Women's Healthcare of Princeton
Gynecologists located in Princeton, NJ
If you need surgery for a gynecological disorder or condition, don’t let it worry you: Advances in technology have made minimally-invasive robotic surgery a viable option for many of the gynecological problems that are commonly treated surgically. The expert team of gynecologists at Women’s Healthcare of Princeton in Princeton, New Jersey, are proud to offer da Vinci® robotic surgery, the most precise form of laparoscopic surgery available. If you’re a candidate for gynecological surgery and you live in New Jersey, eastern Pennsylvania, and the greater New York City region, call or book your appointment online today.
Laparoscopic and Robotic Surgery Q & A
What is Robotic Surgery?
Robotic surgery is a highly advanced technological procedure that allows gynecologists and other physician specialists to perform surgery with miniature instruments through tiny incisions, using magnified, high-definition 3D images as a guide.
Unlike conventional open surgery, which requires a large incision, multiple stitches or staples, and a longer, more painful recovery, robotic surgery offers far greater precision and a faster recovery.
The team at Women’s Healthcare of Princeton uses the da Vinci robotic system, which is both groundbreaking and the most advanced technology of its type. In 2005, the FDA approved its use in gynecological surgery.
How Does Robotic Surgery Work?
Although its name might lead you to believe that robotic surgery is performed by a robot, it’s not — a more accurate name might be robot-assisted surgery. A surgical robot is actually an advanced platform designed to give experienced surgeons far more precision and control than they would otherwise have.
The da Vinci surgical platform has four arms; up to three of those arms can hold miniature surgical instruments, while the fourth holds a laparoscope, or a thin tube that holds a tiny camera and a light.
Robotic surgery uses a series of quarter-inch incisions to accommodate the camera and each instrument, and your Women’s Healthcare of Princeton physician controls the platform’s arms from a console in the operating room. The camera relays live, magnified images to a high definition monitor, allowing your gynecologist to see more clearly than she could naturally. Every movement your doctor makes with the master controls is precisely replicated by the robot.
What are the Benefits of Robotic Surgery?
As the most precise form of laparoscopic surgery available, robotic surgery offers several advantages over traditional open surgery, including:
- Less physical trauma and pain
- Less blood loss
- Minimal amount of scarring
- Fewer post-surgery complications
- A faster recovery
The main advantage that robotic surgery has over conventional laparoscopic surgery is that it’s more precise, which generally makes it a better option for more complex gynecological surgeries, including hysterectomies.
How is Robotic Surgery Used in Gynecology?
You may be a good candidate for minimally-invasive robotic surgery if you need a hysterectomy, either to treat cancer or to resolve a noncancerous condition. You may also be able to have robotic surgery if you need resection surgery to treat endometriosis.
The specialists at Women’s Healthcare of Princeton use the da Vinci platform to treat a variety of common gynecological conditions, including:
- Uterine fibroids
- Heavy uterine bleeding
- Chronic pelvic pain
- Pelvic prolapse
- Uterine and cervical cancer
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