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Robotic-Assisted Surgery with the da Vinci Surgical System: What to Expect

Why do I need robotic surgery?  

Robotic surgery, also known as robot-assisted surgery, is the most modern surgical solution available. You may need a robotic surgery procedure to treat:

  • Adenomyosis 

  • Endometriosis

  • Ovarian cysts

  • Pelvic adhesions 

  • Uterine fibroids or polyps


Robotic surgery is often used to remove abnormal tumors, both benign and malignant. You can even undergo a partial or total hysterectomy procedure with robotic surgery.


How is robotic surgery performed?

These minimally invasive procedures involve making about three or four small incisions in your lower abdomen and pelvic region.  A surgeon inserts thin robotic tools and a camera into the incisions and the surgeon sits and views a screen. From the screen, they can view detailed images of your internal structures and control the robotic instruments using finger graspers and foot pedals. By manipulating these specialized tools, the surgeon can remove tissues, make repairs, and closely evaluate your pelvic organs for diagnostic purposes.


What are the benefits of robotic surgery?

This groundbreaking type of surgery is beneficial because it:

  • Results in less postoperative pain

  • Leads to little or no scarring 

  • Lowers the risk of surgical error and bleeding


Additionally, since robotic surgery is minimally invasive, the surgeon doesn’t have to cut into or move as many connective tissues, muscles, or other components. Because of this, you’ll likely experience a faster recovery.  As an example, it’s common for traditional open surgery to result in a six to eight week recovery period before you can return to your regular activities. With robotic surgery, patients can generally return to most of their daily activities, including low-impact exercise, in as little as two to three weeks. 

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