Several gynecologic surgeries can be performed using the da Vinci® surgical system including hysterectomy, endometriosis resection, myomectomy (fibroid removal), and sacrocolpopexy (pelvic prolapse).
Hysterectomy is performed to help women suffering from one of several gynecological conditions including endometriosis, uterine fibroids, heaving menstrual bleeding and cancer. Using the da Vinci surgical system, the surgeon can remove the uterus, fibroid cysts and endometrial tissue through tiny keyhole incisions. The robotic arms of the da Vinci surgical system operate within these ports, with the surgeon in full control of their actions throughout the procedure - the system cannot be programmed nor can it make decisions on its own. Additionally, there are sensors on the machine that ensure the robotic arms move only when the surgeon's eyes are viewing the console display.
In addition to eliminating the need for long incisions, the da Vinci surgical system also mimics the movement of the surgeon's wrist within the patient's body. The computer also improves the fine control of the manipulations. Larger movements on the console arms manipulated by the surgeon are reduced or scaled down to smaller movements by the robotic arms in the patient. This allows delicate dissection and suturing not possible with regular laparoscopic instruments and with better vision than through a regular large incision. One incision, for example, specifically is reserved for a robotic arm outfitted with a camera. Images from the camera are transmitted to a high-definition monitor at the surgeon console.
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Surgeons using the da Vinci surgical system can perform intricate procedures with greater precision, improved visualization and depth perception, and enhanced dexterity. Patients who undergo robotic-assisted surgical procedures typically experience the following benefits:
- less pain
- shorter hospital stays
- less reliance on opioid medication
- fewer complications
- less blood loss
- minimal scarring
- quicker return to normal activities