The vast majority of gynecologic procedures performed at NWH are minimally invasive or robot-assisted surgeries, whether to treat benign (non cancerous) gynecologic conditions, or gynecologic cancers.
For many women, minimally invasive gynecologic surgery may be the best course for treating:
- Ovarian cysts
- Pelvic or uterine prolapse
- Excessive menstrual bleeding
- Gynecologic cancers such as cervical cancer, endometrial cancer, or early ovarian cancer
Da Vinci Surgical System® is used to perform a number of robot-assisted gynecologic procedures such as:
- Hysterectomy and radical hysterectomy
- Single incision laparascopic surgery (SILS)
- Pelvic lymphadenectomy
- Ovarian cystectomy
- Abdominal cerclage
da Vinci Gynecologic Surgery
Both robot-assisted and laparoscopic surgery are minimally invasive surgery, with a faster recovery and less scarring than open surgery. However, robot-assisted surgery offers several advantages. With the da Vinci Surgical System, the surgeon uses a high-definition 3D camera and highly specialized instruments that offer a full range of precise motion in tiny incisions. This enables greater precision and the ability to preserve more healthy tissue. As a result, robot-assisted da Vinci surgery involves:
- smaller incisions
- reduced scarring
- less pain
- lower risk of infection
- decreased blood loss
- faster recovery times
Some women may go home the day of or the day after minimally invasive gynecologic surgery, and generally return to work within one to two weeks.
In da Vinci surgery, your surgeon uses sophisticated instruments that allow precise movements and enhanced visualization in small incisions. Small incisions enable many women to be mobile the next day, thereby decreasing their post-surgical risk for blood clots and infection.
Benign Gynecologic Conditions
Benign (non-cancerous) gynecologic conditions like fibroids (growths in and/or around the uterus), endometriosis (uterine lining growing outside the uterus), pelvic prolapse (slipping of the uterus, vagina and/ or bladder) can cause chronic pain, heavy bleeding and other mild to severe symptoms. Some benign gynecologic conditions can affect a woman’s reproductive system.
These conditions may be treated with minimally invasive or da Vinci robotic myomectomy, single incision laparoscopic surgery (SILS), or hysterectomy.
We treat gynecologic cancer using a multidisciplinary approach that includes a variety of specialists and extensive supportive services. Visit our Cancer Treatment and Wellness Center to learn about the wide variety of healing services available to our patients with cancer.
At Northern Westchester Hospital, robot-assisted surgery is performed on the vast majority of women requiring a hysterectomy to treat a gynecologic cancer, such a endometrial cancer, uterine cancer, and early stage ovarian cancer. During the procedure, the surgeon decides whether to sample the nearby lymph nodes for cancer.
In light of the link between endometrial cancer and obesity, overwhelming health benefits of maintaining a healthy weight and getting regular exercise can’t be overstated. The technology’s tiny incisions are a boon for obese patients, who are at greater risk for wound infection. Robotic surgery allows the surgeon unrestricted access to the pelvis regardless of body weight.
Ranked among the “Best Regional Hospitals” in the New York Metro area by U.S. News & World Report for Gynecology, Northern Westchester Hospital provides quality, patient-centered minimally invasive and robotic gynecologic surgery and expertise, close to home. Northern Westchester gynecologic surgeons are experienced in the most advanced minimally invasive gynecologic procedures, including robot-assisted da Vinci surgery.
Ask your doctor if minimally invasive gynecologic surgery is right for you. Request a consultation by completing our online form. Or call our referral line: 877.4 NWH DOC