Sacrocolpopexy for vaginal or uterine prolapse
Sacrocolpopexy is a procedure used to correct uterine and/or vaginal prolapse (dropping or slipping). It is considered the most effective way to correct vaginal prolapse and resolve symptoms by using a surgical mesh to hold the vagina in its correct anatomical position. It's also used after hysterectomy to provide long-term support of the vagina.
Myomectomy for uterine fibroids
A uterine fibroid is a common non-cancerous tumor that develops within the uterine wall. Fibroids occur in up to one third of all women and are the leading reason for hysterectomy in the United States. An alternative to hysterectomy is a myomectomy, or a surgical removal of the uterine fibroids.
If you suffer from chronic pain, heavy bleeding, fibroids, endometriosis or uterine prolapse, you may have spoken with your surgeon about a hysterectomy. Hysterectomy is the second most common surgery for women by age 60 in the United States.
The da Vinci Surgical System is an innovative, minimally invasive surgical procedure available to treat the above conditions. For most women, da Vinci offers numerous potential benefits over traditional surgical approaches, including:
- Significantly less pain
- Less blood loss and need for transfusion
- Less risk of infection
- Shorter hospital stay
- Quicker recovery and return to normal activities
- Small incisions for minimal scarring
- Better outcomes and patient satisfaction, in many cases
There are times when an 'open' surgery, or one performed by the surgeon making a larger traditional incision through the abdominal wall below the navel. This procedure carries higher risk of infection, more pain, more pain medication and significant blood loss. The recover is long, typically 6 weeks. The da Vinci Surgical System are typically done with only 4 or 5 puncture sites in the abdomen, allowing for access of the surgical instruments. In addition, surgeons are able to view inside the pelvis with high-definition 3D vision and magnification. The surgeon's hand movements are translated to the system into smaller, more precise movements of tiny instruments inside your body.
The da Vinci System has been used world-wide successfully in hundreds of thousands of procedures to date.