Surgeons treating health conditions used to require large incisions into the skin and muscles to perform surgery on the vital areas also called open surgery. Surgeons today still perform open surgery, but today, surgeons can perform minimally invasive surgery and robot-assisted surgery, reducing the risks and number of incisions. The da Vinci System consists of three parts: the surgeon console, patient-side cart, and vision cart to improve the surgery and help treat gynecological conditions, such as:
- Hysterectomy for benign and cancer conditions
- Endometriosis resection
- Pelvic organ prolapse surgery
To help you learn more about our surgery treatment options, we’ll outline many of the procedures that our surgeons, such as Dr. Volin and Dr. Long, can perform to repair the body back to health through state-of-the-art technology.
Uterine or Vaginal Vault Prolapse
A pelvic prolapse or a vaginal wall prolapse are conditions that occur when the muscles and tissues lose their support, becoming weak and loose and injuring the surrounding tissues and organs. If our physicians diagnose you with a pelvic organ prolapse, we will first recommend to you non-surgical treatments as a first option, such as pelvic exercises, a pessary (or vaginal device), and other lifestyle changes. If those don’t provide adequate relief, our physicians will recommend surgery.
Our surgeons can perform open surgery, minimally invasive surgery, and da Vinci robotic surgery for the pelvic organ prolapse. With the da Vinci system, our surgeons can perform a sacrocolpopexy. Our surgeons will be able to sit next to you, operating through tiny, full-wristed instruments that translate the surgeon’s hand movement in real-time, while using a camera to observe movements with clarity and precision.
It removes the uterine fibroids, noncancerous growths of the uterus, that produce heavy bleeding, extended periods, and pelvic pain. A myomectomy can be performed by any of our surgeons by combining the methods of both open surgeons and laparoscopic surgery using the da Vinci system. The system’s minimally invasive procedures allow for maximum control and precision and give patients suffering from uterine fibroids relief, including benefits such as:
- Less scarring
- Fewer complications
- Future pregnancy opportunities
- Less blood loss during periods
- Less pain
Hysterectomies for Benign & Cancer Conditions
Any benign conditions, such as fibroids, endometriosis, and pelvic support problems can be treated with a hysterectomy. Hysterectomies can also treat gynecologic cancers, such as endometrial cancer and ovarian cancer. Hysterectomies can be performed through open surgeries and minimally invasive approaches, such as vaginal and laparoscopic surgeries. Our clinic also offers the da Vinci system for hysterectomies and, through small incisions, creates more opportunities for advanced and delicate operations that require precision and control to succeed.
Traditional Lap Vs Single-Site Surgery
The da Vinci robotic surgery can be performed through either the traditional lap method or the single-site method. While the traditional lap method uses minuscule incisions into the adjacent areas around the pelvis, single-site surgery makes a small incision into the belly button for more scarless results. With single-site surgery, the uterus, fallopian tubes, and ovaries can be removed through the belly button.
Experience The Benefits Of da Vinci Robotic Surgery With Women’s Health Group
Robotic surgery is becoming a common practice in medical fields all over the world. The minimally invasive nature of the procedure ensures that
- Recovery times are reduced
- Reduced risk of scarring
- Less pain medication needed
- Lower risk of infection
- Fewer complications
- Makes standard procedures simpler
- Less blood loss
- Less downtime following the procedure (often you can go back to work the next day)
Questions Our Patients Often Ask About Robotic Surgery
If you’re considering getting robotic surgery you’re likely to have a few questions, these are the most common we receive from our patients.
- What Is Robotic Surgery? Robotic surgery is better called robot assisted surgery, as the equipment cannot perform the procedure on its own. Robotic surgery provides a level of control over the tools impossible with the human hand using much smaller incision sites.
- What Does Minimally Invasive Surgery Mean? A procedure is considered minimally invasive when small incisions are able to be used instead of the larger ones required by traditional surgery. Instead of 6-12 inch long incisions, robotic surgery allows the use of dime sized incisions.
Does Insurance Cover Robotic Surgery? This form of surgery is covered by any insurance that covers minimally invasive surgery.