Laparoscopic hysterectomy & da Vinci® robotic surgery
Dr. Garcini is skilled and experienced with total laparoscopic hysterectomy (TLH). With TLH or the single-incision laparoscopic surgery (SILS), you can expect a much faster, easier recovery and less postoperative pain than with other approaches.
Robotic da Vinci hysterectomy is the latest method that brings 21st-century computer precision to the procedure. The da Vinci Robotic Surgical System® is widely touted as today’s most effective, least invasive surgical treatment option – an effective alternative to traditional open surgery. For you, that means improved precision, significantly less pain and a faster return to normal daily activities.
Robotic-assisted laparoscopic surgery
This technique involves the direct visualization of abdominal and pelvic organs via the introduction of a small fiberoptic lens 5-10 mm in size (with a built-in light source) into the abdominal cavity. Entry to the abdominal cavity is achieved by making a small incision at the level of the umbilicus (navel), inserting a multipurpose access port and passing the fiberoptic lens through the port into the abdomen. Nitrogen gas is used to fill the abdominal cavity, thus expanding the abdominal wall in order to obtain good visualization of the abdominal and pelvic organs.
Additional access ports may be placed in strategic places along the abdominal wall in order to facilitate the passage of multiple specialized, miniaturized surgical instruments. The net result is to permit the surgeon to perform intra-abdominal/pelvic surgery without the need of a large surgical incision. Intraoperative bleeding is less than in traditional “open” procedures. Postoperative pain is substantially decreased, and therefore postoperative recovery time is minimized. Many patients are discharged from the hospital the same day of the procedure.
Procedures traditionally performed through large abdominal incisions are now routinely handled through laparoscopic interventions. Examples of these procedures are diagnostic procedures, destruction and/or excision of endometrial lesions, laparoscopic hysterectomy (removal of the uterus), laparoscopic myomectomy (removal of uterine fibroids), surgeries for urinary incontinence and uterine prolapse, removal or drainage of ovarian cysts, removal of ovaries and/or fallopian tubes, bilateral tubal ligation and evacuation of ectopic (tubal) pregnancies.
A specialized form of laparoscopy called single-incision laparoscopic surgery, or SILS, is designed for those individuals who desire the esthetic benefits of having their entire laparoscopic surgery done through a single small umbilical (navel) incision.
The use of robotic-assisted laparoscopic surgery plays an important role in complex laparoscopic gynecology cases. The da Vinci robotic platform manufactured by Intuitive Surgery® enables the laparoscopic surgeon to see the operative field in a 3-D enhanced fashion and allows magnification of the operative field up to 10-fold. In addition, the surgeon-controlled robotic arms allow the laparoscopic surgeon to perform complex surgical maneuvers with great precision and ease not previously available in traditional laparoscopic surgery.
As a result, complex cases that would have required a large abdominal incision can now be performed with greater ease in a laparoscopic fashion. Robotic-assisted laparoscopic surgery has the same benefits as traditional laparoscopic surgery in terms of significant reduction in bleeding, postoperative pain and postoperative recovery time.
Our robotic surgery patients come to us from New Lenox, Frankfort, Homer Glen, Joliet and Orland Park, IL, the Southwest suburbs and Chicagoland in Will County and Cook County, IL. Call Gynecologic Surgery & Menopause Solutions at 815.463.3000 or fill out our online Request an Appointment form to schedule your appointment with us.