Robotic Assisted da Vinci Surgery

Overview

You may be a candidate for da Vinci® surgery. Your doctor may recommend a treatment or surgical option based on your diagnosis, symptoms, age and overall health. The da Vinci Surgical System is a minimally invasive approach that uses precision robotic surgery to achieve the the smallest incisions. This method blends technology with a surgeon’s skill and is an effective alternative to laparoscopy and open surgery. It may minimize pain and potentially achieve a better clinical outcome. Often patients have a shorter hospital stay and are able return to their usual daily activities earlier with this surgical option.

Our surgeons offer this minimally invasive approach for the surgical treatment of several conditions affecting fertility:

  • Myomectomy
  • Endometrosis
  • Tubal reanastomosis

Myomectomy

A da Vinci Myomectomy is a robot-assisted laparoscopic myomectomy that can provide the most effective and least invasive treatment for uterine fibroids. It is recommended as a “uterine-preserving” alternative to open abdominal hysterectomy. This robotic-assisted fibroid removal allows your surgeon to perform the operation skillfully and delicately with remarkable control and precision. Because it is minimally invasive, it requires only a few small incisions during a comprehensive reconstruction of the uterine wall.

No matter the size of your fibroid or the location of your fibroid, the da Vinci system achieves the most complete reconstruction possible and may help prevent uterine rupture and tearing during pregnancy post-operation.

The Benefits of a da Vinci Myomectomy vs. Traditional Open Abdominal Surgery

Any surgery is recommended based on the individual circumstances of each patient.  The da Vinci Surgical System is considered safe and effective, but the procedure may not be appropriate for every patient. Your surgeon will explain the benefits of all your surgical options. Following are known benefits of a da Vinci Myomectomy as compared to traditional procedures.

  • Improved odds of future conception
  • Notably less pain
  • Notably less blood loss
  • Fewer complications
  • Less scarring
  • A shorter hospital stay
  • A faster recovery
  • Accelerated return to normal daily activities

Endometriosis

Endometriosis is a condition that is generally diagnosed in women between the age of 25 – 35 in which the endometrium (the tissue lining your uterus) grows outside of the uterus. This tissue is called “implants” or “lesions” and is found in your pelvic area. Normally, once a month the endometrium lining sheds during your period. However with an endometriosis diagnosis, the lining does not shed normally.

Endometriosis is common and family history plays a major role. If your mother or sister have endometriosis, you are six times more likely to have it. Some women have no symptoms, while others experience irregular bleeding, pain and infertility. If your doctor suggests surgery for endometriosis, you may be a candidate for minimally invasive da Vinci Endometriosis Resection.

A resection involves the separating of tissue. Our doctors operate through a few small incisions, which is similar to traditional laparoscopy. However, the da Vinci System has a magnified 3D high-definition vision system and tiny wristed instruments that bend and rotate far greater than the human hand. These features enable surgeons to operate with enhanced vision, precision, and control.

Early clinical data suggest that da Vinci technology may benefit your Endometriosis Resection results in the following ways:

  • Surgeons are able to complete difficult dissections
  • Low rate of complications
  • Low rate of blood loss and blood transfusions
  • Low rate of switching to open surgery (through a large incision)

Tubal Reanastomosis — Tubal Ligation Reversal

For women who want to reverse a tubal ligation, we offer da Vinci robotic tubal reversal as an outpatient procedure. This state of the art Robotic Assisted Microsurgical procedure utilizes the most advanced surgical tools available today at a very affordable cost. A laparoscopic tubal reversal often results in a much faster recovery, less pain, and less internal scarring of the newly opened, fragile fallopian tubes.