Da Vinci Gynecological Surgery

Gynecologic Conditions and Da Vinci Surgery

Is a gynecologic condition affecting your health and quality of life? Many conditions can impact your well-being and daily life, such as:

  • Severe pelvic pain
  • Abnormal or very heavy bleeding
  • Fibroids
  • Cancer
  • Pelvic prolapse (falling/slipping of a pelvic organ(s))

When lifestyle changes, medicine or other treatments do not ease your symptoms, your doctor may suggest surgery. Surgery can include:

  • Open surgery: done through one large incision
  • Laparoscopic / robotic-assisted da Vinci Surgery: minimally invasive surgery completed with the use of a few small incisions (or small belly button incision*)
Da Vinci Surgery


The da Vinci® Surgical System

Changing the Experience of Surgery for People Around the World

The da Vinci® Surgical System enables surgeons to perform operations through a few small incisions and features several key features, including:

  • Magnified vision system that gives surgeons a 3D HD view inside the patient’s body
  • Ergonomically designed console where the surgeon sits while operating
  • Patient-side cart where the patient is positioned during surgery
  • Wristed instruments that bend and rotate far greater than the human hand
Da Vinci Surgery

The da Vinci System is powered by robotic technology that allows the surgeon’s hand movements to be translated into smaller, precise movements of tiny instruments inside the patient’s body. One of the instruments is a laparoscope – a thin tube with a tiny camera and light at the end. The camera sends images to a video monitor in the operating room to guide doctors during surgery. The surgeon is 100% in control of the da Vinci System at all times.

The da Vinci System has brought minimally invasive surgery to more than 3 million patients worldwide.

Common da Vinci gynecologic surgeries include:

da Vinci® Hysterectomy (Benign)

If you have a benign (non-cancerous) condition, your doctor may suggest a hysterectomy to remove your uterus. If you are thinking of having a hysterectomy, ask about minimally invasive da Vinci Surgery which offers the following potential benefits compared to open surgery:

  • Lower rate of complications
  • Shorter hospital stay
  • Less blood loss and less chance for a transfusion

As a result of its technology, da Vinci Hysterectomy offers the following potential benefits compared to traditional laparoscopy:

  • Lower rate of complications
  • Shorter hospital stay
  • Less blood loss and less chance for a transfusion
  • Less chance of surgeon switching to open surgery
  • Less chance for a blood transfusion

Learn more about da Vinci® Hysterectomy (Benign).

da Vinci® Hysterectomy: Cancer Surgery

Finding out you have cancer may be one of the hardest things you’ve faced. That’s why it’s important to learn the facts about your condition, treatment options and surgery choices before selecting the best path forward. If your doctor suggests a hysterectomy to remove your uterus as part of your cancer treatment, there may be two options: open surgery through one large incision (cut) and minimally invasive surgery through a few small incisions using traditional laparoscopy or da Vinci Surgery.

da Vinci hystertecomies may be simple total or radical. A simple total hysterectomy removes the uterus, cervix and possibly ovaries and fallopian tubes; it may also involve lymph node removal. Radical hysterectomy removes the uterus, cervix, upper portions of the vagina, and possibly ovaries and fallopian tubes; it may involve lymph node removal and tissue surrounding the organ.

da Vinci Hysterectomy (simple total) offers the following potential benefits compared to traditional open surgery:

  • Fewer complications
  • Fewer blood transfusions
  • Shorter length of stay
  • Less estimated blood loss

da Vinci Hysterectomy (simple total) offers the following potential benefits compared to traditional laparoscopic surgery:

  • Similar or fewer complications
  • Similar or fewer blood transfusions
  • Similar or shorter length of stay
  • Similar operative time
  • Similar or lower conversion rates

da Vinci Hysterectomy (radical) offers the following potential benefits compared to traditional open surgery:

  • Similar complication rates
  • Fewer blood transfusions
  • Shorter hospital stay
  • Less estimated blood loss
  • Less need for narcotics after the surgery

da Vinci Hysterectomy (radical) offers the following potential benefits compared to traditional laparoscopic surgery:

  • Similar complications
  • Similar or fewer blood transfusions
  • Similar or shorter hospital stay
  • Similar operative times
  • Similar or less estimated blood loss

Learn more about da Vinci® Hysterectomy (Cancer).

da Vinci ® Endometriosis Resection

Endometriosis happens when tissue that normally lines the inside of your uterus (endometrium) grows into areas outside the uterus. It can cause mild to severe pain, among other symptoms. If your doctor suggests surgery, there are two common options: open surgery through one large incision and minimally invasive surgery through a few small incisions using traditional laparoscopy or da Vinci® Surgery (da Vinci Endometriosis Resection or a da Vinci Hysterectomy).

As a result of this technology, da Vinci Endometriosis Resection (removal of all visible implants) offers the following potential benefits compared to open surgery:

  • Surgeons are able to perform technically difficult dissection
  • Low rate of complications
  • Low blood loss and low likelihood for transfusion
  • Low rate of surgeon switching to open surgery

As a result of this technology, da Vinci Endometriosis Resection offers the following potential benefits compared to traditional laparoscopy:

  • Higher rate of confirmed endometriosis from biopsy
  • Low blood loss
  • Low rate of surgeon switching to open surgery

Learn more about da Vinci® Endometriosis Resection.

da Vinci® Myomectomy (Fibroid Removal)

If you plan to have surgery to remove fibroids, the operation is called a myomectomy. Your doctor will take out the fibroid(s) and keep your uterus in place.

A myomectomy can be done using open surgery through one large incision (cut). It can also be done using minimally invasive surgery (laparoscopy), which also includes da Vinci® Surgery. da Vinci technology enables surgeons to operate through a few small incisions, like traditional laparoscopy, instead of a large incision. The da Vinci System is a robotically-assisted surgical device that your surgeon is 100% in control of at all times.

da Vinci Myomectomy offers the following potential benefits compared to open surgery:

  • Similar rate of complications
  • Shorter hospital stay
  • Lower rate of blood transfusions
  • Less blood loss
  • Less chance of a post-operative fever

da Vinci Myomectomy offers the following potential benefits compared to traditional laparoscopy:

  • Similar rate of complications
  • Similar hospital stay
  • Similar conversion rate (switch to open surgery)
  • Similar or less blood loss

Learn more about da Vinci® Myomectomy.

da Vinci® Sacrocolpopexy

Pelvic prolapse occurs when a pelvic organ, such as your vagina or uterus slips out of its normal position. Surgery to correct this condition is called sacrocolpopexy. During surgery, doctors use surgical mesh to keep your pelvic organ(s) in the correct spot and ease your symptoms. A sacrocolpopexy can also be done after a hysterectomy (removal of uterus) to provide long-term support for the vagina.

If you are thinking of having pelvic prolapse surgery, there may be several options to consider, including minimally invasive da Vinci Surgery.

da Vinci Sacrocolpopexy offers the following potential benefits compared to open surgery:

  • Lower rate of complications
  • Less estimated blood loss
  • Similar rate of blood transfusions
  • Shorter hospital stay

da Vinci Sacrocolpopexy offers the following potential benefits compared to traditional laparoscopy:

  • Similar rate of complications
  • Similar rate of blood transfusions
  • Similar or less estimated blood loss
  • Similar or shorter hospital stay
  • Similar conversion rate (switch to open surgery)

Learn more about da Vinci® Sacrocolpopexy.

To begin discussing which surgical option is best for your gynecological care, please call us at (713) 273-5804.
 


Important Safety Information

Serious complications may occur in any surgery, including da Vinci® Surgery, up to and including death. Individual surgical results may vary. Patients should talk to their doctor to decide if da Vinci Surgery is right for them. Patients and doctors should review all available information on non-surgical and surgical options in order to make an informed decision. Please also refer to http://www.daVinciSurgery.com/Safety for Important Safety Information.