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Da Vinci Robotic Surgical System Used for Minimally Invasive Gynecologic Procedures

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In Brief

  • Crozer-Keystone offers robotic-assisted, minimally invasive gynecologic surgery options for active women seeking shorter recovery times and less post-operative pain.
  • These surgeries are performed using the da Vinci Robotic Surgical System, which is located at Springfield Hospital.
  • Two gynecologic procedures commonly performed using the da Vinci are hysterectomy and vaginal prolapse correction.
  • Da Vinci surgeries can offer several advantages over traditional surgery, including less blood loss, less pain, shortened recovery time and significantly less scarring. 

Crozer-Keystone Health System offers robotic-assisted, minimally invasive gynecologic surgery options for active women seeking shorter recovery times and less post-operative pain. These surgeries are performed using the da Vinci Robotic Surgical System, which is located at Springfield Hospital. 

Using the da Vinci’s robotic platform and its 3-D imagery, a surgeon can perform precise maneuvers through tiny incisions. This minimally invasive approach offers several advantages over traditional surgery, including less blood loss, less pain, shortened recovery time and significantly less scarring. Post-operative patients often go home after one overnight stay and are able to return to work and their normal everyday activities much sooner.  

Two gynecologic procedures commonly performed through this minimally invasive surgical technique are hysterectomy and vaginal prolapse correction.  

Hysterectomy is the second most common surgery among women in the United States. A hysterectomy can be a solution for many conditions, including both cancerous and non-cancerous conditions. Traditionally, this surgery requires long incisions and a significant recovery time. 

“Da Vinci can be a good option over open surgery for women who need a radical hysterectomy for cervical cancer,” says Justin Chura, M.D., gynecologic oncologist at Crozer-Chester Medical Center. “The instrumentation allows for more precise dissection with less risk of blood loss, which is also excellent for women with uterine cancer who require surgical staging involving the removal of the uterus, tubes, ovaries, plus a systematic pelvic and para-aortic lymph node dissection. Additionally, I use it for women without cancer who require a hysterectomy but would be considered ‘high risk’ because of problems with obesity.” 

Chura explains that women who need a hysterectomy should first consider alternative treatments that can resolve the problem. If a woman does need surgery, it is important to research your surgeon and feel comfortable with his or her experience before undergoing any surgical procedure. In addition to Chura, other Crozer-Keystone physicians who perform hysterectomies using the da Vinci Robotic Surgical System are Marlene Dookhan, M.D., Joel Noumoff, M.D., and Swathi Vanguri, M.D. 

Like hysterectomy patients, women suffering from vaginal prolapse who have not received relief from alternative treatments can consider a da Vinci surgical procedure as an option. 

Vaginal prolapse is a condition in which pelvic organs drop to or through the vaginal opening. Pelvic floor disorders, including vaginal prolapse and urinary incontinence, affect close to 50 percent of women at some point in their lifetime, and one in eight women undergo surgical treatment for the disorder. These problems may occur from changes associated with childbirth, aging or medical illness.

“To treat vaginal prolapse, surgery can be done vaginally and abdominally with minimally invasive techniques,” says Jose Maceda, M.D., chief of the Division of Urogynecology at Crozer-Chester Medical Center. “Women can choose to either have a hysterectomy or a uterine suspension.”

Maceda continues, “The da Vinci surgical technique is a great option for those suffering from vaginal prolapse. It can speed up and simplify the technically difficult aspect of vaginal prolapse surgery.” 

All of the Crozer-Keystone surgeons in the da Vinci program are board-certified in their specialties and have extensive training and experience working with the da Vinci Robotic Surgical System. The experienced surgical support team also has received special training and is equipped to provide optimal care to their patients. 

However, not every patient is a candidate for minimally invasive surgery. It is important to work together with your surgeon to determine if it is right for you. 

To find out more information about the da Vinci Robotic Surgical System, visit http://davinci.crozerkeystone.org.

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