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Sugar Land, TX News – Sugar Land Hospital Performs Single-Site Hysterectomy

Sugar Land, TX News (October 13, 2014) - Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital recently became the first hospital in Fort Bend County to perform a single incision laparoscopic hysterectomy procedure.

“Memorial Hermann Sugar Land is passionate about providing the best patient care available and offering more options for our patients,” said Board-certified Gynecological Surgeon Nicole Fleming, M.D., who performed the first procedure in August. “Fewer incisions may speed recovery time, reduce the chance of infection and other surgical complications, and potentially result in less pain for the patient.”

In the U.S., approximately 600,000 women have a hysterectomy each year. This makes it the second most common surgery for women in America.

In the past, hysterectomies required open surgery with a large incision in the lower abdominal area, several days in the hospital, and an extended recovery period that included several weeks of rest. Traditional laparoscopic hysterectomies are performed using multiple, small incisions. However, single-site surgery performed using the da Vinci™ Si robotic surgery system is even less invasive, virtually scarless, and allows women to return to their regular activities more quickly.

“The incision is buried at the base of the belly button which gives a surgeon exactly the access to the abdomen and pelvis that he or she needs,” said Dr. Fleming, who is affiliated with Memorial Hermann Sugar Land and currently the only gynecological surgeon in the Fort Bend-area trained to perform this type of minimally invasive surgery. “Because of this entry location, there is virtually no scarring, and what scarring there is, can usually be hidden by the belly button itself.”

Doctors at Memorial Hermann Sugar Land have used the da Vinci™ Si robotic surgery system, a technologically advanced robotic surgical assistance suite, to perform urology and general surgery for the past two years. With this system, all necessary instruments are incorporated into one assembly, easing the way for the doctor to perform procedures with better visibility, precision, and dexterity

With a high-definition 3-D camera, the system provides a magnified, detailed picture of the surgical site. The surgeon manipulates the instruments while seated at a console, using controls that allow for intuitive, precise motions. The suite is programmed to analyze and stabilize even the tiniest movement; resulting in more precise, fluid movements and a reduced risk of error during the procedure.

A 81-bed, full-service, acute care facility, Memorial Hermann Sugar Land was named among the top 100 hospitals in the nation, one of only two hospitals in Houston, by the international business research firm Truven Health Analytics.  The hospital was also included in the 2014 annual list of great community hospitals published by Becker’s Hospital Review. This list recognizes the best 100 community hospitals in the United States based on accolades, quality, and community service.

For more information about Memorial Hermann Sugar Land and its expertise in minimally invasive women’s surgery, or to schedule a consultation with a gynecological surgeon, visit


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