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Robotic Surgery

The daVinci system is the most advanced, least invasive gynecologic surgery method available to women today. Dr. Finkelstein is New Mexico’s leading Gyn Oncologist certified in the use of the da Vinci® robotic-assisted surgical system.

A hysterectomy performed with the da Vinci robotic system may result in less scarring, pain, blood loss and faster recovery than traditional surgical methods.

The da Vinci™ Surgical System enables our surgeons to perform advanced simple and radical surgeries with unmatched precision and control – using only a few small incisions.

What are the benefits of robotic surgery?

What are the benefits of robotic surgery?

For most patients, robotic surgery can offer numerous potential benefits over traditional approaches to vaginal, laparoscopic or open abdominal hysterectomy, particularly when performing more challenging procedures like radical hysterectomy for gynecologic cancer. Potential benefits include:

  • Significantly less pain
  • Less blood loss
  • Better surveillance of the entire abdomen and pelvic area
  • Fewer complications
  • Less scarring
  • A shorter hospital stay
  • A faster return to normal daily activities
What is the daVinci System?

What is the daVinci System?

The da Vinci Surgical System is a state-of-the-art robotic technology designed to help your surgeon perform a more precise, minimally invasive procedure.

The daVinci system was approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for gynecologic surgery in 2005, is one of the newest technologies available for the treatment of gynecologic problems including hysterectomy and ovarian surgery for cancer and other conditions.

The daVinci system offers all the benefits of laparoscopic surgery along with increased precision and effectiveness. Patients undergoing laproscopic procedures typically experience less pain, have fewer instances of infection and recover more quickly than those undergoing open surgery.

What procedures are done with robotic surgery?

What procedures are done with robotic surgery?

Southwest Gynecologic Oncology Associates doctors perform a wide variety of gynecological procedures with minimally-invasive robotic surgery, including:

  • Hysterectomies (benign or cancer)
  • Cervical and endometrial cancers
  • Staging or Re-staging procedures
  • Lymph node dissections
  • Ovarian cysts and masses
What is a robotic hysterectomy?

What is a robotic hysterectomy?

For patients, robotic hysterectomy can offer numerous potential benefits over traditional approaches to vaginal, laparoscopic or open abdominal hysterectomy, particularly when performing more challenging procedures like radical hysterectomy for gynecologic cancer.

Potential benefits include:

  • Significantly less pain
  • Less blood loss
  • Fewer complications
  • Less scarring
  • A shorter hospital stay
  • A faster return to normal daily activities

Moreover, robotic hysterectomy provides our surgeons with a superior tool for dissection and removal of lymph nodes during cancer operations, as compared to traditional open or minimally invasive approaches.

Robotic hysterectomy also provides our surgeons with better visualization of anatomy, which is especially critical when working around delicate and confined structures like the bladder, or in patients with adhesions or difficult anatomy due to masses or cancer.

How does the robotic system work?

How does the robotic system work?

The robotic system consists of interactive mechanical arms, a camera arm, a three-dimensional (3D) image processing system and a remote control unit.

The unit is located in the same operating room as the patient.

As the surgeon manipulates the remote control unit, the motions of the surgeon are translated to the robotic arms.

Each robotic arm consists of multiple appendages connected by joints.

The “hand” of the robot holds interchangeable surgical instruments that can be moved in a manner similar to a human wrist.

At all times, a second surgeon is positioned at the operating table to assist with exchanging the instruments on the robotic arms.