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Robotic Gynecologic Surgery

The doctors at Orlando Health Womens Institute Home have advanced training and experience performing minimally invasive robotic surgery for a wide range of gynecologic conditions.

Orlando Health is a recognized epicenter for da Vinci® robotic surgery with doctors coming from across the country to receive training from our skilled surgeons. For women, robotic surgery offers the advantages of increased precision, smaller incisions, less blood loss, fewer complications, shorter hospital stays and faster recoveries*.

Robotic Ovarian Cyst Removal

An ovarian cyst is a fluid-filled sac that forms in the ovaries. While benign ovarian cysts can commonly develop in woman during their childbearing years, some cysts can cause infection, pain, rupture and cancer. Robotic surgery to remove an ovarian cyst takes place during an outpatient procedure and involves just a few small incisions. Recovery to normal activities usually occurs within 1–2 weeks.

Robotic Myomectomy for Fibroids

Myomectomy is a surgical procedure to remove uterine fibroids. Fibroids are noncancerous growths that appear in the uterus, usually during childbearing years. Fibroids can cause symptoms of heavy menstrual bleeding, pressure on the bladder, constipation, pelvic pain and discomfort during intercourse.

Myomectomy allows the uterus to be left in place and is the preferred fibroid treatment for women who want to become pregnant. Women who undergo myomectomies may experience improvement in fibroid symptoms, including heavy menstrual bleeding and pelvic pressure.

Our doctors perform myomectomies in an outpatient setting using several small incisions, with patients returning home the same day. Robotic myomectomy recovery time is as quick as 2 weeks compared to 4–6 weeks for traditional open surgery.  

Robotic Hysterectomy

A hysterectomy is the surgical removal of a woman's uterus. Reasons for a hysterectomy include cancerous tumors, non-cancerous fibroid tumors, endometriosis, chronic pelvic pain, uterine prolapse, and long-term abnormal uterine bleeding.

A hysterectomy can include the removal of your fallopian tubes and ovaries, if necessary. A supracervical hysterectomy also can be done which preserves the cervix.

During a robotic hysterectomy, surgeons have an enhanced 3D view of the body and improved maneuverability through the da Vinci system’s robotic arms. Smaller incisions are made, resulting in less bleeding, less scarring, less chance of infection and a faster recovery.

Recovery from a robotic hysterectomy generally takes 2–3 weeks compared to 5–6 weeks to recover from a traditional open hysterectomy.

Robotic Endometriosis Excision

Robotic radical resection of endometriosis is performed in order to alleviate the pain associated with endometriosis and decrease the chances that additional surgery will be required later. It can be performed together with robotic salpingo-oophorectomy (surgical removal of the ovaries and fallopian tubes) or robotic hysterectomy procedures.

For some women, robotic-assisted endometriosis removal can be performed while preserving the patient’s fertility. With the precision that robotic surgery enables, our surgeons can carefully work around the vital reproductive organs, removing maximal amounts of endometriosis while still preserving the ability to bear children. Recovery from the robotic procedure generally takes 1–2 weeks compared to 3–4 weeks to recover from traditional open endometriosis surgery.

Robotic Uterine Prolapse Repair 

Uterine prolapse occurs when the pelvic floor muscles and weaken, providing inadequate support for the uterus. While women with minor uterine prolapse may not have any symptoms, moderate to severe prolapse may cause vaginal bleeding, recurrent bladder infections, a pulling or heavy feeling in the pelvis, discomfort during intercourse and constipation. One of the most common procedures for prolapse is robotic sacrocolpopexy in which the uterus is removed.

The advantages of robotic sacrocolpopexy include superior visualization for the surgeon through the da Vinci system’s magnified 3D view inside the body, smaller incisions, shorter hospital stay, reduced postoperative pain and more rapid recovery. Recovery from the robotic procedure generally takes 3–4 weeks compared to 6–8 weeks to recover from conventional open surgery.   

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