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daVinci Robotic Surgery for Women

Today, complex conditions ranging from cancer to uterine prolapse, fibroids and even heart disease can be treated minimally invasively with da Vinci® Robotic Surgery. This approach uses a robotic surgical system that provides the Greenville Health System Robotics Program surgeons better vision, more precision and control. It requires only a few small incisions, so you can get back to your life faster -- without the usual recovery following major surgery.  Greenville Health System gynecologic surgeons currently trained on the daVinci® surgical system include Dr. Donald Wiper, Dr. Larry Puls and Dr. Jeff Elder, Gynecologic Oncologists, Dr. Kristen MacClenahan, Dr. Mark Moore and Dr. Carrie Ann Twedt with Piedmont OB/GYN, Dr. Michael Stamm, Dr. Eric Troutman and Dr. Erin Thurston with Greenville Ob Gyn Associates. Additionally, Dr. Jeffrey Garris and Dr. Tom Wheeler, specialists in urogynecology. If you do not have a primary care gynecologist and are interested in da Vinci Robotic Hysterectomy or prolapse surgery please contact one of the practices listed previously.

If you suffer from benign (non-cancerous) conditions such as chronic pain, heavy bleeding, fibroids, endometriosis and/or prolapse or you have been diagnosed with early stage gynecologic cancer then your doctor might recommend surgery to treat your condition. These surgeries can sometimes be performed through the vagina. However, when the uterus is large or if you have internal scarring from prior surgery or other conditions, abdominal surgery is usually performed. Traditionally, abdominal hysterectomies and prolapse surgeries are performed open, which requires a wide incision below the navel. This procedure can be painful, involving heavy pain medications, risk of infection and significant blood loss. After surgery, a long recovery (often six weeks) is necessary. In addition, many patients are not happy with the scar left by the incision. da Vinci® Robotic surgery may be your best treatment option. 


A Less Invasive Surgical Procedure:

If your doctor recommends hysterectomy or sacrocolpopexy , you may be a candidate for an innovative, less invasive surgical procedure called da Vinci Robotic Surgery. This procedure uses a state-of-the art surgical system designed to help your doctor perform the most precise and least invasive surgery available today.

For most women, da Vinci gynecologic surgery offers numerous potential benefits over traditional surgical approaches, including:

• Significantly less pain
• Less blood loss and need for transfusion
• Less risk of infection
• Shorter hospital stay
• Quicker recovery and return to normal activities
• Small incisions for minimal scarring
• Less time between surgery and follow-up treatments
• Better outcomes and patient satisfaction, in many cases

As with any surgery, these benefits cannot be guaranteed, as surgery is patient-and procedure-specific.

The Enabling Technology:

The da Vinci Surgical System is designed to provide surgeons with enhanced capabilities, including high-definition 3D vision and magnified view. Your doctor controls the da Vinci System, which translates his or her hand movements into smaller, more precise movements of tiny instruments inside your body. Though it is often called a “robot,” da Vinci cannot act on its own. Instead, the surgery is performed entirely by your doctor.

da Vinci technology allows your doctor to perform complex procedures through just a few tiny openings. As a result, you may be able to get back to life faster without the usual recovery following major surgery. The da Vinci System has been used successfully worldwide in hundreds of thousands of procedures to date.

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 System may not be appropriate for every individual. Always ask your doctor about all treatment options, as well as their risks and benefits.