DA VINCI ROBOTIC SURGERY
Gynecologic Robotic-Assisted Surgery
Invasive surgeries can be risky, require extended periods of recovery, and be painful to recover from. When treating gynecologic conditions, we offer minimally invasive robotic-assisted surgical procedures that benefit from a faster recovery time and a smaller chance of complication. These surgeries use smaller incisions than in traditional surgery and cause less trauma to the body, while being able to achieve optimal results. Robotic procedures are safe, effective, and the most advanced form of laparoscopy.
At Vitality Women’s Healthcare, we offer the advanced robotic laparoscopy, the da Vinci Surgical System from Intuitive Surgical.
What is the Da Vinci Robotic Laparoscopy?
Da Vinci Robotic technology is bringing the latest innovation in surgery to our patients, expanding the range of surgical possibilities. Using the da Vinci Robotic surgery method, we gain an extension of our own eyes, allowing us to see in three dimension. It is also an extension of our hands, allowing us to perform sophisticated surgeries through incisions the size of a finger. With these enhancements from surgical robots, complex surgeries are performed with less difficulty.
Advantages to robotic-assisted surgery:
- Smaller incisions
- Less pain and blood loss
- Convenient outpatient basis
- Faster recovery than invasive surgeries
- Enhanced precision
- Minimizes potential risks
- Better visualization for surgeon
Traditional Gynecologic Surgery
Traditional gynecologic surgery is performed through a 6-12 inch abdominal incision. This wide incision gives doctors clear vision of the operative field and grants surgeons access to operate on the pelvic and abdominal organs with direct contact. Traditional surgical procedures, however, result in large scarring, longer hospital stays, and extended recovery time.
In contrast, conventional laparoscopy surgery is performed through small incision holes in the abdomen where a small telescopic camera is placed through the belly button and gives secondary two-dimensional visuals in real time of the abdomen and pelvis. The procedure is performed using long, thin surgical instruments that are placed through other small incision holes in the abdominal wall.
Da Vinci Robotic Surgical System by Intuitive Surgical
The robotic-assisted surgical technique is an advanced type of laparoscopic surgery that contains two different cameras. The images are developed at the surgeon’s operative station, and form an image while giving 3-D visualization of the surgical field. A mechanical arm uses endoscopic wristed instruments, which allows the surgeon full control and gives a greater range of motion than the human wrist. This allows for surgeons to operate with increased surgical precision and ease than if their hands were actually inside the abdomen. With these enhanced capabilities, using robotic technology is superior to traditional invasive procedures.
Procedures that can be done using robot-assisted surgery:
- Removal of fibroid tumors
- Removal of ovarian cyst, ovarian tumors
- Infertility procedures
- Endometriosis procedures
- Prolapse procedures
- Surgery to clear out any scar tissue from infection, previous surgeries, or endometriosis
Downtime and recovery
After the Da Vinci robotic surgery, there is no need for bed rest at home. Patients may have some discomfort and increased fatigue, and should avoid strenuous activity and heavy lifting of anything over 20 pounds.
Most patients can drive in the first few days after surgery, if they are not using narcotic pain medications. Our team will instruct you on when to return for a postoperative checkup, typically between 1-2 weeks post-surgery.
You can expect to return to work in 2 weeks; however, if your work involves heavy lifting or other strenuous activity, it is best to wait 6 weeks.
If a Da Vinci Robotic hysterectomy has been performed, it is best to withhold from sex for the first 6 weeks to allow time for healing of the vagina. Your doctor will perform a gentle exam at 6 weeks to ensure vaginal healing is complete.
You should contact your healthcare provider if you experience any of the following:
- Redness, swelling, drainage or tenderness at the incision site. These are signs of infection.
- A fever of 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit (or higher).
- Excessive bleeding.