Robotic Gynecologic Surgery Procedures
A wide variety of benign (non-cancerous) or malignant (cancerous) conditions can affect a woman's reproductive system, which consists of the uterus, vagina, ovaries and fallopian tubes. Common types of gynecologic conditions like fibroids (non-cancerous growths in the uterine wall), endometriosis (non-cancerous growths of the uterine lining) or prolapse (falling or slipping of the uterus) can cause chronic pain and heavy bleeding, as well as other disabling symptoms. Women who experience these symptoms are often treated with surgery.
Recent advancements in minimally invasive surgical technologies mean that savvy patients have options other than conventional surgery. Presbyterian/St. Luke’s has invested in the latest, most precise technology – robotic-assisted surgery, an exciting new treatment option in minimally invasive surgery for a range of gynecologic conditions.
Our skilled surgeons offer the following procedures using the robotic system:
- Hysterectomy – Surgery to remove the uterus or womb; used as a treatment option for several women's conditions, including vaginal prolapse (falling or slipping of the vagina), endometriosis, uterine fibroids, heavy menstrual bleeding and cancer. There are many types of hysterectomy that are performed, depending on the patient’s diagnosis. All hysterectomies involve removal of the uterus. What can vary are which additional reproductive organs and other tissues are removed. P/SL also offers Total Lap Hysterectomy and Lap Supracervial Hysterectomy.
- Sacrocolpopexy – Surgery for vaginal and uterine prolapse (falling or slipping of the uterus) where a piece of mesh is used to hold the vagina in the correct anatomical position.
- Ovarian Cystectomy – A procedure for those benign conditions of the ovary, in which a cyst can be removed, leaving a functional ovary in place.
- Oophorectomy – A surgical procedure to remove one or both ovaries. Most often, an oophorectomy is performed in conjunction with a hysterectomy and/or is also commonly combined with surgery to remove the nearby fallopian tubes (salpingectomy), since they share a common blood supply with the ovaries. When combined, the procedure is called salpingo-oophorectomy.
- Endometriosis Resection – A procedure that allows your surgeon to perform a thorough removal of deeply penetrated or widespread endometrial implants – while preserving your uterus.
- Lysis of Adhesions – Surgery to remove adhesions, which are scars that form within the body, usually in the abdomen or pelvis, that can cause chronic abdominal pain and infertility.
Robot Surgical Procedures offer the following potential benefits when compared to traditional open or laparoscopic surgery:
- A shorter operation
- Less blood loss and need for transfusion
- Small incisions for minimal scarring
- Low rate of complications
- Significantly less pain
- Less risk of infection
- Quicker recovery and return to normal activities
- Shorter duration with catheter
- High sexual function
- Improved urinary, bowel, and pelvic symptoms
- Better outcomes and patient satisfaction, in many cases
How robotic surgery works:
Your surgeon is 100% in control of the robot. Through a high-tech control module, surgeons move miniaturized operating instruments that allow for extremely precise movements. In fact, robotic surgeons have a greater range of motion, they can see more clearly and they have better dexterity when using the robotic system.
Though robotic-assisted has been used successfully worldwide in hundreds of thousands of procedures to date, not all patients are candidates for robotic-assisted surgery. Gynecological surgeries can be performed by open surgery, minimally invasive surgery or robotic surgery. Be sure to discuss the benefits and risks of each surgical technique with your doctor.