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Local Surgeon Receives National Coverage on ABC News for Robotic Surgery

Dr. Maria Bell, gynecologic oncologist with Sioux Valley Clinic – OBGYN, Ltd., was recently recognized on ABC National News for performing robotic-assisted hysterectomies.

Maria BellDr. Maria Bell, gynecologic oncologist with Sioux Valley Clinic – OBGYN, Ltd., was recently recognized on ABC National News for performing robotic-assisted hysterectomies. The story, which aired on December 25, 2006 on World News Tonight on ABC stations across the country, featured Dr. Bell and two Sioux Valley patients with very different hysterectomies. One patient’s uterus needed to be removed with traditional surgery, through a large incision in her abdomen.

The other patient’s hysterectomy was done with minimally invasive robotic-assisted surgery, and she was able to celebrate homecoming at her children’s school within one week of her surgery. Sioux Valley Hospital USD Medical Center, one of only 100 hospitals nationwide now performing robotic-assisted surgeries, was also featured on World News Tonight.

Using the da Vinci Surgical System, procedures are performed through incisions no wider than a fingertip. A pencil-size video camera provides magnified, 3-dimensional images of the surgical site. The surgeon uses hand controls to guide the system’s three arms, equipped with surgical instruments.

The da Vinci Surgical System offers numerous potential benefits over open surgery:

  • Reduced pain and trauma to the body

  • Less blood loss and need for transfusions

  • Less risk of infection

  • Shorter hospital stay

  • Faster recovery and return to normal daily activities

  • Less Scarring

Sioux Valley has performed over 400 robotic surgeries since 2004. Some of the areas where robotic surgery is beneficial include:

  • Urology

  • OB/GYN

  • General Surgery

  • Pediatrics

Due to the large number of requests for robotic surgeries, Sioux Valley Hospital recently acquired a second da Vinci Surgical System.