The DaVinci® robot is the latest most advanced tool to performe laparoscopic gynecologic surgery.
By dramatically enhancing visualization, precision, control and dexterity, the DaVinci® robot overcomes the limitations of traditional laparoscopic technology, helping physicians to perform complex surgery in a manner never before experienced.
The main advantages over traditional laparoscopic surgery are the ability to visualize the surgical field in 3-D (three dimensions. Similar to natural, non-video vision), and the mobility of the laparoscopic instruments, that have a degree of flexibility and range of motion similar to the human hand.
This enhancements allow the surgeon to perform complex gynecologic procedures, including cancer surgery, that could not be safely performed using traditional laparoscopic equipment
The System cannot be programmed, nor can it make decisions on its own. The DaVinci System requires that every surgical maneuver be performed with direct input from your surgeon.
Single-Site™ daVinci® Hysterectomy
This new procedure is performed with just one single incision through the belly button so you can get back to life faster without the usual recovery following major surgery.
For most women, Single-Site™ daVinci® Hysterectomy offers
- virtually scarless results
- minimal pain and low blood loss
- faster recovery
The surgery can be performed in about one hour with a typical hospital stay of less than 24 hours.
Single-Site™ daVinci®Hysterectomy is at Silver Cross Hospital—a designated Center of Excellence for Minimally Invasive Gynecology. Silver Cross was one of the first hospitals in the entire Midwest where skilled surgeons use the daVinci robotic surgical system to perform hysterectomies through a single incision with virtually scarless results.
How Does it Work?
During the procedure, the surgeon sits comfortably at a console, viewing a 3D, high-definition image of the patient’s anatomy. The surgeon uses controls below the viewer to move the instrument arms and camera. In real-time, the system translates the surgeon’s hand, wrist and finger movements into more precise movements of the miniaturized instruments inside the patient.
Unlike traditional robotic surgeries requiring three to five small incisions, this new technology allows for a single incision in the belly button. Here, instruments are placed to treat chronic pain, heavy bleeding, non-cancerous fibroids, endometriosis, and prolapse by surgically removing the uterus, know as a hysterectomy.
Many women who require a hysterectomy are candidates for the robotic, single-incision surgery. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, hysterectomy is the second most common surgical procedure for women in the United States, and an estimated one-third of all women will have a hysterectomy by age 60.