Dr. Gary Agena

Lakeview Regional Medical Center is the first and only hospital on the northshore to offer the latest breakthrough in robotic surgery. Dr. Gary Agena, a surgeon specializing in gynecology and obstetrics, successfully performed a minimally invasive, single site (single incision) robotic hysterectomy at Lakeview Regional in December.

“I am very pleased to be able to bring this state-of-the-art technology to the community.” states Dr. Agena. “This technology enables the surgeon to operate through a small incision in the patient’s navel. In a matter of weeks, the dime-sized scar is virtually invisible, which gives our patients one of the most cosmetically appealing surgical results possible.” Prior to advances in laparoscopic and robotic surgery, women requiring hysterectomy could sometimes take weeks to recover, and they often had significant scarring on their abdomens.  This single incision procedure can also be used for gall bladder removal.

The da Vinci® Surgical System uses breakthrough technology to offer a minimally invasive alternative for many complex surgical procedures. With single-site instrumentation, procedures are passed through just one port inserted through the patient's navel. This allows all the instruments for surgery, including a three-dimensional camera and two surgical instruments, to pass through a single, tiny incision. The more slender instruments, along with the precisely translated movements of the surgeon through robotic technology, enhance the surgeon's dexterity and make the surgery even less invasive for the patient.  In addition to smaller incisions, the da Vinci® robot also provides benefits to the patient such as less pain, fewer side effects, a reduced risk of infection, a shorter hospital stay and a quicker return to normal activities.

“Dr. Agena is one of a very small group of surgeons in the region who have pioneered this type of advanced surgery,” states Bret Kolman, Lakeview Regional Chief Executive Officer. “The implementation of the da Vinci® system allows us to offer our patients a wide variety of minimally invasive surgeries with improved patient outcomes.”