Kamm McKenzie OBGYN offers the benefit of surgery using the daVinci® Robotic surgical system. This offers minimally invasive surgery with extreme control and precision, using a few very small holes in the abdomen. A good way to think of robotic surgery is that it is a new tool to perform already well-established surgical techniques. Recovery and restrictions are identical to any equivalent procedure done with traditional laparoscopy.
The robotic system consists of two or three interactive mechanical arms, a three-dimensional camera arm, and a remote control unit. The unit is located in the same operating room as the patient. As the surgeon manipulates the tools within the remote control unit, the motions of the surgeon are translated into precise movements of the robotic arms. The “hand” of the robot holds a variety of different surgical instruments that can be moved in a manner similar to a human wrist. At all times, a second surgeon or nurse practitioner is positioned at the bedside to assist. The robot cannot be program to make its own decisions, thus the surgeon controls every move of the surgery.
A variety of surgeries are performed by Kamm McKenzie using this technique, including surgery for pelvic pain, endometriosis, fibroids, ovarian cysts, or abnormal bleeding. Most commonly it is used for hysterectomy or myomectomy (removal of fibroids).
For more information and interactive media, please visit the daVinci® Robotic surgical system page.