Many women who have large, multiple uterine fibroids are told they need a hysterectomy, but they want the option of having another child or they simply want to preserve their uterus. With robotic surgery, a woman’s needs can be met.
The difference between a standard laparoscopy and robotic-assisted surgery is vast. Removing fibroids on the back side of the uterus with traditional surgical instruments is far more difficult for the surgeon, and the risk of causing infertility is high. Robotic-assisted surgery removes that worry.
Some patients may not qualify for a laparoscopic surgery to remove the ovaries and uterus, but robotic surgery offers a safe alternative to traditional open-abdomen surgery.
Robotic surgery has become the standard of care for endometrial cancers.
The robot also is used to treat vaginal prolapse and dissections for the purpose of staging cancer, sparing patients the long recovery and significant risks of a similar procedure done with open-surgery.
For many years, the standard approach to gynecologic surgery involved a laparotomy – or “open” surgery – which meant surgeons made a large incision to access the uterus and other anatomy. Open surgery can cause significant pain, trauma and put surrounding organs and nerves at risk. Not to mention the long recovery times. Just the prospect of such surgery caused significant anxiety for many women.
Fortunately, less invasive options are now available. At Providence Medical Group, in some cases, our surgeons access the targeted area vaginally – which might not require any external incision whatsoever.
And, for more complex procedures, robot-assisted surgery with the da Vinci™ Surgical System allows our surgeons operate with even greater precision and control. This method requires only tiny incisions, which minimizes pain and risk and increases the likelihood of a fast recovery and positive outcome.