New Beginnings OB/GYN
Barbara McLaren, MD, FACOG
Obstetrics & Gynecology & Robotic Gynecological Surgeon located in Memorial, Houston, TX
If you need surgery to address a gynecologic condition, minimally invasive procedures offer numerous benefits as compared to open surgery. Barbara McLaren, MD, FACOG, of New Beginnings OB/GYN in Houston, Texas, offers the da Vinci® robotic surgical platform, a resource that can perform numerous surgical procedures. When you’re ready to learn more about da Vinci robotic surgery, call or click to schedule a visit.
da Vinci Robotic Surgery Q&A
What is da Vinci robotic surgery?
The da Vinci robotic surgical system is an advanced surgical platform that dramatically expands options for minimally invasive surgery. It’s a great option for surgeries where there is limited room to work and where the surgical site is deep within the body.
The da Vinci robotic surgical platform uses advanced technology to create precise surgical alterations within a woman’s reproductive system. Some of the issues that can be treated through robotic surgery include:
- Full or partial hysterectomy
- Uterine fibroids
- Pelvic organ prolapse
- Gynecologic cancers
These are just some of the procedures that can be performed using robotic surgical techniques. If you have a condition that could be improved through surgical intervention, your practitioner will advise you on whether the da Vinci surgical platform is a good fit for your needs.
How does minimally invasive surgery work?
The da Vinci robotic surgical platform consists of three different components. A console/control center is where your gynecologist sits while performing your procedure. Hand and feet controls send messages to the patient cart, which is the component that contains all of the surgical arms and tools that perform the surgery.
An external vision cart displays real-time imaging of the surgical site, allowing your practitioner to “see” each movement as the surgical process moves forward. Altogether, the components of the da Vinci system create an outstanding means of performing complex surgical procedures without the need for large incisions.
The robotic arms are equipped with interchangeable surgical tools. These tools are incredibly slim and can alter tissues in a very confined space. The arms have the ability to bend and rotate in directions that simply cannot be replicated by the human hand.
Is da Vinci robotic surgery safe for gynecologic procedures?
Robotic surgery has been used in numerous areas of medical care for many years. The da Vinci system represents some of the most advanced technology in the industry, and it has improved patient outcomes for tens of thousands.
In the hands of a skilled practitioner, robotic surgery is not only safe, but also offers numerous benefits as compared to traditional open surgical techniques. Some of the advantages of robotic surgery include:
- Less bleeding
- Small incisions
- Less tissue displacement
- Shorter surgery times
- Less time under anesthesia
- Faster recovery times
- Reduced risk of infection
If you have additional questions or concerns about robotic gynecologic surgery, call the office today to set up a visit, or schedule online in just moments.