditional open hysterectomy, physicians perform the procedure through a five to seven inch incision in the woman’s abdomen. This type of surgery leaves a noticeable scar and usually requires approximately one to two months of recovery time. Laparoscopic hysterectomies can be performed using multiple smaller - but still readily visible - incisions.  However, the da Vinci robotic-assisted single-site surgery is less invasive and allows women to return to their regular activities more quickly.

During the single-site hysterectomy, a surgeon makes a single one-inch incision in the navel. The surgeon controls the surgical instruments from a console in the operating room, which displays a three-dimensional high-definition image of the patient’s anatomy. The system translates a surgeon’s hand, wrist and finger movements into more precise movements of the miniaturized instruments inside the patient. 

The benefits of a single-site hysterectomy include:

·        Less pain

·        Reduced trauma to body

·        Minimal scarring

·        Short hospital stay (usually about 24 hours)

·        Reduced blood loss and need for transfusion

·        Quicker recovery and return to normal activities

“We are pleased to be able to offer this new technology to women in the greater Chattanooga area,” said Ronnie Hall, associate chief nursing officer for Parkridge East Hospital. “As the first facility to offer this procedure, we are proud to demonstrate our ongoing commitment to excellent patient care and the most advanced, minimally-invasive surgical options available.”

 


Morning Pointe Residents Put Contest Earnings Toward Alzheimer's Fundraiser

Morning Pointe of Chattanooga at Shallowford was the regional winner of the corporate Spring Fling contest.  The assisted community was rewarded with $550 for a celebration.  Instead of having a party, the directors of Morning Pointe of Chattanooga knew that residents would want to share their prize with the community so they decided to put it towards one of their biggest ... (click for more)

CHI Memorial Medical Group Welcomes David Castrilli, M.D. To CHI Memorial Internal Medicine Associates

CHI Memorial Medical Group announces David Castrilli, M.D. has joined CHI Memorial Internal Medicine Associates.  Dr. Castrilli received his medical degree from St. George’s School of Medicine. He completed his residency at University of Tennessee, Chattanooga.  His specialty is internal medicine. “We are pleased to welcome Dr. Castrilli into CHI Memorial Internal ... (click for more)

Boy, 4, Struck By Vehicle Near Tunnel Boulevard

A four-year-old boy was struck by a vehicle near Tunnel Boulevard on Saturday afternoon. A t approximately 4:20 p.m.,  the Chattanooga Police Department responded to 3400 Through St. on a c hild struck by a vehicle.  T he victim was conscious when officers arrived. He was transported to a local hospital. I nvestigators are continuing to compile ... (click for more)

Assessor Bennett, Former Assessor Ramsey In Jetton Camp For Assessor Of Property

Assessor of Property Bill Bennett and former Assessor Claude Ramsey recommended Sterling Jetton as the next assessor at a breakfast fundraiser at Wally's Restaurant in East Ridge on Saturday morning. Mr. Jetton, who spent 27 years in the assessor's office, is running against County Commissioner Marty Haynes in the March 1 Republican primary. Noting the political heavyweights ... (click for more)

DWT Is DUI

A routine narrative of a DUI arrest report goes something like this:   The defendant was operating a motor vehicle in the 00 block of sonsoroad. The driver was weaving back and forth across the marked roadway. The defendant drove through a stop sign. Was stopped at an intersection despite the traffic light was green. Entered the lane of another vehicle and caused a ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: What Voters Think

There are over 9,000 students who attend Quinnipiac University in Hamden, Conn., which – in an effort to be relative -- is just a touch smaller than our UT-Chattanooga. What makes Quinnipiac unique is that it is home of The Quinnipiac University Polling Institute, which produces what’s called the “Q Poll” because hardly anybody knows how to pronounce “Kwin-uh-pe-ack.” The Q ... (click for more)