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When medication and non-invasive procedures are unable to relieve symptoms, surgery remains the accepted and most effective treatment for a range of gynecologic conditions. These include, but are not limited to, cervical and uterine cancer, uterine fibroids, endometriosis, uterine prolapse and menorrhagia or excessive bleeding.
Christina E. Ellis, MD
Traditional open gynecologic surgery, using a large incision for access to the uterus and surrounding anatomy, has for many years been the standard approach to many gynecologic procedures. Yet with open surgery can come significant pain, trauma, a long recovery process and threat to surrounding organs and nerves. For women facing gynecologic surgery, the period of pain, discomfort and extended time away from normal daily activities that usually follows traditional surgery can understandably cause significant anxiety.
Fortunately, less invasive options are available. Some gynecologic procedures enable surgeons to access the target anatomy using a vaginal approach, which may not require an external incision. But for complex hysterectomies and other gynecologic procedures, robot-assisted surgery with the da Vinci Si Surgical System may be the most effective, least invasive treatment option. Through tiny, 1-2 cm incisions, surgeons using the da Vinci Si System can operate with greater precision and control, minimizing the pain and risk associated with large incisions while increasing the likelihood of a fast recovery and excellent clinical outcomes.
While clinical studies support the effectiveness of theda Vinci Si System when used in minimally invasive surgery, individual results may vary. Surgery with theda Vinci Si Surgical System may not be appropriate for every individual. Always ask your doctor about all treatment options, as well as their risks and benefits.
The following physicians have been credentialed by The Chester County Hospital for the robotics program.
See it through the surgeon's eyes:
Caution: these videos are graphic in nature
For additional information on minimally invasive surgery with the da Vinci Si Surgical System visit www.davincisurgery.com.
Last Updated: 2/3/2014