Years ago, patients who needed gynecological surgery only had a single option — an open procedure. In open procedures, the surgeon makes a large incision to carry out the operation resulting in the potential for greater postoperative pain, larger scars and longer recovery times. Today, laparoscopic surgery options have replaced that invasive procedure.
This technique uses multiple small incisions, called ports, to view and access organs. Until recently, laparoscopic surgery was only a possibility for relatively minor gynecological surgical procedures and could not be used for major surgery. That has all changed with the arrival of the da Vinci Surgical System.
What is the da Vinci Surgical System?
The da Vinci Surgical System is a robotic-assisted surgical setup. It utilizes a high-definition magnified viewer and robotic manipulators to perform incredibly sensitive maneuvers deftly. However, the system is not autonomous. Think of the system as a high-tech tool rather than an independent robotic surgeon. Specially trained da Vinci certified surgeons remain in complete control of the procedure at all times.
What are the Advantages of Gynecological da Vinci Surgery?
The main benefit of gynecological da Vinci surgery to patients is the system allows a minimally invasive approach for routine or major surgeries. In other words, patients can undergo surgery such as a hysterectomy or sacrocolpopexy and likely experience a more comfortable recovery and less time in the hospital. As a laparoscopic approach is used in da Vinci surgery, scar size will be minimized. It may even be possible to perform the surgery through an incision hidden in the belly button.
Which Procedures Can Be Performed with the da Vinci Surgical System?
Many gynecological surgeries can be undertaken through da Vinci surgery. These include but are not limited to:
- Hysterectomy (removal of the womb or uterus)
- Myomectomy (removal of uterine fibroids)
- Sacrocolpopexy (repair for pelvic organ prolapse)
- Surgical Treatment of Endometriosis
Is Everyone a Candidate for da Vinci Surgery?
The short answer is almost everyone with a benign gynecologic condition. Although, the surgical system is an excellent option for many patients. Each patient is unique, and every medical history and set of circumstances are different. Only the patient and their surgeon can decide together if da Vinci surgery is an appropriate choice in a specific case.
In general, patients that are suitable candidates for laparoscopic gynecological surgery are also likely to be good candidates for gynecological da Vinci surgery. However, if a patient needs a traditional open surgery, then a da Vinci procedure should not be a possibility.
Schedule da Vinci Surgery Evaluation
If you are anticipating gynecological surgery, it’s wise to consider the da Vinci Surgical System, if appropriate. Dr. Garofalo was the first surgeon in the Fairfield County area to become certified in this advanced form of surgery. An expert in his field, he has performed more than 1,000 successful da Vinci procedures. If you’re ready to book a consultation online and discuss if a gynecological da Vinci surgery is an option for your medical needs, please click the button below.
About the practice
Dr. John Garofalo, M.D., is a gynecologist located in Fairfield County, Connecticut. He has more than 20 years of practice and surgical experience covering many facets of obstetrics and gynecology.
Laury Berkwitt, APRN, is a nurse practitioner specializing in women’s health in Fairfield County, Connecticut. Laury has a passion for providing quality women’s healthcare in a safe and comfortable manner by creating a trusting patient-practitioner relationship. She has been in practice for more than 10 years, caring for women of all ages.