Robotic surgery is changing the way gynecologic surgeons operate on patients around the world, and now this revolutionary technology is available to women too. This innovative technology is performed using a highly advanced machine that contains several robotic arms controlled by the surgeon. A few tiny incisions are made, through which the surgeon moves the robotic arms, including one that holds a camera. Surgeons are afforded enhanced visibility throughout the procedure, as well as robotic ‘arms’ that perform with smoother mobility and greater rotation than the human wrist and hand. The result is better accuracy, less bleeding during surgery, and minimal scarring for the patient.
Did you know…
That robotic surgery is rapidly becoming the standard for minimally invasive gynecological procedures? In fact, there have been more than 1.5 million robot-assisted surgeries worldwide in the past 10 years alone. And despite its name, robotic surgery is still 100 percent controlled by a patient’s physician – not a robot. Robotic surgery does not take the place of a surgeon – it makes a surgeon better.
Frequently Asked Questions
What types of operations are eligible for robotic surgery?
Robotic surgery can be used as an alternative to open surgery or laparoscopic surgery to treat women with a number of conditions. In fact, robotic surgery is an effective alternative for a number of highly complex surgeries. You may be candidate for robotic surgery if you are facing an operation for uterine fibroids, endometriosis, heavy menstrual bleeding, gynecologic cancer, or pelvic prolapsed. Call our office for more information or to schedule a consultation today.
What happens during gynecologic robotic surgery?
Robotic gynecologic surgery is performed in a hospital or surgical center under general anesthesia. During the procedure, you will lie on a table beneath the robotic device. Nearby, your surgeon will be commanding every move of the robotic arms, through a few small abdominal incisions. A camera will be transmitting live three-dimensional imaging to your surgeon that can be magnified as needed. The robotic arms imitate the motions of your doctor’s hands, only with a greater precision you will be sent to recovery.
What is the recovery period like after a robotic surgery?
The experience women have after robotic surgery is far different than that of women who undergo open surgery. Robotic-assisted operations generally require less time in the hospital after surgery, not to mention a much shorter recovery period and lower risk of complications. However, there is always a risk of complications, so talk with your doctor about whether robotic gynecologic surgery is right for you.