Single Site Robotic Hysterectomy

Major Surgery with Virtually No Scars

Medical City Dallas Hospital is the first hospital in north Texas to perform a single site robotic hysterectomy. Using the most advanced technology available today, Dr. Thomas Heffernan uses the da Vinci® Surgical System to perform the delicate and complex operation through one tiny incision in the navel. The navel nearly completely conceals any scarring.

Benefits of a Single Site Hysterectomy

In addition to nearly no scars, potential benefits of the single site hysterectomy also include minimal pain, low blood loss, fast recovery, a short hospital stay and high patient satisfaction. The surgery can be performed in about one hour with a typical hospital stay of 24 hours.

Single Site Robotic Hysterectomy - Before Surgery Single Site Robotic Hysterectomy - After Surgery
This is the patient’s navel, just moments before surgery began. This is the patient’s navel, just moments after surgery ended. You can tell how, in a few days, the navel will completely hide any minor scars.

How the Surgery Works

During the procedure, the surgeon sits at a console, viewing a 3-D, high-definition image of the patient’s anatomy. The surgeon uses controls below the viewer to move the instrument arms and camera. In real-time, the system translates the surgeon’s hand, wrist and finger movements into more precise movements of the miniaturized instruments inside the patient.

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This instrument is making the sole incision into the patient’s navel. The robotic arms will then go in the navel. Dr. Heffernan performs the surgery using the da Vinci® Surgical System. This shot shows the robotic arms inside the patient. Dr. Heffernan is the doctor on the left.

Click here to hear Dr. Heffernan explain the procedure, and hear from the first patient to receive the surgery.

Medical City Passes Wisdom to Others

Dr. Thomas Heffernan was selected as one of the first to perform the surgery because he is both a skilled surgeon and teacher. He is a designated epicenter surgeon, which means he will teach the surgery to doctors from around the country.

Are You A Candidate for a Single Site Robotic Hysterectomy?

Dr. Thomas Heffernan can talk more with you about your options. If you need further assistance, you may email Stacy Covitz at