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Presence Saint Joseph Hospital surgeon does first single-incision robotic hysterectomy in the nation

Chicago, Ill. – June 20, 2013 – Presence Saint Joseph Hospital – Chicago has made the record books as a surgeon on our medical staff performed the first single-incision robotic hysterectomy in the nation.

Barbara Diakos, MD, board-certified in Obstetrics/Gynecology and a robotic surgery specialist, participated in a clinical study for this innovative procedure, approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and Institutional Review Board.

“What’s great about single-incision surgery is that it leaves virtually no scar because there’s only one tiny incision made through the belly button,” Dr. Diakos said. “With this minimally invasive technique patients also recover quicker, have a shorter hospital stay and usually have less pain.”

Single-incision robotic surgery is done using the da Vinci Si Surgical System, which blends computer, robotic and surgical technologies. The robot gives Dr. Diakos greater surgical precision, increased range of motion, enhanced visualization and improved access to hard to reach areas of the body.

Click here to learn more about our minimally invasive surgical program, including single-incision surgery, the most advanced minimally invasive surgery option.


About Presence Saint Joseph Hospital – Chicago

Presence Saint Joseph Hospital – Chicago (PSJH) is a nationally ranked, award-winning teaching hospital serving Chicago’s lake shore communities. It’s home to many world-renowned physicians and advanced medical technologies. PSJH is part of Presence Health, the largest Catholic health system based in Illinois, created in November, 2011 through the merger of Provena Health and Resurrection Health Care. With over 150 sites of care, including 12 hospitals, Presence Health has 22,000 employees, 4,000 medical professionals and a revenue base of nearly $3 billion. Visit to learn more.


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