Gynecologic Robotic Surgery

Did you know that one in three women in the U.S. will have surgery to treat some form of uterine disorder before the age of 60? If you have been diagnosed with a condition affecting your uterus or other reproductive organs, your doctor may recommend surgery. Traditionally surgeons have had the option of taking a traditional open abdominal surgical approach or a laparoscopic approach. Surgeons performing robotic surgery at St. Rita's are able to use the preferred daVinci® Surgical System approach to treat your gynecologic condition. Nationwide only 10% of all gynecologic surgeons are trained to use the daVinci® Robotic Surgical System.

Gynecolgic Robotic Procedures

If your doctor or gynecologist has recommended surgery to address your gynecologic condition, you may have a lot of questions. The clinical staff in robotic surgery is committed to providing you with the information you need to understand the procedure and be confident in your surgical team. Your St. Rita's surgeons have more experience performing daVinci® robotic surgical procedures than any other area hospital. Currently patients can receive robotic surgical treatment for the following conditions at St. Rita's:

Uterine Bleeding

A variety of causes can lead to excessive menstrual bleeding. Prior to age 60, it is estimated that one in three women will have their uterus removed (hysterectomy), either for excessive bleeding or for other reasons. Using the robotic surgical system, the surgeon is better able to remove the uterus and can do so through smaller incisions. This causes less blood loss, less pain and ultimately better outcomes. The end result is usually less time in the hospital, a more rapid recovery at home, and a faster return to normal activities.

Endometriosis

Endometriosis is the term used to describe abnormal implanting of the lining tissue of the uterus into surrounding tissues. It can cause severe pain and cramping, and over time it can cause scarring that can lead to additional problems such as pain with sexual intercourse or infertility. Treatment for endometriosis often requires removal of the entire uterus and ovaries as well as the removal of the abnormal tissue implants. Using the robotic surgical system, the surgeon is better able to remove the uterus and ovaries, is able to remove the abnormal tissue implants, and is able to do so through smaller incisions. This causes less blood loss, less pain and ultimately better outcomes. The end result is usually less time in the hospital, a more rapid recovery at home, and a faster return to normal activities.

Pelvic Floor Prolapse

Prolapse is the term used to describe a condition where pelvic organs begin to drop or protrude out of the pelvic floor. This is caused by weakening of the pelvic floor due to age, pregnancy and childbirth or connective tissue diseases such as lupus. Although there are many new options for the correction of pelvic floor prolapse, one of the most widely used and most permanent repairs is known as a sacrocolpopexy. Using the robotic surgical system, the surgeon is able to quickly and effectively place stitches deep in the pelvis allowing for permanent suspension of the uterus and correction of pelvic floor prolapse in an efficient, careful manner. This causes less blood loss, less pain and ultimately better outcomes. The end result is usually less time in the hospital, a more rapid recovery at home, and a faster return to normal activities.

Uterine Fibroids

These benign (non-cancerous) growths occur in the muscle wall of the uterus in up to 25% of all women. For many, fibroids cause no discernible symptoms. But for some they can cause excessive bleeding, chronic pain or discomfort, abnormal periods, urinary problems and infertility. Often, severe fibroid conditions require the removal of the entire uterus (hysterectomy). In some cases, however, removal of only the fibroid (myomectomy) is a viable option. Using the robotic surgical system, the surgeon is better able to perform either of these procedures, and through much smaller incisions. This causes less blood loss, less pain and ultimately better outcomes. The end result is usually less time in the hospital, a more rapid recovery at home, and a faster return to normal activities.

For more information about these or other robot-assisted gynecologic treatment options, contact:

Drs. William Scherger or Scott Stallkamp at OBGYN Specialists of Lima, Inc. at 419-227-0610
Dr. Maurice Chung at Alliance for Women's Health Inc. at 419-228-1000
Drs. Jennifer Niesen, Marilyn Kindig or Michelle Coates at Women's Health for Life, Inc. at 419-227-2727