When women need to have surgery for gynecological problems, da Vinci surgery has become a popular option. This state-of-the-art technique allows surgeons to use robotics to perform operations with an exceptional amount of finesse. The robotic arms and hands are used to perform the surgeries through tiny incisions while the doctor oversees all from a 3D high definition screen that has been magnified. Because the incisions are so small, the procedures are minimally invasive. What this means to the patient are quicker recovery times, less pain, fewer side effects, and tinier scars. The name comes from the artist, Leonardo da Vinci, because he invented the earliest robot and was also known for painting and sculpting anatomically precise pieces of art. This mastermind was also a brilliant architect and mathematician. Some of the gynecological procedures that can be performed using this robotic technique include treatment of uterine and cervical cancer, fibroids, and prolapsed uterus.
When a woman is diagnosed with cancer in her uterus or cervix, one of the most common treatments is a hysterectomy. This is an operation performed to remove the diseased organ, which may also include the fallopian tubes. With an open procedure, there will be larger incisions, substantial scarring, a longer hospital stay, and more pain than with the minimally invasive operation. The robotic operation is performed with extreme precision due to the doctor’s increased ability to view the internal organs. Robot movements are mathematically engineered, allowing for optimum dexterity.
Fibroids are abnormal growths that develop in the uterus lining. While these tumors aren’t cancerous, they do cause problems on their own. They contribute to discomfort, heavy bleeding, and infertility. Surgeons can treat these growths in several ways; two of them are operations that can be performed using da Vinci surgery. One choice is to have a hysterectomy, which would entail removing the entire reproductive system. If a patient plans to have children in the future, she can save her uterus by having a myomectomy. A myomectomy is an operation, which removes the fibroids but leaves the reproductive organs in place. The third technique isn’t surgical but rather involves taking prescribed medication to shrink the tumors.
When an organ such as the uterus falls out of its normal position, it is considered to be prolapsed. This can cause discomfort as well as more serious problems. The da Vinci surgery technique for correcting this condition is minimally invasive yet effective. Again, side effects and recovery times are lessened with this technique vs. the traditional operation.
For women’s health problems, da Vinci surgery offers beneficial and minimally invasive treatments. Whether a hysterectomy is needed or some other less complete operation, the robotic alternative is often preferred to open procedures. If you need any of these surgeries, it would be wise to schedule an appointment with your gynecologist to discuss your options.