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New surgery for women offers faster recovery time, smaller scars

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MCGHealth is the only hospital in our area offering a new type of hysterectomy. (June 8, 2011 / WRDW-TV)

News 12 This Morning / Wednesday, June 8, 2011

AUGUSTA , Ga. --- A new state of the art surgery is making it easier for women to heal faster and get back to work sooner. MCGHealth is the only hospital in our area to offer to the surgery right now. There are only four doctors that are trained for single incision laproscopic surgery for women who are getting hysterectomies.

Since October of last year, only 15 women have had what doctors call a SILS hysterectomy. One of those patients is Dina Wright. "When she told me about the surgery and the time frame as far as being out was cut in half, that sounded good to me," said Wright, who had ovarian cysts needed to be removed.

Wright explains, "I had one that bursts in the middle of the night and it was God awful pain."

"Everybody including OBGYNs are trying to do procedures that is less invasive than the traditional means of opening up a patients abdomen," said Dr. Erin Holsten a Obstetrician & Gynecologist at MCG.

Dr. Holsten is one of only four doctors in our area that is trained to perform the surgery.

"Traditionally these types of surgeries are done through a larger incision," she explains. "This is a way of doing it through one small incision that is a cm and half to two cm."

A small cut the size of a nickel allows Dr. Holsten to maneuver a camera that helps her see inside the abdomen. A small incision also means a faster recovery time with most patients being out of the hospital the very next day.

Wright said, "That was a deciding factor for sure. I didn't want to be out of work for very long and didn't want the huge scar."

Dr. Holsten says more surgeries are headed toward being less invasive with newer cutting edge technology.

"The surgery is nothing compared to the pain you deal with everyday," said Wright. "Surgery recovery is two weeks and you feel normal again."

Dr. Holsten hopes to get more doctors at MCG trained to do this type of surgery so they can offer it to more women as an option.


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