da Vinci for Women
da Vinci gets you back to your life faster.
Surgery remains an accepted and effective treatment for a range of gynecologic conditions, including hysterectomy, but traditional open surgery (using large incisions) comes with significant pain, lengthy recovery time and threat to surrounding organs and nerves. For many women this discomfort and extended time away from their routine is also a significant cause of anxiety. Fortunately, the less-invasive da Vinci™ Surgical System offers a safe and effective alternative.
How does it work?
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.
There's still a surgeon in control.
da Vinci is called a surgical robot, but the surgeon is in control. A special console provides the surgeon magnified 3D images of the surgical area and hand controls that move the surgical instruments with precision that isn’t possible from human hands. da Vinci’s movements are the doctor’s movements but better, allowing access through incisions many times smaller than a surgeon’s hand and a steadiness and range-of-motion that humans can’t accomplish. da Vinci’s eyes are the surgeon’s eyes, only better — microscopic cameras provide unprecedented views into the tiniest of areas allowing incredible surgical accuracy.
Is da Vinci right for you?
Depending on your particular need, da Vinci robotically-assisted surgery may be the best treatment option for you. As with any surgery, any stated or implied benefits cannot be guaranteed since surgery is specific to each patient, condition and procedure. Consult your physician about all treatment options, including the risks and benefits, for you and your specific condition.
Benefits of da Vinci:
- Greater precision minimizes pain & speeds up healing
- Greatly reduces the need for a long hospital stay
- Recovery time is greatly reduced—often 1-2 weeks (vs. 6-8 weeks for normal, open surgery)
- Less blood loss
- Less scarring
- Gives physicians more flexibility with difficult cases
Onslow Memorial Hospital's da Vinci robotic surgery has a proven track record of successful outcomes for a wide variety of complex surgical procedures, especially for women. These videos share the stories of four women who explain firsthand why da Vinci robotic surgery was the right option for them.
Meet Terri, while dealing with ongoing issues with ovarian cysts and a reluctance to endure any extended downtime after surgery, Onslow Memorial Hospital’s da Vinci was the solution that she had been looking for. After her hysterectomy, she was pleasantly surprised her with minimal scarring, pain and a comfortable, fast recovery.
Kristy is an active, athletic mom who was experiencing regular pain and discomfort related to heavy bleeding during her periods. After realizing she could no longer give blood, she thought enough was enough. With her family depending on her, she knew she needed to have a hysterectomy with very little downtime. In this video she talks about the need a faster return to work and family and how Onslow Memorial Hospital’s da Vinci surgery made that possible.
Procedure: Fallopian Tube Removal
Meet Margaret, having already gone through a hysterectomy years ago, she was worried when the doctor's told her she needed to have a fallopian tube removed. With Onslow Memorial Hospital's da Vinci® Surgical System, not only was her recovery fast, but she didn't even use pain medicine after she was home. She's telling others who may need a similar procedure to, "Go for it."
With five children, Heidi is a busy 46-year-old mom. She had heard that hysterectomies using open surgery require six or more weeks of downtime and create a great deal of discomfort, which almost led her to put hers off. Thanks to Onslow Memorial Hospital's da Vinci® Surgical System, she was back to her family in no time.
Onslow Memorial Hospital's da Vinci robotic surgery has a proven track record of successful outcomes for a wide variety of complex surgical procedures, especially for women. Hear about the benefits, and what to expect, from one of our physicians who uses da Vinci on a regular basis.
Dr. Marshall Webb
Benefits of da Vinci® robotic-assisted surgery over laparoscopic
Dr. Marshall Webb has been doing minimally-invasive laparoscopic hysterectomies for decades, but in his experience there were too many instances that required traditional abdominal surgery. Thanks to da Vinci's® ultra-fine motor skills and precision, he has been able to expand the number of patients to whom he can offer minimally-invasive surgery, promising a more comfortable, faster recovery for more people. He also points out that the robot is "just a tool" the surgeon uses, but one that is easier and gentler on the patient.
Q. What are the benefits of da Vinci Surgery compared with traditional surgery methods?
A. Some of the major benefits experienced by surgeons using the da Vinci Surgical System over traditional approaches have been greater surgical precision, increased range of motion, improved dexterity, enhanced visualization and improved access. In traditional open surgery, the physician makes a long incision and then widens it to access the anatomy. Benefits experienced by patients undergoing da Vinci Surgery may include a shorter hospital stay, less pain, less risk of infection, less blood loss, fewer transfusions, less scarring, faster recovery and a quicker return to normal daily activities. None of these benefits can be guaranteed, as surgery is necessarily both patient- and procedure-specific.
Q: Is da Vinci Surgery covered by insurance?
A. da Vinci Surgery is categorized as robot-assisted minimally invasive surgery, so any insurance that covers minimally invasive surgery generally covers da Vinci Surgery. This is true for widely held insurance plans like Medicare. It is important to note that your coverage will depend on your plan and benefits package. As with any medical service, prior to the procedure check with your insurance carrier about coverage details and also provide your physician with the name and details of your plan.
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