Advanced Robotic Surgery Available

Obstetric and gynecologic surgery and gynecologic oncology surgery using the da Vinci® Surgical System are available to women at Manatee Memorial Hospital. Robotic surgery may be recommended to patients with the following conditions.


Endometriosis

Endometriosis is a condition that typically occurs in women during their childbearing years and results in the uterine lining, or endometrium, growing outside of the uterus. The tissue continues to respond to the regular hormonal cycle of the female body by building up and breaking down with each menstrual cycle. But because there is no place for the uterine lining to escape when it breaks down, the result can be inflammation and scar tissue around the affected areas. The scar tissue may cause blockages in the pelvic area and organs, infertility or difficulty becoming pregnant. Endometriosis treatment consists of a variety of methods, including hormone therapy and surgeries. Surgery is used to remove uterine lining growing outside of the uterus in hopes that the patient may be able to bear children. In more serious cases, endometriosis treatment will require the uterus to be removed with a hysterectomy procedure.

Signs of Endometriosis

The most common signs of endometriosis are:

  • Abnormal or heavy menstrual flow
  • Cramps and menstrual pain
  • Infertility or difficulty becoming pregnant
  • Pain during sexual intercourse
  • Painful bowel movements during menstrual periods
  • Painful urination during menstrual periods
  • Pelvic pain

Uterine Fibroids

Uterine fibroids can cause symptoms that are similar to endometriosis.

Surgical Treatment

Your surgical treatment options for endometriosis depend on your diagnosis and medical history, however in general there are two options:

  • Removal of endometrial tissue
  • Removal of reproductive organs (total or partial hysterectomy)

Robotic Surgery for Endometriosis

The da Vinci Surgical System is a robotic tool that provides surgeons with improved magnification and viewing of the surgical site, as well as greater precision and flexibility that can be helpful in surgery for endometriosis. Robotic-assisted surgery for endometriosis is promising for women who wish to preserve their uterus and would like to have children in the future. Regardless of the location of the endometriosis, surgeons use the da Vinci robot to make small, precise incisions to remove the tissue and preserve the uterus. Robotic-assisted surgery is considered minimally invasive. This means that, instead of a traditional "open" surgery, there are several small incisions made in the abdomen. This is beneficial because the small incisions allow for a much shorter recovery time. With robotic-assisted surgery, you could see the following benefits:

  • Fewer complications
  • Less blood loss
  • Less pain
  • Less risk of infections
  • Less scarring

Hysterectomy

Hysterectomy is a surgical procedure that removes a woman's uterus and is the second most common surgery among women in the US, according to the Office on Women's Health; nearly 500,000 women get hysterectomies each year in the US. There are a number of reasons why your doctor may recommend a hysterectomy, including cancer, fibroids, endometriosis when other treatments have not helped, chronic pelvic pain or abnormal vaginal bleeding. Hysterectomies can be done through traditional abdominal surgery, through laparoscopic surgery or robotically with the da Vinci Surgical System. The majority of gynecologic conditions that can lead to hysterectomy can now be treated effectively without a big incision. With the da Vinci Surgical System, a hysterectomy requires only a few small incisions. The da Vinci system allows doctors to perform precise, minimally invasive hysterectomies that offer many potential benefits over traditional open surgery for most women, including:

  • Significantly less pain
  • Minimal blood loss and reduced need for transfusion
  • Fewer complications
  • Shorter hospital stays
  • Quicker recovery and return to normal activities
  • Small incisions for minimal scarring
  • Better outcomes and greater patient satisfaction

While clinical studies support the effectiveness of the da Vinci® System when used in minimally invasive surgery, individual results may vary. Surgery with the da Vinci Surgical System may not be appropriate for every individual. Always ask your doctor about all treatment options, as well as their risks and benefits.


Myomectomy

Anywhere from 20 percent to 80 percent of women in the United States will develop uterine fibroids by the time they're 50, according to the Office on Women's Health. Uterine fibroids may grow as a single tumor or in clusters, and these nonmalignant tumors can contribute to infertility and miscarriages. New technology is making it easier to have uterine fibroids removed quickly and with smaller incisions. While not all women with fibroids experience symptoms, symptoms may include excessive menstrual bleeding, pelvic pain and infertility. If your doctor recommends surgical treatment for your fibroids, you may want to ask about a robotic myomectomy procedure. Using the da Vinci Surgical System, surgeons can remove fibroids while preserving their patient's uterus. After removing each fibroid, surgeons carefully repair the uterus to minimize potential bleeding, infection and scarring. Robotic myomectomy may be more time consuming for the surgeon, but there may be many benefits for patients:

  • Shorter hospital stays
  • Less pain and scarring
  • Less risk of wound infection
  • Less blood loss and fewer transfusions
  • Quicker recoveries and return to normal activities

Robotic Obstetric and Gynecologic Procedures

Below is a list of obstetric and gynecologic procedures that can be performed robotically at Manatee Memorial Hospital:

  • Cervical cancer surgery
  • Dermoid cyst
  • Endometrial ablation
  • Endometrial cancer surgery
  • Hysterectomy
  • Laparoscopically assisted vaginal hysterectomy (LAVH)
  • Myomectomy
  • Omentectomy
  • Oophorocystectomy
  • Oophorectomy
  • Ovarian cancer surgery
  • Ovarian cystectomy
  • Ovarian transposition
  • Removal of fibroids
  • Salpingectomy
  • Salpingo-oophorectomy
  • Tubal ligation

Individual results may vary. There are risks associated with any surgical procedure. Talk with your doctor about these risks to find out if robotic surgery is right for you.

For more information about Robotic Surgery, call our Robotic Coordinator, Jody Burdge, RN at 941-745-7514.