Notes on Women's Health
Notes on Women's Health

da Vinci surgery: your questions answered

As one of the first doctors in Fairfield County, Connecticut to be certified in da Vinci surgery, I’m asked a lot of questions about the technology and how it can be used to treat endometriosis, uterine fibroids, pelvic organ prolapse and other conditions. Since I’ve seen so much interest and heard so many questions about da Vinci surgery, I thought it would be helpful to use this blog to provide information to women who may be considering or facing surgery.

In the next few weeks, I’ll be posting a series of blogs about da Vinci surgery and how I use it in my own medical practice. If you have any experiences you’d like to share, please feel free to comment.

First, here’s a bit of history about the da Vinci Surgical System:

Back in the late 1980s, a company working with the U.S. Army developed a system that would allow surgeons to perform battlefield surgery by using remote-controlled medical instruments and cameras. This allowed the surgeons to stay away from the fighting, but it had a few other advantages. The surgery was highly precise and “minimally invasive” (it used very small incisions, usually allowing for quicker recovery and less bleeding than “open” surgery). It’s not exaggerating to say that this company developed a breakthrough in surgical technology.

Some of the people associated with the project realized that the technology could be used with a wide variety of surgeries, and not just on the battlefield. In 1995, a company called Intuitive Surgical was founded to develop the technology for commercial use. Intuitive Surgical launched the da Vinci Surgical System in 1999, and in 2000, da Vinci became the first surgical system of its kind approved by the FDA for general laparoscopic surgery. Since then the da Vinci Surgical System has been used successfully in tens of thousands of procedures.

Next week I’ll write about how da Vinci surgery works. If you need information more quickly, you can click on any of the links below, or you can contact my office directly.

Links to da Vinci surgery resources

Dr. Garofalo’s da Vinci information page

Dr. John Garofalo, M.D., is a certified da Vinci surgeon in Fairfield County, Connecticut. For more information on Dr. Garofalo and his medical practice, go to www.garofaloobgyn.com. Dr. Garofalo can be reached for a personal consultation at 203.855.3535.