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.
Click on the video to learn more from Dr. Horne and others
about the benefits of minimally invasive surgery such as the da
“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.”
• 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
Key features of the da Vinci Si™ surgical system include:
• 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 explained.
• 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
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.