Robotic Revolution: The benefits of minimally invasive robotic-assisted surgery

Imagine going into surgery knowing there will be smaller incisions (Don’t throw those bikinis out!), reduced pain and bleeding, less chance of infection, and a shorter recovery time so you can get back to what’s important to you. These are just some of the many benefits of robotic-assisted surgery.

Since 2009, Brookwood Baptist Medical Center has been at the forefront of helping women get back to their lives after surgery faster with the help of the da Vinci ® Surgical System. Whether you need a hysterectomy, tubal ligation, myomectomy or tubal ligation reversal, you’re likely to be a candidate for robotic-assisted surgery.

The idea of a “robot” performing surgery may sound scary, but it isn’t as futuristic as it sounds. The da Vinci Surgical System is controlled by a trained and skilled doctor who is nearby, controlling the da Vinci movements. Robotic-assisted surgery uses a three-dimensional, highly magnified camera, so the physician has a better view of the area being operated on. Since the robot minimizes the doctor’s movements, surgery becomes more precise.  Scarring is also reduced because only small incisions are necessary.

If you need gynecologic surgery, or have been putting it off, da Vinci surgery could be your ideal choice. Dr. Sam Gray, a da Vinci certified doctor at Brookwood Baptist, said, “Most patients that are candidates for gynecologic surgery are candidates for robotic-assisted surgery, which has less complications, less bleeding and a quicker recovery.” Not only does robotic-assisted surgery lessen scarring, complications and pain—you can also go into surgery without concerns for a long road to recovery. Healing time after robotic-assisted surgery is much shorter than that of traditional, open surgery. Women rarely have time to rest from their busy lives, and when you choose robotic-assisted surgery you know you’ll be back on your feet quickly.

Only you and your doctor can decide whether da Vinci surgery is right for you, but here are a few questions to help you consider whether you might be a candidate for da Vinci:

  • Would you like to avoid a large incision and scar?
  • Is it important that you are able to return to normal activities (e.g., driving) as soon as possible after surgery?
  • Would you like to minimize the length of time you are in the hospital?
  • Would you like to minimize blood loss and the need for blood transfusion(s) during surgery?
  • Would you like to limit the amount/duration of pain medications you take after surgery?
  • Would you like to minimize your risk of infection after the surgery?

To find a physician who specializes in robotic-assisted surgery, give Brookwood Baptist Medical Center a call at 205.877.8800 or visit bwmc.com/FindAPhysician and select ‘robotic surgery’ as special area of interest.