Robotic-assisted Surgery for Women

Today, complex conditions ranging from cancer to uterine prolapse, fibroids and even heart disease can be treated minimally invasively with robotic-assisted surgery. This approach uses a robotic surgical system that provides the Prisma Health Robotics Program surgeons better vision, more precision and control. It requires only a few small incisions, so you can get back to your life faster – without the usual recovery following major surgery.

If you suffer from benign (non-cancerous) conditions such as chronic pain, heavy bleeding, fibroids, endometriosis and/or prolapse or you have been diagnosed with early stage gynecologic cancer, your doctor may recommend surgery to treat your condition. These surgeries can sometimes be performed through the vagina. However, when the uterus is large or if you have internal scarring from prior surgery or other conditions, abdominal surgery is usually performed.

Traditionally, abdominal hysterectomies and prolapse surgeries are performed open, which requires a wide incision below the navel. This procedure can be painful, involve heavy pain medications, have a greater risk of infection and risk significant blood loss. After surgery, a long recovery (often six weeks) is necessary. In addition, many patients are not happy with the scar left by the incision.

A less invasive surgical procedure

If your doctor recommends hysterectomy or sacrocolpopexy, you may be a candidate for an innovative, less invasive robotic-assisted surgery. Robotic assisted procedures use a state-of-the art surgical system designed to help your doctor perform the most precise and least invasive surgery available.

For most women, robotic assisted gynecologic surgery 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
• Less time between surgery and follow-up treatments
• Better outcomes and patient satisfaction, in many cases

As with any surgery, these benefits cannot be guaranteed, as surgery is patient-and procedure-specific.

Prisma Health has numerous highly qualified and well-trained robotic surgeons. Within the department of OB/GYN, these physicians can be found at Greenville Ob/Gyn, Piedmont OB/GYN, the Division of Urogynecology and Gynecologic Oncology. If surgery has been recommended for you, talk with your physician to see if you may be a candidate for robotic surgery.