The Institute for Women's Health

What is da Vinci surgery?

The da Vinci Surgical System is one of the most effective, least invasive treatment options for a range of uterine conditions. The da Vinci Surgical System enables surgeons to perform with unmatched precision and control – using only a few small incisions.

Although the general term “robotic surgery” is often used to refer to the technology, this term can give the impression that the robot is performing the surgery. In contrast, the da Vinci Surgical System cannot – in any manner – run on its own. It is actually robotically-assisted surgery. The System is designed to seamlessly replicate the movement of the surgeon’s hands with the tips of micro-instruments. The System cannot make decisions, nor can it perform any type of movement or maneuver without the surgeon’s direct input.

How does da Vinci surgery work?

Devices for robotically-assisted surgery are designed to perform regulated and controlled movements after being programmed by a surgeon. The da Vinci Surgical System is a computer-enhanced system that interposes a computer between the surgeon’s hands and the tips of micro-instruments. The system replicates the surgeon’s movements in real time.

What gynecologic conditions can da Vinci surgery correct?

  • Hysterectomy (removal of the uterus)
  • Treatment for endometriosis, pelvic pain or scar tissue
  • Endometrial cancer (also known as uterine cancer)
  • Heavy or abnormal menstrual bleeding
  • Uterine fibroids
  • Ovarian cysts or tumors
  • Cervical, uterine and ovarian cancers
  • Uterine or bladder prolapse – surgery for pelvic relaxation, such as uterine or bladder descent
  • Urinary incontinence
  • Restoration of fertility after tubal ligation
  • Uterine reconstruction
  • For a complete list, please visit the da Vinci website

What are the benefits of robotically-assisted surgery?

  • A faster return to normal daily activities
  • Significantly less pain than open surgery
  • Less blood loss than open or traditional laparoscopic surgeries
  • Fewer complications
  • Less scarring
  • A shorter hospital stay

Institute for Women’s Health physicians that perform da Vinci surgery:

Where is the da Vinci procedure performed?

Has the da Vinci Surgical System been cleared by the FDA?

The da Vinci Surgical System was approved by the Food and Drug Administration in August of 2005. Since then, our surgeons at the Institute For Women’s Health have successfully performed over 500 of these procedures.

For more information, please visit www.davincisurgery.com

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