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There is no substitute for the skill of the experienced hands of a highly trained surgeon. But at the Center for Minimally Invasive Gynecologic Surgery, advanced robotics complement and expand the surgeon's access to key areas targeted for treatment.
Advanced robotics allow a surgeon to move around and between organs easily and accurately. This means that minimally invasive procedures can be done with greater precision.
How Robotic Gynecologic Surgery is Performed
During robot-assisted surgery, the surgeon's hands control the instruments in the robot's arms which can rotate in any direction. The surgeon sits at a console and performs the procedure using an enhanced, three-dimensional image. By contrast, laparoscopic surgery only allows the surgeon to see a two-dimensional image.
A highly trained surgeon's experience and judgment coupled with the precision, maneuverability and control of the robot is a winning combination for women who need minimally invasive gynecologic surgery.
The Benefits of Robot-Assisted Surgery
Robot-assisted surgery has all the advantage of laparoscopic surgery -- faster healing, less pain, fewer complications and less scarring. In addition, it allows surgeons a better view of the organ and surrounding tissue as they work. This makes the surgery precise. The mechanical "hands" of the robot can rotate and twist to use the instruments in ways that human hands alone could not easily do.
Gynecologic Conditions That May Be Treated With Robot-Assisted Surgery
At the Center for Minimally Invasive Gynecological Surgery, robot-assisted surgery is used to:
- Remove fibroids without removing the uterus (a myomectomy)
- Remove the uterus (hysterectomy) using minimally invasive procedures
- Reconstruct the pelvic area to correct prolapse or structural problems
- Reverse tubal litigation