Robot-assisted surgery sounds like it’s something straight out of science fiction, but it’s actually a state-of-the-art approach to surgery that uses surgical robots to assist the surgeon.
Robot-assisted surgery using the da Vinci® surgical robot system offers a high degree of precision and accuracy, along with much smaller incisions that support faster and more comfortable recovery.
As a leading specialist in urogynecology in South Miami, Florida, Rafael J. Perez, MD, FACOG, offers robot-assisted surgery for patients at Center for Urogynecology and Advanced Laparoscopic Surgery.
Dr. Perez is skilled in robot-assisted techniques, relying on the technology to treat an array of concerns, including the seven listed below.
Hysterectomy, surgical removal of the uterus, may be the recommended procedure for women with chronic gynecological conditions, like heavy bleeding or endometriosis, and who are done having children.
Oophorectomy is a procedure that removes the ovaries while leaving the uterus intact. This procedure may be recommended if you have endometriosis or recurrent ovarian cysts, or if you have a significantly increased risk of breast cancer or ovarian cancer.
3. Myomectomy (removal of fibroids)
Uterine fibroids are noncancerous growths that form inside the uterine wall. Also called myomas, fibroids can cause pelvic pain, heavy menstrual bleeding, and prolonged periods. We use robot-assisted surgery to remove fibroids so those symptoms ease.
4. Ovarian cyst removal
Ovarian cysts are fluid-filled sacs that form on one or both ovaries. While most women develop at least one ovarian cyst during their childbearing years, most revolve on their own within a few weeks. Cysts that persist can cause an array of symptoms, including chronic pain.
5. Endometriosis treatment
Endometriosis is a painful condition that occurs when uterine tissue grows outside the uterus, forming growths called implants. We can remove implants via robot-assisted surgery, relieving symptoms like pelvic pain and heavy bleeding.
6. Heavy menstrual bleeding
Heavy menstrual bleeding is common and can also be very disruptive to your life, even interrupting your sleep. Frequently occurring in the years leading up to menopause, heavy bleeding is also associated with some other gynecological conditions.
Dr. Perez offers specific procedures based on the cause of your heavy bleeding.
7. Pelvic organ prolapse
Pelvic organ prolapse happens when the ligaments and other structures supporting a pelvic organ weaken, allowing the organ to drop into the vaginal canal and sometimes protrude outside the vaginal opening.
Robot-assisted surgery restores the organ to its natural position, using special techniques to secure it.
The right procedure for your needs
Although robot-assisted surgery is associated with specific benefits, open or traditional surgery is still a better choice in some situations, including most cancer treatments.
Before recommending any surgery or surgical technique, Dr. Perez discusses your options so you can feel confident in his recommendation and your specific procedure.
To learn more about robot-assisted surgery and other state-of-the-art treatments that can help you lead a healthy life, call 305-240-6047 to book an appointment with Dr. Perez and our team at the Center for Urogynecology and Advanced Laparoscopic Surgery today.