Robot-Assisted Gynecologic Surgery

When medication and non-invasive procedures are unable to relieve symptoms, surgery remains the accepted and most effective treatment for a range of gynecologic conditions. These include, but are not limited to, uterine fibroids, endometriosis, vaginal prolapse and menorrhagia or excessive bleeding.

Traditional open gynecologic surgery, using a large incision for access to the uterus and surrounding anatomy, has for many years been the standard approach to many gynecologic procedures. Yet with open surgery can come significant pain, trauma, a long recovery process and threat to surrounding organs and nerves. For women facing gynecologic surgery, the period of pain, discomfort and extended time away from normal daily activities that usually follows traditional surgery can understandably cause significant anxiety.

Fortunately, less invasive options are available.

A New Category in Minimally Invasive Surgery

Some gynecologic procedures enable surgeons to access the target anatomy using a vaginal approach, which may not require an external incision. But for complex hysterectomies and other gynecologic procedures, robot-assisted surgery with the da Vinci® Surgical System* may be the most effective, least invasive treatment option.

Through tiny, 1-2 cm incisions, surgeons using the da Vinci System can operate with greater precision and control, minimizing the pain and risk associated with large incisions while increasing the likelihood of a fast recovery and excellent clinical outcomes.

Proven Technology That's Safe and Effective

With the da Vinci® Si HD Surgical System, Scott & White offers you a safe, FDA-approved alternative to traditional open and laparoscopic surgeries for many gynecologic problems, including:

Patient Benefits Compared to Traditional Open Surgery
• Less pain and blood loss
• Less scarring, due to tiny incisions
• Shorter recovery time and hospital stay
• Quicker return to your daily activities
• Lower rate of surgical complications

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  • Endometriosis
  • Abnormal bleeding
  • Uterine conditions requiring a hysterectomy
  • Uterine fibroids (benign tumors)
  • Vaginal prolapse

The da Vinci surgical system is proven robotic technology developed by Intuitive Surgical, Inc. Previous generations of the system are being used by many hospitals. Scott & White began using the da Vinci system in 2005 and recently upgraded to this newest robotic technology.

In fact, Scott & White Hospital – Temple is the only hospital in Central Texas with the new da Vinci Si HD. It enables our surgeons to perform delicate and complex operations through a few tiny incisions with increased vision, precision, dexterity and control. Plus, only the da Vinci Si HD uses an exclusive fluorescence imaging method that makes it easier for surgeons to safely identify blood flow and key anatomical landmarks in the surgical area.

If your doctor recommends surgery for a gynecologic condition, ask if you’re a candidate for robot-assisted surgery.


*Also referred to as the da Vinci robot

While clinical studies support the effectiveness of the da Vinci® System when used in minimally invasive surgery, individual results may vary. Surgery with the da Vinci Surgical System may not be appropriate for every individual. Always ask your doctor about all treatment options, as well as their risks and benefits.

For additional information on minimally invasive surgery with the da Vinci® Surgical System visit www.davincisurgery.com

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