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MEDARVA Stony Point Surgery Center Begins Outpatient Hysterectomies

Dr. Keith Berkle
Dr. Keith Berkle

With one of the lowest infection rates in the country, experienced staff, and more availability for surgeries, local physicians are starting to choose MEDARVA Stony Point Surgery Center (SPSC) for one specific new procedure: outpatient hysterectomies.

One of those doctors is Keith Berkle, M.D., a leading OBGYN physician with Virginia Women’s Center in Richmond. Berkle operates at SPSC and has just started doing outpatient hysterectomies at the location. He has already had success with the procedure and is talking more about the benefits of having it at SPSC and why it is a good choice for patients.

“All the assets of SPSC such as very knowledgeable staff, extremely low infection rate, and ease of access are reasons that I wanted to direct patients to the surgery center for this procedure,” Berkle said. “It just makes a lot of sense for the patient and for our surgical team.”

Once regarded as a major surgery with scarring and a slow and painful recovery, laparoscopic hysterectomies now enable patients to go home the same day and return to normal activities much faster than with traditional surgery. There is a minimal negative impact to the patient’s life and lower overall surgical complications. Rather than a large incision, there are approximately three keyhole-sized incisions in the abdomen. As a result, there is a lower risk of bleeding and infection, as well as a lower rate of blood clots caused by inactivity post-surgery.

The most common medical conditions that necessitate hysterectomies are uterine fibroids, endometriosis, severe vaginal bleeding, and chronic pelvic pain. When more conservative treatment methods, such as medicines, do not continue working, surgery may be the only option. By changing the way the surgery is performed, patients are able to regain a healthy lifestyle more quickly than ever before.

Several tips for a fast recovery once the patient returns home are:
• Move around. After the doctor’s go-ahead, get up and walk after your hysterectomy.
• Ease into physical fitness. Building back up to a gym routine is recommended.
• No heavy lifting. Lifting heavy objects can put pressure on abdominal muscles, so it is best to skip these exercises until a month or more after the procedure.

“Stony Point Surgery Center is a great choice right now for patients that need to have this procedure done,” Dr. Berkle said. “I’m excited to be a part of this and lead the effort.”

Berkle has performed minimally invasive hysterectomies since 2008 and is interested in shortening patient recovery time. By sharing the news of the new outpatient hysterectomy option at SPSC, he is hopeful that patients will choose the option and all the benefits that come along with it.

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