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CarrollHospitalCenter.org9hysterectomythere.LastsummerthehospitalwasdesignatedasaCenteroExcellenceinWomensHealthSurgerybytheAmericanInstituteoMinimallyInvasiveSurgeryAIMISoneoonly37hospitalsinthenationtoeverreceivethisprestigiouscertifcation.TeAIMIScertifcationisanimportantrecognitionotheexcellentworkwearedoingnotonlyduringsurgerybutrompre-opthroughrecoverysaysMichaelVietzM.D.OBGYNmedicaldirectorominimallyinvasiveroboticandgynecologicsurgeryandsonoDr.PaulVietz.Iamproudoourleadershipandourteam.AccordingtoDr.Vietzmorethan90percentothehysterec-tomiesperormedatCarrollHospitalCenteraredoneeitherlaparoscopicallyorusingthedaVinciSurgicalSystemoneothemostadvancedroboticsurgicalsystemsintheregion.Bothapproachesresultinsmallerincisionslesspainreducedswellingandamorerapidrecoveryorpatients.Ourrecordisimpressiveconsideringthatapproximately60to70percentohysterectomiesnationallyarestilldonewithatraditionalopenincisionaddsDr.Ballas.PatientoutcomesIcouldntbelieveIwashomewithinhoursofmysurgeryandthenwalkingonmyownlessthanaweeklater.LearnmoreaboutyourminimallyinvasivetreatmentoptionsseeourdaVincirobotinactionandmeetoursurgicalteamatCarrollHospitalCenter.orgMySurgeryOptionsaresomuchbetterwithaminimallyinvasivesurgery.Hyster-ectomypatientsareusuallybacktoworkwithintwoweeksratherthananaverageosixweekswithanopenprocedure.InadditiontohysterectomiesandovaryremovalssurgeonsatCarrollHospitalCenterperormavarietyoothergyneco-logicalproceduresusingminimallyinvasivemethodsincludinguterineablationtocontrolheavyvaginalbleedingtuballigationallopiantuberemovalandtreatmentsorcon-ditionssuchasurinaryincontinence.BarbaraFoglerwhohadroboticsurgeryperormedbyDr.Vietztocorrectavaginalprolapseandincontinencedescribesherprocedureaspainless.Sheendedupwithfvesmallinci-sionsnonemorethanoneinchlongandwaseelinggreattheverynextday.TehardestthingaboutthisoperationisrememberingnottodotoomuchtooastexplainsFogler.Youarestillhealingbuttheretrulyisnopain.OBGYNsurgeonChristosBallasM.D.andMichaelVietzM.D.OBGYNmedicaldirectorofminimallyinvasiveroboticandgynecologicsurgery.