The goal of myomectomy is to remove uterine fibroids while preserving normal uterine tissue, usually in anticipation of future pregnancy. Historically, this surgery required a large incision, with subsequent increased risks, patient discomfort and prolonged healing time. Laparoscopic myomectomy also became available, but proved limited to the level of surgical precision required. With robotic-assisted technology, gynecologic surgeons are now able to perform uterine-preserving myomectomies in a minimally invasive way. Through three to five small incisions, robotic assistance allows for superior surgical precision and the ability to do a multi-layer closure - effectively reconstructing the uterus. Patients benefit from a superior surgical technique while avoiding many of the risks and discomfort of a large incision.
How Robotic-Assisted Surgeries are Performed
Through robotic-assisted visualization, dexterity, precision and control, a surgeon can perform a wide array of procedures through small, 1–2 cm incisions. During an operation, the surgeon sits at a console in the surgical suite and directs the robotic arms to perform the surgery. The robot seamlessly and directly translates the surgeon’s natural hand, wrist and finger movements from controls at the console to the surgical instruments inside the patient.
Enabling Surgeons with
- Greater range of motion and precision than with hand-manipulated, minimally invasive procedures.
- A magnified, high definition three-dimensional view when operating.
- Instruments that become an extension of the surgeon’s wrists, hands and fingers to move the tiny surgical instruments in a delicate, precise manner.
Minimally Invasive Surgeries Performed
- Myomectomy – a procedure for removal of uterine fibroids while preserving normal uterine tissue.
Benefits of Robotic-Assisted Surgery
- Less post-operative pain
- Reduced trauma to the body
- Less scarring
- Shorter hospital stays
- Reduced blood loss and need for transfusions
- Quicker recovery and return to normal activities