Picture this: a woman lays on an operating table as a robotic arm makes an incision, controlled by a doctor behind a console. Her incisions are minimal, her recovery will be faster than traditional surgery and she may even get to go home the same day as her procedure. Does that sound like the scene of a futuristic sci-fi film? Well, the future is here! Robotic procedures are performed every day at Henry County Medical Center.
Robotic surgery is an innovative technology that is changing the way we look at medicine. Not only do they offer more successful outcomes, but they shorten recovery time and show a lower rate of complications.
When it comes to pelvic health, the da Vinci System offers women an alternative surgery option for pelvic organ prolapse and hysterectomies. Instead of choosing between a traditional open surgery or a laparoscopic surgery, women can now consider a robot-assisted treatment.
While robotic surgery is now common, don’t think surgeons have hung up their scalpels just yet. The da Vinci system is an “Intuitive Surgical Endoscopic Instrument Control System,” which means it is a refined combination of electronics, computers, and complex machinery, all working in harmony, providing a surgeon with an intuitive tool for viewing and controlling the surgical instruments during an operation.
Using the robotic system, a doctor is given a highly magnified 3D image of the inside of the body and is able to reach small spaces that a human hand cannot.
HCMC’s da Vinci system offers the latest approach to repairing pelvic prolapse. When compared to open surgery, the potential benefits of da Vinci minimally invasive surgery can be substantial, including:
- Lower rate of complications (1,2)
- Less estimated blood loss (1,2,3)
- Similar rate of blood transfusions (1)
- Shorter hospital stay (1)
Fortunately, as technology advances, so do the methods that surgeons perform surgery. The future is here at HCMC, where robotic surgery is decreasing recovery time, improving results, and enhancing patient experience.
1) Serati M, et al; 2014. Robot-assisted Sacrocolpopexy for Pelvic Organ Prolapse: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis of Comparative Studies. European Urology. 66:202-318.
2) Nosti PA, et al. “Outcomes of Abdominal and Minimally Invasive Sacrocolpopexy.” Female Pelvic Medicine & Reconstructive Surgery 20.1 (2014): 33-37.
3) Siddiqui NY et al. Symptomatic and Anatomic 1-year Outcomes after Robotic and Abdominal Sacrocolpopexy. American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology 206.5 (2012): 435.e1-35.e5.