SILS™ Hysterectomy: Surgery Without Scarring

Hysterectomy, or the removal of the uterus, may be recommended for women who have completed child bearing and suffer from heavy menstrual bleeding, endometriosis, uterine cancer or fibroids or other problems.

Many of these women have traditional open hysterectomies, which require hospitalization and a lengthy recovery and leave visible scars. Others have less invasive laparoscopic hysterectomies, which require three to four incisions through which various instruments are inserted, leaving scars at the incision sites.

A New Type of Laparoscopic Hysterectomy

Medical Center at Augusta University Women’s Center is offering a new type of laparoscopic hysterectomy known as SILS™ hysterectomy that can alleviate scarring and other concerns. It allows specially trained surgeons to remove the uterus using a single incision in the belly button. 

The surgery is performed through a SILS™ port, a soft, flexible instrument inserted through the incision and into the abdomen. The port’s three openings allow surgeons to use three surgical instruments at the same time.

After the procedure, the port is removed, leaving just one small incision which may not be visible after healing. 

Benefits of SILS™ Hysterectomy

  • Generally results in no visible scaring  
  • Reduces trauma and healing time when compared to traditional hysterectomies
  • May reduce wound pain
  • May shorten recovery and speed return to normal activities

In addition to abdominal and laparoscopic hysterectomies, Medical Center at Augusta University Women’s Center also offers vaginal and robotic hysterectomies. Vaginal hysterectomies require no abdominal incision, but can only be performed on select patients. Robotic hysterectomies usually require five small incisions.


Erin Latif, MD

Brian Murray, MD

Kelli M. Braun, MD

Angela Duke, MD

Request an online appointment now or call Medical Center at Augusta University Women's Center at 706-721-4959.