When it comes to surgical intervention, the goal is to remedy your problem in the least invasive way possible. The introduction of laparoscopy answered that call in innumerable ways and has been widely used since the early 1990s to address a wide range of gynecological problems. Since 2005, the process has been refined even further with the introduction of the da Vinci® surgical system, which provides the ideal blend of human experience with the precision of robotic technology.
At Associates in Obstetrics And Gynecology, Dr. Jack Tubbs and our team are widely recognized leaders in da Vinci robotic surgery, and we’ve helped our patients overcome any number of painful and life-changing gynecological conditions. Whether we’re removing fibroids or performing a hysterectomy, here’s how this technology has revolutionized how we approach gynecological surgery.
The da Vinci system
At the core of laparoscopic surgery is the use of a small camera and specialized instruments that allow us to perform the necessary surgical work in the least invasive way possible.
With our da Vinci system, we take laparoscopic surgery to the next level by adding robotic assistance to help with precision and accuracy.
The da Vinci system is made up of three parts that work together to improve surgical outcomes:
The surgical console is the command center, and it’s manned by Dr. Tubbs, who visualizes the surgical site in real time on the console.
The console is also where Dr. Tubbs controls the instruments. His hands and wrists are strapped in, and high-tech instruments translate his movements with more range of motion and accuracy in very small spaces.
This is where the patient lies during the surgery, and it’s equipped with the specialized instruments that Dr. Tubbs controls.
This final piece of the surgical puzzle is really what brings the system together. The vision cart relays the high-definition, 3D imaging that Dr. Tubbs uses to perform your surgery.
The benefits of da Vinci surgery
Now that we better understand how the da Vinci system works, let’s take a closer look at just a few of the many benefits this system offers.
To start, we only need to make very small incisions to perform your surgery, which means that there’s less bleeding, less tissue damage, and a reduced risk of infection — all of which ultimately lead to a shorter recovery time.
While these benefits exist with just straight laparoscopy, our experience, which is backed up by research, demonstrates that da Vinci gives us two critical edges: more precise suturing and a lower chance of conversion to open surgery during the procedure.
Putting da Vinci surgery into practice
Whenever we decide that surgery is the best treatment option, we make every effort to use the advanced da Vinci technology. At our practice, we routinely turn to da Vinci surgery for:
- Pelvic organ prolapse
- Ovarian cysts
We can also use the system to perform minimally invasive uterine fibroid removal, which is also called myomectomy.
If you’d like to learn more about the many benefits of the da Vinci surgical system, please contact our office in Colorado Springs, Colorado, to set up an appointment.