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Single-Site Hysterectomy only at Sanford Women's

The idea of a hysterectomy can be overwhelming. For some women, it can take both a physical and emotional toll. But at Sanford Obstetrics and Gynecology Clinic, our team of experts is here to alleviate some of that pain.


Sanford Women’s is the first in the region to offer the groundbreaking single-site hysterectomy procedure. This minimally invasive technique requires only one small incision in the belly button. You will experience less pain and enjoy a shorter stay in the hospital, with most women going home after one day and getting back to their regular routine after two to three weeks.

Sanford gynecologic surgeons Laurie Landeen, MD and Erica Schipper, MD are the first in the state trained to perform this innovative procedure using the latest technology available, da Vinci® Single-Site™ robotic surgery system. Sanford is among the first hospitals in the Midwest to offer the surgery.

The technology used to perform the procedure was approved by the FDA in 2011, with approval for use in benign hysterectomy and salpingo-oophorectomy (fallopian tubes and ovaries) granted in February 2013. The instrumentation allows the surgeon to remove the uterus, fallopian tubes and ovaries through one small incision. Previous robotic surgeries required up to four incisions.

“Women no longer have to worry about significant scars and missing weeks of work,” said Dr. Schipper. “Most patients go home the next day and have to take little more than ibuprofen for the pain. They resume normal activities within a couple of weeks.”

According to the National Institutes of Health, hysterectomies are very common, one in three women in the United States has one by the age of 60.

To learn more about single site hysterectomy, schedule an appointment with Sanford Obstetrics and Gynecology Clinic(605) 328-7700.

Posted Date: April 2014