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Cutting edge x2: Surgeon combines new technique, technology for groundbreaking procedure

There’s virtually no sign that Maria Contreras had a hysterectomy only three weeks ago.  The skin on her stomach is smooth, and you’d have to peer into her belly button to find traces of her cutting edge surgery.

“I was amazed,” said Contreras, 45. “I was up and waking the same day.” Her surgeon, Dr. Richard W. Farnam, combined two advances in surgical technology and technique to perform the first single-incision hysterectomy that used the da Vinci robotic surgical system in El Paso.