There are certain unfortunate cases where one has to undergo surgery. When medication and non-invasive procedures are unable to relieve symptoms, surgery remains the accepted and most effective treatment for a range of gynecologic conditions. These include, but are not limited to, cervical and uterine cancer, uterine fibroids, endometriosis, uterine prolapse and menorrhagia or excessive bleeding. During these operations, risks are involved as serious complications may occur.
Traditional open gynecologic surgery, using a large incision for access to the uterus and surrounding anatomy, has for many years been the standard approach to many gynecologic procedures. Yet, with open surgery can come significant pain, trauma, a long recovery process and threat to surrounding organs and nerves. For women facing gynecologic surgery, the period of pain, discomfort and extended time away from normal daily activities that usually follows traditional surgery can understandably cause significant anxiety.
The da Vinci Surgical System
Through extensive research and refinement, modern technology has now reduced the risks and complications of open surgery. It has given rise to robotic surgery such as the da Vinci surgical system. The da Vinci surgery is now the gold standard of treatment for many conditions.
The minimally invasive da Vinci Surgery operate through a few small incisions instead of a large incision – similar to traditional laparoscopy. More than 3 million patients worldwide have undergone successful operations using da Vinci System. It is changing the experience of surgery for people around the world.
The da Vinci® Surgical System enables surgeons to perform delicate and complex operations through a few small incisions. The da Vinci System consists of several key components, including: an ergonomically designed console where the surgeon sits while operating, a patient-side cart where the patient is positioned during surgery, interactive robotic arms, a 3D HD vision system, and proprietary EndoWrist® instruments.
Da Vinci is powered by robotic technology that allows the surgeon’s hand movements to be scaled, filtered and translated into precise movements of the EndoWrist instruments working inside the patient’s body.
The da Vinci Surgical System is used in procedures to treat a range of conditions like:
- Gynecologic Cancer
- Heavy Uterine Bleeding
- Uterine Fibroids
- Uterine Prolapse
Some of the major benefits experienced by surgeons using the da Vinci Surgical System over traditional approaches have been greater surgical precision, increased range of motion, improved dexterity, enhanced visualization and improved access.
Benefits experienced by patients have included
- shorter hospital stays
- less pain
- less risk of infection
- less blood loss
- fewer transfusions
- less scarring
- faster recovery and a quicker return to normal daily activities.
None of these benefits can be guaranteed, as surgery is necessarily both patient- and procedure-specific.