Women often undergo surgery for a number of different gynecologic conditions such as endometriosis, uterine fibroids, excessive bleeding and cancer. While medication and nonsurgical procedures are available for most of these conditions, surgery may be the only treatment to offer long-lasting, effective results.
Despite the frequency of these procedures, traditional gynecologic surgery requires large incisions and lengthy hospital stays, qualities that are quickly becoming outdated in the rapidly improving medical world. While less-invasive laparoscopic procedures are becoming more and more common, robotic-assisted surgery offers even more advantages than any other type of procedure and can be used for many gynecologic surgeries.
Robotic-assisted surgery is performed with the da Vinci Surgical System, a device that guides surgeons through complex procedures with ease and safety. Most procedures are performed through a few tiny incisions that surgical hands are inserted into. Your surgeon controls these hands with controls in the device while looking through a lens in the console that provides a three-dimensional, magnified view of the area. The robotic hands mimic the movements of the surgeon’s hands and will not move unless the surgeon is looking through the lens.
The da Vinci Surgical System offers patients:
- Less pain
- Smaller incisions
- Less scarring
- Less bleeding
- Shorter recovery time
Although robotic surgery offers many advantages over traditional open procedures, they are not for everybody. Some women may still require open surgery to treat their conditions. Talk to your doctor to find out if robotic surgery is right for you.
To learn more about the da Vinci Surgical System, please contact us or visit their website at www.davincisurgery.com.