What You Need to Know About da Vinci Robotic Surgery

dreamstime_s_26244876At Urogynecology Center of San Francisco (UGCSF), we utilize da Vinci robotic surgery in order to provide our patients with surgical treatment that is innovative and non-invasive. Many surgeries performed without da Vinci robotic surgery, such as a hysterectomy, are typically quite invasive and require more time to recover.

Dr. Heidi Wittenberg of UGSF specializes in minimally invasive surgery for urogynecologic conditions and is trained and experienced in using da Vinci robotic surgery to treat patients.

What is da Vinci robotic surgery?

Da Vinci robotic surgery is a robotic surgical system. The surgeon controls the da Vinci robotic instruments from a console in order to perform the surgery. This robotic method provides the surgeon with greater control and precision. Da Vinci robotic surgery uses 3-D magnified imaging, as opposed to 2-D imaging used in traditional surgeries.

When is da Vinci robotic surgery used?

The da Vinci surgical system can be used for hysterectomies, to remove ovarian cysts, to remove uterine fibroids, to treat endometriosis, and for patients undergoing cancer risk reduction.  It can also be used for complex bladder, rectal and vaginal support procedures like sacrocolpopexy, which used to require a large incision and 6-8 week recovery, now it is a same day surgery and 2 week recovery due to small incisions and less pain.

What are the benefits of da Vinci robotic surgery?

  • Surgery is less invasive using the da Vinci system.
  • Recovery time, including hospital stays, is typically shorter using da Vinci surgery.
  • There is a lower rate of complications when using the da Vinci system.
  • Chances of converting to open surgery are lessened.
  • Da Vinci surgery has been proven to result in less blood loss.
  • Since the incision from the da Vinci surgical system is so small, scars from the surgery are minimal.
  • For some procedures an incision-less approach can be performed.

Am I a candidate for da Vinci robotic surgery?

A doctor can determine if you are a good candidate for the da Vinci surgical system.

If you would like to learn more about da Vinci robotic surgery, please contact UGCSF today.