Dr. Agustin Martinez and the Women’s Clinic of South Texas have led the Robotics Gynecological Surgical Program at Doctors Hospital at Renaissance. This approach to gynecological surgery has allowed the Women’s Clinic of South Texas to offer a less invasive surgery to patients that otherwise would have needed an open approach. As a result, more patients are being educated and their various options and present themselves from the neighboring areas around McAllen/Edinburg pursuing a second opinion.
The computer-enhanced minimally invasive surgical system consists of three components that provide:
1) a 3-D view of the surgical field, including depth of field, magnification and high resolution.
2) instruments that are designed to mimic the movement of the human hands, wrists and fingers, allowing an extensive range of motion and more precision.
3) master controls that allow the surgeon to manipulate the instruments, translating the surgeon’s natural hand and wrist movements into corresponding, precise and scaled movements.
Robotic Surgery: the Da Vinci S Surgical System.
|The physicians at the Women’s Clinic of South Texas have actively participated in the acquisition and implementation of the Robotics Gynecological Surgical Program at the Doctors Hospital at Renaissance. Robotic-assisted surgery using the Da Vinci S surgical system is only offered exclusively at Doctors Hospital at Renaissance in the Edinburg/ McAllen area. This surgical technique may be used in selected candidates in conjunction with other minimally invasive procedures.|
What is robotic-assisted surgery?
|Robotic-assisted surgery, a type of minimally invasive surgery (MIS), uses surgical robotic equipment, which imitates surgical movements. MIS procedures allow surgeons to operate through small ports (1 to 2 cm incisions) rather than large incisions, resulting in shorter recovery times, fewer complications and reduced hospital stays. Surgical robotics combines minimally invasive surgery with highly advanced clinical technology.|
How does robotic-assisted surgery work?
|The computer-enhanced minimally invasive surgical system consists of three components that provide: 1) a 3-D view of the surgical field, including depth of field, magnification and high resolution 2) instruments that are designed to mimic the movement of the human hands, wrists and fingers, allowing an extensive range of motion and more precision 3) master controls that allow the surgeon to manipulate the instruments, translating the surgeon’s natural hand and wrist movements into corresponding, precise and scaled movements|
How does the new technology assist the surgeon?
|The 3-D vision system magnifies the surgical field up to 15 times and improves the ability of the surgeon to recognize and control small blood vessels, thereby reducing blood loss. Surgeons are able to perform minimally invasive procedures with more precision. Robot arms remain steady at all times and robot wrists make it easier for surgeons to manipulate tissue and work from all kinds of angles – positions surgeons would have difficulty getting to otherwise.|
The da Vinci Surgical System
Gynecologic Conditions treatable By the Robotics-DaVinci System
Physicians are usually successful at treating a variety of gynecologic conditions – particularly those affecting the uterus – with surgery. In spite of growing demand for minimally invasive procedures, the majority of these operations are still performed using large, abdominal incisions. These surgeries typically result in significant blood loss, and may mean several days in the hospital followed by weeks of recovery time. Today, a less invasive surgical treatment option is available. If your doctor recommends surgery for your condition, you may be a candidate for the robotic DaVinci approach.
For most patients, minimally invasive procedures performed with the da Vinci Surgical System can offer numerous potential benefits over traditional surgery, including:
Shorter hospital stay
Less pain and scarring
Less risk of infection
Less blood loss and fewer transfusions
Quicker return to normal activities.
In addition, for women diagnosed with uterine fibroids, da Vinci Myomectomy represents a minimally invasive surgical treatment designed to preserve the uterus.