Da Vinci Surgical System
What is the da Vinci Surgical System?
Until recently, people who elected to have surgery were given two primary choices: traditional surgery with a large open incision or laparoscopy, which uses small incisions. Laparoscopy typically offers the benefits of less pain and bleeding, faster recovery and fewer potential complications, but it is generally restricted to more simple procedures.
A revolutionary new procedure called the da Vinci Surgical System eliminates many of the limitations associated with laparoscopy. For the first time, certified physicians are able to offer a minimally invasive option for major surgery.
With the da Vinci Surgical System, small incisions are used to introduce miniaturized surgical instruments and a high-definition 3D camera. Seated at the da Vinci console, Dr. Garofalo views a magnified, high-resolution 3D image of the surgical site. State-of-the-art computer technologies convert Dr. Garofalo’s hand movements into precise micro-movements of the da Vinci instruments.
Dr. Garofalo was the first gynecologist in lower Fairfield County to be certified on the da Vinci Surgical System; he has performed almost one thousand da Vinci surgeries.
Is da Vinci Surgery safe?
Approved for gynecologic surgery in 2005, the da Vinci Surgical System has been used successfully in hundreds of thousands of procedures. Its safety and efficacy have been documented in hundreds of clinical publications. However, there are risks associated with any kind of surgical treatment. In addition, the da Vinci Surgical System may not be appropriate for every individual. Always ask Dr. Garofalo about all treatment options that may be appropriate for your medical condition, as well as their risks and benefits.
When is the da Vinci Surgical System used?
The da Vinci Surgical System is highly adaptable, with applications in urology, gynecology, cardiothoracic and general surgery. Dr. Garofalo is certified to use the da Vinci Surgical System for diagnosis and/or treatments associated with the following conditions and procedures:
- uterine fibroids/myomectomy
- pelvic organ prolapse
Where can I find more information?
More information on the da Vinci Surgical System can be found at www.davincisurgery.com.