About da Vinci® Surgery
When medication and non-invasive procedures are unable to relieve symptoms, surgery
remains the accepted and most effective treatment for a range of gynecologic conditions.
These include, but are not limited to, cervical and uterine cancer, uterine fibroids,
endometriosis, uterine prolapse and menorrhagia or excessive bleeding.
Traditional open gynecologic surgery, using a large incision for access to the uterus
and surrounding anatomy, has for many years been the standard approach to many gynecologic
procedures. Yet with open surgery can come significant pain, trauma, a long recovery
process and threat 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
Fortunately, less invasive options are available. Some gynecologic procedures enable
surgeons to access the target anatomy using a vaginal approach, which may not require
an external incision. But for complex hysterectomies and other gynecologic procedures,
robot-assisted surgery with the da Vinci® Surgical System may be the most effective,
least invasive treatment option. Through tiny, 1-2 cm incisions, surgeons using
the da Vinci System 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 excellent clinical outcomes.