For many years, traditional gynecologic surgery has been performed through invasive procedures with large incisions and a relatively high rate of complications. As technology has advanced, new techniques in the medical world have become available to help reduce the complexity and invasive nature of many surgeries.
Laparoscopy offers access to the pelvis by using a thin telescope with a camera that lets surgeons see the treated area. However, laparoscopy is limited by rigid and restricted control over the instruments. While laparoscopy offers many advantages over traditional open surgery, robotic assisted surgery, performed with the da Vinci Surgical System, takes technology one step further. It combines the more effective control of open surgery with the less invasive approach of laparoscopy.
Surgery with the da Vinci Surgical System is performed through tiny incisions rather than one large incision. The robotic arms of the system's console carry surgical instruments and a camera to the targeted area and perform the procedure under the complete control of the surgeon. The surgeon views a magnified, three dimensional view of the operative field. The robotic arms precisely mimic the movements of the surgeon's arms for natural dexterity and extreme control. In fact, many gynecologists believe that robotic surgery offers more control and accuracy than conventional techniques.
These features provide many advantages to patients, including:
- Less pain
- Less scarring/ less bleeding
- Shorter recovery time
- Less risk of infection
Erwin Szela, MD, MBA is the Women's HealthFirst's certified da Vinci surgeon. He performs these procedures at St. Alexius Medical Center in Hoffman Estates and Northwest Community Hospital in Arlington Heights. Call for a consultation with him at 847.808.8884. He has office hours available at all three of our locations.