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For release: May 2, 2013

Jim Armstrong 330.344.6083,

New Robotic, Single-Site Surgery Performed at Akron General
Novel Gynecological Technique Promotes Healing, Less Scarring

Indicative of Akron General’s leadership in the field of robotic surgery, surgeons at Akron General Medical Center performed the first robotic, single-site surgery in Northeastern, Ohio for a specific gynecological indication on Wednesday, May 1. The surgery, gynecological surgery involving the removal of fallopian tubes and ovaries, was performed on a local patient through a single abdominal site. This technique, which was recently approved by the Food and Drug Administration, is an advance over previous surgical technique requiring the need to use multiple incision sites or “ports.” Previously, single-site robotic surgeries have been performed for gall bladder removal. Recent FDA approval has allowed for additional single-site gynecological procedures to be offered to patients.

“Innovation in technology and the development of new surgical instrumentation now allow us to use a single incision to perform complex surgeries for more conditions,” said Ross Marchetta, MD, Director of Minimally Invasive Surgery and Robotics at the Akron General Health System. “This novel technique is truly minimally invasive and provides quicker healing and a better cosmetic outcome for the patient.”

As a designated Robotic Surgery Epicenter for Gynecology, Akron General is a leader in the field of minimally invasive robotic surgery, serving as a training site for surgeons from around the country on innovative robotic surgery techniques. Akron General is Northeast Ohio’s only Epicenter training site. Akron General surgeons perform a range of robotic, minimally invasive surgeries including gynecologic, urological, cardiac and general surgery procedures.

About Akron General Health System
Akron General Health System is a not-for-profit health care organization with the mission of improving the health and lives of the people and communities it serves. Akron General Health System includes: Akron General Medical Center, a 532-registered-bed teaching and research medical center, and Edwin Shaw Rehabilitation Institute, the area’s largest provider of rehabilitation services; Akron General Partners, which includes Partners Physician Group, the Akron General Health & Wellness Centers, Lodi Community Hospital, Community Health Centers and other companies; Akron General Community Health Ventures, which includes Visiting Nurse Service and Affiliates, the largest and most comprehensive provider of home healthcare services in Ohio; and Akron General Foundation. Recently, U.S. News & World Report ranked Akron General Medical Center as the seventh best hospital in Ohio. In 2013, the American Nurses Association bestowed the prestigious “Magnet” status on the more that 1,000 nurses from Akron General Medical Center, Edwin Shaw Rehabilitation Institute and the Health System’s Health & Wellness Centers. For more information about Akron General Health System, visit

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