Five Fast Facts about Minimally-Invasive Gynecological Surgery

dreamstime_s_65280103Dr. Heidi Wittenberg of the Urogynecology Center of San Francisco (UGCSF) specializes in minimally-invasive gynecological surgery, also known as da Vinci robotic surgery.

Da Vinci robotic surgery allows your surgeon to control the robotic instruments from a console for precision and smaller incisions on the surgical site. At UGCSF, Dr. Wittenberg utilizes the da Vinci system in order to provide patients with effective gynecological surgery and shorter recovery times. Minimally-invasive surgery has many advantages, and we’ve provided five fast facts about it below.

  1. Faster recovery – Da Vinci surgery requires smaller incisions than a standard surgical procedure. Instead of using a scalpel to complete the procedure, da Vinci surgery creates smaller incisions that heal faster and decrease the risk of infection. Da Vinci surgery can mean the difference between a 6 or 8-week recovery and a 2-week recovery period.
  2. Less pain and discomfort – Because da Vinci surgery is minimally invasive and uses smaller incisions, recovery is shorter and less painful. Your time spent in the hospital is cut down and you’re able to return to your normal routine quickly because you won’t need the additional time to rest or deal with any lingering pain from a standard surgical procedure.
  3. Lowered risk – da Vinci surgery is proven to result in less blood loss, which lowers your risk of complications during the procedure. It is also proven to lessen the chances of a need to transition to open surgery.
  4. Minimal scarring – Scarring is minimal because incisions from da Vinci surgery are small, especially when compared to larger incisions incurred by standard surgical techniques.
  5. Incisionless approach – For some surgeries, an incision isn’t actually required to perform the procedure. Some surgeries can be done through the vagina so there are no abdominal incisions. For some abdominal surgeries with a small uterus or ovarian cyst, an incision hidden in the belly button can be done that heals without visible scarring.

Talk to your provider about minimally-invasive gynecological surgery

Your provider can determine whether you are a good candidate for minimally-invasive gynecological surgery using the da Vinci surgical system. Some of the conditions that can be addressed with this type of surgery include a hysterectomy; uterine fibroid removal; ovarian cyst removal; endometriosis treatment; vaginal, bladder and rectal support procedures; and cancer risk reduction.

If you are interested in learning more about minimally-invasive surgery or if you’d like to discuss whether you are a good candidate for da Vinci robotic surgery, please contact Dr. Wittenberg of UGCSF today.