Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital Physician Performs Robotic Single-Site Hysterectomy

Duc Le, MD.

Duc Le, MD.

Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital is now offering single-site robotic hysterectomies to patients. Duc Le, MD, a board certified obstetrician-gynecologist, performed the procedure using the da Vinci surgery system, which utilizes advanced robotics, computer and optical technologies to provide enhanced vision, precision and control.

Physicians at Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital use the da Vinci robot to perform a multitude of procedures, including, but not limited to: prostatectomy (removal of the prostate), nephrectomy (removal of the kidney), hysterectomy (removal of the uterus), myomectomy (removal of uterine fibroids), lung resections and colorectal surgery. Le is the first at the hospital to use the system to perform a single-site hysterectomy, which requires just one small incision.

“With the da Vinci robot, we see everything in 3-D high-definition and magnification, which gives us an extremely close-up view of the area we are operating on,” said Le. “The system then translates our hand motions into small, precise movements through the robot’s instruments. It’s a state-of-the-art tool for performing successful, minimally invasive procedures.”

Similar to single-incision traditional laparoscopy, a single-site hysterectomy performed using robotics technology removes the uterus through a small incision in the patient’s belly button. This procedure is virtually scarless and offers numerous other benefits when compared to abdominal or vaginal hysterectomies, which require large incisions and stitches.

“Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital is committed to implementing new technology like the da Vinci system to improve our ability to care for patients,” said Le. “Studies show that about one-third of all U.S. women will require a hysterectomy by age 60, and the single-site hysterectomy with the da Vinci system is a major advancement for patients, with less pain, fewer complications and faster recoveries when compared to the traditional method of surgery. It’s an extremely valuable tool that is making a real difference for women who need a hysterectomy.”

To schedule an appointment with an obstetrician-gynecologist to find out if you are a good candidate for this procedure, call 281-274-7500. To learn more about Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital, visit houstonmethodist.org/sugarland.