Traditional open gynecological surgery, using a large incision for access to the uterus and surrounding anatomy, has been the standard approach to many gynecologic procedures for a long time. Open surgery can cause significant pain, trauma, a long recovery process, and threats 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. Some gynecological procedures enable surgeons to access the target anatomy using a vaginal approach, which may not require an external incision. However, for complex hysterectomies and other gynecologic procedures, the Da Vinci Surgical System may be the most effective, least invasive treatment option.
It is a precision, robot-assisted procedure. Through tiny, 1–2 cm incisions, surgeons 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 an excellent clinical outcome.