Until very recently, patient options for traditional surgery included large, open incisions or laparoscopy, which uses small incisions but is typically limited to very simple procedures.  Thanks to a breakthrough surgical technology, there is a new category of minimally invasive surgery that allows surgeons to offer a minimally invasive option for complex surgical procedures.

Dr. Stephen Buckley, Southeast Gynecologic Oncology Associates, was the first surgeon to utilize the newly installed da Vinci Robot at Memorial Hospital on Friday. The precision of the da Vinci made it ideal for his first patient of the day’s hysterectomy.

“It is important to know that surgery with da Vinci does not place a robot at the controls;” Dr. Buckley said. “I control every aspect of the surgery, but have the added advantage of the assistance of the da Vinci robot.”

The procedure he is performed is a new, minimally invasive approach to hysterectomy, which combines the advantages of conventional open and minimally invasive hysterectomies – but with potentially fewer drawbacks. da Vinci Hysterectomy is becoming the treatment of choice for many surgeons worldwide, as it uses only a few small incisions. It is performed using the da Vinci System, which enables surgeons to perform surgical procedures with unmatched precision, dexterity and control.

da Vinci Hysterectomy offers numerous potential benefits over traditional approaches to vaginal, laparoscopic or open abdominal hysterectomy, particularly when performing more challenging procedures like radical hysterectomy for gynecologic cancer. Potential benefits include:  Significantly less pain, less blood loss, fewer complications, less scarring, shorter hospital stay and a faster return to normal daily activities.

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