What is Gynecologic Robotic Surgery?
For women needing surgery for incontinence, vaginal prolapse or other gynecologic conditions, Dr. Joshua Yune explains what to expect during recovery after robotic surgery at Loma Linda University Surgical Hospital.
As part of our commitment to whole person health care, we are dedicated to offering our patients surgical options that make sense as part of their busy lives and schedules. Robotic surgery is an advance in surgical technology that typically results in shorter hospital stays and significantly reduced healing times.
At Loma Linda University Medical Center, we use the da Vinci® Robotic Surgery System to provide our patients with surgeon-directed, robotic-assisted surgeries like robotic hysterectomy and robotic myomectomy. The robotic surgery system cannot move without surgeon control, nor can it make decisions on its own. It is a technologically advanced tool that provides our surgeons with better visibility, precision and control in the operating field.
While traditional surgery requires a large incision so the surgeon's hands can fit inside the patient's abdomen, robotic surgery requires only two or thee small incisions. The robotic arms and camera are positioned in these incisions, allowing all of the surgical movement to take place within the abdomen. The surgeon then has a close-up, high definition view of the uterus and is able to guide the robotic hands to delicately move, cut and suture.
During the operative procedure the surgeon sits at a controlling console near the patient. A bedside assistant surgeon is next to the patient. As the surgeon watches the operative field though the camera, he controls the robotic arms from the console and the robot arms replicate the surgeon's movements. In the robotic hysterectomy procedure, the surgeon is able to plainly see and carefully remove the uterus while sparing a large incision and avoiding the subsequent longer healing times. Robotic surgery represents the best technological innovation has to offer coupled with the years of experience resting in each surgeon on our team.
Advantages of Gynecologic Robotic Surgery
Because the incision size is so small, and the robotic console allows for increased surgical precision, many prostate surgery patients experience significant advantages by choosing robotic surgery. Due to individual circumstances, these benefits may not apply to every patient. In comparison to the traditional surgical experience, robotic surgery patients usually experience:
- Shorter hospital stay
- Faster recovery
- Quicker return to normal daily activities
- Less pain
- Less risk of infection
- Less blood loss
- Fewer blood transfusions
- Less scarring
As the first hospital in the Inland Empire to introduce the state-of-the-art and minimally invasive da Vinci® Surgical System, Loma Linda University Medical Center is home to the most experienced surgeons in the region and offers the highest level of expertise in whole person health care.