Minimally Invasive Robotic Surgery
At Comprehensive Women’s Care, we are devoted to providing the full range of gynecologic services. If you would like more information on the services we provide, please call our office at (614)583-5552.
Your doctor may recommend surgery if you have been diagnosed with fibroid tumors, endometriosis, excessive menstrual bleeding, or pelvic prolapse. Gynecologic surgery is often performed using either traditional open surgery or minimally invasive surgery.
Open surgery, also called laparotomy, is any surgical procedure in which a large cut/incision is made to reach your organs. The incision must be large enough for your surgeon to fit his or her hands and surgical instruments inside your body. Open surgery is used worldwide for many gynecologic conditions; however, there are drawbacks due to the large abdominal incision, including increased blood loss, long recovery times, and noticeable scarring.
Minimally Invasive Surgery
Laparoscopy. The most common minimally invasive surgery is laparoscopy. Instead of a large open incision, surgery is done through a few small incisions using a tiny camera and long, thin surgical instruments. The camera takes images inside your body and those images are sent to a video monitor that guides surgeons as they operate.
Minimally Invasive Hysterectomy In the past, open surgical hysterectomies resulted in hospital stays of several days, pain, a lengthy recovery time and a large abdominal scar. Now, minimally invasive surgical techniques result in hysterectomies that eliminate many of the disadvantages of traditional open surgical procedures.
da Vinci® Surgery. If you are considering gynecologic surgery, consider minimally invasive da Vinci Surgery. da Vinci surgeons make just a few small incisions instead of a large incision – similar to traditional laparoscopy. State-of-the-art da Vinci uses the latest robotics technologies and is beneficial for performing complex surgery. Your surgeon is 100% in control of the da Vinci System, which translates his or her hand movements into smaller, more precise movements of tiny instruments inside your body.
da Vinci surgery offers the following potential benefits when compared to traditional open surgery:
- Less blood loss
- Shorter operation and reduced hospital stay
- Small incisions for minimal scarring
- Shorter duration with catheter
- Low rate of complications
- High sexual function
- Improved urinary, bowel, and pelvic symptoms
Types of Robotic Surgery
Our four board-certified OB/GYN specialists provide the highest level of care to women. We provide patients with the following surgery options:
- da Vinci Hysterectomy
- da Vinci Myomectomy
- da Vinci Sacrocolpopoexy
- da Vinci Endometriosis Resection
da Vinci Hysterectomy. Many women suffer from gynecologic conditions that may require a hysterectomy (removal of the uterus). The pictures below illustrate the difference in incisions between a traditional open hysterectomy and the da Vinci robotic surgery option.
Below is a video from a patient that underwent a robotic hysterectomy performed by Dr. Mini Somasundaram at Riverside Methodist Hospital in Columbus, Ohio.
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da Vinci Myomectomy. If you’ve been diagnosed with fibroid tumors, your doctor may recommend a myomectomy. With a myomectomy procedure, your surgeon removes the fibroids and not your uterus. As a result of the da Vinci technology, robotic myomectomy offers the following potential benefits when compared to traditional laparoscopy:
- Minimally invasive removal of heavier, more numerous and more difficult to access fibroids
- Fewer complications during surgery
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da Vinci Pelvic Prolapse Surgery. (Sacrocolpopexy) If your symptoms from pelvic prolapse are severe and affect your lifestyle, your doctor may recommend surgery. Prolapse surgery is also known as sacrocolpopexy. During the procedure, mesh is used to hold the affected pelvic organ(s) in their correct natural position. Sacrocolpopexy can also be performed after a hysterectomy and can provide long-term support for the vagina.
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Endometriosis Treatment. Endometriosis is when tissue that is normally in the lining of the uterus grows outside the uterus. It can be found on the ovaries, fallopian tubes, bowel and possibly other places in the pelvic cavity. During your period, the extra tissue swells with blood along with the normal tissue in your uterus. This swelling and blood can irritate nearby tissues, which can cause pain or cramps. Constant irritation may cause scar tissue known as “adhesions” to form. These adhesions can bind organs together and cause additional pain or discomfort. Adhesions may also make it difficult to get pregnant or maintain a pregnancy.
If you have endometriosis and your symptoms affect your normal activities, your doctor may recommend a da Vinci Endometriosis Resection. Click here for more information on da Vinci endometriosis treatment.