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McLaren Flint First Area Hospital to Acquire Newest Robot
McLaren Flint continues to be the region’s leader in the use of the daVinci® Surgical System. The hospital has invested in the latest version of Intuitive’s robotic equipment called the daVinci Xi.

Gynecologic Robotic Surgery

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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Gynecologic Procedures Performed through Single-Site Surgery

Traditionally, many conditions affecting the uterus are treated with hysterectomy - the surgical removal of the uterus. Hysterectomy may offer a life-saving treatment for serious conditions such as cancer or uncontrollable bleeding. In most cases, however, hysterectomy is an elective procedure performed to relieve chronic pain, bleeding or other disabling conditions.

The single-port laparoscopic technique allows for the removal of the uterus through a small incision, about ¾ an inch long, in the belly button. To perform this procedure, A SILS™ port is inserted through the incision. The port is a soft and flexible instrument equipped with three distinct openings allowing for the use of three surgical devices at the same time. The single-site hysterectomy can be a same-day procedure, but usually requires a one night stay in the hospital. Because there is only one small incision, pain during recovery is mild or minimal, and patients are often able to return to work just weeks after surgery compared to the longer recovery time often associated with an open hysterectomy.

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