WVU Medicine obstetrician gynecologist performs first robotic-assisted hysterectomy at Berkeley Medical Center

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Jessica Hott, D.O., F.A.C.O.G., obstetrician gynecologist with WVU Medicine OB/GYN in Martinsburg, recently performed the first robotic-assisted laparoscopic hysterectomy at Berkeley Medical Center using the da Vinci® Xi™ Surgical System.

Berkeley Medical Center launched the da Vinci robotic-assisted surgery program in November 2019 and has since completed over 180 procedures using the system.

When first introduced, the da Vinci was used at Berkeley Medical Center for various general surgery procedures, but hospital officials announced plans to expand its service offerings as more specialists are trained to use the robot.

Dr. Hott completed her robotic training in September 2020 and successfully performed the first robotic-assisted laparoscopic hysterectomy at Berkeley Medical Center on October 7.

The da Vinci system, offered by Intuitive Surgical Inc., consists of several key components including an ergonomically designed console where the surgeon sits while operating, a patient-side cart that holds the robotic instruments, interactive robotic arms, a 3D HD vision system and wristed instruments. During the procedure, a specially trained surgeon sits at the console and performs the surgery by operating the da Vinci’s wristed instruments.

"Robotic-assisted hysterectomy allows me to perform minimally invasive procedures with pinpoint accuracy, flexibility and 3D visualization, ensuring the best possible results for my patients," Hott said. “Having access to advanced technology like the da Vinci will allow our practice to continue offering minimally invasive surgical procedures to manage complex gynecologic conditions.”

In the hands of a skilled surgeon, the benefits of robotic-assisted surgery using the da Vinci Xi Surgical System may include smaller incisions, less pain and blood loss and quicker recovery times.

“This expansion of our surgical program demonstrates WVU Medicine and Berkeley Medical Center’s commitment to providing our surgeons and our patients cutting-edge technology that allows us to operate with enhanced vision and precision. This allows our patients to recover sooner and with less postoperative pain,” Hott said.

Pictured: Jessica Hott, D.O., F.A.C.O.G., is pictured in an operating room at Berkeley Medical Center with the da Vinci® Xi™ Surgical System.


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CED: 10-15-20