Monday, May 16, 2011

Randolph OBGYN Physician Karen Horne Among First To Offer Robotic Hysterectomies

Dr. Karen Horne of Randolph Obstetrics & Gynecology (Randolph OB/GYN)
has become one of the first OB/GYNs in Charlotte to become proficient
in robotic surgery for laparoscopic hysterectomies.

Robotic surgery utilizes the da Vinci Si™ surgical system that has
revolutionized surgery for many specialties. For gynecology
procedures, the da Vinci Si™ surgical system can be utilized to
perform laparoscopic hysterectomies.

"Some people are taken aback at first when they hear the word
'robotic," Dr. Horne explained. "Every movement is fully under the
physician's control. 'Robotic' simply refers to the way the system
replicates the physician's hand movements with very precise
instruments inside the patient's body. The benefits of minimally
invasive surgery using these state of the art laparoscopic techniques
are very appealing to patients who need surgery but would like to
return to their normal activities as soon as possible."

Benefits include:
• Avoiding large, painful incisions
• Performing the entire surgery with only a few, tiny (5-11mm) incisions
• Less blood loss
• Quicker recovery
• Less chance for infection
• Less overall pain
• Shorter hospital stay
• Faster return to normal activity

"Patients are typically up and walking within hours of the surgery.
Some patients can even go home the same day. Because they have less
pain, most patients are able to resume household and career
responsibilities within a week or two," Dr. Horne said. "This is the
perfect choice for busy women who need surgery but don't have time for
the long eight-week recovery associated with an open hysterectomy."

Key features of the da Vinci Si™ surgical system includes:
• Enhanced 3D, high-definition vision of the operative field, with up
to 10X magnification - Greater visualization and magnification allows
the surgeon to tackle cases that are more challenging while still
performing the hysterectomy in a safe, efficient manner, Dr. Horne
• Superior visual clarity of tissue and anatomy – The surgeon can
carefully seal vessels and remove the uterus while taking great care
to avoid injury to other structures.
• Surgical dexterity and precision far greater than the human hand –
Allows for "meticulous dissection and avoidance of unnecessary tissue
damage that ultimately leads to less overall pain."
"In general, most women have exhausted all other options before they
resort to having a hysterectomy. My job is to make this process as
easy as possible. I want my patients to have a safe surgery that
requires less recovery time so they can get on with their lives,"
states Dr. Horne.

With offices at 2711 Randolph Road, as well as the EpiCentre in uptown
Charlotte and on Statesville Road in Cornelius, Randolph OB/GYN was
founded in 1976 and currently serves thousands of patients in the
Charlotte region. Personal attention and caring for each individual is
one of the practice's core values. For more information, visit