Memorial Hospital
August 28, 2014

Jacksonville, FL – Memorial Hospital is proud to be the first hospital in Jacksonville to perform a single-site, robotic-assisted hysterectomy. Using the da Vinci Surgical System, Dr. Sonnie Kim-Ashchi successfully performed the complex surgical procedure through a single incision in the belly button. This procedure is considered one of the latest breakthroughs in robotic-assisted surgery.

“I am honored to be the first physician in Jacksonville to perform this procedure through a single incision,” said Dr. Kim-Ashchi. “We’ve been performing hysterectomies using the surgical robot for several years but the single-site technique takes this surgery to a whole new dimension by helping patients recover quicker with less pain and improved outcomes.”

Unlike traditional robotic surgery, which requires about four incisions, this new technique is virtually scarless, allowing for a single one-inch incision in the belly button. Using tiny instruments and a specialized 3D camera, the physician sits at a console with a high-definition, 3D view of the anatomy for improved precision, accuracy and control.

Benefits include:

  • Less pain
  • Less scarring
  • Less blood loss
  • Shorter hospital stay
  • Faster recovery
  • Quicker return to normal activities

“This is the way of the future and Memorial Hospital is proud to be at the forefront by leading the way in robotic-assisted surgery,” said Jim O’Loughlin, president and CEO at Memorial Hospital. “Our goal is to provide safe, high-quality care to patients by improving accuracy, outcomes and the overall patient experience.”

Physicians at Memorial Hospital are also using the da Vinci Surgical System to perform general, thoracic, urologic and bariatric procedures.