da Vinci® Robot-Assisted Gynecological Surgery

There are a variety of treatment options available for treating gynecologic cancer, including gynecologic surgery.  There are now three types of gynecologic surgery that can be conducted to treat gynecologic cancers including open surgery, laparoscopic surgery, and minimally invasive surgery using the da Vinci® SI robot-assisted surgical system.  

For a referral to one of our GYN surgeons, call 855-MH-DOCS1

The specific treatment options depends on the type of gynecologic cancer (cervical cancer, endometrial cancer, and ovarian cancer) and how advanced it is.  Usually a hysterectomy (removal of the uterus) is the best treatment option.  Your doctor will be able to discuss the best option for you. 

Here is a comparison between open surgery and da Vinci® gynecologic robot-assisted surgery:

Open surgery

da Vinci® robot-assisted gynecologic surgery

  • Large incision is needed (6-12 inches)
  • Large scar will be left behind from the incision
  • Requires heavy pain medication during recovery
  • A large opening means that there is more trauma to the area
  • Risk of infection
  • Blood loss
  • Longer recovery period of up to 6 weeks
  • Longer time away from daily activities due to pain and discomfort
  • Small incisions (approximately 1-2 cm)
  • Smaller scar from the incision
  • Less pain during recovery
  • A smaller opening means less trauma to the area and therefore less chance of risk of infection or blood loss
  • Shorter recovery period reduced to just days
  • Shorter time away from daily activities with less pain and discomfort

Benefits of da Vinci® Robot-Assisted Surgery

If the surgeon cannot target the cancer using a vaginal approach, da Vinci® robotic-assisted gynecologic surgery would be the more effective and efficient treatment option, compared to  open surgery.  This means that the patient will be have a few small incisions after surgery, which means a shorter recovery period and less risk of infection and blood loss. So the end result is that after da Vinci® robot-assisted surgery, the patient will be able to get back to their daily life much more quickly than recovering from open surgery.

In the past, laparoscopic surgery was restricted to certain procedures and not always an option for some women, so their only choice was open surgery.  The da Vinci® robotic-assisted surgical system, however, provides the surgeon with the tools to achieve greater precision, can be used on most procedures, and can be offered to a much wider range of women.

Better vision and control with high definition 3D visualization

Surgeons performing minimally invasive surgery used to be limited to a two-dimensional monitor to see inside the body.  Fixed-wrist instruments further limited the types of procedures available using minimally invasive surgery.  Now, surgeons using the da Vinci® robotic-assisted surgery system can take advantage of magnified, high definition 3D visualization, allowing them a much sharper and precise view of the surgical area.

About the da Vinci® SI Surgical System

The da Vinci® SI Surgical System is designed to provide surgeons with enhanced capabilities, including high-definition 3D vision and a magnified view. Your doctor controls the da Vinci® Surgical System, which translates his or her hand movements into smaller, more precise movements of tiny instruments inside your body.

Though it is often called a “robot,” da Vinci® cannot act on its own. The gynecological surgery is performed entirely by your Middlesex Hospital surgeon, and complimented by the advanced technology of the da Vinci® robot. This allows for even very complex lobectomy procedures to be performed through a few tiny incisions. As a result, you may be able to get back to life faster without the usual recovery following major surgery.

The da Vinci® Surgical System has been used successfully worldwide in hundreds of thousands of procedures to date.  Middlesex Hospital is building one of the most comprehensive robot assisted surgical programs in New England, offering prostate cancer surgery, sleep apnea surgery, gynecological surgery and thoracic surgery.



Obstetrics & Gynecology (Women's Health)

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