Robotic-Assisted Surgery to Treat Pelvic Issues
Minimally invasive surgery uses a laparoscope, an instrument with a camera that transmits images to a video monitor, and other small instruments are inserted through the incisions. The camera allows the physician to see the structures within the abdomen and pelvis. In general, minimally invasive surgery is less traumatic than open surgery, involving smaller incisions, little scarring, less pain, minimal blood loss, shorter hospitalization, faster recovery and fewer side effects.
Minimally Invasive Surgery with da Vinci® Robotic Surgical System
The da Vinci® Robotic Surgical System takes minimally invasive surgery one step further. The system gives the surgeon improved magnification, a three-dimension view of the surgical site and precise robotic movements, enhancing the precision of the surgeon.
The da Vinci® system is composed of a surgeon console, a computerized control system, two instrument “arms” and a camera. The surgeon makes small incisions or “ports” in the abdomen. The surgical instruments, attached to the robotic arms, and a camera are placed through the ports. The surgeon uses the robot’s arms to control the movement and placement of the surgical instruments.
Robotic surgery may potentially reduce the rate of open abdominal hysterectomies and make minimally invasive surgery and its benefits available to patients.
Treatments Performed with the da Vinci® Robotic Surgical System
Robotic surgery at Community Memorial Hospital can be used to:
- Perform a hysterectomy
- Perform a myomectomy (surgical removal of fibroids from the uterus)
- Treat advanced endometriosis
- Perform a sacrocolpopexy (surgery to treat vaginal vault prolapse)
- Treat disorders of the ovaries and fallopian tubes, such as benign cysts and tumors
Doctors Performing Robotic-Assisted Surgery
- Anthony Hoang, MD, obstetrician/gynecologist
- Henry Kaminski, MD, obstetrician/gynecologist
- Susan A. Kroener, MD, obstetrician/gynecologist
- Janet S. Rader, MD, FACOG, gynecologic oncologist
- Anuradha Raman, MD, FACOG, obstetrician/gynecologist, fellow in advanced pelvic surgery
- Katharine Van Fossen, MD, obstetrician/gynecologist
- Denise Uyar, MD, obstetrician/gynecologist