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da Vinci Surgery

da Vinci Surgical System®

The da Vinci Surgical System® allows surgeons to operate using much smaller incisions than in traditional surgery. The system's enhanced high resolution three dimensional imaging system allows surgeons to perform delicate procedures with a greater range of motion, control and precision. Surgeons operate from the robotic console and are in control of the instruments and the procedure at all times. Not all surgery is suitable for this kind of technique, but the range of options is increasing.

At McLaren Lapeer Region , daVinci® Surgical System procedures include:

  • Gynecology Surgery: hysterectomies (removal of uterus), myomectomies (removal of fibroids), sacrocolpolpexies (vaginal wall suspension), uterine suspensions, endometriosis resections, sterilizations.
  • Colorectal Surgery: for cases of colon, rectal cancer, diverticulitis.
  • General Surgery: Nissen Fundoplication (acid reflux surgey), Hellers Myotomy (swallowing disorder), Cholecystectomy (gallbladder removal), Gastrectomy (stomach cancer surgery.
  • Hernia Surgery: minimally invasive approach to hernia repair .
  • Urology Surgery: Prostatectomies (prostate cancer surgery), Nephrectomies (kidney disease/cancer surgery) Pyeloplasty (Urninary obstruction surgery).
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Gynecologic Procedures Performed through da Vinci Surgical System®

Endometriosis

Endometriosis is a painful, chronic disease that occurs most often in women between the ages of 25 and 40. It occurs when tissue, like that which lines the uterus, is found outside the uterus – usually in the abdomen on the ovaries, fallopian tubes, and ligaments that support the uterus.

What are the symptoms of endometriosis?

  • Pain before and during periods
  • Pain with sex
  • Infertility
  • Fatigue
  • Painful urination during periods
  • Painful bowel movements during periods
  • Other gastrointestinal upsets such as diarrhea, constipation, nausea

A leading treatment for endometriosis is robotic-assisted endometrial ablations. Advantages of robotic-assisted surgery include less bleeding, lower risk of infection, less pain and minimal scarring. Patients usually experience a faster recovery. In most cases, the patient goes home the same day and is able to get back to normal daily activity much sooner than with traditional surgery.

Hysterectomy

The surgical removal of the uterus, is the second most common surgery among women in the United States. Typically, with traditional surgery, this operation means a hospital stay of three days and up to six weeks of recovery time.

At McLaren, surgeons are getting women back to their normal routines faster using a superior robotic surgical system. With the hospital's advanced daVinci® robotics, surgeons are able to make only small incisions in the patient's abdomen.

That's because the robotics platform has tiny instruments that replicate the movements of the human wrist, allowing the surgeon to make more precise, fine movements. These special instruments -- in miniature scale -- allow for an even greater range of motion than the human hand.

The system also projects a 3-D, high-definition image of what's going on inside the body during the procedure. Surgeons say the image of the patient's anatomy is actually clearer than with the naked eye.

Robotic tools help with even the most complicated surgeries for severe endometriosis or extensive pelvic scarring from a previous surgery.

With a robotically performed hysterectomy, patients can typically return to work in about two weeks.

Myomectomy

A procedure that allows a woman to have fibroids or tumors removed from the uterus without losing her ability to become pregnant. The advanced robotic instruments are especially suited to this type of procedure, allowing the surgeon to make only a small incision in the abdomen.

Sacrocolpopexy

A complex procedure to correct uterine prolapse. The procedure supports the uterus by suspending the walls of the vagina from the back of the pelvis. In the past, hysterectomy was the recommended for prolapse treatment, but today, most doctors recommend that the uterus be re-suspended. The minimally invasive procedure using the da Vinci system is the gold standard for this type of surgery. To learn more about the procedure and our physicians that perform it, click here.

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Hernia Repair Performed through da Vinci Surgery

A hernia occurs when tissue pushes through an opening in your abdomen (ventral hernia) or groin area (inguinal hernia). A hernia can only be repaired with surgery.

If you and your doctor decide that a surgical repair is right for you, talk to your doctor about all of your options, including minimally invasive surgery. One option your surgeon may present is robotic-assisted surgery. Early studies* suggest that robotic-assisted hernia repair with the da Vinci surgical system may get you back to what matters most … sooner.

How Can You Prepare For Surgery

To help you make an informed decision, consider bringing questions like these to your surgeon or doctor visit:

  • What medical options are available for my hernia?
  • What happens if I don’t get surgery?
  • What kind of experience do you have with my type of hernia?
  • Should I get a second opinion?
  • What is the difference between robotic-assisted surgery and laparoscopic surgery?
  • What type of anesthesia will I receive?
  • How long will surgery take?
  • Where will I have scars?
  • When will I go home? 
  • How soon can I lift light weights after surgery? Heavier weights?

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