Minimally Invasive Robotic Surgery for the Female Reproductive Region
Robot-Assisted Partial and Total Hysterectomies for Gynecologic Cancer Patients
Cancer of the reproductive system can take many different forms, including cancer of the cervix, ovaries, uterine, vagina and vulva. Depending on the type and severity of the cancer, surgery may be a critical part of your treatment plan-and an important step toward healing and recovery.
As the leading care provider for gynecologic oncology patients in the Rocky Mountain region, Swedish Medical Center is proud to offer the most advanced surgical options available to our patients, including the first and only robotic-assisted gynecological surgical program in Denver.
Traditional vs. Robotic-Assisted Gynecologic Surgery
With traditional surgery, large incisions are made to allow surgeons to access cancerous tissue and organs within the reproductive system, including the uterus and surrounding structures. While effective, these procedures can result in significant pain, trauma and long recovery periods for the patient as well as possible harm to the surrounding organs and nerves.
With minimally invasive robotic-assisted surgery, many of these drawbacks can be avoided. Gynecologic surgery with the da Vinci® Robotic Surgical System uses small (1-2 cm) incisions and utilizes advanced computer and robotic technology to maintain greater precision and control throughout the procedure. This ultimately results in less pain for the patient, while increasing the likelihood of a shortened hospital stay, a faster recovery period and excellent clinical outcomes.
The da Vinci® Robotic Surgical System may be used for gynecologic oncology patients that require partial hysterectomies (removal of the uterus) and total hysterectomies (removal of the uterus and cervix), as well as removal of the fallopian tubes and/or ovaries as part of a hysterectomy or as a separate procedure.
Potential Benefits of da Vinci® Robotic Surgery
Robotic-assisted surgery for gynecologic oncology patients typically involves less blood, resulting in a better visual clarity for the surgeon and a more pristine field of operation, which enables greater surgical dexterity, precision and control. For the patient, these advantages can contribute to various potential benefits, including:*
- Significantly less pain
- Less blood loss
- Fewer complications
- Less scarring
- A shorter hospital stay
- And a faster return to normal daily activities
*While clinical studies support the effectiveness of the da Vinci® System when used in minimally invasive surgery, individual results may vary.
Is Robotic Surgery Right for You?
Many patients with gynecologic cancer may be able to benefit from the da Vinci® Robotic Surgical System at Swedish. If you would like to learn more or find out if you are a good candidate for this treatment option, consult with your physician or contact the Swedish Gynecologic Oncology Services. Several factors, including age and general health, are important in determining if robotic-assisted surgery is right for a patient.