Women facing reproductive health (gynecological) issues may go through many treatments before considering surgery. The personal nature of these health conditions can make women feel vulnerable about undergoing traditional (open) surgery. The da Vinci® Xi Surgical System uses robotic surgery for a less invasive procedure. Robotic surgery also means smaller scars and a faster, more comfortable recovery.
Please contact your doctor to learn more about robotic surgery and find out if you may be a candidate for surgery using the da Vinci® Xi Surgical System. Our doctors perform robotic surgery for people in Austin and throughout Central Texas.
The Robotic Advantage
Although robotic surgery treats the same problems as open surgery, there are many good reasons to use the da Vinci® Xi Surgical System. Not only does your surgeon manage the entire surgery personally, but more precision is possible. This means better results for your overall health.
During robotic surgery, your surgeon uses the motion control system to move surgical tools. Images are viewed in 3D with the help of tiny cameras. All of this taken together adds up to a surgery that’s not as hard on your body so you can enjoy an easier, faster recovery.
One Patient’s Story
“Dr. Breen – We tried to have a baby for four years with four miscarriages. You talked us out of spending $20,000 on IVF and told me I should remove my endo! You did my surgery and three months later I was pregnant.” – Marcela Valenzuela
Marcela was diagnosed with endometriosis stage 3-4. Dr. Breen used laser coupled with da Vinci® to vaporize the endometriosis with only small incisions. Marcela chose robotic surgery because it offers less pain and a quicker recovery time. She was back to routine life including working out very soon after surgery.
Benefits of Robotic Treatments
There are many benefits to choosing robotic surgery:
- The risk of complications during or after surgery is lower
- Less blood is lost during surgery
- You can get back to work or taking care of your family faster after surgery
- You won’t have to stay in the hospital as long
- Robotic surgery uses shorter incisions, which heal into smaller scars
A Cosmetic Advantage
Typically, open surgery starts out with an incision that is large enough to fit your surgeon’s hands inside. No matter how necessary surgery may be, many women feel unhappy about the scars they see afterward. The da Vinci® Xi Surgical System doesn’t need to use large incisions. This means smaller scars along with a faster recovery. At the same time, robotic surgery can mean your surgeon is able to be more exact during surgery. In this way, both your health and the appearance of any scars can be improved.
Common Robotic Surgery Options
There are many conditions related to women’s health that can be improved with surgery:
- Early Stage Gynecologic Cancer: Surgery can remove uncontrolled growths of abnormal cells in the female reproductive organs, including the cervix, ovaries, uterus, fallopian tubes, vagina and vulva.
- Fibroids: Also called leiomyomas or myomas, uterine fibroids are noncancerous growths of the uterus that often appear during childbearing years.
- Endometriosis: A condition where tissue grows outside the uterus instead of inside. This can lead to pain and problems getting pregnant. Surgery can also help with heavy menstrual bleeding.
- Uterine Prolapse: Internal structures that help hold the uterus may not provide enough support, causing the uterus to fall out of place.
- Vaginal Prolapse: This occurs when the surrounding muscles and ligaments stretch or weaken, causing the vagina or fall from its normal position.
Hysterectomy in Detail
A robotic hysterectomy is performed using the da Vinci® Xi Surgical System to provide the surgeon with unmatched precision and control, using only a few small incisions. The difference in incisions is illustrated below:
Robotic surgery can offer numerous potential benefits over traditional approaches to vaginal, laparoscopic or open abdominal hysterectomy, particularly when performing more challenging procedures like radical hysterectomy for gynecologic cancer. Benefits can include:
- Significantly less pain
- Less blood loss
- Fewer complications
- Less scarring
- A shorter hospital stay
- A faster return to normal daily activities
Myomectomy in Detail
A myomectomy is a common alternative to hysterectomy for the surgical removal of fibroid tumors. The procedure is the standard for women who want to preserve their fertility and/or uterus.
The da Vinci difference for myomectomy
The da Vinci® Xi Surgical System enables surgeons to perform this delicate operation with unmatched precision, vision and control using only a few small incisions.
Sacrocolpopexy in Detail
Sacrocolpopexy is a procedure used to correct uterine or vaginal prolapse, which occurs when the surrounding muscles and ligaments stretch or weaken, causing the organ to slip or fall from its normal position. Typically, prolapse of the vagina or uterus gradually worsens over time and can only be fully corrected with surgery.
The da Vinci difference for sacrocolpopexy
Sacrocolpopexy can also be performed following a hysterectomy to treat uterine prolapse and provide long-term support of the vagina.
Is Robotic Gynecology Surgery Right for Me?
Robotic surgery can be a great solution for those patients who may not be good candidates for open surgery. Busy women who can’t take a lot of time off work or away from family for a long recovery may prefer the quick healing time of robotic surgery. If you think you could be a candidate, be sure to ask your surgeon about da Vinci® Xi Surgical System, and find out if robotic surgery is right for you.