Da Vinci Robotic Surgery
The da Vinci robotic surgical system is used to perform minimally-invasive surgery and can be used in a variety of procedures in gynecology. Robotic surgery allows doctors to perform delicate procedures with exacting precision through very small incisions.
Using the da Vinci Robot
The incisions made with the da Vinci system are only one or two centimeters in size and the surgeon can operate the system with greater precision and control than traditional open surgery, thus minimizing post-operative pain and risks associated with larger incisions. This can mean shorter recovery times, less pain, and less scarring.
To use the da Vinci robot, a surgeon sits at a computer station and looks through magnified lenses while operating foot, hand and thumb controls that manipulate tiny, ultra-precise instruments to perform surgery on the patient. A camera encased in a thin tube allows the surgeon magnified 3D views of the surgery in real time. The robotic arms enable the surgeon to rotate 360 degrees to approach the surgical site from virtually any angle, allowing greater flexibility, range of motion, and precision.
Dr. Trout Commended for Da Vinci Robot Expertise
Intuitive Surgical, makers of the da Vinci Surgical System, announced in 2011 that Colorado Reproductive Endocrinology Doctor Susan Trout is being commended for her expertise in using minimally invasive robotic surgery to treat women’s health and reproductive issues. Trout is the only reproductive endocrinologist in Denver to be given such a distinction.
This recognition is only given to doctors who have completed extensive training with the da Vinci robot, along with demonstrating advanced surgical skills and completing a large number of robotic surgical procedures.
When is Robotic Surgery Used?
Because robotic surgery is a less-invasive option for many patients, it has become widely used for a variety of gynecologic surgical procedures, including:
- Tubal reversal
- Cervical and uterine cancer
- Uterine fibroids
- Uterine prolapse
- Menorrhagia or excessive bleeding.
According to the Los Angeles Times, use of the da Vinci system has “quadrupled in the last four years, and the machine now helps with incisions and sutures in 2,000 hospitals around the world.”
For more information about treatment with the da Vinci robotic surgical system, call us at (303) 321-7115 or schedule an appointment with one of our doctors.