da Vinci Robotic Surgery in San Francisco, CA

Single-Site da Vinci Surgery in SF

Our approach uses a small incision in the umbilicus to do advanced surgery like hysterectomy, removal of ovaries that have cysts or for patients doing cancer risk reduction surgery. As you can see the surgery provides virtually scarless results.

Dr. Heidi Wittenberg is recognized for her da Vinci surgery expertise, noting that “the robotics technique has proven advantages”. We invite patients to learn more about the advantages of robotic surgery.

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If your doctor recommends you have a hysterectomy for a gynecologic condition, ask about all treatment and surgical options, including da Vinci Single-Site Hysterectomy*.


With state-of-the-art da Vinci Single-Site, doctors remove your uterus through a small incision in your belly button. Patients who choose da Vinci Single-Site Surgery experience virtually scarless results, similar to single incision traditional laparoscopy.

As a result of da Vinci technology, da Vinci Single-Site Hysterectomy offers the following potential benefits:

  • Low blood loss1
  • Low rate of converting to traditional laparoscopy and open surgery1
  • Low rate of complications1
  • Short hospital stay1
  • Small incision for virtually scarless results1

Risks & Considerations Related to Hysterectomy for benign conditions, including da Vinci Single-Site Surgery:
Injury to the ureters (ureters drain urine from the kidney into the bladder), vaginal cuff problem (replaces cervix): scar tissue in vaginal incision, infection, bacterial skin infection, pooling/clotting of blood, incision opens or separates, injury to bladder (organ that holds urine), bowel injury, vaginal shortening, problems urinating (cannot empty bladder, urgent or frequent need to urinate, leaking urine, slow or weak stream), abnormal hole from the vagina into the urinary tract or rectum, vaginal tear or deep cut.

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Patients undergoing a hysterectomy who have an undiagnosed cancer may be at risk of having cancer cells spread if the uterus is cut into pieces for removal.

da Vinci Surgical System with Single-Site Technology
State-of-the-art da Vinci Robotic Surgery uses the latest in surgical and robotics technologies. The da Vinci System’s 3D HD vision system allows surgeons to see key anatomy with depth and clarity. da Vinci also features special wristed instruments that bend and rotate far greater than the human wrist. The da Vinci System translates your surgeon’s hand movements into smaller, more precise movements of tiny instruments inside your body. As a result, da Vinci enables your surgeon to operate with enhanced vision, precision and control.

The da Vinci System has brought minimally invasive surgery to more than 2 million patients worldwide. da Vinci – changing the experience of surgery for people around the world.

* Single-Site technology is only available for benign (non-cancerous) conditions.


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  1. Cela V, Freschi L, Simi G, Ruggiero M, Tana R, Pluchino N. Robotic single-site hysterectomy: feasibility, learning curve and surgical outcome. Surg Endosc. 2013 Jul;27(7):2638-43. doi: 10.1007/s00464-012-2780-8. Epub 2013 Feb 8.

Serious complications may occur in any surgery, including da Vinci® Surgery, up to and including death. Examples of serious or life-threatening complications, which may require prolonged and/or unexpected hospitalization and/or reoperation, include but are not limited to, one or more of the following: injury to tissues/organs, bleeding, infection and internal scarring that can cause long-lasting dysfunction/pain. Risks of surgery also include the potential for equipment failure and/or human error. Individual surgical results may vary.

Risks specific to minimally invasive surgery, including da Vinci Surgery, include but are not limited to, one or more of the following: temporary pain/nerve injury associated with positioning; temporary pain/discomfort from the use of air or gas in the procedure; a longer operation and time under anesthesia and conversion to another surgical technique. If your doctor needs to convert the surgery to another surgical technique, this could result in a longer operative time, additional time under anesthesia, additional or larger incisions and/or increased complications.

Patients who are not candidates for non-robotic minimally invasive surgery are also not candidates for da Vinci® Surgery. Patients should talk to their doctor to decide if da Vinci Surgery is right for them. Patients and doctors should review all available information on non-surgical and surgical options in order to make an informed decision. For Important Safety Information, including robotic surgical risks, indications, and considerations and contraindications for use, please also refer towww.davincisurgery.com/safety and www.intuitivesurgical.com/safety. Unless otherwise noted, all people depicted are models.

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da Vinci Gynecologic Surgery

da Vinci® Surgery

da Vinci Multi-Port Surgery – If you are considering gynecologic surgery, ask your doctor about minimally invasive da VinciSurgery. da Vinci surgeons operate through a few small incisions instead of a large incision – similar to traditional laparoscopy. The da Vinci System provides your surgeon with a 3D HD® view inside your body. da Vinci has special wristed instruments that bend and rotate far greater than the human wrist. As a result, da Vinci enables your surgeon to operate with enhanced vision, precision and control.

State-of-the-art da Vinci uses the latest in surgical and robotics technologies for simple and complex procedures. Your doctor controls the da Vinci System, which translates his or her hand movements into smaller, more precise movements of tiny instruments inside your body.

da Vinci Single-Site Surgery da Vinci Single-Site hysterectomy is available for benign (non-cancerous) conditions. Your uterus can be removed minimally invasively through a small incision in your belly button. da Vinci Single-Site technology allows for virtually scarless results.

Learn more about da Vinci Surgery if you are facing:

  • Uterine Fibroids
  • Endometriosis
  • Excessive Menstrual Bleeding
  • Pelvic Prolapse
  • Gynecologic Cancer