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Gynecologic Robotic Surgery

At Ochsner LSU Health, our skilled surgeons have advanced training and years of expertise in gynecologic robotic surgery using state-of-the-art equipment that enables minimally invasive surgical procedures. This innovative system allows us to treat gynecologic conditions with more precision than traditional surgery, and allows our patients to get back to normal activities quicker with less recovery time.

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Gynecologic robotic surgery is one of the latest innovations in minimally invasive surgical techniques. Using a narrow, lighted scope and miniature instruments controlled through a robotic system, our gynecological surgeons are able to treat several conditions that affect a woman’s reproductive organs.

With traditional, open surgery, surgeons make one long incision to access the area for treatment. With laparoscopic surgery, surgeons hold and manipulate a scope and instruments through a few small incisions. Robotic surgery is similar to laparoscopy, the main difference being in how surgeons control the surgical tools.

The gynecologic surgeons at Ochsner LSU Health have the highly specialized training necessary to perform these advanced robotic procedures, and because they’ve performed thousands of them, they’re able to ensure patients have the best possible results.

Using gynecologic robotic surgery, our experienced gynecologic surgeons treat conditions such as:

  • Hysterectomies
  • Removal of Fibroids
  • Correction of Vaginal Prolapse
  • Pelvic pain and adhesions
  • Pelvic Reconstructive Surgery
  • Reversal of Tubal Ligation
  • Ovarian cysts
  • Gynecologic cancer such as cervical cancer, ovarian cancer and uterine cancer
  • Ovarian tumors
  • Urinary Leakage/Inconsistence Procedures
  • Endometriosis
  • Painful periods and heavy bleeding

Robotic surgery provides a number of benefits over open and laparoscopic surgery, such as:

  • Shorter hospital stay (one day in most cases versus 3-5)
  • Significantly less pain post-operatively (often only over-the-counter pain meds required)
  • Quicker recovery and return to normal activities (1-2 weeks versus 6-8 weeks) Fewer complications & less risk of infection
  • Less scarring: Small, dime-sized incisions versus 6-8 inch scar
  • Less blood loss and reduced need for transfusions
  • Lower risk of infection
  • More precise surgery

da Vinci Surgery may be the most effective and the least invasive option for many gynecologic conditions requiring surgery.

Learn More About Gynecologic Robotic Sugery

Dr. John Haynes, OBGYN, explains what robotic surgery is and how he uses the da Vinci surgical system to perform minimally invasive, laparoscopic surgery for a number of obstetric applications.

Why is Robotic Surgery Important to Women?

Traditional open gynecologic surgery, using a large incision for access to the uterus and surrounding anatomy, has for many years been the standard approach to many gynecologic procedures. However, open surgery can cause significant pain, physical trauma and a long recovery process. For women facing gynecologic surgery, the period of pain, discomfort and extended time away from normal daily activities that usually follows traditional surgery can also cause significant anxiety.

Alternately, the da Vinci surgical system enables Ochsner LSU Health surgeons to access the operative area through just a few tiny incisions, thereby minimizing the need to perform traditional abdominal (open) surgery.

In the United States, the hysterectomy is the most common of female surgeries, with roughly 650,000 performed annually. It is performed for a variety of conditions, including:

  • Excessive Bleeding
  • Fibroids
  • Endometriosis
  • Uterine Prolapse
  • Cancer and pre-cancer

Similarly, there are roughly 50,000 myomectomy (fibroid removal) procedures performed annually in the United States, the vast majority of which are performed via a large open incision. It is also estimated that more than 70,000 procedures are performed in the U.S. annually to treat severe uterine prolapse or vaginal vault prolapse, the vast majority of which are surgically corrected through an open incision.

da Vinci is a registered trademark of Intuitive Surgical, Inc.

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